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  • AT&T investigating new Bagdad cell tower

    AT&T Mobility is proposing the construction of a new telecommunications tower off Lebanon Road in Bagdad. 

    The telecommunication company issued a public notice this week to notify the community of its plans to construct a 255-foot self-supporting lattice structure, inviting comments regarding the possible impact the tower may have on the area regarding history, archaeology, engineering, or culture, as well as environmental concerns.

    At 255 feet, the pole would also need lighting to be in accordance with FAA regulations.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD New Discovery Blvd. school plans move forward

    With little discussion, the Shelby County board of education quickly gave a motion and a second, followed by an eventual unanimous approval for the of a BG-1 for a Preschool through eighth grade facility on Discovery Boulevard.

    Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of operations for the district, said development will be on property the district already owns, which is west of Discovery Boulevard near the bus parking area and the exact location would be determined during the design process.

  • Titans take flight

    While Shelby County High School is home of the Rockets, several former Collins students are proving their alma matter is home of the rocket builders.

    University of Louisville’s River City Rocketry took top honors in NASA’s 2017 Student Launch event. The winners were announced Friday after the competition ended last month.

    Three members of the victorious team are Collins graduates, including Alora Mazarakis, who noted the win is a big accomplishment.

  • Business as usual at JHS

    Following years of financial struggles, KentuckyOne Health announced late last week its plans to sell Jewish Hospital and other facilities in Louisville, including Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, to shift focus on serving Central and Eastern Kentucky.

    The formerly prosperous health system said it would continue to operate all facilities until a shift in ownership is complete.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Change proposed for code enforcement fees

    When the Shelbyville City Council convenes Tuesday for the second regularly scheduled meeting of the month, council members will consider adopting an ordinance amending the fees of code enforcement.

    Chief Code Enforcement Officer Barry Edington said the proposed changes pertain to the fire alarm fees, sprinkler suppression systems and other similar systems, tents and other temporary structures.

  • William E. Matthews: April 30, 1930 – May 13, 2017

    The community has lost a true friend with the passing of William E. Matthews on Saturday.

    “Bill was a good man and it’s a loss for the community,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty. “I’ve known the Matthews family since I was a child.”

  • William E. Matthews: April 30, 1930 – May 13, 2017

    The community has lost a true friend with the passing of William E. Matthews on Saturday.

    “Bill was a good man and it’s a loss for the community,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty. “I’ve known the Matthews family since I was a child.”

  • Halfway house on Main?

    Plans to open a halfway house in Shelbyville are underway, say officials with the Department of Corrections, who Monday disclosed the location as 630 Main St.

    Lisa Lamb, director of communications for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, said those proceedings are still not finalized.

    “The Finance Cabinet has not received the signed contract from the vendor as of yet,” she said.

  • Bagdad Days celebrates 25 years

    Organizers of the Bagdad Days Festival are buzzing with excitement about the 25th anniversary of the event, which will mean even more fun than usual.

    “We just want to emphasize that it’s going to be a little bit bigger and better this year,” said Parade Chair Carol Hance.

    Her husband, Jimmy, chuckled as he described her role in the event.

    “Actually, she’s done ninety percent of the work,” he said.

  • King arrested for shoplifting

    Jenny King of Shelby County, a former longtime finance officer for Shelby County Fiscal Court who pleaded guilty in April to embezzling more than $23,000, has been arrested for shoplifting.

    King’s situation is uncertain, said Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt.

    “She’s plead guilty but not been sentenced, and now committed a new offense pending sentencing,” she said.