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  • County says animals at shelter not mistreated

    After a dramatic march from 2nd Street into the Shelby County Fiscal Court last week with an agenda of its own, the situation between animal activists and county officials remains tense.

    “We are considering everything status quo; nothing’s changed,” said Vicki Moore, head of the Shelby County Animal Coalition.

    The group of about 150, many with dogs on leashes, had chosen Charlie Metzger, owner of Metzger’s Country Store, to present a letter to magistrates, detailing a desire to improve conditions at the animal shelter.

  • Shelby native to leave governor’s office

    The governor’s office will not lose its Shelby County connection with the departure of its current communications director, Kerri Richardson.

    When Richardson, a Shelby County native, moves on to a new position as vice-president of C2 Strategic Communications in Louisville at the end of this month, a former Shelby County resident will take her place.

    Gov. Steve Beshear has named Terry Sebastian, his current deputy communications director since 2011, to move into Richardson’s spot.

  • Blue Gables renovations: slow but on track

    It may not be obvious from the outside, but enhancements are being made internally at the old Blue Gables Motel, though the progress is a bit slower than anticipated.

    The renovation project, which began last summer, is headed by the Shelbyville Preservation Group and will turn a once prominent hotel back into a main street gem, with remodeled rental spaces for local shops and artisans.

    SPG member Kerry Magan said the renovations have been delayed a bit, but they still expect some units will be ready to be leased by this fall.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Current budget gets bumped

    The Shelbyville City Council convened briefly Thursday night and their concise meeting included an ordinance to amend the budget for 2014-15. 

    Mayor Tom Hardesty explained that amending the budget at the close of each fiscal year is necessary.

    “You budget but you never hit it right on the nose every time, so you have to come back and amend it at the end of the year,” he said.

    Office Administrator Judy Smith shared the amendments and offered clarification on the numbers.

  • Simpsonville United Methodist celebrates 175 years

    Any entity that can proclaim that they’ve survived nearly two centuries is clearly doing something right.

    But members at Simpsonville United Methodist Church can proudly boast that their church is not just surviving, it is thriving, as this year they celebrate their septaquintaquinquecentennial –yes, you read that right– anniversary.

    “The church is sill here for a reason,” Reverend Richard Holladay said.  “God has not completed his work in and through us.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL Student fees up for approval

    The Shelby County Board of Education will review student fees for the 2015-16 school year at Thursday’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The fees cover the costs of extra items for some classes and other items that are not required for students, such as overnight trips, parking passes, athletic passes and classroom materials for optional classes, as well as some required courses.

    Last fall, when the district posted student fees on its website, it created a maximum of $100 for a student.

  • Animal activists ask for answers

    A large group of animal activists, many with dogs on leashes and holding signs bearing the words “I have dogs [or cats] and I vote,” held a public rally Tuesday in the judicial center parking lot on 2nd Street, before sitting in on a Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting shortly afterwards.

    The group, proclaiming themselves the Shelby County Animal Coalition – about 150 of them – listened as Charlie Metzger, owner of Metzger’s Country Store in Simpsonville, read aloud a letter that he later presented to magistrates at the meeting.

  • County to do hazardous waste study


  • ‘If it hadn’t been for them, I would have died.’

    Martha Owens of Shelbyville never thought when she woke up May 3 that she would be facing one of the scariest moments of her life.

    Having a serious heart attack was the last thing on her mind as she sat chatting with her son on the phone, she said.

    Then in the midst of talking about the Derby, she began to feel ill.

    “All of a sudden, I went from not feeling well to real severe pain in my chest and a feeling like I was going to pass out or vomit,” she said. “I said, ‘I think I’m having a heart attack.’”

  • Horses will kickoff fair festivities

     It’s that time of year again as people begin to flock from miles around, some in their best attire, to get a glimpse of all that the Shelby County Horse Show has to offer.

    The event kicks of Wednesday and runs through June 13 with shows starting daily at 7 p.m. and each night lasting about three hours

    Saturday’s festivities will begin even earlier with the addition of the Shelby County Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.