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Today's News

  • Home sales slip 4.2 percent

    After seeing a slight increase in sales the previous year, the real estate market in Shelby County saw a similar decrease in 2010.

    Total sales for the county was about $74.4 million for the year, about 4.2 percent down from 2009.

    That's very close to the sales trend in Kentucky, which, according to the Kentucky Association of Realtors, dipped 3.7 percent.

    However, Shelby County's median sales price of $140,000 was almost 40 percent higher than the state's and much closer to the national median of $172,700.

  • Foreclosures in Shelby continue to grow in 2010

    Despite continued low interest rates for loans and reports of the recession ending, the number of home foreclosures continues to rise across the nation and state in 2010, and Shelby County was no exception.

    In the past five years the foreclosure rate has risen 117 percent in Shelby County, from 105 to 228.

    That rate started to level off in 2009 but still increased by 2.3 percent in 2010, to 228 foreclosures in the county.

    However, Shelby is in much better shape than the nation and state.

  • Rothenburger said campaign going very well

    With the May primary just around the corner, Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger says he is excited and optimistic about his chances of becoming Kentucky’s next Commission of Agriculture.

    “The campaign is going very well, and I’m traveling around the state every night, meeting a lot of great people, and getting a very warm reception everywhere I go,” he said.

  • Business Q&A: Gramig: Helping families is ROCK’s business

  • Bridal show a no show for this year

    The Shelbyville Bridal Show, a 15-year fixture in the spring, will be sitting out its annual trip down the aisle this season.

    Show coordinator Charlene Nation of Shelbyville Merchants Association for Retail Trade, said that lack of interest from vendors had forced her to call off this year’s event, which had been scheduled for Sunday at Settle Gym.

  • Shelby’s healthfulness to be studied in program

    Just hearing the word “diabetes” conjures up distressing images of every kind of ailment associated with the disease, from blindness to limb amputation.

    But a meeting Thursday at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville to announce a $2.5 million grant to launch a tri-county coalition as part of a national program to combat diabetes generated both a large crowd as well as a ray of hope for the future.

  • Widening KY 53 attracts wide-eyed residents

    An enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 turned out Tuesday night at Highland Baptist Church to hear the Transportation Cabinet’s future plans for widening Mount Eden Road.

    Residents were asked for their opinions on a variety of issues about how to make KY 53 more accessible to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and create a more dramatic and efficient gateway into Shelbyville from Interstate 64 to U.S. 60.

  • Rothenburger’s campaign on the road

    Running for a state office means a hectic schedule that agriculture commissioner candidate Rob Rothenburger said keeps him constantly on the road, but he said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

    “At this point, the only downside to the campaign is that I’m still the county judge and my number one priority is to Shelby County, and so I don’t get to travel around the state in the daytime,” he said. “That puts me at a little bit of a disadvantage, but I’m not complaining, because I love this county.”

  • Business Briefcase: Feb. 25, 2011

    Farmer featured speaker at home builders event

    Former Kentucky basketball star and current Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer will be speaking to the Shelby County meeting of the Home Builders Association of Louisville.

    Farmer, who is running for lieutenant governor on a Republican ticket with state Senate President David Williams, will address the gathering at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

  • News Briefs: Feb. 25, 2011

    League repeats as champ of county Spelling Bee

    For the second consecutive year, Jessica League was declared the winner of the Shelby County District Spelling Bee – this year as an eighth-grader at Collins High School and last year as a student at Cornerstone Christian Academy.

    She will now compete in the Kentucky Derby Festival Bee March 19 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.