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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Business trends positive for 2016

    The arrival of 2016 brings with it a continuation of an economic expansion that has been ongoing for the past few years in Shelby County.

    “Everything in the past year has been positive, and I think that 2016 is on track to be a very good year for Shelby County economically, as far as industry goes,” said Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation. “We’ve seen a lot of industries expand.”

    That expansion has been seen throughout Shelby County, especially in Shelbyville and Simpsonville.

  • Holiday wear and tear can lead to issues across the home

    The holidays are a time of extra entertaining, cooking, decorating and family gatherings – and unfortunately, those activities can bring about home maintenance problems, experts say.

    One plumber says the holidays are sort of like the song Partridge in a Pear Tree when it comes to finding strange things that have gone down the drain, with items from jewelry to false teeth.

  • Auto Truck Group to relocate to Simpsonville

    As the calendar flips to 2016, Simpsonville will welcome yet another business to its rapidly growing industrial base.

    Auto Truck Group has announced its relocation from the Louisville facility to an 80,000 square-foot facility at 30 Kingbrook Parkway in Simpsonville.

    Bobby Hudson, president of the Shelby County Industrial Foundation, said they are happy with the announcement.

  • Adams honored for economic development efforts

    As Shelby County has seen an explosion of economic growth over the last two years, one of our industrial foundation leaders is being recognized for her role in the boom.

    Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, received the James L. Coleman Community Professional of the Year Award at the Kentucky Association for Economic Development annual conference in Hopkinsville in November.

    “I was totally surprised and honored,” said Adams.

  • Big promotion for small business

    With the coming of the holiday season the national Small Business Saturday movement is back for its 5th season, an event that local retailers are embracing more and more each year.

    “We’ve been doing it for the past four or five years,” said Lori Glass, owner of Pathelene Flower and Gift Shop, adding that merchant participation has been increasingly steadily for the event since its inception in 2010.

    “I think more people are aware of shopping small and local than they used to be in years past,” she said.

  • Congressional award program reaches Simpsonville youth

    Christian Care Communities and the Christian Care Foundation have joined forces with the United States Congressional Award Program to offer a new service in Simpsonville that they believe will benefit both young and old.

    The program, which will use Simpsonville Christian Church as its first site, aims to build youth through four aspects – voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration, and through the partnership youth will be connected with Christian Care Community mentors through Simpsonville Christian Church.

  • A plan for success

    A brand new program to help give Shelby County students a better chance of finding a good job when they graduate is in the works.

    Instituted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Work Ethic Certification program has been popular in several other communities, said Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the chamber.