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  • Local business is getting big savings with new environmentally friendly lighting system

    For Tom and Ruth Hodge this change was all about the green – going green and saving green.

    The Hodges recently installed a new lightning system at It’s Convenient, the convenient store the co-own at 38 Main Street, and the new LED system is creating big savings the Hodges and the environment.

  • Wireless provider gets national award

    Shelby Broadband, an Internet service provider and facilities-based CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) located in Simpsonville, has been awarded Operator of the Year by the membership of the Wireless Internet Service Provider's Association.

    Chuck Hogg, president of Shelby Broadband and co-owner along with Gerard Dupont, said he was proud of the honor.

  • Ghost hunters check out historic Birch House at Clear Creek Park

    Whispery voices, sounds of a turning doorknob, ghostly sighs.

    Sounds familiar to ghost hunters greeted Sight and Sound Paranormal, a paranormal investigation group based in Shelbyville, as they conducted a midnight investigation at the Birch House at Clear Creek Park Sunday night.

    The historic home, originally belonging to Dr. A.L. Birch and now used by Shelby County Parks and Recreation, had gained somewhat of a reputation for unexplained sounds and other eerie happenings, said Thomas Hood, founder of the three-person paranormal team.

  • New solid waste facility opening is delayed

    The county’s new solid waste facility has now been delayed for the second time.

    The $3.2 million trash and recycling center being built on Windhurst Way, near Martinrea Heavy Stamping, was originally scheduled to be opened in July, then November and now has been pused back to 2015.

    At a special called meeting Thursday afternoon, Project Manager Tim Ball told the 109 Board, which oversees solid waste in the county, that new equipment was needed, and it won’t be available for up to 9 weeks.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Hotel, restaurants possible along Buck Creek Road

    More activity should soon be springing up around the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville.

    On Tuesday, the Triple S Planning Commission approved an amended plat for a nearly 10-acre plat on the east side of Buck Creek Road, across from the new outlet mall.

    The amended plat changed, with approval from the commission, the setback from I-64 to 75 feet from 150 feet, which seemed to be the only thing standing in the way for a sale from owners Bob and Kitty Walters to the development company Big Blue Group.

  • A prosperous poetic project

    The local chapters of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the NAACP are joining forces Monday to host a Poetry Slam Contest.

    A Poetry Slam Contest is a competitive event that combines the art of poetry writing and performance.

    “The main reason [we are hosting the event] is [because] we want to get young people involved. We want to provide an outlet for someone that may not otherwise have an outlet to tell their story,” said Leslie McBride of the Shelby County chapter of the KFTC.

  • DUIs down, fatalities increase

    While of DUI arrests were down for the year, the didn’t make our county roads safer.

    There were five deadly accidents, compared to four in 2012, claiming six lives on Shelby’s roads in 2013.

  • Candidates state their cases

    More than a hundred concerned citizens and candidates turned out for a local political forum Monday.

    The forum, hosted by Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement (SCOPE) andThe Sentinel-News, featured candidates running in contested races for the general election in November and allowed them to address questions submitted from voters.

    The 23 candidates who attended included those running for contested seats in city and county offices, Simpsonville and school board, as well as judicial seats.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: $675K of Diageo property taxes to be refunded

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates voted Tuesday to execute an economic development grant between the county and Diego Americas Supply Inc. that would send $675,000 in property taxes back to the company.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that over the next four years, the county, through the grant agreement, will collect 100 percent of the taxes generated by Diego and in return, pay Diageo $675,000 over the next four years to be used for facility infrastructure development.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Oct. 22, 2014

    SCPS, auditors meeting

    pushed back

    Following the release of the State Auditor’s Examination last week, the members of the Shelby County Board of Education voiced a desire to discuss the auditor’s findings and recommendations.

    During the October 9 board meeting, school board members agreed upon 3 dates (October 23, 27 or 28) to which they could meet with the auditors.

    However, the state auditors have said that those dates will not work.