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  • Kindergarten gets pushed back


    The first day of school may come a year later than expected for some children in Kentucky next year. State officials passed a bill in 2012 that will go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year that will impact incoming kindergarteners on the birthday cutoff threshold.

    According to state officials the change will require many children to be two months older to start school, requiring children turn 5 years of age by August 1, rather than the current birthday cutoff of October 1.

  • Shelby water tests below concerned chemical levels


    The Environmental Working Group, a public health advocacy group, released last month the results of an analysis of federal data from nationwide drinking water tests that revealed a carcinogenic chemical called chromium-6, contaminates water supplies for more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states.

    The compound name is recognizable from its mentioning in the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

  • Picky pumpkin pickers

    Fall brings colorful leaves, festivals, apple cider and, of course, pumpkins. Picking out the perfect pumpkin is an art that truly depends on its purpose.

    Whether it's for baking, carving, painting or just to complete a front porch arrangement, there is a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds out there to meet just about any need.

    "We've got just about everything here," said Randie Gallrein of Gallrein Farms as she gestured to a warehouse packed with warty, brown, pink, striped, green and even blue pumpkins.

  • Mulberry peaches on tap

    Louisville based Against the Grain Brewery, along with Ethereal Brewing of Lexington, teamed up with Shelby County’s Mulberry Orchard to introduce the first limited edition brew in their Kentucky Proud Beer Series.

    Using peaches from the local farm, the brewery team brewed a sour peach saison they have named Peach Better Have My Money.

  • Charter school legislation gets push


    While 43 states have legislation in place allowing charter schools, Kentucky is not one of them, but Gov. Matt Bevin, with the backing of his new appointees, is working to change that.

    Wednesday at the Kentucky Board of Education’s regular meeting in Frankfort, Bevin and his team urged the Kentucky Board of Education to call a work session in November in order to develop a position on charter school legislation.

  • Big voter turnout predicted

    “We had fifty-point-nine percent in the last presidential election; usually it’s about sixty [percent],” said Sue Carole Perry, Shelby County clerk. She explained that when a president is running for a second term voter turn out is not as great, which was the case in 2012.

  • No extension for Kentucky for REAL ID

    Uncertainty hangs in the air over Kentucky after an announcement that the federal government has denied the state's request for a 1-year extension that would have allowed more time to come into compliance with federal security regulations for driver’s licenses and other types of identification.

  • Wild Game Feast Saturday at Fairgrounds

    If you're wild about venison and other game, you won't want to miss Saturday's Wild Game Feast set for 6 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

    The annual event, a fundraiser for the youth and children's outreach at Centenary United Methodist Church, will include dinner, a silent auction and entertainment, for $15 per person at Floral Hall, with a special price of $35 for a family of two adults and two children.

    The event began more than 15 years ago, established by hunters with extra game on hand.

  • Treasure trove of history

    If you love learning about historic architecture, a newly published book will give you much more than you bargained for.

    Historic Architecture of Shelby County, Kentucky, 1792 – 1915, by John David Myles, is a hard cover, 300-page exploration of the structures built in the county during that time period, featuring more than 500 images.

  • Google Fiber not reaching into Simpsonville

    Simpsonville officials have said that so far, despite working with officials in Jefferson County, Google Fiber has not approached them to negotiate to provide broadband internet service to the community.

    Though being located near the Jefferson/Shelby county line may seem like a logical motivation for Google Fiber to move into the community, Simpsonville city Administrator David Eaton said that no one from the company has reached out to them.

    “We haven’t heard anything from Google Fiber,” he said.