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  • Shelbyville Water Company starts chloramine conversion

    The Shelbyville Water and Sewer Company started its conversion to a chloramine water cleaning system today.

    While Manager Tom Doyle said customers should not notice a difference, there could be a slight change in water pressure.

    That’s because, Doyle said, they will be using the fire hydrants to flush out the system.

    He added that they would also be draining the elevated water tanks, but urged that no one is expected to lose service during the process.

  • Drugs a factor in Oldham woman’s death

    Drugs are considered to be a factor in the death of an Oldham County woman that was found in a shallow grave in Shelby County last week.

    KSP Trooper Joshua Lawson confirmed that Angela Hall, 34, knew the three Henry County men that were charged on Nov. 24 in connection with her murder.

  • Family raising funds for son stricken with cancer

    Michael Yocum is only 6 years old, and is already used to his fate of having to spend a big chunk of his time in the hospital taking cancer treatments, said his mother.

    “Sometimes he has chemo four days a week,” said Spring Yocum.

    Michael was diagnosed in March with a highly curable form of leukemia, but unfortunately, she said, the treatment is very extensive and long lasting – Michael must endure them for more than three years.

  • Nancy Crabtree: March 2, 1941 – Nov. 29, 2015

    Shelby County has lost a beloved member of the community with the passing Sunday of Nancy Crabtree.

    The wife of well-known horse trainer Redd Crabtree, who died in January, she is renown in her own right for her work with the Shelby County Community Theatre and the Shelbyville Horse Show.

    “She was a strong supporter [of theater], particularly decorations for opening night, working with the dinners,” said close friend Bill Matthews.

  • A Shelby Christmas weekend

    Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’ll be here about three weeks early checking his list.

    The big guy will arrive on Saturday and the first item on his itinerary is the Shelby County Christmas parade. Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said in addition to St. Nick, attendees would also see several floats and other parade spectacles.

    As of Monday, 12 floats and 26 other entries had already signed up, but Cowherd said he expects to see that number grow through the week.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Restaurant Tax gets 2nd reading Thursday

    The Shelbyville City Council will address the matter of a 3 percent restaurant tax Thursday after numerous residents spoke out against the proposed tax at a meeting in November.

    The matter has headlined numerous meetings and workshops over the last year and a first reading was approved at a meeting in October.  However, the item had been added to the agenda late and many opponents of the tax argued at the meeting last month that they were not aware that it had been added and were not given an opportunity to speak against it.

  • A wonderful show

    On Friday the Shelby County Community Theatre will become Bedford Falls, as they bring It’s A Wonderful Life to the stage.

    Director Jack Wann said the performance is a perfect selection for the holiday season.

    “Certainly It’s a Wonderful Life as a movie is kind of an American icon. It’s associated with Christmas...it’s certainly a familiar story,” he said.

  • Christmas tree traditions

    When the Germans introduced their custom of the Christmas tree to America in the 18th century, it was not immediately accepted and originally was viewed as an odd practice.

    They cut down a tree, drug it into their homes and adorned it with decorations and nuts.  When you think about it, it certainly is a strange way to celebrate.

    Today we’ve grown accustomed to the once bizarre Christmas tree and our decorations have evolved from nuts and strung popcorn to colorful lights and memorable ornaments.

  • MacFarlane honored as Farmer of Year

    When Marilyn Macfarlane set out to establish a horse farm four decades ago, she blazed a trail unheard of at that time.

    “Forty years ago, as the first single female to receive a loan from the local bank for farmland, she had the courage and talent to build an eight-stall cow barn into a state of the art equestrian facility,” Ferenc Vegh Jr. told nearly 400 people who attended the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club’s 61st annual banquet at Floral Hall.

  • Operation Care names new director

    It may seem that Jennifer Decker, longtime Republican chair for Shelby County as well as field representative for Sen. Rand Paul, is making a drastic change by resigning from those positions to take the reigns of Operation Care as its new director.

    But it’s really just a direction she has been moving toward for the past three years since she became an active volunteer and board member, she said.

    “Through that experience, I have become passionate about being part of the work being done there,” she said.