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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dealership to storage lot

    Eyebrows have been rising as the former Jeff Wyler Chevrolet Buick GMC lot on Taylorsville Road started filling up with trucks again over the last few weeks.

    After sitting vacant for nearly a year, there are now about 200 white incomplete work trucks occupying the space but despite people stopping by to look, there are no salespeople coming out.

    Rick Hill with Auto Truck Group, located in Kingbrook Commerce Center in Simpsonville, assures those vehicles are not for sale.

  • Tools of the trade

    It’s small, metal, beaten and banged up, and there’s probably a light coat of sawdust gathering in the bottom but to John Abild, owner of Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville, his toolbox is a treasure chest filled with the tools to beautify just about any piece of neglected woodwork.

    And his toolbox has garnered national attention this month in the Best Toolbox in America contest, a photo contest sponsored by Angie’s List, an online service containing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses.

  • NAPA store earns high recognition

    Only two years after reopening the NAPA Auto Parts store in Shelbyville, the Riner Group has already distinguished itself in the industry, earning the prestigious Five Star Excellence Award for 2015.

    The five-star status is awarded based on achievement in sales growth, store presentation, wholesale marketing and education and training.

    The NAPA store, located at 114 Main St. in Shelbyville, had closed in 2012, and was reopened the following spring by Shelby Riner, owner of Derby Cycles.

  • Fuel costs rising with the temps

    As we welcome spring, many of us emerge from a long winter spent in the comfort of our warm homes to celebrate the new season with picnics and trips to the lake.

    The aroma of barbeque chicken roasting on the grill and grass clippings fill in the air, our spirits rise with the temperature, as does the price of fuel, just when we need it most. 

    Last Wednesday fuel prices in Shelby County surpassed that fateful $2 mark, costing drivers about 50 cents more per gallon than last month, according to Gasbuddy.com.