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  • Grant will help preserve old records

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry pulled a huge, heavy book full of wills from residents dating from 1800s from its niche on a shelf in her records room.

    "Just look at this," she said, tracing a line from the will of a Shelby County resident who died in 1847.

    The document listed everything the man had bequeathed to his next of kin, down to kitchen items, livestock and even slaves.

    And now she has the opportunity to keep these books in preserved so they can be study as historical documents for another 200 years.

  • Kroger’s fresh changes

    Shelby County residents have long expressed a desire for a grocery store that caters to the healthy eaters, stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joes.

    Though it seems there are no plans on the horizon for a new brand to hit the county, Kroger has stepped up to the plate to meet those customers’ needs.

    Signs across the store have announced an ongoing remodel and store manager Marie Otto said the change will allow for the expansion of their natural food selection, which currently only encompasses a few of isles.

  • Whooping cough is on the rise in Kentucky

     The coos and giggles of an infant bring a wealth of joyous emotions for a new mom.   But when strange sounds are emitted from the lungs of that little one, those emotions can turn to fear and concern.

    And right now, especially, that concern has justification as the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness recently reported a dramatic spike in pertussis cases in infants. At least six cases where reported last month alone.

  • Two significant projects begin this week

    Two significant projects will get underway in Simpsonville this week with construction beginning on installing infrastructure for high-speed internet and Phase III of the city's sidewalk project.

  • Death of a landmark

    A landmark that has long been a part of the Shelbyville youth community will soon be gone.

    The Shelby Community Center Gym in Martinsville is scheduled to be torn down this week, officials say.

    “A demolition crew is scheduled to begin tearing down the Martinsville Gym,” said Shelby County Deputy Judge-Executive Janet Cuthrell. “Judge [Dan] Ison, Mayor [Tom] Hardesty, Reverend [Ron] Walker and Magistrate [Hubie] Pollett will be on hand to begin the process.”

  • Bridge repair starts today

    Bridge repair work begins today on a heavily traveled bridge along U.S. 60, but officials say they don’t think the work will cause undue traffic disruption.

    “There will be a minimum delay, yes,” said Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison.

  • A road formerly traveled

    If you’ve driven down 3rd Street recently, you might have some complaints about the condition.  But recent work to the area serves as a reminder that our travels are a lot smoother than they used to be.

    Shelbyville City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell said while contractors were making some repairs to the road, they unearthed a 16-foot log that was once part of an old wooden roadway, called a corduroy road.

  • Accountability results unveiled

    Across the state, districts are reviewing their state KPREP results and this year in Shelby County Superintendent James Neihof has no qualms in announcing his displeasure with what he’s seen.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board approves balanced working budget

     District director of finance, Susan Barkley presented to the Shelby County school board members a balanced working budget when they convened Thursday evening for their second regularly scheduled September meeting.

    Barkley noted based on various changes from the Tentative Budget approved in May, working budget receipts exceeded expenditures by just more than $400,000.

    She opened her presentation by sharing those changes, which include:

    §  Certified assessments and tax rates

    §  SEEK revenues

  • Walmart stalling Midland development

    When Planet Fitness moved into the Midland Shopping Center, the new destination, and its renovations, brought hope of revitalization to the area. 

    However, in the months since the fitness center remodeled the lot and opened, the surrounding spaces on the opposite corner have remained stagnant, and the former Tractor Supply building continues to sit vacant.

    And it appears Walmart may be to blame for the lack of progress.