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  • Food bank to relocate to large facility

    An organization that operates a food bank in Shelby County will soon relocate to a larger facility, thanks to county government.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court is preparing to make arrangements to allow the Serenity Center, a counseling center that also operates a food bank, to locate the bank at its Emergency Management office at 98 7th St., which will soon be vacant.

    In May, that office will move to the county’s new Emergency Services building on Hospital drive.

  • Governors Square gets new look, tenants coming next

    The east side of Shelbyville has slowly but surely getting a facelift, and it’s starting to payoff.

    The upgrades have come at Governors Square, the original shopping center on that side of Shelbyville, and Lee Webb, a commercial real estate broker and member of the ownership group Governors Square LLC, said things are happening quickly.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Will lower taxes because of ‘good growth’

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on first reading its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at Wednesday’s meeting, and in the process had a surprise for the city’s residents.

    The commission approved lowering the ad valorem property tax by 10.2 percent.

  • NEWS DIGEST: April 4, 2014

    Wisconsin, Kentucky Senators wager

    on NCAA Final Four Game

    Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) and Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green) and Wisconsin Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin have made a wager on Saturday’s NCAA Tournament basketball game between the universities of Kentucky and Wisconsin.

    The stakes are a selection of Wisconsin bratwurst and cheese against Kentucky Derby-Pie® from Kern’s Kitchen in Louisville.

  • Officials: no harm from diesel spilled into Clear Creek

    No serious consequences are expected after hundreds of gallons of diesel spilled into Clear Creek on Friday morning, officials say

    The accident happened on the grounds of Martinrea Heavy Stamping on Old Brunerstown Road. Martinrea Plant Manager Shawn Addlesburger said the spill occurred when employees were filling a portable generator with fuel and the tank ran over.

    “We were putting diesel into the portable generator and the overflow switch did not stop, so we had an accidental spill of diesel fuel that occurred Friday morning,” he said.

  • NEWS DIGEST: April 2, 2014

    Kentucky, Wisconsin governors bet on Final Four game

    Gov. Steve Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are wagering on their home teams in Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.

    Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win, while Scott offered Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a University of Wisconsin Badgers victory.

  • Shelby County School Board: New calendar is approved, school will be out May 30

    It’s official; the Shelby County Board of Education approved a recommendation to move the last day of school back one week to May 30.

    After an unusually harsh winter caused forced the district to take 13 snow days, the end of the school year had been pushed back to June 6, instead of the originally scheduled May 21.

    But adding only six days back to the original school calendar still gives the district plenty of time to meet the state’s educational requirements.

  • PETA alleges Turtleman abused coyote in Waddy

    Animal advocates are investigating a report of animal cruelty that is alleged to have taken place in Waddy last spring during the filming of an episode of Animal Planet.

    Delcianna Winders, deputy general counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, said in May 2013 a coyote was trapped and transported to a location in Waddy where the show, Call of the Wildman, starring Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr., was filmed.

  • Sawmill continues to operate during litigation phase

    A lawsuit filed by sawmill owners in Bagdad against the Triple S Planning Commission, its employees and the Board of Adjustments and Appeals is in the litigation phase, attorneys said.

    In mid-February, Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman declined to agree to a request from the Triple S commission’s attorney to dismiss them from the suit brought by James and Cindy Harris of Christiansburg Road, who are suing because they say planners approved their business and then tried to shut it down after they had invested nearly a half-million dollars.

  • Outlet mall job fair is today

    With the July opening deadline approaching for the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, merchants are hoping a job fair at Collins High School this afternoon will help fill the 1,000 jobs expected to be created by the mall’s opening.

    The event, hosted by the Kentucky Career Center and co-developer Horizon Group Properties, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the school’s gym at 801 Discovery Blvd.