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  • County votes in Sunday sales

    This weekend will be the first time residents will be able to purchase packaged alcohol in county businesses on Sunday, except the county has yet to issue an alcohol license.

    On Tuesday the Shelby County Fiscal Court passed on second reading the county’s new alcohol ordinance, moving from the longstanding moist status to a fully wet county with the inclusion of Sunday sales.

  • County judge-position to change

    On Dec. 31, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger’s 14-year tenure will end when he steps into his new role as the 58th District’s state representative.

    By then, a new face will be in place to head up the Shelby County Fiscal Court, he said, adding that his deputy judge-executive, Rusty Newton, is also stepping down and taking a different job in county government.

  • Woe, Christmas tree

    Down at the fire station, jingle bells start ringing. One cries, ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ and suddenly, they know it’s not going to be a silent night.

    Dashing through the snow, they arrive to see your roof roasting with an open fire. With Jack Frost nipping at their nose, they pull out their hose and deck your halls with water.  Clearly it is not going to be a Holly Jolly Christmas this year.

  • APT holds grand opening

    The grand opening of the new location of Associates in Pediatric Therapy in Shelbyville drew a large crowd Tuesday afternoon, but those waiting patiently for Governor Matt Bevin to help cut the ceremonial ribbon got left out in the cold.

    The opening ceremonies kicked-off around 4 p.m. but the continuous updates regarding Bevin’s ETA left attendees waiting for the ribbon cutting ceremony in suspense for more than an hour. 

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Special meeting Monday for alcohol ordinance

    The Shelbyville City Council will put Sunday alcohol sales and early time exemptions to a vote Monday with a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

    The council discussed the matter when they met last Thursday and asked for a draft ordinance to expand the city’s alcohol ordinances to permit sales on Sundays to mirror the county’s recently expanded ordinance that passed second reading on Tuesday.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said at the time the purpose of the discussion was to avoid putting city vendors at an economic disadvantage.

  • Brown doubles down to meet holiday demand

    If you’re wondering why that U-Haul is dropping off packages in your neighborhood, don’t worry Santa’s sleigh hasn’t broken down.

    As they did last year, UPS has had to contract extra trucks to meet holiday package delivery demand.

    Mike Mangeot, spokesperson for UPS, said he has not had any negative feedback from the public about the use of U-Haul trucks to deliver packages during the holiday season.

  • Fundraiser for boy with diabetes

    Proceeds from an event scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. at the Bagdad Ruritan Club will help a young child in his struggle with juvenile diabetes, his family says.

    Conner Madden, 7, was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes – in which the body does not produce insulin – in May 2016, and his family hopes to be able to obtain an insulin pump for him, said his grandmother, Barbara Waits.

  • Bagdad Christmas brings community together

    Bagdad welcomed the season this weekend with what many hope will become an annual holiday festival for the small, close-knit community.

    Surrounding a community Christmas Tree, residents and guests Saturday evening joined together by candlelight to sing carols, wrapping up a night of unity and holiday fun for the town. Formal carols, along with a few fun songs like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, concluded with a ceremonial tree lighting followed by the hanging of ornaments provided by the community.

  • Blue Gables closes grant

    The Shelbyville City Council opened its meeting fifteen minutes early Thursday with a public hearing concerning the Blue Gables Project.

    Eilene Collins, with Shelby Main Street, spoke during the public comments portion of the hearing and said she wanted to commend the efforts of those involved, as well.

    “I would like to complement Shelbyville Preservation on their efforts and undying dedication to the project, which was not always easy,” she said.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL Council talks Sunday sales

    To follow the county’s ongoing conversation expanding the alcohol ordinance to permit packaged sales on Sunday, the Shelbyville City Council started a discussion of its own last week.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court considered the second reading of its ordinance expansion last night but their decision was not in by press time. 

    The council moved forward with its discussion so if/when the county passes its ordinance the city can be ready to keep its vendors from an economic disadvantage.