• John Deere dealer group expands

    Limestone Farm, Lawn & Worksite, the company that emerged from the John Deere dealership in Shelby County, has grown by two more stores.

    Limestone, co-owned by Mark Burks of Shelbyville, acquired the John Deere dealerships in Louisville and Somerset from Hartland Equipment to add to its five locations, which include the former Shelby Supply on Taylorsville Road.

  • Radio station will change from sports to country music

    The station, 101.7-FM, debuted Thursday with a new format and new call letters.

    Formerly known as WKRD-FM, it is now WVKY-FM, featuring country and western music.

    The station switched hands from Clear Channel to Southern Belle LLC, a company that also bought three Frankfort stations from Forever Communications for $700,000.

  • Smith-Berry Winery wins big at San Francisco event

    NEW CASTLE – Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery in New Castle recently swept the 2012 San Francisco Chroniclewine competition, earning a silver medal for the Single Barrel Select American Oak and a bronze medal for the 2007 Zinfandel, as well as a bronze medal for the 2008 Kentucky Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Don’t chance your blow

    You have a snow shovel. We all do.

    And it's time to break them out. A winter weather advisory is here, our first of the season, so it's time to dig through the garage, wipe off those cobwebs and get ready for that back-breaking fun.

    If you happen be one of the few without a shovel, you can find them stacked in all the hardware stores, right next to the deicer and the salt.

  • Saver Group purchases Shelbyville’s Save-a-lot

    The Save-a-lot grocery store in Shelbyville has a new owner that is promising a new shopping experience.

    The store, a longtime tenant in Village Plaza on Midland Trail, as of Monday is owned by the Saver Group of Campbellsville, making it the 46th Sav-a-lot that company owns.

  • Business Briefcase: Jan. 13, 2012

    H. Barry Smith opens

    office in Middletown

    Barry Smith and Jimmy and Shawn Willard announced that H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers have opened a second office, in the Middletown area of Jefferson County.

    The announcement from the company says that this office mainly would service auctions for real estate, estates and commercial assets for the company in Jefferson and surrounding counties.

  • HOLLAND: A layered plan for retirement

    For small-business owners looking for retirement plan solutions for themselves and their employees, off-the-shelf 401(k) plans are an easy fallback position, providing a quick solution to a complicated problem. But these standardized plans can take business owners only so far, often leading them to a dead end in terms of how much money they can save for their own retirements.

  • Real estate deeds: Dec. 26, 2011

    Dec. 12-14

    Daniel L. Ernspiker to Cardinal Investments Irrevocable Trust, 5.001 acres, Lot 17, Hunters Pointe Estates, $505,000

    Timothy C. Burnham to Amber Butts, Lot 38, Meadowbrook, Section III, Phase II, $203,000

    Federal National Home Mortgage Association to Richard Bowen, Lot 20, Spring Valley No. 1, $38,500

    Richard and Zelma D. Bowen to Richard and Selma D. Bowen, Lot 20, Spring Valley No. 1, $38,500

  • Jewish, Catholic hospital systems form KentuckyOne

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is now part of a new company – KentuckyOne Health.

    A new merger between Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System was announced Friday, completing the months long saga of a merger that once would have included the University of Louisville Hospital.

    But after Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that he would not allow the merger because it placed a public facility – UofL – into a private consortium that included religious facilities.

  • Fuel, food prices still rising

    Two key expenses in every household – food and fuel – continue to surge.

    The most recent survey of food prices in Kentucky by the Kentucky Farm Bureau show that the average cost of most basic items increased 8.8 percent during 2011.

    And fuel prices in Shelby County on Wednesday afternoon took another huge bounce, rising more than 40 cents for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel.