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  • Gardeners welcome

    If you’ve ever had an interest in becoming a Master Gardener, or just wanted to know more about the horticulture experts, next week is the perfect chance to feed your curiosity.

    On Tuesday, the Shelby County Master Gardeners Association will have a membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office. This meeting is for all SCMGA members, all Master Gardeners and those wishing to be Friends of SCMGA.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL MS4 Stormwater Program report

    The Shelbyville City Council will meet Thursday at 6:30 at city hall, 315 Washington Street, for a special-called meeting.
    City Engineer and Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell will present the MS4 stormwater report and provide a breakdown of the program, which records how the city is handling stormwater runoff and pollutants in surrounding waterways.

    Under the program, participants are required to incorporate six elements into their stormwater management programs:

    ·       Public education and outreach

  • Celebrating the native spirit

    As we flip the calendar to September, we say goodbye to the warm summer season and hello to the cooler harvest season of autumn.  And while this time of year renews the cravings for pumpkin pie and apple cider, corn-based beverages also find a special place in our hearts as September also marks National Bourbon Heritage Month.

    On August 2, 2007, the US Senate declared September 2007 as National Bourbon Heritage Month, calling for American citizens to celebrate America's "Native Spirit".

  • Long Run Massacre returns Living history event is Sept. 8-9

    For nearly two decades living history has descended on Shelby County in early September, and it returns to

    Red Orchard Park Sept. 8-9.

    The Long Run Massacre, presented by the Painted Stone Settlers, will open the 2-day event with activities such as demonstrations of heritage skills such as spinning, weaving, fire starting, blacksmithing and customs of the 18th century. Militia life and a Native American campsite are also depicted.

  • Helping hands

    As people across the nation look for ways they can assist victims left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that has caused catastrophic flooding throughout southeastern Texas, Shelby countians are also joining in the relief effort.

    "I’m from Simpsonville, but we’ll be sending people from all over the state," said Bob Perkins, a member of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. "We’ll be sending cooking and feeding units, chainsaw and mud-out units."

    Perkins said he does not know yet which role he will play.

  • Rankin says goodbye

    The Simpsonville Police Department will lose one of its finest today with the retirement of officer Todd Rankin.

    “He’s an excellent officer – we’re going to miss him a lot,” said Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis. “He was our strongest computer savvy person, our technology man. He was a very good officer dealing with the public and diffusing problems.”

    Rankin takes pride in those strong points.

  • Goo-ood employee

    Allen Purnell rose to his feet to grip Ray Barnes’ hand in a warm handshake as the latter stepped into his office at F.B. Purnell Sausage, Inc.in Simpsonville.

    “How are you this morning, Hoss?” asked Purnell with a grin. “Set yourself down.”

    Purnell, CEO and co-owner of the company, along with his brother, Bob, chatted with Barnes as they waited for Bob and Todd Purnell, Allen’s son and president of the company, to arrive for an informal presentation to Barnes.

  • Helping in Houston

     A company that thrives on destruction is eager to help bring restoration into some lives next week.

  • State reports 4 cases of West Nile

    State health officials have reported four cases of West Nile Virus in humans around Kentucky so far this year – that’s less than last year’s 10 reported cases.

    “West Nile Virus is not more widespread this year as compared to previous years,” said Beth Fisher, public information officer for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.“We average about ten cases per year and this is typically the time of year we see reports.”

  • City tax rate set

    The Shelbyville City Council passed on second reading the city’s tax rate Thursday night, leaving the rate flat.

    No one from the public turned out at the meeting to speak on the issue, regarding the proposed ad valorem tax rate and the council voted unanimously in favor of keeping the tax rate at 27.2 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable real property and 33.5 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable personal property.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty expressed satisfaction at not having to raise the tax rate.