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  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Commission to discuss changes zoning violation enforcement

    A discussion that began with the Shelbyville City Council last month will carry into Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission meeting.

    Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke told city council members at their former meeting that because zoning violations are considered a criminal offense, they too often get pushed to the side in the court system – sometimes for years. To curb this problem, Libke asked for the council’s support in the decision to treat the violations as a civil offense, allowing the local Code Enforcement Board to handle them.

  • Court clears former Collins substitute

    Bryan Schildknecht, the substitute teacher that was involved in an altercation with a Collins High School student last October, has legally been cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing.

    Shelby County Public Schools relieved Schildknecht from his duties at the school on October 8, 2015, immediately following a scuffle between him and the student but offered little comment on the matter, stating only that he would no longer work in the district.

  • State warns people about new mosquito threat

    Kentucky public health officials are worried enough about a mosquito threat that they called a press conference in Frankfort Monday about the matter.

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined other state officials to announce a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to try and prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Kentucky this summer.

  • Simpsonville Police to go to digital signal

    The Simpsonville Police Department is preparing to upgrade its communications to a digital system to join the rest of Shelby County’s first responders, most of who have already completed the transition.

    At Thursday night’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, commissioners approved purchasing a $30,000 Kenwood brand repeater system, complete with antenna, on the recommendation of Sharon Cummins, who heads up the law enforcement committee.

  • Mary Courtney is National Farm Mom

    Mary Courtney says she is on cloud nine after being chosen as the role model for women in agriculture for the entire nation.

    Courtney, who, along with her husband, Shane, owns Courtney Farms, was named 2016 American Farm Mom last week.

    “Just being nominated, and being selected as the regional winner, that was awesome,” she said. “And then to have the national, also, well, it’s just a true testament of the people who are my friends and our community and our state.”

  • Collaboration of arts and minds

    Students across the district are collaborating with the Shelby Regional Arts Council to form unique works of art to display in their schools.

    David Wainscott, with SARC, said two years ago they reached out to the schools and he was connected with Southside Elementary Art Teacher McKenzie Hunter.

    “She had a lot of faith,” Wainscott said, noting Hunter had no idea what to expect from the project, but it has since expanded to the other schools. “The others have seen the finished project.”

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Budget to top $10 million

    The city of Shelbyville presented a balanced budget again on Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The budget reflects a carryover balance of $4.8 million and estimated revenue of $8.3 million while the estimated appropriations, at $10.4 million, look to exceed that revenue.

    In order to carry over a balance of $3.8 million into the following fiscal year, the 2016-17 budget includes an interfund transfer of $1.1 million from the $4.8 million carryover.

    Council member Frank Page questioned why this was done.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board may help send Odyssey teams to World Finals


    With five Odyssey of the Mind teams in Shelby County gearing up for World Finals just a few weeks away, the Shelby County Board of Education will consider providing up to $4,000 for team travel expenses when they convene for their regular meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.

    The board will meet this week at West Middle School, which is sending three of the five teams to the competition at Iowa State University May 25-28 in Ames, Iowa. 

  • County budget to include 2 percent raises With an increase of about $500K,

    In his budget address to the Shelby County Fiscal Court Tuesday night, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger proposed a budget of just over a half million more than last year.

    The 2016-17 county budget he proposed is $21,364,988, an increase of about 2.5 percent from the 2015-16 budget of $20,823,427.

    The budget proposal is full of increased benefits for county employees, including a 2 percent raise not only for all full-time employees, but also for part-time employees in select departments, he said.

  • Step right up

    If you want to see live animal acts and watch international circus stars perform daring stunts, then you must make it down to Shelby County Fairgrounds Monday when the Kelly Miller Brothers Circus comes to town.

    The circus will feature two shows – one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. – with Ringmaster Rebecca Ostroff in charge as the lights darken, the spotlights flash, with acts to delight adults and children alike.

    But the activity really starts much earlier than that, said Circus Manager Tavana Brown.