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  • SHELBY COUNTY FAIR HORSE SHOW: Show ends as one of best ever

     Despite the high temperatures plaguing the later half of last week, the Shelby County Fair Horse Show stuck with the motto “The show must go on.”

    Spanning four days, hundreds of horses and riders flocked to Shelbyville to take part in the annual event to help kick off the Shelby County Fair.

    Picking up the big prize Saturday night, the Five Gaited Championship, was Melinda Moore of Arrowhead Farms in Lawrenceburg riding Sabotage, a horse that she’s only had for about a year.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student fees, classroom supplies an area of concern

    The divisive topic of student fees and supplies came to the forefront Thursday in the Shelby County Board of Education meeting, as board members debated possible solutions to ease the financial burden placed on parents, while simultaneously considering the classroom needs of teachers.

    “I feel sorry for the parents that are having to pay a ton of money, plus buy all this other stuff,” said board member Joanna Freels, a retired school teacher.

  • Board approves $1 million for unmet needs

    Despite a nearly hour-long debate on the topic, the Shelby County Board of Education ultimately voted in favor of approving the district’s unmet needs, which included a list of priorities that totaled just more than $1 million.

    Susan Barkley, Director of Finance, said the funding for the priorities would come from the district’s unassigned fund balance in the General Fund.

  • 153RD SHELBY COUNTY FAIR: Demolition Derby highlights new fair events

     Food, rides, animals, car shows, drag races and more. The Shelby County Fair kicks off Monday and there’s no slowing down the event.

    And the 153rd event will feature an old favorite.

    “We’re also bringing back the demolition derby, which I think will be some big things this year,” said Ray Tucker, president of the Fair Board.

    The demolition derby will replace some of the tractor and truck pull events, which Tucker said were getting a little too expensive.

  • Horse show sizzles

    Opening night of the Shelby County Fair Horse may not have enjoyed a large spectator turnout, but the 75 or so people in the stands made up for quantity with quality.

    For a small crowd, they managed to make plenty of noise, whooping and hollering loudly enough to earn a gold star for audience enthusiasm.

    That gusto got through to both horses and riders, who showed great form and resiliency, with 21 classes, that included some new faces, plus lot of well-loved favorites.

  • Car crashes into Governor’s Square

    A Shelby County man was injured Thursday afternoon when his car crashed through the front of a vacant building in Governor’s Square shopping center.

    Shelbyville Police say that they still don’t know that caused Danny Hardin, 64, to run through the building, located at 196 Governor’s Square, between Christ Community Church and Paradise Spirits and Fine Wines at about 12:30 p.m.

  • A digital safety measure

    As police forces across the country have come under fire for officers using extreme and sometimes deadly force when reportedly acting in self-defense, departments and the public are looking to gather more information to help keep both officers and suspects’ safe.

    And many forces are turning to body cams, small digital recording devices that can help keep an extra set of eyes on incidents involving officers, to provide safety measures for both the public and the police.

  • Let freedom run

    Booze and barbeque are often associated with Independence Day festivities.  But officials with the Shelby County Parks system are looking to change the mentality by providing families an opportunity to celebrate the day in a healthy way.

    “It’s a 5K race that we’re putting on and it’s in conjunction with our Shake the Lake firework event,” Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens said.

    By offering the event, Pickens said they hope to provide families a healthy way to celebrate Independence Day together.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – McDonald’s planned for Simpsonville

    While gossip concerning Simpsonville’s future development has stalled recently, it seems there is finally some merit to the McDonald’s rumor.

    On Tuesday, the Triple S Planning Commission will hear development plans for a McDonald’s restaurant planned for 1101 Buck Creek Road on the outskirts of the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, the lot formerly occupied by a BP station.

    The restaurant will sit adjacent to two other newly established restaurants: Culvers and Bob Evans.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Stop light at Todds Point to be installed this month

     As major construction begins to wind down in the center of Simpsonville, residents can expect to see small projects begin throughout town, city officials announced during Thursday’s regular commission meeting.

    One of the first projects residents will see is the addition of a new stoplight at the intersection of Todds Point Road and U.S. 60 by the end of the month.

    Long considered a dangerous intersection, the city has worked with state officials to get the light, the first in downtown Simpsonville.