• BINGO!

    When Arlene Self, 44, of Shelbyville hits the bingo halls, she rarely goes alone. Instead, a small, spotted dog and an angel accompany her. Both are trinkets Self carries in her "bingo bag" to bring her good luck.

    Her angel is actually a plastic figurine necklace, she explained. The dog is a Dalmatian cigarette lighter that Self inherited from her mother-in-law.

    "She always did pretty good at Bingo," she said.

  • 2007: Business year in review

    2007 was not the best of times in Shelby County, but it was not the worst of times either.

    While the county lost some jobs to the downturn in the automotive and construction sectors, it gained three new industries with the promise of more than 250 good-paying jobs in the next couple of years.

    While construction in the county slowed as the housing market contracted, the local area was spared the precipitous drop some regions of the country have seen.

  • New lawyer in town

    Name: J.R. RoBards

    Occupation: General law practice. Started private practice at Stanley-Casey House, 301 Washington St.

  • Employers recognize 'gift' of long-time employees

    At the October staff meeting for employees of Bowersox Vision Center, owner Dr. Dan Bowersox talked to the group about the value of having an employee who was doing a job well and enjoying it. Then he handed 10-year employee JoAnne Leake a brochure on a cruise to the Bahamas.

    "She's always gone above and beyond," Bowersox said. "She's way incredible. She has always gone the extra mile so I wanted to send her miles and miles away."

    Leake and her husband, Barry, just returned from the cruise Bowersox paid for, his gift for 10 years of service and hard work.

  • New Business Spotlight -- Simply Nails

    Who we are: Simply Nails

    Owner: Darliss Heng

    Location: 6910 Shelbyville Road across from the Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville.

    What we do: Manicures, pedicures, full-sets and fill-ins.

    We say: "Get ready with polished hands and toes to go with a polished look."

    Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.

    Phone number: (502) 722-8143

  • New Business Spotlight

    Sun Tan City

    Owners: David and Rick Kueber of Elizabethtown.

    Owners' philosophy: "Our customers lead busy lives, and they want to keep an attractive body color by tanning just a few times a month. Our professional staff can demonstrate how to do that.

    Location: 1653 Midland Boulevard

    Contact Information: Call (502) 647-8925 or walk-in.

    Hours of operation: From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Kidz Biz

    Fifth graders at Clear Creek Elementary got a head start on becoming CEOs and business executives on Wednesday when they received hands-on training in economics, business strategy and financial management.

    Students in Stephanie Herndon's class took part in "Money, Markets and Moguls," a two-hour financial literacy program sponsored by the Kentucky Council on Economic Education that taught the students entrepreneurship, money choices, product and market management and the need for philanthropy.

  • Chamber already planning next year

    Wow! Where has the year gone? I can hardly believe that we are only four short weeks away from 2008! Here at the Chamber we are already filling the calendar for next year. A couple of important dates for you to circle on your calendar are February 7 and March 29.

  • More profit means more tax

    Starting Jan. 1, big businesses located inside Shelby County that make more than $500,000 a year in net profits will pay more of an occupational license tax than before.

    Until fiscal court passed a motion amending part of the occupational tax ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting, there was a cap of $5,000 on what big business had to pay the county on net profits.

  • Who we are: Our Sugar and Spice, Inc.

    Owners: Shelby County natives Cumorah Barrickman and Robyn Drane.

    Contact Information: Call (502) 487-0783 or 487-0218 to order or inquire about pricing. The website, www.oursugarandspiceinc.com is under construction. Barrickman and Drane say they hope to establish an online ordering system.