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  • Workshop will address county’s broadband needs

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will have a workshop Tuesday to explore opportunities for high speed Internet for the county.

    The workshop will be at 6 p.m. at the Stratton Center at 215 Washington St. and the public is invited to attend.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that magistrates would hear a presentation by a group that is working closely with the Kentucky Wired Initiative, a project to provide an avenue for all 120 counties to have broadband service.

  • Skate Park to get spruced up

    The county’s skate park, established in 2008 at Daniel Field on Washington Street, has gotten a little run down looking, and a Shelby County woman is championing a move to clean it up.

    What’s more, she’s doing so with the county’s blessing, said Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens.

    “I was glad to hear that someone wanted to go the extra mile to help us with the skate park,” he said. “It’s always good when people take an interest in our parks and we support her efforts.”

  • Shelby man's flag collection numbers in the hundreds

    With Memorial Day marking the start of summer and 4th of July a midpoint highlight, the American Flag gets its most prominent displays throughout the summer.

    But at one Shelbyville home you might think it’s early July every day of the year.

    With flags adorning walls, sofas, curtains, tables and virtually every nook and cranny of Rob Carter’s Shelbyville home people stop and gape wide-eyed the first time they visit his home, he said.

  • Red, white and re-do

    The skies were filled with booms and bright flashes over the weekend but unfortunately the majority of the tumult came from adverse weather rather than Fourth of July fireworks.  But local park officials assure their annual shows will go on, though just a few days later than originally planned.

    “Basically we’re going to go to Friday the eighth,” Simpsonville Parks and Recreation Director Chris Truelock said, noting the rain over the holiday weekend forced a postponement of the fun.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Transitional housing resolution back on the agenda

    What seemed to be a finished matter has found its way back onto the agenda.  When the Shelbyville City Council convenes at 6:30 this week at City Hall, 315 Washington St., they will again consider a resolution requesting that the Triple S Planning Commission hold a public hearing and make a recommendation for amending the Shelbyville zoning regulations to allow for a conditional use designation permitting transitional housing facilities to be located in the Limited Historic District.

  • Red, white and new

    4th of July events

    WHERE: Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Mount Eden Ruritan Club

    WHEN: Starting at 4 p.m. for Red, White and Boom in Simpsonville and 6 p.m. for Shake the Lake in Shelbyville, noon at Mount Eden Ruritan Club

    FIREWORKS: Shelbyville and Simpsonville will begin at dark, approximately 9:45-10

    COST: Red, White and Boom is free, and Shake the Lake is $3

  • Both July 4th celebrations moved to Friday

    Both of Shelby's Fourth of July celebrations have been moved to July 8 due to impending inclement weather.

    Simpsonville Parks and Recreation Director Chris Truelock said his celebration is rescheduled for July 8.

    The revised schedule is the following:

    * Shopping: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    * Food, drinks, treats: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    * Bouncies: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    * Live music starts at 7 p.m.

    * Fireworks show begins at dark

  • Woman thought to be in burning home is OK

    A Shelbyville woman whom fire crews thought was in her burning home when it caught fire Wednesday is OK, officials say.

    Teresa Stone’s home on Arbor Green Lane, located behind the Shelbyville Fairgrounds, however, is all but destroyed by the fire.

    Ben Ferris, stone’s father, said he was very relieved to discover that his daughter was not at home at the time of the fire.

  • A gift of kindness

    Chris and Kelley Wise beamed with pride while looking at their 5-year-son, Braxton, who was all smiles after having just made enough money during a family yard sale to buy a big item on his wish list.

    And it’s largely in part to the gift of a total stranger.

    Braxton Wise will be able to get his Xbox after setting the goal to raise the money starting with a lemonade stand at the family yard sale.

  • Counting is for the birds

    When John Mann goes to check on his birdies, he’s looking for a different kind than most at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club.

    Mann, who has lived at Persimmon Ridge with his wife, Claudine, since he retired 25 years ago, has been participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count for the past 13 years.

    As he waited Wednesady for some nearby golfers to tee off before starting up his golf cart to check on one of his birdhouses that are scattered across the club’s 90 acres, you could see the excitement in his eyes.