• Shelby fixture Kelly retires today

    Connie Kelly, longtime downtown business owner, smiled as she talked about today being her last day at her antique shop.

    “We have been here 22 years to the day; I will walk out the same day I walked in,” she said.

    Kelly, owner of Antiques for You, is retiring after more than two decades of operating her shop at 528 Main Street.

    Kelly sold her shop to one of her antique dealers, Lisa Peck, who will take over on Saturday. She said that Peck doesn’t plan to change things much and will keep the same antique dealers that she had.

  • Opening of donut shop plugs a hole in Shelby's foodscaope

    The sign has been up for weeks, but the fresh smell of donuts wafting down Midland Trail on Tuesday was the first sure-fire sign that Donut Express had finally fired up the ovens.

    The store completes high-calorie corner in Shelbyville, located in the small shopping center at 1732 Midland Trail by Papa Johns Pizza and Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, but there won't be a lot of direct competition.

    Donut Express is open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., and with everything made fresh daily, you better get there early.

  • UNDERWOOD: Transformational lessons for coaches

    Take a trip out to Clear Creek Park on a most any evening or Saturday morning almost any time of the year and you will hear and see hundreds of young people participating in their favorite sport. Moreover, their parents are cheering them on, while coaches of all ages, shapes and sizes blow their whistles and shout out instructions.

    As I sat on a recent Saturday morning watching this phenomena, I couldn’t help but think back about the many good and bad experiences I had growing up and how coaches and parents played a part in each.

  • New Business: Friends Salon

    Address: 7205 Shelbyville Road, Simpsonville


    Who we are: Owners/Stylists Darlene Taylor and Teresa Adcock along with Maggie Riggs have a combined total of more than 20 years of experience in the hair and skin care business. Taylor and Adcock come from Friends Salon/Merle Norman, and Riggs comes to us from Dimensions Salon, all located in Shelbyville.

  • Business Briefcase: Oct. 14, 2011

    CUB President Bowling

    honored among alumni

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will recognize nine alumni on Monday for their exemplary service to their professions and communities with induction into ECTC’s Hall of Fame.

    Citizens Union Bank President David Bowling, class of 1979, will be among the honorees.

  • New Business: Samples Custom Archery LLC

    Address:  6036 Frankfort Road Suite 102, Shelbyville, 40065

    Who We Are: Kyle Samples is a Shelby County native, the son of the late Robert Samples, a local businessman, and Kathy Samples, a teacher. Kyle worked in the archery department at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Lexington for 4 years, with 1.5 of those as the archery manager. He has been shooting bows recreationally and competitively for more than 12 years. 

  • Ford's plans good news for Martinrea

    As Ford Motor Company keeps pumping money into its Louisville assembly plants, news keeps getting better and better for Shelby County.

    Earlier this year, Martinrea Heavy Stamping had announced the addition of 150 new jobs and that it would be rehiring 45 more employees, and now with Ford and the United Auto Workers union agreeing to a new contact, the plant in Shelbyville could see an even bigger increase.

  • Business Briefcase: Oct. 7, 2011

    Through the Looking Glass

    will close on Oct. 22

    Through the Looking Glass, the unique tea-and-eats shop in downtown Shelbyville, is closing, effective Oct. 22.

    Owner Regan Wann announced the decision in an E-mail and on the store’s Facebook page, saying that the past few months had been rough for her both personally and professionally.

  • Real estate deeds: Oct. 4, 2011

    Sept. 12-14

    Steven C. Stivers and Steven Thomas Spalding to Jeff P. Schneidtmiller and Laura L. Townsend, 15.06 acres of Haley and Figgs Store Farms, $130,000

    Joseph L. and Jessica R. and Rita Chambers to Rita Chambers, Lot 105 Town N Country Sec. 4, $150,000

    M&T Bank to Leo F. Gabele Living Trust, Lot 150 Midland Estates Sec. 8, $70,000

    Linda J. Cantu to Cantu Living Trust, Tract 5 Aldridge Farms, $164,000

    Randy and Jannette Burns to Avonlea LLC, 5.001 acres, Tract 1A Bluegrass Acres II, $116,000

  • State to help Black & Decker to add jobs

    State economic development officials have given Stanley Black & Decker the preliminary OK for tax incentives to expand its facility in Shelbyville.

    The plant on Harry Long Drive, which manufactures power saw blades under the Dewalt brand and other home improvement products, received the preliminary OK last week for $500,000 for up to five years for a $2 million expansion project.

    The plan reviewed by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in Frankfort calls for the plant to add 51 jobs at an average hourly wage of $21.