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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget committee proposes $1.15 million in new expenses

    Susan Barkley, the director of finance for Shelby County Public Schools, shared with the board of education Thursday a report from the budget committee regarding the 2015-16 Tentative Budget, which is to be submitted to the board for approval next month.

    Barkley said the committee, which is comprised of four principals, several staff members from central office, two teachers and two board members, has met three times this year in order to develop the budget.

    Thursday’s report updated the board on only a small portion of the budget.

  • Bursting the IKEA-to-Simpsonville bubble

    For more than a year, locals have been passing word that IKEA was planning a Simpsonville location, but officials with the Sweden-based retail store say there are no plans in place to build here.

    “At this time, we do not have plans to build in that area,” IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said.

    Roth said the company is always in discussion about potential opportunities, but they are currently not planning a location for the Louisville region.

    “At this time, it’s just speculation,” he said.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – City to present 2015-16 budget

     

    The Shelbyville City Council will meet for their regular meeting at 6:30 Thursday at city hall, 315 Washington Street and will hear the first reading of the city’s budget for 2015-16.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty said the council would again hear a balanced budget.

    “We are going to be in the black,” he said. “We try to be in the black every year.”

    The budget, he said, will show little changes from the past.

  • VFW post starts lawn service

    Shelby County’s VFW Post 1179 has a new service for veterans who are looking for work, said Post Commander Jim Morris.

    “We’ve got some exciting news,” he said. “We’ve been wanting to put together a lawn service for veterans who are returning from deployment, as well as retirees,” he said.

    The service, called Lawn Warriors Service is open to all veterans, he said and will be managed by the VFW.

  • Democratic fundraiser is Thursday

    This year’s annual Democratic fundraising event will begin a new – and very appropriate – tradition, organizers say.

  • Bank donates land for trail

    Things are starting to come together in a big way for a downtown trails project, and a local business is part of the reason.

    At a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Greenway Trails Project Tuesday, officials from Citizens Union Bank announced a donation of 21 acres of land to be used for the second phase.

    “Most of our customers grew up in this parks system,” said David Bowling, CEO for CUB.

    “We are a big part of this community.”

  • State approves incentives for Shelby companies

    Three Shelby County companies had items on the economic development agenda at the state level on Thursday; two expansions and one request for more time for construction.

    Isopure Corporation, located in Simpsonville received preliminary approval for a new facility planned for the Kingsbrook Commerce Park. The current plant is on Citizen’s Boulevard behind Simpsonville Elementary School. The company, which manufactures and installs water treatment systems for dialysis clinics, is growing its client base and is looking to expand to accommodate that growth.

  • Still no new work for Johnson Controls

    An automotive supply company in its 24th year of operation in Shelby County still has no options on the horizon after losing a major contract last year.

    In October, officials at Johnson Controls confirmed that the Shelbyville Plant had lost its Ford Contract, but was continuing to try to find a contract to replace it so that the plant wouldn’t have to shut down in February 2016 when its current contract expires.

    But so far, that hasn’t happened, said Mary Kay Dodero, corporate spokesperson for Johnson Controls.

  • Growing up with a growing business

    Todd Purnell made a face when asked if he remembered when longtime employee Sonny White first came to work at Purnell’s Old Folks company.

    “Heck no, I wasn’t even born yet; I’m only 49,” he said.

    White’s face lit up at Allen Purnell’s guffaw.

  • Truth and Consequences

    The gymnasium at the Shelby County Education Center at Cropper Wednesday morning was filled with individuals from law enforcement and EMS workers, among many others, to deal with victims and abusers of drug and alcohol use, at least hypothetically.

    Kelly Samples McNew, director of Shelby Prevention, hosted an exercise titled Truth and Consequences and gave students the opportunity to experience the results of some negative decisions.