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  • Weekend could bring 2nd wave of weather

    After a record snowfall Monday and a record low temperature Thursday, Shelby Countians are ready for a break from frigid temperatures.

    And while that’s on the way, forecasters say, Old Man Winter is not finished, as some more snow, and a wintry mix are on the way. The National Weather Service even issued a winter storm watch late Thursday afternoon, warning of bitter cold wind chills temperatures 10 below zero.

  • Rocky roads

    When most people are snuggled up in a warm bed during the middle of a winter storm, road crews are out braving blowing snow, howling wind and biting cold.

    “This Monday, one of my guys was sick, so I got out with one of my other guys and we came out at three in the morning, and we didn’t leave until eight o’clock that night. We had a seventeen hour day,” said Simpsonville Public Works Director Brian Romine. “That was a long day, but we made it through it – you just have to pace yourself and take some breaks.”

  • Educating the world

    Haleigh LeCompte has spent most of her young life serving underserved communities and she’s not about to quit.

    Having recently returned from student teaching in South Africa, she is currently working with students in Chicago at an educational non-profit where she will serve until July when she flies to the Philippines with the Peace Corps.

    LeCompte, a 2009 Shelby County High School graduate, traces her humanitarian journey right back here to Shelbyville with her church youth mission trips.

  • Extra winter break comes at a cost

    While students across the county are enjoying their surprise winter break this week, some might not be so pleased come May as their school year extends into June.

    With four cancelled school days this week and another one in Novmeber the district has now added a week to the original school calendar. Students were out of school on Feb. 13 for a teacher’s professional development day and Monday in recognition of President’s Day

  • Triple S Planning Commission – Outlet expansion approved

    Tuesday’s Triple S meeting concluded with commissioners up in arms after they unanimously voted to table their decision regarding the amended Planned Unit Development Plan for the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass –or at least, some of it.

    Representatives from the outlet center made the decision to present their development plans for expansion in conjunction with an amendment to their originally approved signage standards.

  • SCPS closed Friday, Feb. 20

    Shelby County Public Schools will remain closed on Friday, Feb. 20, due to snow, ice and extreme temperatures in the region.

    The district made the announcement after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

    This is the fourth day this week the district has missed due to the weather after storms have dropped nearly a foot of snow on the county this week.

    SCPS was already scheduled to be out of school on Monday for President's Day. A winter storm watch and wind chill advisory are in effect until 6 a.m. Friday morning.

  • SCPS to remain closed Thursday, Feb. 19, due to weather

    Shelby County Public Schools will remain closed on Thursday, Feb. 19, due to snow, ice and extreme temperatures in the region.

    The district made the announcement after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

    This is the third day this week the district has missed due to the weather after storms have dropped nearly a foot of snow on the county this week. SCPS was already scheduled to be out of school on Monday for President's Day.

    Wednesday night and Thursday are forecast to the coldest days of the winter, with temperatures falling well below zero.

  • State pessimistic about when roads will be clear

    With plummeting temperatures and more snow, state officials said they are not sure when crews will be able to provide clear routes on roads.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Information Officer Andrea Clifford reported in an E-mail that District 5 crews, which includes Shelby County, will continue to work on roads around the clock.

  • County to have hazardous waste study

    Shelby County magistrates gave emergency management officials the go ahead Tuesday to submit a grant request to get funding in place for a hazardous waste study.

    The commodity flow study, as it’s officially known, would provide crucial information about the types of hazardous materials used in Shelby County, said Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman.

  • Fire destroys Trumbo home

    Just weeks after Jack Trumbo experienced one of the proudest moments of his life, being chosen in December to represent Farmer of the Year for the entire state of Kentucky, Monday morning brought a devastating experience when his house burned down around him.

    “We were just lucky we got out,” he said.