• Business Briefcase: Jan. 27, 2012

    Republic reports 45 percent

    earnings growth in 2011


    Republic Bancorp, Inc., which has a branch in Shelbyville, announced its fourth consecutive year of increased earnings by completing 2011 with net income of $94.1 million, a $29.4 million, or 45 percent, increase over 2010.

  • Sentinel-News judged best multiweekly in Kentucky

    The Sentinel-News has been judged the state’s best newspaper of its size for 2011 in the annual Kentucky Press Association’s Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest at the awards banquet Friday in Lexington.

    The newspaper won 33 total awards in the Multiweekly Division, including having the best Web site in its class and taking first place in 10 categories for reporting and editing. There were 7 second-place certificates, 10 thirds and 4 honorable mentions in the 26 categories.

  • New business: Dermal Imaging Premier Tattoo Studio

    Address: 148 Midland Blvd., Shelbyville

  • Business Briefcase: Jan. 20, 2012

    Simpsonville company’s parent

    featured on ‘Undercover Boss’

    The parent company of a business based in Simpsonville is getting an unusual look from its boss this week – and you can watch the whole thing.

    Dina Dwyer-Owens, owner of the Dwyer Group, which owns Mr. Electric in Simpsonville, will be featured Sunday night on the CBS program Undercover Boss.

  • John Deere dealer group expands

    Limestone Farm, Lawn & Worksite, the company that emerged from the John Deere dealership in Shelby County, has grown by two more stores.

    Limestone, co-owned by Mark Burks of Shelbyville, acquired the John Deere dealerships in Louisville and Somerset from Hartland Equipment to add to its five locations, which include the former Shelby Supply on Taylorsville Road.

  • Radio station will change from sports to country music

    The station, 101.7-FM, debuted Thursday with a new format and new call letters.

    Formerly known as WKRD-FM, it is now WVKY-FM, featuring country and western music.

    The station switched hands from Clear Channel to Southern Belle LLC, a company that also bought three Frankfort stations from Forever Communications for $700,000.

  • Smith-Berry Winery wins big at San Francisco event

    NEW CASTLE – Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery in New Castle recently swept the 2012 San Francisco Chroniclewine competition, earning a silver medal for the Single Barrel Select American Oak and a bronze medal for the 2007 Zinfandel, as well as a bronze medal for the 2008 Kentucky Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Don’t chance your blow

    You have a snow shovel. We all do.

    And it's time to break them out. A winter weather advisory is here, our first of the season, so it's time to dig through the garage, wipe off those cobwebs and get ready for that back-breaking fun.

    If you happen be one of the few without a shovel, you can find them stacked in all the hardware stores, right next to the deicer and the salt.

  • Saver Group purchases Shelbyville’s Save-a-lot

    The Save-a-lot grocery store in Shelbyville has a new owner that is promising a new shopping experience.

    The store, a longtime tenant in Village Plaza on Midland Trail, as of Monday is owned by the Saver Group of Campbellsville, making it the 46th Sav-a-lot that company owns.

  • Business Briefcase: Jan. 13, 2012

    H. Barry Smith opens

    office in Middletown

    Barry Smith and Jimmy and Shawn Willard announced that H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers have opened a second office, in the Middletown area of Jefferson County.

    The announcement from the company says that this office mainly would service auctions for real estate, estates and commercial assets for the company in Jefferson and surrounding counties.