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  • Charter school legislation gets push


    While 43 states have legislation in place allowing charter schools, Kentucky is not one of them, but Gov. Matt Bevin, with the backing of his new appointees, is working to change that.

    Wednesday at the Kentucky Board of Education’s regular meeting in Frankfort, Bevin and his team urged the Kentucky Board of Education to call a work session in November in order to develop a position on charter school legislation.

  • Big voter turnout predicted

    “We had fifty-point-nine percent in the last presidential election; usually it’s about sixty [percent],” said Sue Carole Perry, Shelby County clerk. She explained that when a president is running for a second term voter turn out is not as great, which was the case in 2012.

  • No extension for Kentucky for REAL ID

    Uncertainty hangs in the air over Kentucky after an announcement that the federal government has denied the state's request for a 1-year extension that would have allowed more time to come into compliance with federal security regulations for driver’s licenses and other types of identification.

  • Wild Game Feast Saturday at Fairgrounds

    If you're wild about venison and other game, you won't want to miss Saturday's Wild Game Feast set for 6 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

    The annual event, a fundraiser for the youth and children's outreach at Centenary United Methodist Church, will include dinner, a silent auction and entertainment, for $15 per person at Floral Hall, with a special price of $35 for a family of two adults and two children.

    The event began more than 15 years ago, established by hunters with extra game on hand.

  • Treasure trove of history

    If you love learning about historic architecture, a newly published book will give you much more than you bargained for.

    Historic Architecture of Shelby County, Kentucky, 1792 – 1915, by John David Myles, is a hard cover, 300-page exploration of the structures built in the county during that time period, featuring more than 500 images.

  • Google Fiber not reaching into Simpsonville

    Simpsonville officials have said that so far, despite working with officials in Jefferson County, Google Fiber has not approached them to negotiate to provide broadband internet service to the community.

    Though being located near the Jefferson/Shelby county line may seem like a logical motivation for Google Fiber to move into the community, Simpsonville city Administrator David Eaton said that no one from the company has reached out to them.

    “We haven’t heard anything from Google Fiber,” he said.

  • Property use under scrutiny

    One Shelby resident is looking to utilize his farmland as a scenic wedding venue, but some neighbors are fighting back against the plan.

    Kirby Alan Clore, who owns more than 340 acres on Clore Jackson Road, appeared before the Triple S Board of Adjustments and Appeals in July seeking a conditional use permit (CUP) for an agricultural community farm and recreational facility that would allow the owner to hold a farmer’s market and weddings on his property.

  • Securing a line

    It’s not everyday you see dozens of men rapidly scaling a vast field of electrical posts, but the sight was available for the community’s viewing pleasure Thursday and Friday when the Shelby Energy Cooperative hosted the 2016 Kentucky Lineman’s Rodeo at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

    For two days linemen from 26 electric cooperatives across the state participated in a series of competitive events that showcased their skills while emphasizing doing the job correctly and safely. 

  • Shelby man arrested for child porn

    A Shelbyville man is behind bars after being arrested as part of a nine-county child predator roundup, said officials from the office of the Kentucky Attorney General.

    Gary Stoops, 32, is charged with four counts of possession of matter portraying the sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony.

    He is being held at the Shelby County Detention Center.

  • Fire departments join police in digital broadcasting

    On Monday, all fire departments in Shelby County, as well as emergency services, converted from old-fashioned analog radio system to a narrowband digital system.

    “We actually went to this new system at ten a.m. this morning,” said Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker.

    “It’s a switchover that was actually mandated by the federal government,” he said. “We were mandated, we had to do it. Today was the deadline, everybody did it today. We haven’t had any problems so far, no bumps or anything.”