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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Board to consider P-8 school plans

    The Shelby County Board of Education will discuss further expansion at its regularly meeting Thursdat at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 W. Main Street in Shelbyville.

    But Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan says the board moving forward with a BG 1 for a new preschool through eighth-grade center on Discovery Boulevard near Collins High School doesn’t mean construction is starting soon.

    This step, he said, clarifies how the district plans to fund a project and is necessary per Kentucky Department of Education regulations.

  • Budget gets approval on 2nd reading

    The Simpsonville City Commission Thursday approved on second reading the city’s 2017-18 budget, which shows a 10 percent increase from 2016-17.

    There was no additional discussion of the budget, but commissioners expressed satisfaction with being able to approve a balanced budget again this year.

    “We are pleased with the efforts of the commission in regards to keeping our finances on track,” said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton.

  • “I hope this is a new era for human rights in Shelbyville”

    A newly revamped Human Rights Commission is ready to take up an old issue.

    The commission has sent a Fairness Ordinance and positive recommendation to each of the county’s governing bodies – the Shelbyville City Council, Simpsonville City Commission and the Shelby County Fiscal Court – is inviting the groups to commission’s next meeting on June 12 to discuss the proposed ordinance.

  • Siblings vie for national crown

    They might be new to the pageant world – and fairly new to the world in general – but Mya, 1, and Elijah, 3, White are no strangers to the crown.

  • Netflix series raising concerns

    “It’s an unfortunate reality that we definitely want to try to stay in front of as much as we can,” Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said when discussing a new Netflix mini series entitled 13 Reasons Why.

    SCPS Superintendent James Neihof discussed the show and the concerns it is raising during a recent board meeting.

  • A top Topper

    Shelbyville’s Jordan Webb was recognized Sunday during the 2017 Greek awards convocation as the Greek Woman of the Year. 

    Honored in front of nearly 3,000 of her Western Kentucky University Greek community peers, Webb said the recognition was came as a surprise, and she didn’t know until she heard a brief biography of her leadership and campus involvement being read.

    “It was more of shock,” she said. “I was pretty surprised.”

  • Edwards recognized as top workplace

    Edwards Moving & Rigging has been honored as one of the best places to work in Kentucky for the second year in a row.

    Moving up from 34 last year, the Shelbyville-based company took the 10th spot this year in the small business category.

    Edwards Moving & Rigging specializes in providing heaving lifting and transport solutions for exceptionally large loads. The company was founded in 1961 and is currently located at 200 Everett Hall Road in Shelbyville.

  • Speaking out

    County officials have been working on putting a formal policy in place for public comment at fiscal court meetings.

    When a resident asked to address the Shelby County Fiscal Court at its regular meeting Tuesday night, Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison permitted him to speak, with restrictions.

    He told the person, Austin Redmon, who wanted to suggest putting child proof devices on the electric outlets at the Stratton Center, that he would prefer that people call ahead of time so they can be put on the agenda to speak.

  • Buzzing in abundance

    The arrival of warm weather is a welcome change from the drabness of winter, but it’s accompanied by a very unwelcome aspect of summer – the mosquito.

    The pesky insect is bothersome enough even without the deadly aspect of the Zika virus carried by certain species of mosquitoes, and health officials are already gearing up to gather information to pass on to the public about the status of the insect locally.

  • Oil spill cleanup satisfactory

    Though a large oil spill in late March in western Shelby County likely did not cause any harm to livestock in the area, state officials say the company responsible could end up being penalized.

    “The owners of WaterSep Environmental, John Affourtit and Hidden Hickories Farm owner Julie Ward, were issued NOVs [notification of violation] for the release of oil on their Shelby County property,” said John Mura, communications director for the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet.