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Business

  • Expansion could add 200 jobs

    More than 200 new jobs could be added through a possible expansion to a Buckner facility.

    The Carriage House Co. is a subsidiary of Ralcorp that currently employs about 280 workers at the Oldham County location.

    The company is the nation’s largest supplier of store-brand preserves, jellies, peanut butter, syrups and dressings.

  • Medicare changes could make equipment tough to obtain

    Changes to Medicare could make it more difficult for patients to obtain certain medical equipment. The changes could also bankrupt small medical equipment companies.

    The changes will save Medicare billions of dollars — billions of taxpayer dollars.

    The question, though, is at what cost those savings will come.

  • Gee to speak at leadership event

    In honor of International Women’s Day and Kentucky Women’s History month, the Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a one-day leadership conference.
    Four sessions, presented by local professionals, will take place in addition to a luncheon, featuring Dawne Gee, WAVE 3 news anchor.
    The event is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at Hunting Creek Country Club. For information call 228-7493.

  • Agape thrift shop serves all

    The giving spirit in Oldham County extends year-round, not just after natural disasters.

    Several charities in the county help furnish needy families with clothing, household items and toiletries.

    The Agape Thrift Shop, part of Immaculate Conception Church, moved to a new location in February, more than doubling its previous space, according to Barb Johnson, the church’s business manager.

  • Posh pets

    Dogs are man’s best friend, and man is willing to pay for the privilege. Pet owners continue to spend big bucks on their companions — not just dogs, but cats and other small animals, too.

    Norma Rash is one of those. 

    She has three dogs and one cat — she calls the dogs “the boys” and admits they are spoiled rotten.

    “Nothing is too much for the boys,” she said.

  • Women-owned businesses not a Main Street minority

    Three female business owners are hoping to boost La Grange’s Main Street corridor.

    That includes tenants for both anchor shops currently the 1887 Corner Store and Grandeur Station. Late last year it appeared both stores might be vacant simultaneously, something nearby business owners feared would negatively impact business.

  • A pack of 'pacas

    She calls her baby boy for kisses. He runs over, hair flopping, big brown eyes like liquid jewels in a sweet face.

    This baby is the newest addition to Denise Coonley’s alpaca family, currently numbering a dozen. And they all get kisses, not just baby Seven.

    Coonley’s farm, Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, is located just off Ky. 22 in Ballardsville and is pretty much a one-woman operation.

  • Man indicted for crooked mortgages on bogus Prospect and Goshen homes

    He promised returns of 10 to 15 percent on investments, and solicited more than $700,000 to purchase bogus homes in Prospect, Shelbyville and Goshen. Now, a Louisville man faces a federal charge for mail fraud related to his investors’ loss of $1.2 million in his real estate scheme.

    A federal grand jury indicted Russell N. Daniel, 63, on a single count of mail fraud after an FBI investigation.

    According to the indictment, between March 1, 2005 and October 31, 2008, Daniel swindled investors in his real estate business to obtain money and property.

  • Crestwood's planning a comeback

    Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Crestwood Station is coming back to life.

    For 15 years, the shopping center has been dormant, with few but frequently changing tenants.

    But a revitalization in the center is taking hold, and a second All About Kids fitness facility will soon anchor the space.

    All About Kids is purchasing the 46,000-square-foot space and will remodel it to provide a place for gymnastics, cheerleading, tae kwon do, dance and swimming classes.

  • Rocket Man Inc. is Super Bowl bound

    If a fan buys a beverage from a walking vendor at the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, they will be doing business with the same Oldham County company that serves beverages at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Churchill Downs and Kentucky Speedway.  
    Rocket Man Inc., based in Buckner, manages the walking vendor program at Lucas Oil Stadium, host of the NFL championship and home of the Indianapolis Colts and other events.