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  • Producing freshness

    The Shelby County Farmers’ Market returns tomorrow and organizers say they are eager to kick off a 16th season.

    “We open on Saturday and we’re hoping for good weather and a good turnout,” said Lea Miller, president of the market, adding that she expects to have a good showing from farmers and crafters alike.

    “I hope to have at least thirty [vendors] there – it will be wonderful,” she said.

  • Community drug abuse forum draws large crowd

    Organizers of a drug abuse forum hosted Tuesday at the Stratton Community Center expressed satisfaction at the large public showing.

    “This is a united effort in our community, as you can see by the turnout,” Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison, told the nearly 200 people gathered for the event.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL–Council approves 2nd telecommunications franchise

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council voted in favor of a second ten year, non-exclusive franchise agreement for a telecommunications system, this time with Crown Castle NG Central LLC.

    Fibertech completed a franchise agreement earlier this year.

    Paul Gilbert, Manager of Government Relations for Crown Castle explained to the council that they build wireless infrastructure to help increase the quality of wireless usage.

  • Hats off to Derby

    With less than two weeks left to prepare, this year’s Kentucky Derby contenders are working tirelessly as they are starting to feel the pressure.

    And those planning to spend their day trackside at Churchill Downs May 6 are also working diligently to plan and prepare the perfect fashion statement, which often receives just as much attention and focus as the horses on the track.

    From head to toe, spectators will be dressed to the nines. But, of course, no other fashion accessory can top off your style like that of the Derby hat.

  • Setting the preschool standards

    The rapidly growing Pre-K and kindergarten programs at Corpus Christi Classical Academy in Simpsonville can now add superior director to its list of reasons to enroll.

    Because of her outstanding work in Early Childhood, Tracy Fuller, director of the Pre-K and kindergarten program Corpus Christi, recently joined 117 leaders from across Kentucky in the first session of the KY Super Stars Leadership Academy.

  • Sliding into spring with new playgrounds

    As the warmer air and longer days begin to attract the little ones to the playgrounds around the community, Shelby County Parks’ officials are looking to do a little sprucing up.

    Their spring-cleaning plans have already kicked-off at Clear Creek Park.

    “Phase two of our playground is currently under construction,” said parks director Shawn Pickens.  “The foundation is being worked on currently and in about two to four weeks, the construction of the actual playground will be going in.”

  • A growing good time

    Master Gardener Art Show

    When:9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday

    Where:Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road

    What:Plants, art, food

    Admission:Free

    When the calendar flipped to welcome spring last month, many people took advantage of the idyllic weather with a little spring-cleaning. But with the season now in full swing, it is the perfect time to start thinking about sprucing up the exterior of your home, as well.

  • Simpsonville budget increases by 11 percent

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on first reading its 2017-18 budget Thursday, which shows an 11 percent increase from the 2016-17 budget.

    This year’s budget calls for a balanced spending plan of $1,658,000, compared to $1,494,000 in 2016. At Thursday’s reading, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton explained the increase in expected revenue for this year.

    Revenue from the ad volorem tax and from occupational license fees is expected to be on the increase, at $280,000 and $670,000, respectively.

  • Anonymous donors give $15K to parks

    Two anonymous donations last week have given a parks project a big boost toward it funding goals, officials said.

    Parks consultant Clay Cottongim said that the two donations to Phase II of the Greenway Trail consist of $10,000 and 5,000. 

    He added that amount would advance the Shelby County Parks Foundation closer to matching a $100,000 Recreational Trails Program grant it received,

  • Police training targets officer safety

    A two-session training event last week in Shelbyville for law enforcement was not only well received by local officers but could also serve as a training exercise for another session in the fall.

    At least 40 officers from around Shelby County turned out for the Below 100 class, an initiative that targets officer safety, with the goal being to bring the number of officers killed in the line of duty to below 100 nationwide annually.