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  • Jeptha Creed named official vodka of Kentucky Derby Festival

     Shelbyville’s craft distillery, Jeptha Creed, has been named the official vodka of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival.

    A month-long celebration leading up to Derby day, the Derby Festival offers events across the region for people of all ages. The locally distilled vodka will be available for purchase at Thunder Over Louisville on April 21 and Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at the Chow Wagon April 27 through May 4.

  • Standoff resolved peacefully

    What started off Sunday morning as a violent incident with a home break-in, a struggle with a handgun and the residents fleeing in terror with the intruder in chase, ended as a standoff when the intruder barricaded himself in the victim’s home.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Istvan Kovacs expressed relief that his officers were able to resolve the situation peacefully and that no one was harmed.

    “It was as good an outcome as we could have wished for,” he said.

  • KY 53 project could be stalled again

    When Shelby legislators went into a new session at the first of the year, they did so with expectations that the Mount Eden Road Widening Project would receive top priority.

    But the new 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years, which includes a record $1 billion in funding, released Jan. 17 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) does not agree.

    “According to the governor’s plan, it looks like the funding for it is 2020,” said Rep. Rob Rothenburger (R-Shelbyville).

  • Grove Hill looking to expand

    Shelby’s largest cemetery is on the verge of expanding, looking to create another section across Old Mount Eden Road, which will provide it room for hundreds of gravesites, say officials.

    “It’s going to be developed in the same philosophy as the other part of the cemetery,” said Charles Long, president of the board of trustees of Grove Hill Cemetery.

  • Government shutdown ends

    A government shutdown came to an end Monday night with the signing of a bill by President Donald Trump to end the three-day shutdown of federal offices.

    The 266-159 vote passed the House and the Senate, following a deal between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schuner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which reinstates funding for three weeks, according to CNN Politics.

  • Flu season peaks

    Health departments around the state are reporting several deaths from influenza, including two children, as flu season gets into full swing.

    “We have widespread activity in Kentucky,” said Beth Fish, spokesperson for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “At present, forty-nine states are reporting widespread influence. This season’s strain of flu can be extremely dangerous, or even deadly.”

    Fisher added that 59 deaths have been reported in Kentucky, including the two pediatric deaths.

  • Restaurant suffering after raid

    While law enforcement remains mum on raids at three Asian restaurants two weeks ago, the restaurants are suffering while they, too, wait for answers.

    At the latter restaurant Tuesday, Employee Jason Tang, cousin of the owner, Fu Zhong Tang, glanced forlornly at the warm food on the buffet table Shelbyville’s Asian Buffet, 89 Howard Drive in Shelbyville, while the restaurant remained largely empty.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Council talks snow

    Snow was a hot topic at the Shelbyville City Council meeting Thursday evening.

    “Snow, snow, snow. We’re all tired of it,” City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell said, adding she wanted to voice her appreciation for the city employees who put in long hours to tackle the inclement weather issues. “They worked quite a few hours on that.”

    Mayor Tom Hardesty agreed and voiced his gratitude to all the departments, including the water company.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Middle school baseball, softball up for vote

    Shelby County’s middle school students are ready to tackle the diamond as the district looks to establish middle school baseball and softball teams for the spring season.

    “We have it on the agenda for the board to consider Thursday night,” said Mike Clark, director of student services. “Our process will be to have one softball team and one baseball team for the district. Then we will establish teams at each middle school [as] our programs grow to where it’s practical to do so.”

  • Iraqi Freedom

     In a nation filled with gossip and social media postings grumbling about our political figures, the lack of rights and a need for changes, it’s easy to take for granted the many rights and freedoms we do have.

    But that is something Alaa Aljanabi will never overlook.

    An Iraq native, Aljanabi came to America nearly three decades ago, now residing in Shelby County, and says he’s grateful to be alive and living in a land where he can fish, hike and watch Hollywood movies in peace.

    But that wasn’t always the case for Aljanabi.