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  • New distillery eyeing property in Waddy

     The Triple S Planning Commission will hold a public meeting on Tuesday as commissioners consider the development plan of another new distillery proposed for the county.

    The plan calls for a 30,000-square-foot distillery on 184 acres of agriculturally zoned property near Waddy. 

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Bike, Pedestrian plan gets hearing

     After spending much time perfecting the matter, the Triple S Planning Commission will host a public hearing regarding the Shelby County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan when the commission convenes Tuesday for its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

  • Unified Champions

    Collins and Shelby County high schools joined forces last week in an effort to unify their rivalry with another cross county matchup on the court.

    While the game was intense, it was all in good fun, said Kristen Kapp with Shelby County High School.

    “Us and Collins have become part of what’s called a Unified Schools Program,” she said, noting the program pairs up with the Special Olympics and helps bring athletic opportunities to high schools for special needs students.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - District to discuss Shelby JCTCS property

     The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Shelby County Area Technology Center for their final meeting of the calendar year and will discuss the district’s consideration of the purchase of KCTCS Shelby campus building and property.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - City projects moving forward

    Shelbyville City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell updated the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday about some enhancements coming to the city.

    Herrell said demolition has begun for the three small buildings on the 7th Street property, just north of Washington Street. “Our contractor is extremely busy so he is kind of in and out but we are slowly getting those down. We should have those down in the next week or two.”

  • ACA deadline for healthcare is Friday

    The deadline to sign up for marketplace health care coverage is fast approaching, and those needing insurance are being urged to enroll quickly if they have not already done so.

    Officials say they are concerned because thousands of people have not yet enrolled – in fact, a recent study found that one-third of Americans haven’t even heard about open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health plans.

  • Geoffrey Eugene McGillen: Aug. 13, 1952 – Dec. 8, 2017

    The world got a bit quieter Friday with the passing of renowned musician Geoffrey McGillen.

    Geoffrey Eugene McGillen, 65, who passed away after a brief bout with pneumonia, was minister for senior adults at First Baptist Church on Midland Trail, as well as a gifted musician who loved playing music as much as people loved hearing him play, his friends said.

  • Three homes destroyed in weekend fires

    Residents of three households in different parts of the county lost practically everything they owned in separate house fires over the weekend.

    Though there were no injuries, each home suffered massive losses, including one home in Bagdad where a five-year-old child’s Christmas presents were lost.

  • Changes coming for jail

    Some changes are on the horizon for the Shelby County Detention Center, with new technology and an increase in booking fees.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, magistrates approved Jailer Darrell Cox’s request to purchase a body scanner that he said is badly needed.

    “They [scanners] will be like the ones you see at the airport,” he said. “We can see if they’ve got drugs or weapons hid on them – anything.”

    Cox said the scanners, which employ X-ray technology, are perfectly safe to use.

  • Christmas from cover to cover

    If the thought of those longs, chaotic lines to meet Santa are adding stress to your holiday season, the Shelby County Library has a solution in store. Library Director Pam Federspiel said the library’s annual Christmas at the Library is set for Saturday, and they have a lot of activities in store.

    From 10 a.m. until noon the library will host the celebration, which includes music, snacks, crafts and, of course, photos and visits with Santa.

    “This year we will have Mrs. Claus, too,” Federspiel noted.