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Today's News

  • SOUDER: March Madness Part 2 – or happy April Fool’s Day!

    Greetings once again, sports fans. If one didn’t know better, he might think that the idea of Butler and Virginia Commonwealth playing each other in the Final Four this weekend was simply an April Fool’s Day joke, along the lines of Taco Bell claiming in 1996 that they had purchased the Liberty Bell and were renaming it “The Taco Liberty Bell,” or the full-page ad that Burger King placed in USA Today in 1998 announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper."

  • Business Briefcase: April 1, 2011

    Fourteen Foods chain
    buys Simpsonville’s DQ

    Fourteen Foods, a restaurant ownership group in Minneapolis, has acquired the Dairy Queen store in Simpsonville as part of a 58-DQ acquisition in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
    Fourteen Foods now owns 110 Dairy Queens across the upper Midwest and South Central U.S. The store in Simpsonville is located at 791 Front Gate Road, near Interstate 64.

  • Ag Report: April 1, 2011

    Gallrein Farms named
    to roadside market program

    Gallrein Farms of Shelby County is one of the 98 markets across the Commonwealth recently accepted into the 2011 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Gallrein Farms has committed to offering quality products and service to its customers. Its acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that Gallrein Farms meets the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • Ficosa gets OK for $1 million expansion

    Ficosa North America – formerly known as Ichikoh – received tentative approval Thursday for a state incentive package to expand its operations and bring 116 new jobs during a 5-year period.

    The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave preliminary OK to the plan at its meeting in Frankfort for a $1 million upgrade of Ficosa’s facility at 6601 Midland Industrial Drive will almost double the approximately 120 currently employed there.

    The new jobs would pay an hourly wage of $16 per hour including benefits.

  • If it’s the IRS calling, it’s probably a scam

    Scammers have chosen the tax-return season to perpetuate a new ruse, and officials warn residents not to fall for it.
     

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said his office has had reports from residents who say they have received phone calls from someone claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service employee.

  • Shelby one of healthiest counties

    Shelby County is one of Kentucky’s healthiest counties.

    A national study, the County Health Rankings, released this week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, places Shelby County 12th among the state’s 120 counties for its healthfulness.

    The study examined a number of health factors such as health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment, as well as mortality and morbidity (quality of life).

  • Special election today on whether to grant country club a liquor license

    A special election will be held Tuesday to allow the Shelbyville Country Club to sell liquor by the drink

    The election will only be for precinct G-103 in Shelbyville and voting will be held 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said in order to have the election, the club needed to get a petition from those living in the area, which members did.

    “They needed a hundred and forty signatures, but the petition actually had more names than that on it,” she said.

  • Shelby man arrested on marijuana charges

    A Shelby County man was arrested Wednesday by Kentucky State Police narcotics detectives who were responding to information that he was trafficking marijuana out of his residence on Aiken Road. 
     

    Patrick Moore, 26, was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces, trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Info sought on break-in and vandalism

    Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a break-in where vandalism occurred.

    The incident happened at 500 Midland Blvd., in a neighborhood behind Midland Plaza, where stores such as Tractor Supply are located.

    The break-in happened between 3 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, when someone kicked in the door of a vacant residence, damaging the door and its frame.

    Once inside, the intruder also damaged the floor and knocked several holes in the wall.

    The damage is estimated at more than $500.

  • Betsye’s Blooms consolidating operations

    Betsye’s Blooms, a storefront fixture in Simpsonville for three decades, now will be part of that community only with its phone numbers – but it’s not forsaking Shelby County.

    The principal owners of the flower shop, Nancy Rankin and Bryan Baines, who bought out founder Betsye Spaulding in the spring 2008, are closing up their shop on U.S. 60 and consolidating operations with the Blooms florist they own in La Grange.