• Business trends positive for 2016

    The arrival of 2016 brings with it a continuation of an economic expansion that has been ongoing for the past few years in Shelby County.

    “Everything in the past year has been positive, and I think that 2016 is on track to be a very good year for Shelby County economically, as far as industry goes,” said Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation. “We’ve seen a lot of industries expand.”

    That expansion has been seen throughout Shelby County, especially in Shelbyville and Simpsonville.

  • Holiday wear and tear can lead to issues across the home

    The holidays are a time of extra entertaining, cooking, decorating and family gatherings – and unfortunately, those activities can bring about home maintenance problems, experts say.

    One plumber says the holidays are sort of like the song Partridge in a Pear Tree when it comes to finding strange things that have gone down the drain, with items from jewelry to false teeth.

  • Auto Truck Group to relocate to Simpsonville

    As the calendar flips to 2016, Simpsonville will welcome yet another business to its rapidly growing industrial base.

    Auto Truck Group has announced its relocation from the Louisville facility to an 80,000 square-foot facility at 30 Kingbrook Parkway in Simpsonville.

    Bobby Hudson, president of the Shelby County Industrial Foundation, said they are happy with the announcement.

  • Adams honored for economic development efforts

    As Shelby County has seen an explosion of economic growth over the last two years, one of our industrial foundation leaders is being recognized for her role in the boom.

    Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, received the James L. Coleman Community Professional of the Year Award at the Kentucky Association for Economic Development annual conference in Hopkinsville in November.

    “I was totally surprised and honored,” said Adams.

  • Big promotion for small business

    With the coming of the holiday season the national Small Business Saturday movement is back for its 5th season, an event that local retailers are embracing more and more each year.

    “We’ve been doing it for the past four or five years,” said Lori Glass, owner of Pathelene Flower and Gift Shop, adding that merchant participation has been increasingly steadily for the event since its inception in 2010.

    “I think more people are aware of shopping small and local than they used to be in years past,” she said.

  • Congressional award program reaches Simpsonville youth

    Christian Care Communities and the Christian Care Foundation have joined forces with the United States Congressional Award Program to offer a new service in Simpsonville that they believe will benefit both young and old.

    The program, which will use Simpsonville Christian Church as its first site, aims to build youth through four aspects – voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration, and through the partnership youth will be connected with Christian Care Community mentors through Simpsonville Christian Church.

  • A plan for success

    A brand new program to help give Shelby County students a better chance of finding a good job when they graduate is in the works.

    Instituted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Work Ethic Certification program has been popular in several other communities, said Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the chamber.

  • Wine maker collecting signatures for wet/dry election

    A Shelby County couple operating a vineyard in the Cropper area are pushing full steam ahead to get a precinct wet/dry election for their area so they can expand their operation.

    “When I first met with Judge [Rob] Rothenburger, I had no idea what moist was – it’s a dry county that has wet areas,” said William Stiles, a bottling planner who operates Christianburg Farms, along with his wife, Denise.

    “Our precinct, the Cropper precinct, D102, is dry, so we have applied for a petition, just for our precinct,” he said.

  • Harvest Café has new manager

    A local coffee shop and caféknown for its natural and healthy food selections now has a new general manager who has a unique charisma of charm and experience that is sure to enhance the business, said the owner.

    “What Louise brings to the table is the wisdom that comes from experience that I can’t learn fast enough,” said Melinda Hardin, who co-owns Harvest Coffee and Café with her husband, Ben. “There’s no replacement for that.”

  • Country Depot is back in business

    The Bluegrass Country Depot might have closed in 2010 when then owner Mark Stiff suddenly passed away, but his cherished establishment was not forgotten.

    Jeffery Wright and Anthony Hermes have reopened the local business and are looking to rekindle the community’s affinity for the country grocery store and restaurant at 6562 Frankfort Road.

    Hermes said they reopened the establishment to meet the area’s request.

    “Everybody in Clay Village wanted somewhere [to go] where they didn’t have to go into town,” he said.