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  • ‘I gave him life twice’

    After learning that her grown son had a rare-incurable illness that would destroy both his kidneys, Judith Nigh did not hesitate – her decision to give him one of her kidneys was the most natural thing in the world, she said.

    “It was an honor and a blessing that God made it possible for me to do this for him,” she said.

  • NEWS DIGEST: July 9, 2014

    Heiner funnels millions

    into his campaign

    Republican Hal Heiner gave his gubernatorial campaign a seven-figure boost, reporting loans totaling $4 million in his second-quarter finance report Monday.

  • School Board expected to vote on redistricting

    After having two weeks to look over the proposed redistricting maps, the Shelby County Board of Education Thursday is expected to have reached a decision on whether or not they want to accept one as their new voting boundaries.

  • Trash franchise left at the curb

    While many of Shelbyville citizens are impatiently awaiting the bids from the garbage Requests For Proposals (RFP), Mayor Tom Hardesty says he and the garbage committee are not in a rush.

    “We just want to do it right. There’s a lot riding on this franchise. It’s going to be new to everyone,” he said.

    City Attorney Steve Gregory reiterated that the committee wants to take their time in order to perfect the specifications.

  • Distilleries officially have a new home

    The Shelbyville City Council finished with its amendments and approval of changes to the zoning text amendment, which will allow distilleries on 25-acre properties zoned Agricultural within the city limits.

    Thursday, council members approved a second reading of amendments to ordinance relating to non-domestic animals, including an addition of a line to include that any preexisting fences in place on agricultural property prior to the rezoning of adjacent property would be exempt from the 100-foot setback requirement.

  • I-64 accident has 1 lane closed just before eastbound Exit 32

    A semi truck and trailer overturned this afternoon on Interstate 64 eastbound about a half of a mile before Exit 32.

    No one was injured in the accident.

    The truck flipped over into the right lane, which has been closed. While the left lane remains open, traffic through the construction zone is backed up and moving slowly for more than 5 miles.

    Authorities on the scene said they were not sure how long it would take to clear the road.

  • Efforts ongoing to circulate petition for wet/dry election

    A few weeks ago, Katie Sjothun took on the daunting task of gathering thousands of signatures for a wet/dry election in the interest of what she considered to be ‘fair’ for the good of Shelby County.

    Now, with most of the red tape behind her, she said she is getting more excited than ever about the prospect of completing the task – collecting nearly 4,700 signatures for her petition.

  • Gay marriage almost Legal in Kentucky

    Although a federal judge ruled in favor of gay marriage in Kentucky Tuesday, same-sex couples still will not be allowed in marry in the commonwealth until all appeals are dealt with.

    In striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II rejected Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that the state’s ban on the practice is necessary because only heterosexual couples can procreate and maintain the state's birth rate and economy.

    "These arguments are not those of serious people," Heyburn wrote in his opinion.

  • Peytona area getting new water tower

    Construction began last week on a long-awaited new water tower for the Clay Village/Peytona area.

    The new tower is the first such structure to be constructed in that area for more than half a century, Magistrate Eddie Kingsolver said during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    He added that it will provide much better water service for that portion of the county.

    “There will be a lot better water pressure,” he said.

  • NEWS DIGEST: July 4, 2014

    Shelby welcome center

    on I-64 to close temporarily

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists that access to the Welcome Center on eastbound Interstate 64 will be closed for a couple of days next week due to construction work. Contract crews are moving concrete barrier wall and placing asphalt pavement in the lanes near the Welcome Center entrance. This work is part of a project to widen Interstate 64 in Shelby County between mile points 28 and 32.