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  • SCPS librarian setting standards

    Shelby County Public School’s librarian Kathy Mansfield, who is currently on a memorandum of agreement with the Kentucky Department of Education, has been selected to serve in a unique and historic position with the American Association of School Librarians.

    Mansfield was recently named to the AASL editorial board, where she will serve a vital role in updating the learning standards and guidelines for the association.

  • Procrastination doesn’t pay

    The NCAA championship game might be behind us, but March Madness still looms for many of those that have put off filing their taxes until the last minute.

    The last day to file is April 15 and with less than a week to go to get those returns in, people all over Shelby County are lining up at their local tax preparers offices hoping to win a race against the clock and avoid ugly penalties and interest charges.

  • Housing Corp. to host historic bus tour


    To commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Federal Housing Act of 1968, the Kentucky Housing Corporation is cosponsoring a free bus tour event entitled “Get on the Bus; The Path Toward Equal Housing Opportunity” on Tuesday April 21.

  • Fire departments flooded with water rescues

    After a tension-filled day of water rescues by both city and county fire departments, Friday's day of raging waters was capped off by still another rescue, even more harrowing than those preceding it, firefighters said.

    “We actually plucked another one out Friday night a little worse than that one [in the morning]," said Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd.

  • Simpsonville budget sees growth

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a first reading Thursday night on the 2015-16 budget, which shows an 8 percent increase in revenue over last year’s.

    This year’s budget calls for a balanced spending plan of $1,205,500, which compares to $1,113,500 for 2014.

    Revenues do not include the $150,000 brought in by a restaurant tax imposed in Simpsonville last year, because they are restricted funds and can’t be used for anything except civic projects, said City Administrator David Eaton.

  • Bevin brings answers to Shelby campaign stop

    Just six weeks after visiting Shelby Industries, Matt Bevin, Republican candidate for governor, and his running mate for lieutenant governor Jenean Hampton, were back in Shelby County Monday for a brief question-and-answer session for the community.

    In contrast to their first Shelby County stop at a large industry, the campaign trail this time led them to a small privately-owned downtown Shelbyville restaurant, The Bell House, which operates with just a handful of employees.

  • Career Day at Clear Creek

    Nearly 20 parents and community volunteers stopped Friday at Clear Creek Elementary to share with first grade students their experience, knowledge and tools from their career fields.

    Students came to school dressed in attire for their aspiring career fields.

    First-grade teacher Chelsea Fort said about half of the first graders dressed up, most in the health field as doctors or nurses.

    Fort said they had been preparing for the day all year.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL–Public Works to build new salt bin

    Despite the threat of flash floods and thunderstorms, the Shelbyville City Council had a different weather preparation task on their minds Thursday, as they approved a recommendation for a bid to build a bin for the storage of the city’s salt supply.

    Last year, due to the lack of sufficient storage, the city utilized the county’s storage facility.

    City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell noted that the county is capable of storing nearly 5000 tons of salt.

  • Heavy rains cause flooding

    Flooded roadways, barrages of lightning, gusting winds, driving rain and even some water rescues set the scene in Shelby County Thursday and Friday.

    There were no injuries, but plenty of anxious moments as road crews scurried around closing roadways covered by floodwaters, and even rescuing two people that had to be retrieved from rising water. Both were trapped when they tried to drive through water.

    The first incident occurred Thursday afternoon, Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker said.

  • PSC says water district ignored warnings

    A utility company has come under fire from the Kentucky Public Service Commission in connection with the collapse of a water tower in Waddy last August.

    The PSC Thursday issued a statement that its investigation into that incident has led to allegations that the U.S. 60 Water District was warned that the tank had corrosion problems and failed to heed those warnings.