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  • Triple S Planning Commission: City gets recommendation to add distilleries

    The Triple S Planning Commission gave a positive recommendation the City of Shelbyville’s request to amend zoning regulations to allow for distilleries within the city limits, but not without some suggestions.

    The city made the request at Tuesday’s meeting to get the commission’s opinion and to open the door for distilleries within the city’s limits. Currently, distilleries are only allowed in property zoned industrial.

  • Pleasureville barn owner lost everything

    By Ashley Wilkins


    A fire that took the lives of two horses Friday evening, still burns five days later.

    “I think the fire department has been out here three or four more times since Friday,” said Valerie Blethen, the property owner.

    Blethen said she spent most of Friday before the fire in the barn, leaving at 3:30 p.m. to do some paperwork at her house, just a few hundred feet away. 

    Then, around 5 p.m., Blethen says she received a knock on the door from a passerby alerting her that the barn was on fire.

  • Storms rip through Shelby

    Nearly 10,000 people in Shelby found themselves without power Wednesday night after a vicious thunderstorm rolled through the county, tearing huge trees out of the ground by the roots as if they were matchsticks.

    Power was knocked out to several traffic lights, including the intersection at U.S. 60 and Freedom’s Way when the storm hit at 9 p.m.

  • NEWS DIGEST: May 23, 2014

    State’s unemployment falls,

    Shelby in the top 2 counties

    Unemployment rates fell in 100 Kentucky counties between April 2013 and April 2014, while 14 county rates went up and six counties stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

  • Election 2014: Polls close with few problems

    With Tuesday’s Primary Election in the rearview mirror, officials are beginning to plan for the November election, and they said some help from citizens would make things run more smoothly.

    “One big problem we had was people not knowing where to vote,” said Sue Carole Perry, Shelby County clerk.

    After redistricting went into affect last year, many voters, she said, were turning up at the wrong polling precincts.

  • 2014 ELECTION, Family Court Judge: Myles carries Shelby County in family court race

    Shelby County Family Court Judge John David Myles came out on top in Shelby County in the race for family court judge in the 53rd judicial district, second division, against challengers Susan Meschler and Marie Hellard.

    Hellard, however, come out on top overall, with 45 percent of the vote, 7,250, to Myles’ 30 percent, 4,929.

    District wide – the district encompasses three counties, Shelby, Anderson and Spencer – Meschler came in with 23 percent of the vote.

  • 2014 Election, Shelby County Fiscal Court: Riggs keeps magisterial seat in District 2

    A battle by a novice to the political arena and the incumbent magistrate in District 2 has failed, with Michael Riggs coming out on top.

    Riggs defeated Mark McCall by 326 votes (59 percent) to McCall’s 224 (40 percent).

    The vote rolls Riggs, 64, into his fourth term as magistrate in District 2, western Shelby County, which encompasses Simpsonville, Persimmon Ridge, Todds Point and Long Run Road.

  • ELECTION 2014: State Senate: Hornback retains seat

    Incumbent State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) reeled in 86 percent of the vote against challenger Gary “Tony” McCurdy Tuesday night, garnering 3,023 votes to McCurdy’s 454 votes.

    When Hornback was contacted about the results, he said, ‘How’d I do? No, I really don’t have any idea; I’m out in the fields planting soybeans.”

  • Election 2014, Sheriff: Shirley wins primary, earns right to face Armstrong

    A former Shelbyville Police chief with 20 plus years experience in law enforcement making his second run for the office of sheriff came out on top in Tuesday’s Republican Primary Election.

    Stewart Shirley, 51, who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Armstrong in 2010, garnered 40 percent of the vote in the primary with 1,298 votes, to Bruce Gentry’s 35 percent (1,144) and Steven Ladden’s 23 percent (761).

  • Magistrates to discuss submitted trash prices

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates had requested that trash companies operating in the county submit public prices for customers by Monday, but they have decided to wait till Wednesday to disclose those prices.

    Fiscal court’s regular Tuesday meeting was moved to 10:30 a.m. today because of the primary election Tuesday.

    En lieu of forming a countywide franchise agreement, the court decided to ask the trash companies to publicly post prices with the county, ones they would be asked to honor for at least two years.