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Business

  • Big parcels are big sales in Shelby County

    The availability of land acreage is rising along with land prices across Shelby County.

    Fewer and fewer people are applying to have their large farming parcels subdivided, instead opting to sell the large-acre farms instead.

    "Crop prices have been really good, especially with grain and soybeans, so farmers are looking to get more ground," said Shawn Willard of H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers. "It just makes more sense to buy now with prices high, and it's becoming harder and harder to lease land.

  • Business Briefcase: March 16, 2012

    KentuckianaWorks office

    helped with GE process

    The KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Center on Mount Rushmore Court in Shelbyville opened early Wednesday morning to help applicants for the new jobs at GE Appliances and Lighting in Louisville.

    The company began accepting up to 10,000 first-come, first-served applications for the positions at 6:30 a.m., so KentuckianaWorks opened at 6 a.m. in Shelbyville, Louisville and Shepherdsville to assist with computers or high-speed Internet access.

  • Developers dropping plans for Catalpagreen

    Although the economy appears to be turning around as unemployment drops and jobs begin to reappear, the new home and development market continues to struggle.

    And it's no more evident than with the Catalpagreen subdivision on Discovery Boulevard. At Tuesday's meeting at the Stratton Center, the developers of the much-discussed and long-planned neighborhood will ask the Triple S Planning Commission for a revocation of its subdivision plat for Section 13, Phase 1, which was the only final plat that was submitted. The rest of the planning was preliminary.

  • Balmy winter doesn’t warm farmers’ hearts

    It appears there is no normal season for farmers anymore.

    After suffering through an extremely wet and cold winter last year, which pushed the planting season back because fields were too muddy, this year farmers are facing a new problem: warm, spring-like temperatures in January and February.

    At least Jim Ellis, who has spent his entire life on the farm, said that was something new.

  • New Business: Stacey’s Simple Stuff

    Address: 1025 Main St., Shelbyville.

     

  • Hucks expanding in Simpsonville

    There’s a lot of construction going on in the back of the Hucks Store in Simpsonville, where the company has taken over space formerly housing Don Tequilla Restaurant for a significant store expansion.

    The building, which is built within the shell of a 1920s edifice that for years housed gas stations and garages owned by Claude Moss and his family, in the next few months will become an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 square feet of retail space to update the store Hucks purchased in 2010.

  • Business Briefcase: March 9, 2012

    Shelby engineering firm

    wins state’s highest honor

    The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky awarded Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, Inc. of Shelbyville with the Engineering Excellence 2012 Grand Award – its highest award – for its design of the University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (formally LDDC).

  • UNDERWOOD: Good enough: Is it really great?

    Contrary to popular belief, good enough can be as good as great.

    Everywhere we look we hear powerful messages hammering on the importance of becoming great or successful. Whether it is in our work, parenting, marriage, or physical health, messages come at us from all directions telling us we need to do more to be more successful or better. 

    Obviously, there is nothing wrong with striving to live and work more productively. Many are able to achieve success in material terms, which is wonderful. 

  • NEW BUSINESS: Evans House & Structural Leveling, LLC

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    Raymond J. Evans Jr. in front of the home of Paul David and Georgia Heightchew, which was raised, leveled and repaired after it had split into.

     

    Address: 3244 Taylorsville Road, Shelbyville.

  • Business Briefcase: March 2, 2012

    Kentucky unemployment fell
    in 2011 but still trails nation

    Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate declined to 9.5 percent in 2011 from 10.2 percent in 2010, and nonfarm employment gained 21,200 jobs, according the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    The U.S. annual unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in 2011 from 9.6 percent in 2010.