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  • County to buy tractor to mow parks

    Mowing will continue on Shelby’s parkland after the county purchases a new tractor to replace the old one that broke down recently, officials say.

    “Our primary tractor that is used for mowing [for all parks] has gone down on us,” said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

    “It has gone down at the very worst time, during our heaviest mowing season. The tractor has 10,000 hours and is just worn out; that’s what it boils down to.”

  • Dorman Center to get Kosair grant

    Officials at a local children’s charitable organization say they are excited at the prospect of getting thousands from a matching grant.

    Kosair Charities has included the Dorman Center in a new initiative dedicated to small non-profits in counties surrounding Louisville, with its 20-20 Challenge Grant Program, which invites donors to make a gift to Kosair Charities for the benefit of the Dorman Center.

    Ray Leathers, president of the board of the Dorman Center, said the grant could mean up to $40,000 for the center.

  • Jubilee organizers promise 'the very best'

    The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee kicks off in less than a week and the staff at the Shelby Development Corporation is overwhelmed with anticipation.

    “This is probably the most exciting Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee we’ve ever had, because we not only have new events, we have new segments of each event. Our chairmen of our committees have just worked very hard to make this the very best Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee ever,” Shelby Development Corporation Executive Director Eilene Collins said.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION Kingbrook Commerce Park plans approved

    The development plans for a facility to be located at Kingbrook Commerce Park was approved at Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission meeting. The plans call for a 119,430-square-foot office and manufacturing facility.

    Ryan K. Libke, Executive Director for Triple S Planning Commission previously confirmed that the development plans are for Faurecia, an international auto parts manufacturing company. But Feuricia representatives have declined to offer verification, but they have acknowledged seeking a new residence in the area.

  • NEWS DIGEST: July 18, 2014

    House plan restores highway money

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted across party lines, 367 to 55, Tuesday to restore cash to the Highway Trust Fund, which is teetering on insolvency.

    The trust fund provides money to states for bridge, road and other transportation projects and is expected to run short on money starting next month without a stopgap from Congress.

  • Farmers hoping for record corn crop second year in a row

    Farmers in Shelby County produced a record yield last year and so far, conditions are shaping up for a repeat performance, ag experts say.

    “Shelby County had a record yield in 2013 and in terms of production, the county ranked twenty-third in the state,” said Dave Knopf, regional director for the USDA’s Kentucky Field Office, who heads up the state’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Farmers say that so far this year, the corn crop is looking as well, or better, than last year’s.

  • Hinkle appointed to state board of education

    A Shelbyville attorney and former longtime member of the Shelby County School Board has been appointed to serve at the state level.

    Samuel D. Hinkle IVof Shelbyville, an attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden, was appointed last week by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Board of Education.

    He represents the 6th Supreme Court District and replaces Judith H. Gibbons, whose term has expired; his term will expire April 14, 2018.

    Hinkle is of one two appointments to the state board, along with retired educator Debra L. Cook of Corbin.

  • NEWS DIGEST: July 16, 2014

    Franklin Circuit Court deputy clerk placed on leave

    The Franklin Circuit Court deputy clerk accused of leaking confidential police information to a drug dealer has been placed on investigative leave, Franklin Circuit Court Clerk Sally Jump said Monday, according to the Frankfort State Journal.

    William Brad McGaughey, 31, received five days paid leave last week. Unless other action is taken, he will return to work Friday.

  • School board not ready to redistrict

    Despite an agenda including a change to the voting districts, the Shelby County Board of Education once again postponed the decision to a later date.

    The motion to table the voting discussion was made by board member Karen Sams, who said she felt the board needed more time in light of new information.

    “We’re not prepared to address the things that have been brought up tonight right here during this discussion, and that’s why I thought it might be best to table it until a future special called working session,” Sams said.

  • City Council will not open with prayer this week

    Thursday’s Shelbyville City Council meeting will not be opened with a prayer, but rather a secular invocation.

    While the idea of a non-religious invocation may leave some scratching their heads in confusion, Shelbyville resident Linda Allewalt, who will present the invocation Thursday, anticipates that the message will provide respect for all residents, regardless of their beliefs.