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  • County budget to include 2 percent raises With an increase of about $500K,

    In his budget address to the Shelby County Fiscal Court Tuesday night, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger proposed a budget of just over a half million more than last year.

    The 2016-17 county budget he proposed is $21,364,988, an increase of about 2.5 percent from the 2015-16 budget of $20,823,427.

    The budget proposal is full of increased benefits for county employees, including a 2 percent raise not only for all full-time employees, but also for part-time employees in select departments, he said.

  • Step right up

    If you want to see live animal acts and watch international circus stars perform daring stunts, then you must make it down to Shelby County Fairgrounds Monday when the Kelly Miller Brothers Circus comes to town.

    The circus will feature two shows – one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. – with Ringmaster Rebecca Ostroff in charge as the lights darken, the spotlights flash, with acts to delight adults and children alike.

    But the activity really starts much earlier than that, said Circus Manager Tavana Brown.

  • County starts wet/dry election process


  • Creating a supportive network

    It’s an issue the entire community is facing but for some the struggle of addiction hits on a very personal level, and their pain was brought to light this week in the form of a candlelight vigil.

    More than 75 attendees and organizers took to the stairs at the old courthouse on Main Street Tuesday evening to seek support, show support and to hear the stories of those suffering from addiction.

  • A friendly investment

    We are about 24 hours away from the fancy hats, the screaming fans and national attention of the most exciting two minutes in sports.

  • Tourism gets cookin’

    In recognition of National Tourism Week, the Shelby County Tourism Commission hosted two cookouts this week, filling hundreds of residents in the community with a warm meal and new knowledge on exactly what the commission represents.

  • Student fights request to remove flag

    Waves of crimson and blue waved against an overcast sky Thursday afternoon and behind them stood an outraged family toting Confederate, American and Christian flags, protesting their son’s right to display the Confederate flag on his truck.

    “It’s ridiculous. It shouldn’t be like this. It’s my right to have it up,” Collins High School sophomore Joseph Garrett said.   “It’s not a racist thing. It has nothing to do with racism.”

  • Movie directed by local women to show in Henry

    A movie written and directed by two local women, one of whom who also stars in it, will have an encore showing at Henry County High School Friday night.

    Shelby County resident Ashley Raymer-Brown plays the lead role of Katherine Sherard, a librarian who lives a solitary life, no close family ties and rarely dates, but her reclusive life is abruptly altered when she takes in her spirited, 17-year old half sister, Audrey Adler.

    Raymer-Brown, co-director along with Rachel Yeager, describes the film, The Hepburn Girls, as funny and touching.

  • Open Door banquet is May 12

    A fundraiser for the Open Door of Hope men’s shelter is set for May 12 and will offer the public the chance to have a good meal and help out homeless men in the community at the same time.

    In its third year, the Banquet of Hope will be hosted at 6:30 p.m. at Shelby Christian Church on Frankfort Road.

    The program will mirror last year’s, with a meal consisting of home style cooking by Country Mart in Taylorsville, raffles and entertainment by a DJ. Also, a staff member of the shelter will give an overview of a new program.

  • Crews bring in more trash this year for Commonwealth Cleanup

    Twice as many people got involved in Commonwealth Cleanup this year than in 2015, bringing in even more trash, said organizers of the event.

    Kathy Ranard, director of Shelby Clean Community, said this year, 92 people participated, compared to 48 last year, picking up 329 bags of litter, over last year’s 313 bags.

    The 8 groups – there were 6 in 2015 – covered 110 square miles, and found the usual types of trash that she sees on the side of the roads on a regular basis, she said.