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  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Council advances Project 622

    The Shelbyville City Council agenda included just one item Thursday, but the meeting was anything but hollow.

    Travis White, who is looking to establish several storefronts for starting entrepreneurs at 622 Main Street that could be funded by storage units on the basement level, returned to the council chambers to again seek their blessing to move forward with his venture.

    White stood before the council in Oct., Nov. and Dec. for the same matter, but no action was taken during those meetings.

  • Woman posing as real estate agent arrested

    Shannon Chesser, a former licensed real estate agent, was arrested on Mar. 5 and charged with one count of theft of a controlled substance.

    Sgt. Bruce Gentry of the Shelbyville Police Department said they received a call from a Shelbyville woman who believed she had been victimized by a woman posing as a realtor for the Schuler Bauer Real Estate agency of Louisville.

    “She learned she might not be a real realtor,” Gentry said.  “We started investigating and learned her license had been suspended in February.”

  • Terminal patient given false hope, denied transplant

    Despite assurance three months ago from his medical staff that a second lung transplant was in his future, Shelby resident Bobby Webb has only received a broken heart.

    Webb, 42, has suffered his entire life from Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic and life-threatening disease that changes how his body makes mucus and sweat.

    The disease also often impairs the way the patient’s lungs, digestive system and other body parts work. And with those impairments, he’s also endured blood infection, pneumonia and a lung transplant.

  • State GOP takes center stage Saturday

    Kentucky will grab a piece if the national spot light Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    While the commonwealth’s national presence is usually reserved for the basketball court in March, this year the state’s first Republican Presidential Caucus will garner the headlines.

    In the past, Kentucky has hosted its Presidential votes in the May Primary, which will be May 17 this year. And the Democratic election will remain on the traditional primary day along with the local and other statewide elections.

  • County approves interlocal agreement with Simpsonville

    With the expiration date of the current interlocal agreement between Shelby County, Shelbyville and Simpsonville quickly approaching this summer, the Shelby County Fiscal Court took action Tuesday to ensure that at least two local governments would not have to operate without one.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the fiscal court magistrates authorized Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger to execute an interlocal agreement between the three entities.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County approves zone change for Gordon Lane

    A zone change request tabled by the fiscal court last month was passed on first reading Tuesday night with no opposition from the public and very little from magistrates.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates voted 6-1 to approve a request to switch from agricultural to light industrial for 61 acres located on Gordon Lane owned by Bruce and Joyce Nethery and fewer than 10 acres of adjacent property owned by Lewiston, Inc., rejecting the action of the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission, which voted to not recommend approval.

  • Titans give back, get back

    Sitting quietly in a circle, peering up with admiration, a class of young Southside Elementary students listens eagerly to Collins’ senior Sarah Donnell read them a book, their attentive silence breaking only on occasion to laugh at her funny sound effects and gestures.

  • Shelby teen building a cultural bridge

    A local youth is making big strides for the Hispanic community and her work has recently earned her an impressive recognition.

    Ivonne Gonzales, an Eastern Kentucky University sophomore, has been honored with the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Award for her efforts to educate others about, and promote the inclusion of, Hispanic culture.

  • State funding to stay in place for road programs

    Shelby County officials say they were glad to hear that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin will keep two essential road aid programs in place, both housed in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he was pleased to learn that the Flex Funds and the 80/20 Bridge Replacement programs will both continue to operate in Fiscal Year 2017.

  • Rebuilding Lacy’s Lizzie

    Gene Dukes is only 76 years old, but he has an 89-year old baby.

    "You could say that," he said, lovingly patting his restored 1927 Model T Ford, as it sat in his workshop in Simpsonville, its bright red finish gleaming.

    Dukes' friend, Bob Drane, who sold him the car 15 years ago, said he was impressed with Dukes’ restoration of the historic vehicle.