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  • Vacant house burns on Bradshaw


  • Bald eagle sightings increasing in Shelby

    The bald eagle with its snowy-feathered head and tail – the proud symbol of the United States – is a sight most people don’t expect to see in Shelbyville.

    Lately, however, the elusive bird has been putting in appearances around the county.

    “Somebody called me the last day or two about seeing one out in the cornfield out where Vigo Road meets Cropper Road,” said Horace Brown, a local bird expert. “People are seeing them all the time, out at the golf course, at Guist Creek, at Lake Shelby and different places.”

  • Hemp permits in full bloom

    With the number of acres allotted to grow industrial hemp nearly tripling in 2017, this could be the year the crop challenges Kentucky’s reputation as the Bluegrass State.

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly three times the number of acres that were approved for the previous year. More than 525,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2017.

  • Flu labeled as widespread in Kentucky

    With the Centers for Disease Control reporting an elevated level of flu activity throughout the United States and noting the virus as widespread in Kentucky, those in the medical profession are reminding people that it’s not to late to be vaccinated.

    “It only takes a week or so to really build up that immune response, getting a flu shot now will help people get through the rest of the season,” said Jason Underwood, owner of Shelbyville Pharmacy.

  • Building permits continue to increase


    After a long economic downturn that started more than a decade ago, it seems the housing market in Shelby County is regaining momentum.

    Triple S executive director Ryan Libke presented to the planning and zoning commission during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday a year-end recap that confirmed the housing market has gained some steam over the past five years.

    Libke said, concerning the number of dwelling units permitted, the county had its greatest year in 2004 with 659 but that number rapidly declined to 84 by 2011.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION Bojangles coming to Shelby

    The Triple S Planning Commission unanimously approved development plans Tuesday for a new Bojangles’ restaurant.

    Kevin Young of Land Design and Development presented to the commission development plans for the restaurant planned for a vacant lot near the intersection of Mortown Way and Old Brunerstown Road, near the recently developed Taco Bell off Taylorsville Road near I-64.

    In the summer, Young also presented plans to the commission for a six-lot commercial center off Old Brunerstown Road that will run front KY 55, Taylorsville Road.

  • Blanketing the community

    Warming bodies, warming hearts: That’s the tagline for Blanket Louisville, the non-profit organization that Kathy Fehder and her husband, Steve, started 13 years ago. 

    And when Fehder jumped on board as principal of Corpus Christi in June she brought with her that warming hearts attitude that quickly radiated through the halls of the small, independent school in Simpsonville.

  • Bourbon goes green

    While not yet fully operational, Diageo’s Bulleit Distilling Company is already working to keep its “good neighbor” promise by reducing its carbon footprint. The 300-acre distillery and warehouses facility on Benson Pike set to open within the year, recently installed a solar array that distillery officials say is expected to produce about 40 megawatt hours per year.

    Candi Waford with Shelby Energy Cooperative said Diageo’s decision to install the solar array is likely not one aimed at financial gain, but rather too reap the environmental benefits.

  • Dollar General heavily damaged by fire

    An investigation is continuing into the cause of a blaze at the Dollar General Store in eastern Shelbyville that occurred while the store was open for business Friday morning. 

    No one was seriously injured in the fire at the store on Mount Tabor Circle near Kroger, although one employee was treated for smoke inhalation, said Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker. 

    He added that while the fire is not yet considered arson, the investigation, which being conducted by several agencies, has not yielded an answer as to what started the blaze.

  • Torres sentenced to 25 years for child porn

    A Shelbyville woman was sentenced last week to 25 years in federal prison for making child pornography.

    On September 22, 2014, Melissa Torres persuaded two children under the age of 10 to engage in sexually explicit conduct. Torres, 37, videoed the encounter, and distributed it.

    Prosecutors say Shelbyville police began investigating Torres after someone found the videos and reported it to authorities.