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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board approves balanced Working Budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday approved the 2016-17 Working Budget and Susan Barkley, director of finance for the district, said there were only a few significant changes from the Tentative Budget the board approved in May to the Working Budget presented Thursday.

    The first two changes she presented came as no surprise, as they had been discussed during an August meeting when the board voted on the tax rates, which they elected to maintain at 71.5 cents per $100, for the fifth consecutive year.

  • Heat causing questionable odor in water

    If the taste of your drinking water seems a bit less than favorable lately, you’re not alone. 

    Numerous Shelby residents have taken to social media over the past few weeks to voice their distaste and concern of their drinking water.  Tom Doyle, manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer, assures, however, that the water is perfectly safe to consume.

  • Traffic tie up on I-64

    Westbound traffic will be moving slowly on I-64 for a couple of hours this afternoon due to an accident at mile marker 45 near the Shelby/Franklin County line. There were no injuries in the accident, but crews have to clear the roadway.

  • Verizon to add two towers to county

    There is good news and bad news for Verizon Wireless customers in Shelby County.  The good news: cell service in Waddy and on the eastern side of Shelbyville is likely to improve soon.  However, to rectify the gap in signal two towers need to be erected and many residents will be stuck starring at the bad news.

    David Pike, on behalf of Verizon Wireless, presented to the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday the requests for both towers.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Fourth Dollar General a no-go

    After hearing several lengthy, and at times heated, comments from the public, the Triple S Planning Commission ultimately made the decision to deny a zone change request for property on Frankfort Road, just west of Elmburg Road.

    With no questions or discussion, commissioners voted unanimously, with Quintin Biagi abstaining, against a zone change from Agricultural to General Commercial in order to develop a fourth Dollar General store in the county. 

  • Nifco looks to expand

    Representatives with Nifco presented an amended development plan during Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission meeting that called for a 26,000 square-foot addition to their existing 200,000 square-foot property on Hudson Boulevard.

  • Music to the ear

    Wakefield Scearce Gallery is well known for classical elegance, and a chamber concert it is hosting next Friday is no exception.

    At 7:30 p.m. Eric Genuis, a classical pianist and composer from Simpsonville, will be accompanied by two world-renowned soloists and a vocalist in a performance in the Science Hill Courtyard.

    The event will also feature light refreshment, said Patti Wilson with the Gallery.

  • Heartfelt award

    The Mission Lifeline Award recognizes the critical, life-saving role that emergency services personnel provide to patients, and this year, named Shelby County EMS as one of its very few gold award recipients.

  • Paving continues in Simpsonville

    The project to pave all city streets in Simpsonville, which went into full swing recently, is continuing this week.

    Officials weren’t sure last week which section of town would be done next, although at Thursday night’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, Mayor Steve Eden said it’s likely that the area around the I-64 exchange would be next.

  • Brandenburg Man killed on I-64

    A Brandenburg man was killed Friday night in the emergency lane on I-64, when he was struck by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, said police.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Maj. Jason Rice said that John Madden, 55, was killed in the incident, which occurred at 6:50 p.m. at Mile Marker 37 eastbound.

    Madden was struck by a 2009 Mitsubishi passenger car driven by Fred Ditto Jr., 45, also of Brandenburg, who was not injured in the crash.