• Fireworks sales may be exploding

    You can expect a lot more sis, boom and pop with your 4th of July celebration this year.

    During the 2011 session Kentucky legislators passed a law that allows the purchase and use of fireworks that shoot into the air, opening the door for fireworks stands to sell mortars, bottle rockets and roman candles and more.

    "We've always had good stuff, but we were really able to broaden what we sell this year," said Chris Yount, who runs the Tennessee Ted's fireworks stand on Midland Trail.

  • Shelby photographer builds international image

    Jessica Vogel has been taking photographs of people and places in Shelby County for nearly two decades, and she increasingly is making a name for herself internationally.

    Vogel, owner and operator of Shelby Studio for 18 years, was honored last month by the Professional Photographers Association with a Platinum Photographer of the Year award, the third time she has been honored by the group.

    But this one was a little more special.

  • Business Briefcase: July 1, 2011

    Shuck promoted at DOC

    Jeremy Shuck, a native and resident of Pleasureville, has been promoted to the position of information systems supervisor at the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Shuck, a 6-year veteran of the department, will supervise a staff of three in managing the networks that connect the central DOC office with the Probation and Parole office.

  • Is your estate plan still in good standing?

    You have an estate plan. You probably even remember creating it – making the decisions and pulling together the documents was probably a time-consuming and tedious effort. The initial process of creating an estate plan can be so painful and involved that people may avoid reviewing it again for years.

    But your estate plan does not exist in a vacuum. Life events such as marriage, separation, divorce, births, deaths, relocations and tax law changes all impact your estate planning needs.

  • Building Permits: June 30, 2011

    Red Chocolate Maggies, 222 Seventh St., sign, 6.6 feet, $50.

    Dave and Shannon Kessinger, 401 Old Towne Road, house, 6,267 square feet, $250,000

    Shelby Prevention, 1028 Main St., sign, 12 square feet, $175

    Gary Noel, 57 Gray Hawk Dr., house, 3,019 square feet, $90,000

    Rich Campbell, 785 Southville Pike, barn, 1,200 square feet, $17,000

    Shelbyville Chrysler, 2121 Midland Trail, temporary banner, 16 square feet, $40.

    Donald Allewalt, 346 Oak Crest Dr., storage building, 126 square feet, $500

  • Business Briefcase: June 24, 2011

    Collectibles show stopping in Shelby
    The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will stop at the Ramada Inn, 251 Breighton Circle, in Shelbyville June 27 to July 1. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. residents can bring in their unique, rare and unusual collectibles and have a chance to speak to a specialist for appraisal. The services is free, and has turned over vintage guitars, gold coins and letter written by Abraham Lincoln. Representatives will also be available to buy gold, and offers will be made on the spot. For more information, call 217-726-7590.

  • Fair's carnival is a traveling city

    The carnival people of Event Coordinators, or more popularly known as Drew Exposition, work year round traveling in a “moving city” of lights and rides.

    Manager James Graybeal said they travel from Augusta, Ga., to Indiana and back.

    “Fairs don’t usually start until the middle of June or first of June,” he said. “We call it fair season.”

    He said the company can’t just exist in fair season because it’s only about five months out of the year.

  • School safety presentation focuses on technology

    The horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001 are not as fresh in people’s minds as they used to be, but on Tuesday, someone who was there that day described the scenario to a group of local people.

    Gregory Thomas, former executive director of school safety for the New York City School District, spoke about what the teachers there did to save students on day when the city was in chaos and literally blowing up around them.

  • Business Briefcase: June17, 2011

    No new tenant yet

    for old Kroger space

    The ink is not yet dry on an agreement with a new tenant for the space formerly occupied by Kroger on Boone Station Road.

    Scott Detrick Jr. the agent for Marshall’s Realty, the company that leases the property, said this week that he was close to an agreement with a tenant for the 57,000-square-foot facility.

    That parcel became available in March when Kroger moved across the parking lot to its new marketplace store, which is more than twice as large.

  • Shelbyville's restaurant lineup still churning

    The restaurant menu in Shelbyville continues to be shuffled, with openings, closings and a couple of new items to sample.

    Most notable is that Sam’s Place, a downtown eatery known for its pizzas and sandwiches, has closed at 618 Main St.

    The store announced on a sign out front that Saturday was its final day, and now a sign in the window of the location says that Fat Tony’s will be opening soon there.

    James Reynolds, owner of Sam’s, did not return an E-mail requesting information about the closing.