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  • Free industrial training

    Next month KentuckianaWorks, the Greater Louisville Workforce Development Board, is offering a free four-week course in production training with the aim of generating and preparing recruits to fill an employment void in the county’s industrial field.

    With a multitude of industrial facilities in Shelby County, there are an abundance of career opportunities available to the community.  Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an abundance of community members avidly seeking employment, and manufacturers are getting restless.

  • Housing market continues on upswing

    In 2015, the county continued its 3-year trend in increasing home sales, with increases in both home sales and residential building permits.

    Last year, the number of people building homes increased 30 percent, home sales were up 17 percent, and the average selling price increased 7 percent.

    Those numbers follow a steady trend of improvement over the last few years.

  • New restaurant coming to Midland Trail

    More than just budding trees will mark spring’s arrival in Shelbyville this year, as a new restaurant plans to open, as well.

    John Rothenburger IV, owner of Delfino’s Italian Bistro in Louisville, said he plans to open a second location at 1534 Midland Trail, the site of the former Japanese restaurant, UMI, situated next to Long John Silvers.

    “We’re hoping to open March first – it’s kind of a tentative date right now – but that’s what we’re pushing for,” he said.

  • Senior complex coming to eastern Shelby

    Construction begins today on a development that's being touted as the only one of its kind in Shelby County.

    Located in Mulberry Heights subdivision next to Kroger on Boone Station Road, Breas Crossing will consist of 44 patio homes and is the only development in the county targeted for seniors only, said Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger, who has championed the project because of its affordability for older people, he said.

  • Insuring the love

    Kindness is a simple word but those involved with The Kindness Revolution know actions speak louder than words.

  • Hilltop for sale

    After more than a dozen years of operating Hilltop Produce and Garden Center, owners Gerald and Sandra Stucker say they are ready to sell the business to focus on enjoying the fruits of their labor.

    The couple of 33 years said they have owned and operated the local produce store at 305 Frankfort Road for 13 of those years because they “needed something to do.”

  • Planet Fitness coming to Midland Center

    Rumors have been stirring for some time regarding the former Winn-Dixie building at 120 Midland Boulevard.  But officials with STCPF, LLC, the Kentucky-based Planet Fitness franchisee, have confirmed that the 42,000 square-foot-building in the Midland Center will soon be home to a new Planet Fitness location, one of more than 1,100 nationwide.

  • Booming bee biz

    There’s been a boom in the beekeeping business and Pat Hornback, a veteran in the field, said the peaked interest is a good thing.

    “One-third of our food is dependent on pollination,” she said, noting that pollinators need to be protected.  “We’re happy about the hype.  It brought beekeeping to the forefront and people are trying it.”

  • Retail heating up

    With temperatures lingering in the 90s, summer is heating up and so are the some summer-related retail items.  Rural King assistant manager Kim Matthews said they have been selling tons of fans and lawn-related items.

    She said sales have remained high.

    Sales may not be so hot across the map, however. CNNMoney reported that retail sales in June fell .3 percent from May. This data, they noted, is surprising because April and May were also both slow retail seasons, despite the expectation that sales would bounce back after a slow winter.

  • Thorntons to close for renovations

    Shelbyville commuters who look to Thorntons for their morning coffee may be disappointed for a few weeks this summer. The Midland Trail store is expected to close at the beginning of August for renovations.

    Rex Loeffler, a representative with Thorntons, said they expect the store’s revamping to take about 40 days, but it could be longer.

    “This is a little older store so there may be a little more involved,” he said.