• New business: CENTURY 21 Abbot Realty & Auction

    Address: 1521 Midland Trail, Shelbyville.


    Who we are: One of the largest real estate brokerages in Shelby County has a new look, a new service and a new name to go with it. The firm’s broker/president remains Bob Dorgan. In addition to its existing real estate services including the sale of residential, farm, land and commercial properties, the company now hopes to leverage that tradition with a new service, Dorgan said.


  • Business Briefcase: March 18, 2011

    Therapy center owner Renea Sageser voted top woman business owner

    Renea Sageser, owner and speech therapist of Associates in Pediatric Therapy in Shelbyville, received the EPIC Award  for 2011 Woman Business Owner of the Year from the Louisville chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners.

    Sageser was selected from a field of eight by a panel of judges that include NAWBO members and supporters.

  • This tax man cometh

    There’s about a month to go until the IRS deadline, and some of you likely are trying to find help with this frustrating annual chore.

    For the fifth year in a row, volunteers from the AARP Foundation will be providing free tax preparation services in Shelbyville.

    Marvin Rogers, who is heading up the service, said that he and five other AARP Foundation volunteers will be preparing tax returns by appointment from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at Highland Baptist Church at Mount Eden Road until April 14.

  • Shelby teacher is drawing up a new career

    If you venture into a T.J.Maxx store these days and look for some art for your home, you actually could be supporting a Shelby County woman’s new business.

    By day Liz Ruff is a special education teacher at Clear Creek Elementary, but an avocation born of a childhood of moving has led her through a circuitous route to a hot new career in children’s art.

    Ruff, 42, produces acrylic illustrations on canvas that are sold as decorative accessories for children’s rooms, and they have become, she says, a very busy and lucrative enterprise.

  • New Business: Five Point Firearms LLC

    Address: 40 Mack Walters Road, Village Plaza Shopping Center, Shelbyville


    Who we are: Diane and Larry Mott are a husband and wife team with experience in firearms and retail operations.  Larry is also an honorably discharged U.S. Marine with significant training and experience in personal and diplomatic protection as well as an avid hunter. Diane has many years of retail experience in big box stores and takes great pride in providing superior and individualized customer service. Larry and Diane live in Mount Eden.

  • Business Briefcase: March 11, 2011

    Restaurants, businesses unite for cycling event in Shelby

    Retail and entertainment outlets in Shelby County are uniting as part of a cycling tour that would bring visitors to establishments around Shelbyville to sample a variety of cuisines.

    The 2011 Sip N' Spin bike rides will be April 16 in Shelby County, offering rides through the countryside and neighborhoods that culminate at Claudia Sanders Dinner House for a tasting paired with a sampling of traditional Kentucky adult beverages.

  • Real estate deeds: March 9, 2011

    Meadowbrook Estates LLC to Steve Clark, 141.467 acres, Mulberry Pike, $10 and considerations

    Federal National Mortgage Association to Todd J. Clifford, Lot 23 Midland Estates Sec. 1, $79,500

    Joseph D. and Ashlyn P. O’Brien to Shelbyville Properties LLC, Tract 2, Sunny Meadows, $1

    Bret D. and Joy Osborne to Bret D. and Joy Osborne, Lot 182, Midland Estates Sec. 7, $1

    James W. and Ann Murphy to James A. and Jillian M. Kiger, Lot 6, Todds Station Phase 1, $177,500

  • Shelby Energy elects Trimble woman to board

    Shelby Energy Cooperative has announced the selection of a new board member for District III, which covers parts of Carroll and Oldham counties.

    Diana Arnold will assume the position that was left vacant when Joe Butler resigned from the board last July.

    A Shelby County group has taken Shelby Energy to task over the past year, citing several member issues with the company and lack of transparency from the cooperative's board.

  • Kroger’s move generates buzz

    Fewer than 20 days remain before the opening of the new Kroger Marketplace store on Boone Station Road, and activity and speculation are moving at equal pace.

    The new store, a 123,000-square-foot facility – one of only two of its kind in the state, the other in Lexington – is scheduled to open on March 23.

  • Business Briefcase: March 4, 2011

    Chamber partnering to sponsor trip to China

    The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the St. Matthew’s Area Business Association to invite members and non-members on a nine-day excursion to China Oct. 11-19.

    Experience China 2011, as it is called, will include all the key sites in China, and it is open to Shelby County Chamber members and even anyone from the public who is not a member.