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  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION–Verizon gets approval for new tower

    Shelby County Verizon Wireless customers can expect a clearer connection in the southwestern portion of Shelby County soon.

    The Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday approved an application for a 185-foot monopole telecommunication tower with five-foot lightening rod.

    Keith Brown with Pike Legal Group, on behalf of Verizon Wireless, presented the proposal and said there is a substantial need for the tower.

  • Reduce, reuse, reward

    Students at Southside Elementary have been beautifying the exterior of their new school, cleaning up the environment beyond their fresh walls with hopes to clean up Mother Earth one recyclable item at a time – and their efforts are not going unnoticed.

    The school has been named a top state collector of hair care, skin care and cosmetic product packaging for the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade, a recycling program established by Garnier and TerraCycle.

  • Hats off to the Horse Show

     Looking to capitalize on the Kentucky Derby’s tradition of elegant and outlandish hats, the Shelbyville Horse Show is hoping to add some fashion with a splash elegance to the event this year with their first-ever “Miss Shelbyville Horse Show” contest.

    “Hats are all in for the horse show this year,” said Dori Lewis, owner of The Polka Dotted Pineapple, who is helping organization of the event.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Downtown construction nearly complete

     After years of construction, there might finally be an end to roadwork in downtown Simpsonville.

    Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton announced at Thursday’s regularly city commission meeting that he had gone through with the contractors to figure out what still had to be done and slight changes that had to be made to complete the project.

    One of the biggest things to be fixed is repainting the parking spots along U.S. 60.

  • Shelby canine team helps in Johnson County

    Surrounded by death and destruction in the form of rushing floodwaters and debris from shattered homes and lives in Paintsville last week, two Shelby County residents found comfort in the nobility of the human spirit.

    “What was amazing to me is that even though they were the ones who were the victims, they were trying to help us,” said Christy Coleman, a physician’s assistant with Stonecrest Family Medicine.

  • County hires deputy EMA director

    Shelby County officials say they are glad that not only has a new deputy director been brought onboard at the Emergency Management Agency, but also, he brings a lot of experience to the table.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates approved hiring Chris Spaulding, former assistant chief of the Shelbyville Fire Department.

    Spaulding, who retired as assistant chief in April after 25 years with that department, was the logical choice, said Shelby County Judge Executive, Rob Rothenburger.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Brewing up business

    Currently Shelbyville residents looking to enjoy a night out with music, dinner and local brew are forced to travel to Louisville or Lexington.

    But that’s an issue the city council is hoping to soon rectify.  

    The Shelbyville City Council passed a resolution Thursday requesting the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission hold a public hearing in order to provide the council with a recommendation regarding proposed amendments to the city’s zoning regulations, specifically those concerning downtown craft breweries and distilleries.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Bus routes reveal small districting flaw

    A couple of would-be Wright Elementary students are gearing up to start back to school at Heritage Elementary this fall due to a correction to the bus routes.

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday will consider redistricting a portion of Cedarmore Road, a change that SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said will clear up an overlapping bus route.

    “We have two families that we were having to send an extra bus on a road that there was already a bus on,” Allan said. “We already have a bus on that road that goes to Heritage.”

  • Fill the jar with veggies

    Lifelong and amateur canners departed the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office this weekend with some newfound knowledge on the hobby.

    Saturday morning, experienced canners Stephanie Tucker and Wendy Thornbury led a small class of individuals young and old, male and female, all hoping to learn more on the skill.

    From a bushel of freshly picked beans to a jar prepped for storage, participants observed the entire canning process.

    Throughout the procedure, participants were given multiple opportunities to try their hands at canning, as well.

  • Construction worker injured at distillery site on Benson Pike

    A worker was injured Friday morning when he fell from a structure under construction at the Diageo Bulleit Distilling Co. on Benson Pike.

    His name and injuries are unknown at this time, but it is not expeted to life threatening. He was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital.