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  • Distillery beginning to take shape

    The concept of a still 66 feet tall would be enough to knock any Kentuckian speechless, and details about how many millions of gallons of bourbon the huge distillery going up on Benson Pike would produce was sufficient enough to impress even the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club.

  • County recycling facility to start charging Tuesday

    After operating for free in its first three months, officials at the Shelby County Recycling Center say they are ready to begin charging people for the use of the facility.

    Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon said charging per pound of household trash would begin Tuesday, something that he and his staff have been working toward since the facility, at 170 Windhurst Way, opened Dec. 8.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District adjusts focus of digital conversion

    The district’s idea of 1:1 computing – which would put a digital device into the hands of every student – has taken a backseat to a new term. 

  • Home grown dinner

    About 15 curious Shelby County ladies were in attendance for a Plate it UP! workshop at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office Wednesday hoping to learn more about cooking with local produce.

    The free class was made possible through a partnership between the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences.

    The statewide program focuses on educating the community about locally grown foods and recipes that utilize them.

  • Providing educational choices for parents

    With plans in place to open a Montessori program, Corpus Christi Academy is now looking to reach children at a younger, more critical developmental stage.

    “It’s about preparing them in those early years, coming in [to kindergarten] with a desire to learn,” Corpus Christi principal Leslie Genuis, said. “This would be a great preparation for them.”

    Developed more than a century ago by Italian physician and teacher Maria Montessori, the program is geared on the philosophy that education should mirror human development.

  • Freedom Trail

    Reflecting on a two-hour program she will present on the Underground Railroad, local historian Diane Coon took a deep breath that at first seemed like she didn’t know quite where to start.

    “For the Tapestry program, I did a real short version of the Underground Railroad in Shelby County,” she said. “WhatI'm going to do Friday is to give a much larger picture of slavery and anti-slavery and the Underground Railroad.”

    But it quickly became apparent that some of the hesitation was because it was an emotional topic for her.

  • Award winning author to speak at library

    Shelby County Public Library officials say they are excited about an upcoming appearance Thursday night by award winning author Eddie Price.

    Price will be at the library from 6 to 7 p.m. to promote his new book, Widder’s Landing.

    Marketing Director Linda Mahone said that the event is the first time Price will visit the library and that his presentation should be interesting.

    “He does different programs for the Kentucky Humanities, and he’ll be dressed up in costume,” she said.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Trash prices going down

    Beginning in April, Simpsonville residents will be paying 7.5 percent less for trash pickup, a reduction instituted by the hauler.

    Gregory Butler, municipal relationship manager for Republic Services, told the Simpsonville

    City Commission Thursday that the company will lower its price for curbside pickup in in the city from $17.99 to $16.64, effective with the April billing cycle. Simpsonville has been with Republic for 10 years.

  • Bevin campaigns in Shelby

    During a stumping visit to Shelby County Monday, Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin laid out what he said was his blueprint for a better Kentucky, which includes revamping the state’s health care program.

  • Awaiting manslaughter trial, Monroe arrested for meth lab

    A Shelby County man set to trial next month on manslaughter and drug charges has now been arrested again, this time for manufacturing methamphetamines.

    Lonnie Monroe, 46, was arraigned Tuesday in Shelby District Court on charges of manufacturing meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and controlled substance and endangerment to a child.

    This arrest could cause issues for Monroe, who was already set to stand trial in March for a 2011 crash that resulted in Monroe being charged with second-degree manslaughter and DUI.