Today's News

  • Business Briefcase: Dec. 16, 2011

    Kentucky’s jobless rate

    drops to 9.4 percent

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in November 2011 from 9.6 percent in October 2011, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    The preliminary November 2011 jobless rate was .8 of a percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded for the state in November 2010. The state’s November 2011 rate is the lowest since the January 2009 rate of 9.2 percent.

  • Sales of real Christmas trees seems to be growing

    Debating the merits of various Christmas tree offerings is a time-honored holiday tradition. At the core of the squabble is a simple question: live or artificial?

    Artificial trees made a giant push into the national market in the pre-recession year of 2007, with 17.4 million units sold, representing more than a one-third share, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

  • Circle K joins Shelby County's convenience lineup

    The convenience store business in Shelby County continues to pump and go.

    Circle K, an international chain, this week put up its big K for the first time in Shelby, marking the latest in as series of changes that have occurred since Chevron pulled its brands out of Kentucky last year.

    Circle K purchased the Shell fuel outlet at 1631 Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville, taking over operations on Tuesday. The store will continue to provide Shell fuel.

  • EARLIER: Elusive Henry couple facing hundreds of animal-cruelty charges

    EMINENCE – Warrants have been issued for Terri and Ken Smith of Campbellsburg on 218 counts of animal cruelty each, said Dan Flinkfelt, animal control officer for Henry and Trimble counties.

    The couple’s whereabouts have been unknown since Monday evening, when Flinkfelt and local law enforcement officials raided their alleged puppy mill at 25 Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg.

    It is believed that the Smiths were selling some of the animals at the Shelby County Flea Market in Simpsonville.

  • Simpsonville's little holiday program grows into something big

    When Jim Robinson arrived in Simpsonville to serve as the pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church 11 years ago, he saw children and families who were left out of Christmas gift-giving festivities.

    Many of his neighbors did not have the means to buy the extra goodies that make Christmas celebrations special. They had just enough to get by.

    The next year, Robinson and members of his Disciples of Christ congregation, started “No Child Left Behind,” so no one living in the 40067 zip code would be left behind at Christmas time.

  • HOLLAND: Lessons learned from the markets

    “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

    As such, there has been a lot of talk about the experiences learned from volatile markets. What’s often said is that we should, “learn from our mistakes.”

    To assist you in learning from “mistakes made” because of the volatile markets, here’s a list of 12 lessons that may help you in planning your market strategies in the future:

  • News briefs: Dec. 14, 2011

    Shelby has finalists for

    top equestrian awards

    Shelby County has finalists for two of the most prestigious honors in equestrian sports.

    Janice Giles of Pleasureville is one of eight horse people contending for Equestrian of the Year, and CHThe Daily Lottery of High Hickory Farm in Simpsonville is one of six vying for Horse of the Year in voting by the United States Equestrian Federation.

  • Ethington must wait to learn license’s fate

    The owners of Ethington Auto will have to wait for a month before finding out whether their license to operate their dealership on Midland Trail could suffer because of numerous charges they face concerning their business practices.
    Donnie Ethington, 70, was on hand with his attorney Sam Carl but minus his business partner, William Ledford, 84, who was under the weather, on Thursday at the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission headquarters for hearing to determine whether the owners would be fined, their dealership’s license revoked, they would be put on probation or face no punishment at all.

  • Building Shelby Part II: Big changes afoot when judicial center opens

    There is a lot of buzz about the opening Monday of the Shelby County Judicial Center and the opportunity of doing business in a new, hi-tech environment when the brand new Shelby County Judicial Center opens Monday.

    But many people who frequent the courthouse also say they are feeling a little nostalgic about leaving a familiar environment behind for a new one, and some are even a little nervous about new procedures they are not sure they are going to be completely comfortable with.

  • Woman files suit against Masonic Home for negligence against mother

    A Shelbyville woman, Darlene Eberle, filed suit No. 30 against Masonic Home Shelbyville, claiming that her mother, Helen McCarthy, was injured while a resident at the home.
    The suit filed in Shelby Circuit Court claims that McCarthy fell on Dec. 16, 2010, receiving a laceration to her forehead, and also on Jan. 10, 2011, when she fractured her hip and left wrist.