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  • Shelby vaccination rate higher than states

    While cases of measles have swept through 17 states, Kentucky has managed to stay sequestered from the disease, for now.

    And in Shelby County, while more children are not getting vaccinated than in the past, the number of unvaccinated children remains lower than the state average.

    According to statistics from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, 94 percent of kindergarteners and 99 percent of sixth graders in Shelby County have received the MMR vaccine, the immunization that protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

  • Louisville police shooting stems from Shelby County incident


  • Louisville police shooting stems from Shelby County incident
  • Community Tapestry is Sunday

    The Community Tapestry event set for Sunday has been carving out a niche for itself in the web of annual functions in Shelby County over the past three years since its inception, and organizers say it’s only picking up speed.

    “We have been real pleased with the turnout for the past couple of years, and even more so with how it has evolved,” said Kerry Magan, co-chair of Shelby County Historical Society's Black History Event Committee.

  • Road projects moving forward slowly

    A couple of prominent road projects that have been on the back burner for several years in Shelby County are starting to see some progress, but it will be at least 2016 before changes begin and likely 2017 before the road changes begin.

    Local officials received an update on the proposed changes for U.S. 60 from the Masonic Home to Rocket Lane and KY 53 (Mount Eden Road) between the U.S. 60 intersection and the Interstate 64 interchange.

  • Cardinal Club influent project underway

    Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton gave an update to the Simpsonville City Commission Thursday about the progress of an influent line in that area.

    The line, which would carry treated water from the sewer plant in Simpsonville to the University of Louisville Golf Club, is being paid for by the university, but the commission is in charge of administering the project, Eaton said.

    “The first payment has been submitted,” he said. “It’s a reimbursement program, we get paid first and then we pay the contractor.”

  • A Tony new show

    The Shelby County Community Theatre is stepping out of its comfort zone this month with the upcoming performance of Drowsy Chaperone, an award-winning Broadway musical.

    “This is a huge undertaking for the theatre,” SCCT President Cheryl Van Stockum said in an E-mail. “I am so proud of the theatre for taking on such a project.”

    The show’s director David Pilkinton echoed her enthusiasm.

    “We’re mounting a major Broadway musical, it won five Tony’s in 2006,” he said.

  • An updated name for an updated building

    A new committee will look to put help complete the renovation of the old Southside gymnasium with a new name to go along with its new set of amenities.

    The building was left standing with the old school was torn down to make room for the new Southside Elementary School, which opened this year.

    Currently tabbed as Area C by the developers, the old Southside space is under renovation, which should be completed in the next few weeks.

  • Breighton zone change approved


    In a nail-biter decision Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council voted 3-2 to approve an ordinance for 15-acres of property at the intersection of Breighton Circle and Brunerstown Road to be changed from General Interchange (X-2) to Multi-family Residential (R-4). 

  • Tedious tobacco training necessary

    There may not be much new information for tobacco farmers to absorb this year, but what has changed is that they have to attend a workshop if they expect to sell their tobacco, officials say.
    And they’re going to have to keep taking the class every year.

    “The word that they're trying to get out, is even if they got trained last year, they have to go to an updated training,” said Bob Pearce, a tobacco production specialist at the University of Kentucky who teaches GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training classes.