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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Green beer may be fading as a St. Patrick's Day specialty

    Green beer, a long-time staple on St. Patrick’s Day, seems to be headed out with the snakes that St. Patrick infamously drove away.
    The concoction is nothing more than a few drops of green food coloring in a pint of yellow fizzy mass-produced American lager, and it seems people just aren’t dancing an Irish jig for it anymore.
    In fact, some Irish traditions say green is bad luck, especially if a bride wears it on her wedding day.

  • 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.

  • Church news: March 16, 2012

    Allen Chapel
    The church is located on 55 South in Finchville.

    Annunciation
    The annual Lenten Fish Fry is 4:30-7:30 p.m. today. There will be Stations of the Cross in the Chapel at 7 tonight. Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? You are invited to come to RCIA on Wednesday nights. Contact Diana at 647-3499 for more information. Homebound or hospitalized? If you know of someone who wants to see a priest or needs communion, call the parish office at 633-1547.

  • WICHE: Spring weed control starts this week

    I think I have finally figured out the perfect machine for controlling those pesky spring weeds…sheep.

    Well, I know it is not for everyone (and I know it cannot last much longer for me), but our pregnant herd of Katahdin ewes are let loose from their pasture in the afternoon to graze freely within the secure fencing of the entire property for a few hours.

  • Datebook: March 16, 2012

    Public meetings
    Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. today at 1059 Washington St.
    Shelby County Fiscal Court  meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. Tuesday.
    Triple S. Planning and Zoning meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Center.
    The Simpsonville City Commission meets 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall.
    Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the central office on Main Street in Shelbyville.

  • 50th anniversary: Donald and Susan Swindler

    Donald and Susan Swindler have been married for 50 years. The couple were married on March 17, 1962, at First Christian Church Shelbyville by Rev Ed Cayce.

    They are members of First Baptist Church of Shelbyville.

    Their children are Jesse Swindler (Emily) and Jon Swindler (Jamie), of Shelbyville. They have four grandchildren, Jack, Henry Swindler (Jon and Jamie Swindler’s Children) Tucker and Cooper Swindler (Jesse and Emily Swindler’s Children).

    They will celebrate with friends and family.

  • Armed forces news: Payton-Sewell graduates

    Army Pvt. Ronnie F. Payton-Sewell has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    Payton-Sewell is the son of April Sewell of Clayvillage Road in Shelbyville.

    He is a 2011 graduate of Franklin County High School in Frankfort.

  • Engagement: McClain-Coots

    Ann Lear and James McClain, both of Shelbyville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda McClain of Shelbyville, to Mark Coots of Pleasureville. He is the son of Jeanie McCarty and Joseph Yocum, both of Shelbyville.

    She is a graduate of Stratford Career Institute.

    He is Shelby County High School graduate and owner of Lil Bit of MARK mechanic shop in Bethlehem.

    The wedding will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 15, 2012.

    All friends and family are invited.