• Masters closes shop after 4 decades of business


    After a successful 40-year run, Charlie and Lafayette Masters will close the doors today on Masters Equipment Co., a family operated business the brothers have operated together since 1974.

    Charlie Masters explained that the business unexpectedly got its start all those years ago after his brother and father took a trip to Wisconsin.

  • Choosing a tree should be a Christmas experience, not a chore

    Vivek Sarin, who is opening a Christmas tree farm with Ron Stella next year, says that along with the practical considerations that go along with choosing a live Christmas tree, the most important thing is to make the experience a memorable one for the entire family.

    “Yes, you have to think about height and width and the species, but that’s not the most important thing,” said Sarin, who has made a family tradition out of choosing a tree since his oldest child was born 17 years ago.

  • ‘Two guys and a Christmas tree’

    Drawing up visions of families hiking through the snow with ax and saw in hand to pick the perfect Christmas tree to two friends thinking and working on a new business for Shelby County.

    And the two are hopeful that next year they’ll be ready to welcome a new generation of adventurous families hunting for the perfect tree to fit their living rooms.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION _–Rut N’ Strut moves forward with approval

    The Triple S Planning Commission approved an agricultural plat and a development plan for Rut N’ Strut Distillery when the commission met Tuesday evening at the Stratton Center.

    The plat approval included a waiver request for a reduction in the front yard setback from 100 to 40 feet. Kerry Magan, who presented the plat and development plans to the commission explained that the waiver was for a road surrounding the proposed barrel barns and will be used sparingly.

  • Phone bundle gets tangled

    After eight weeks of a phone bundling mess, the phone lines at Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce are finally working properly once again.

    Chamber Executive Director Shelly Goodwin said she believes the issue was finally resolved only after threats of a formal complaint were made and The Sentinel-News began making inquiries about the problem to AT&T and Time Warner.

  • Beef referendum passes for state cattle farmers

    For the first time since the first “check-off” fee was passed in the 1980s – on a national basis – a statewide referendum was passed last week in Kentucky.

    The measure, which takes effect April 1, will allow a $1 per head fee to be assessed on cattle marketed in Kentucky, with the money to be used by the Kentucky Beef Promotion Council to finance a program to promote the beef and dairy industries through marketing, research, and education.

  • New health concept coming to Shelby

    A new health care-based company that just established its first location in Riverport in August is preparing to open a second clinic in Shelbyville in January.

    Hollis Smith, president and CEO of Alternative Health Solutions, headquartered in Louisville, said the concept of employer-shared health care is sweeping the country.

    “This is not a new type of business, it’s new to this area, but mostly it’s concentrated in California and the northeast,” he said.

  • Reluctantly letting go

    At 84 years of age, attorney Ted Igleheart has reluctantly decided to retire after 57-years of practicing law.

    Igleheart will close up shop at the end of the year, but he plans to finish any pending cases from his home.

    Practicing law has been a lifelong passion for Igleheart, but he says time is taking its toll.

  • Retailers hope to capitalize on local focus

    While the businesses might be small, the Small Business Saturday movement is a large one.

    “We are just waiting for the traffic,” said Dori Lewis with a chuckle.

    Lewis, owner of the Polka Dotted Pineapple on Main Street, said she has taken part in Small Business Saturday since its inception in 2010.

    “Small Business Saturday is as good as Black Friday,” she said.

  • Frozen is hot for Black Friday

    For the first year in more than a decade, Barbie dolls will not be topping off little girls’ Christmas list, according to the National Retail Federation, as one in five parents of little girls are anticipating the purchase of Disney’s Frozen items instead. 

    The animated movie, which was released last November became an immediate hit and has since become the highest grossing animated film of all time.