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  • Hesse top vote getter in Simpsonville

    After the dust settled Tuesday night, three incumbent Simpsonville City Commissioners were re-elected for another term, and another was ousted by a former commissioner.

    The top four vote-getters were elected, with Scott McDowell, who had served 12 years on the Simpsonville City Commission before moving out of state a few years ago, garnering fourth place, replacing Sharon Cummins, with his 524 votes to her 479.

    Michael Hesse was the top vote-getter with 588, followed by Cary Vowels with 577, and Kelland Garland with 533.

  • Angel Tree taking applications

    Officials with the Angel Tree program are preparing to take applications through the school system.

    Dorcas Murphy, a long time volunteer with the Salvation Army, the entity that operates the program that furnishes Christmas gifts to children in need, said that applications would be available to students by next week.

    “We’re working through the schools with the applications with the family resource officers, so they’ll have applications,” she said.

  • Trims and Whims returns Saturday

    It’s time again for the 36th annual Christmas Craft Show, and organizers say there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to attend Trims and Whims this weekend at Wright Elementary School.

    “We’re hoping for good weather this weekend and we think we’re going to have a great turnout,” said Joanna Freels, co-chair of the event, hosted by the Shelby County Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international organization of women educators.

  • Rothenburger wins state house seat

    A longtime judge-executive has triumphed over a newcomer to the political arena in a battle for the 58th District House seat.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who has been heading up Shelby County’s fiscal court since 2002, came out on top over Cyndi Powell Skellie, 12,257 votes, for 61.34 percent, over Powell Skellie’s 7,894 (38.66 percent).

    Rothenburger has a background in emergency management, and is a former Shelbyville Fire Chief and current captain on the Bagdad Fire Department.

  • Thorntons partially closed for renovation

    If a coffee and donut from Thorntons has been your regular routine, get ready for a change in your mornings.

    The Midland Trail gas station and morning hotspot has closed its doors for renovation, instead opening a small kiosk on the side to continue to sell gas a limited other items during the construction.

    Rex Loeffler, a representative with Thorntons, said the store’s revamping should take about five weeks.

    “It looks like they are not scheduled to reopen until the sixteenth of next month, said Loeffler.”

  • Wakefield-Scearce Christmas Gala underway

    The Christmas Gala at Wakefield-Scearce Galleries kicks off the holiday season for many.

    As visitors stopped in Wednesday for opening day of the annual event, they were greeted by an elegant doorman swinging the door open wide to reveal the opulent wonderland.

  • Jeptha Creed opens today

    Jeptha Creed, Shelbyville’s long awaited, family-owned distillery is opening its doors to the public today.

    “We’ve got a lot of people in the community that have RSVPd,” said Joyce Nethery, who owns the distillery with her husband Bruce.  “We have people from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, people from the Distilled Spirits Epicenter coming, State Representative-elect Rob Rothenburger, Mayor Tom Hardesty, members of the city council, magistrates, I think we are going to have a really good representation.”

  • Celebrating those who serve

    In 2005, in response to news that an extremist religious group was protesting the funerals of fallen heroes, an American Legion Riders chapter out of Kansas formed the Patriot Guard Riders. Comprised of individual riders and groups from across the nation, the organization today has more than 200,000 members who attend the funerals of members of the U.S. military, firefighters and police at the invitation of a decedent's family.

  • Zone change for 3rd Street gets 1st approval

    A zone change request for two small properties on 3rd Street in Simpsonville from residential to highway commercial met the approval of city officials, in contrast to a negative recommendation from planners.

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved a first reading for the adjoining properties at 401 and 405 3rd St. where a storage unit facility has been proposed.

  • Flocking to the polls

    Shelby County election officials had expected a large voter turnout, but County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said her estimate of nearly 70 percent might have been on the conservative side.

    “It might be more than what I thought it was going to be,” she said shortly before the polls closed.

    Election officials agreed that traffic at the polls was heavy in most parts of the county.

    Lorie Haggard, an election worker at Precinct G103 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds said she couldn’t believe the turnout.