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  • Oil spill cleanup satisfactory

    Though a large oil spill in late March in western Shelby County likely did not cause any harm to livestock in the area, state officials say the company responsible could end up being penalized.

    “The owners of WaterSep Environmental, John Affourtit and Hidden Hickories Farm owner Julie Ward, were issued NOVs [notification of violation] for the release of oil on their Shelby County property,” said John Mura, communications director for the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet.

  • No elections in 2017

    Normally by early May we would be neck deep in political signs and advertising, but there is a reprieve across the commonwealth this year.

    This year cyclical no election year for Kentucky, meaning nothing on the ballot for local, statewide or national elections.

    “It’s not abnormal,” said Deputy Clerk Nicole Palmer with the Shelby County Clerk’s office. “We’ll have another off year again in 2021 – every four years, we don’t have an election.”

  • Reality check

    With the graduation on the horizon, Shelby County High School students got a small dose Friday morning of what could happen if they happened to get too carried away with partying afterward.

    “The honorable Charles Hickman – he’s our circuit judge – he will be trying you today. I ask that you be quiet and turn your cell phones off, if your phone rings, it will be taken.”

  • No elections in 2017

    Normally by early May we would be neck deep in political signs and advertising, but there is a reprieve across the commonwealth this year.

    This year cyclical no election year for Kentucky, meaning nothing on the ballot for local, statewide or national elections.

    “It’s not abnormal,” said Deputy Clerk Nicole Palmer with the Shelby County Clerk’s office. “We’ll have another off year again in 2021 – every four years, we don’t have an election.”

  • Perfecting Derby Day

    To native residents of the Bluegrass State, the Kentucky Derby is the biggest holiday of the year outside Christmas. And to let a day held in such high regard to pass without recognition is almost sinful.

    So if your plans Saturday don't include descending upon Churchill Downs for some live action, chances are you'll be enjoying all the excitement of the Kentucky Derby through your television, likely surrounded by at least a handful of friends and family members.

  • Diving into their lessons

    If a group of fish is called a school, you might say their class is in session this week at Painted Stone Elementary.

    Rather than dipping their toes into a lesson plan, first grade students at Painted Elementary School this week are diving headfirst into their studies as they learn how to swim at the Family Activity Center.

  • Comp plan open house well attended

    Nearly two hundred people headed out to the Stratton Center Wednesday to check out recommendations for growth management for Shelby County for the next couple of decades.

    Ryan Libke, executive director of the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission, said he was pleased with the attendance by the public to the open house to present the updated comprehensive plan for the county, an all-day event.

    “We’ve had close to a hundred and fifty people come through,” he said in mid-afternoon. The event continued through the evening Wednesday.

  • Drug drop off is Saturday

    If you have expired medication or one you’re not using anymore, now is the time to dispose of it properly.

    Shelby County EMS will host a collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Shelby County Judge-Executive’s office, 419 Washington Street in Shelbyville, for residents to drop off medication to be disposed of safely.

  • Producing freshness

    The Shelby County Farmers’ Market returns tomorrow and organizers say they are eager to kick off a 16th season.

    “We open on Saturday and we’re hoping for good weather and a good turnout,” said Lea Miller, president of the market, adding that she expects to have a good showing from farmers and crafters alike.

    “I hope to have at least thirty [vendors] there – it will be wonderful,” she said.

  • Community drug abuse forum draws large crowd

    Organizers of a drug abuse forum hosted Tuesday at the Stratton Community Center expressed satisfaction at the large public showing.

    “This is a united effort in our community, as you can see by the turnout,” Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison, told the nearly 200 people gathered for the event.