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  • Simpsonville budget increases by 11 percent

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on first reading its 2017-18 budget Thursday, which shows an 11 percent increase from the 2016-17 budget.

    This year’s budget calls for a balanced spending plan of $1,658,000, compared to $1,494,000 in 2016. At Thursday’s reading, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton explained the increase in expected revenue for this year.

    Revenue from the ad volorem tax and from occupational license fees is expected to be on the increase, at $280,000 and $670,000, respectively.

  • Anonymous donors give $15K to parks

    Two anonymous donations last week have given a parks project a big boost toward it funding goals, officials said.

    Parks consultant Clay Cottongim said that the two donations to Phase II of the Greenway Trail consist of $10,000 and 5,000. 

    He added that amount would advance the Shelby County Parks Foundation closer to matching a $100,000 Recreational Trails Program grant it received,

  • Police training targets officer safety

    A two-session training event last week in Shelbyville for law enforcement was not only well received by local officers but could also serve as a training exercise for another session in the fall.

    At least 40 officers from around Shelby County turned out for the Below 100 class, an initiative that targets officer safety, with the goal being to bring the number of officers killed in the line of duty to below 100 nationwide annually.

  • Healthy fun

    With healthy activities going on all around them, from exercise classes to bounce houses and chasing rubber balls, all of the young visitors to the annual Health and Fitness Fun Day event Saturday could think of was just having fun.

    Whether it was dancing along to the exercise music or jumping up and down in the bounce house, physical activity spelled only one concept—having fun.

    That’s the way it should be for everyone, including adults, said Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens.

  • Planners table turnout issue for resident’s property
  • County to hold drug abuse forum

    A county sponsored community drug abuse forum will address several issues residents are facing concerning the problem of drug abuse in Shelby on Tuesday morning at the Stratton Community Center, 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison and several community partners are coordinating the event between medical and emergency service officials who will speak at the 3-hour event.

  • A family tree

    A new home at 840½Heinsville Road near Bagdad has everyone driving by doing a double take at its unique features, but don’t call any realtors to set up showing.

    But you might want to ask the Moores just how they turned an old maple tree into the most interesting new house in Shelby County.

  • Road widening from KY 53 to Rocket Lane pushed back

    Shelby County Fiscal Court Magistrates discussed the status of some highly anticipated road projects at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

    State Rep. Rob Rothenburger (R-Shelbyville) told the court that the widening project scheduled for Mount Eden Road was still on schedule for 2019, but that in the meantime, he hopes a proposal to resurface a portion of the 7000 block of the roadway will be approved.

  • I-64 fatality claims one

    A Frankfort man died after a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 Tuesday night.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said that James Long, 62, a retired jockey, died after he crashed at the 36 mile marker on I-64 at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Long, who was returning home from Louisville, was not wearing a seatbelt, said. Rice.

    A longtime jockey in Kentucky, Long was at one time was the only black jockey riding in the state.

    He ended his career in 2008, winning more than 300 races.

  • Community input needed for new comp plan

    Do you have ideas about how Shelby County’s anticipated population growth should move over the next two decades?

    If so, you should take a moment out of your day Wednesday to stop by the Stratton Center.

    Ryan Libke, Triple S Planning Commission executive director, is seeking input from the community regarding ideas about road improvements and new roads along with other thoughts and ideas about developing the county.