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  • New laws go into effect next week

    Twenty-two new laws being are being implemented as of this month, including a bill regarding more than $5 billion in road repair projects.

    The laws, which go into effect on Tuesday, were approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2014 regular session, which adjourned on April 15.  While some went into effect immediately, like a bill preventing the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, other bills had up to 90 days to take effect.

  • Outlet mall gives sneak peek, adds new stores

    With three weeks until opening day for The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, construction workers on the property are hard at work.

    The 365,000-square-foot retail center located just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville is scheduled to open on July 31.

    Despite the fact that many stores look empty, Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties, assures that the nearly all the stores will be ready to open on time.

    “I have watched stores literally transform in a 24-hour-period,” she said.

  • County hires new solid waste director

    Shelby County has a new solid waste director, a transplant from New Mexico who has been living in Shelby County for 12 years.

    Rick Solomon, who retired from a 20-year career as an environmental engineer at a New Mexico oil company, headed east after retirement, “Because I wanted to get away from the desert.”

    Since his finance was working as a state employee for the state of Kentucky, a move to Shelbyville seemed logical, he said.

    He also went back to work, again as an environmental supervisor, for the state of Kentucky.

  • Construction underway on new solid waste facility

    Construction on the county’s new solid waste facility began Thursday and officials say the center should open in four months.

    Newly hired Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon said construction, originally scheduled for an August/September completion date, was delayed because of weather.

  • ‘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.