• Bookfest returns to benefit literacy

    Tens of thousands of donated books, CDs, DVDs and other items soon will replace convening public employees and social functions at Stratton Center when the annual Bookfest returns to benefit literacy in Shelby County.

    The event, sponsored by The Sentinel-News and Friends of the Library, will be Oct. 9-12 at 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville.

    Friends of the Library President Bill Matthews said The Sentinel-News would return for its second year as primary sponsor.

  • Hunting up some business

    Kentucky has long been a bastion of outdoor sports, specifically hunting and fishing and especially in rural areas like Shelby County.

    The Fish & Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation estimated the number of hunters’ ages 16 and older to be nearly 350,000, that’s more than 10 percent of the state’s population in the same age range.

    And deer season is by far the biggest draw for hunters.

  • Tastings added to the tunes

    If you like a little bit of a taste with your tunes, then this year’s edition of Taste & Tunes, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s annual fundraiser, may have a little something for you.

    Talon Winery of Shelbyville and Smith-Berry Winery of New Castle will be offering tastings of their award-winning wines, and Buffalo Trace Distillery will add snootfuls of its bourbons, too.

  • Citizens Union Bank cleared by regulators

    Citizens Union Bank, which since 2010 has been under the scrutiny of state and federal banking regulators because of problem loans, has been cleared to move forward.

    On Thursday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington D.C., and the Department of Financial Institutions in Frankfort issued a termination of the consent order that it imposed on CUB in January 2010 that was designed to help prevent banks from getting into serious financial difficulty.

  • Church group buys Governors Square

    The East End of Shelbyville is getting a commercial makeover.

    On the same day that the town’s original McDonald’s closed for a rebuild that will bring the store into the restaurant chain’s 21st century plans came the announcement that the shopping center that houses that restaurant has been sold.

    A group named Governor Square LLC closed on the property on Wednesday and plans to get started right away with renovating and improving the center, which opened in the 1970s as a new home for Kroger.

  • Citizens Union Bank to celebrate 125 years

    A Shelbyville bank with humble beginnings that has endured and grown for more than a century will soon reach a milestone anniversary.

    In October, Citizens Union Bank will celebrate 125 years, during which time, the bank has opened six locations in Shelby County and nine branches in other counties.

  • She makes a lot of ends meet

    After a business profile in a well-known area magazine last month and the 24th anniversary of her shop coming up in October, Leslie McCarthy is riding Cloud Nine.

    Poised, elegant, stylish, one would never think that McCarthy– who was even selected by Today’s Woman magazine as one of 2013’s Most Admired Women in Kentucky – was once shy and unsure of herself.

  • Statewide equine survey reveals horses are billion dollar industry

    The first part of Phase 1 of the annual statewide equine survey is out, and the results are of particular importance to the horse industry, officials say, as the study found that the total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations in 2011 was about $1.1 billion.

    That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from services provided, including both breeding and non-breeding services such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses, incentives, etc.

  • Shelby Success Stories: Simpsonville native takes tobacco down a new road

    At first glance, Walt Carpenter, who will retire later this year after 25 years with R.J. Reynolds, may not seem to fit the profile for a tobacco company executive.

    Although he grew up in Shelby County, he wasn’t one of the many of his day who lived on a tobacco farm or belonged to the Future Farmers of America.

  • Shelby success stories: Odie Thompson detects a new career

    Martinsville is a long way from Albuquerque, N.M., but Jonathan “Odie” Thompson has made a smooth transition from the bluegrass to no grass.

    After his college football career led him from Western Kentucky University to Merced College and then to the University of New Mexico and later to Canada, Thompson said he found a home in the southwest but sure misses Kentucky.