• Cool items are hot sellers

    As summer continues to hit record high temperatures, some businesses are building off that heat. But one of the most important summer mainstays seems to have all but disappeared from the county’s landscape.

    Neighborhoods are missing that familiar jingle that sends kids running into the streets on a sweltering evening, because it appears that nearly all the ice cream trucks have taken their frozen treats else where this year. And no one seems to know where all the trucks have gone.

  • New business: D. E. Merritt & Associates, LLC

    Address: 320 Main St., Shelbyville

    Who we are:  Daniel E. Merritt recently retired from the U. S. Coast Guard. He has more than 20 years experience in safety and security with the United States military. He  is a certified security specialist and has been trained in tactical and covert entry.  He has trained with international special forces, multiple government agencies and recently kidnap rescue and hostage survival with former elite British military. 

  • Business Briefcase: July 6, 2012

    Survey shows food prices continue to drop in 2nd quarter

    Your cost to buying food in your supermarket again has dropped, according to the Marketbasket Survey conducted by Kentucky Farm Bureau in 26 markets across the state, including Shelbyville.

    The second-quarter survey showed that the total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $113.03. This reflects a decrease of $2.68, or 2.3 percent, from the same list of items reported in the previous quarter.

  • Gallrein Farms expansion opens

    Gallrein Farms is putting the finishing touches on an expansion that has added 6,000 square feet of indoor market space and 4,000 square feet of additional greenhouse space to its farm and store on Vigo Road.

    The expanded facility opened last Friday with the arrival of the farm’s sweet corn, and Bill Gallrein said workers are completing the last few projects.

    “We’re still working,” he said. “But we’ve added a lot more produce and we’re handling a lot more local and Kentucky Proud products.”

  • Business Briefcase: June 29, 2012

    Burchell takes over top job

    at Whitney Young Center


    Deborah Burchell, a veteran of Job Corps centers since 2000, is the new director of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center near Simpsonville.

  • Fireworks sales going through a boom

    Firework retailers around Shelby County agree that selling larger fireworks helps Kentucky’s economy because people no longer travel to state lines to purchase them, and those sales also raise the competition among fireworks stands.

    And there certainly is a proliferation of seasonal tents and stands that have popped up to sell the fireworks, with about 10 registered firework stands in Shelby County and about 900 in Kentucky, Kentucky State Fire Marshall William Swope said. Both those numbers are about 50 percent higher than in 2011.

  • New Business: KRAP

    Physical: 178 Midland Blvd., Shelbyville


  • Real Estate deeds: June 29, 2012

    May 1-3

    Donald R. and Barbara J. Deel to John Addison Grissom and William Donald Grisson, 18 acres, KY 636, $65,000

    Peggy A. Graziano to Julia Karen Wine, Unit 16B, Villas at Persimmon Ridge, Phase XII, $194,000

    Charles A. and Leslie M. Turner to Charles A. and Heather Turner, Lot 137, Benson Trace, Section 1, $40,000

    Jagoe Guaranteed Trade LLC to Edward L. and Laurel Combs, Lot 33, Orchard Crossing, Phase I, $104,825

  • Business Briefcase: June 22, 2012

    Engineer Karem earns

    advanced certifications

    Engineer Wayne A. Karem of Shelbyville has been designated as a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

    A diplomate is a board-certified engineer who has gained the credentials by achieving advanced education and experience as a geotechnical engineer.

  • New business: Waggs 2 Whiskers, LLC

    Address: No office, just in-home care.


    Who we are:The owner of Waggs 2 Whiskers is Kelly Catlett, who has had and loved pets essentially all of her life. She has had experience with animals of all types, shapes and sizes at the Shelby County Animal Shelter, where she has been a volunteer for 5 years. Also working with Kelly will be her daughter, Megan Hammersmith. Hammersmith also has had many years’ experience in pet care with her own pets and has done pet sitting for many friends.