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  • An excited return

    With warm sunshine and hardly a cloud in the sky, Wednesday was a picturesque day for children to return to school.  And with bright smiles and warm hugs the attitudes of students and faculty members appeared just as ideal as the weather.

    Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the positive energy was evident.

    “Just the enthusiasm across the district almost feels different this year,” he said, noting the beautiful weather may have been a factor.

  • Swim schedule sinks coach

    After a summer of heated negotiations proved futile, the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. system settled on a swim practice schedule that has left some up in arms and two high school swim teams without a coach.

    J.P. LaVertu has reluctantly resigned from the position as swim coach for both Shelby County and Collins high schools.

    “Due to some scheduling conflicts with his work schedule it basically made it impossible for him to do morning practices,” said Collins Athletics Director Randy Fawns.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION: Public gets chance for input on craft brewery, distillery talks

    Per the Shelbyville City Council’s request, the Triple S Planning Commission will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. concerning the addition of breweries, brew pubs, micro breweries and micro distilleries to certain districts within the city.

    The planning commission will hold the hearing at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street, in order to make a sufficient recommendation back to the city council.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said a change could be a boon to the city.

  • Congregation restores historic site for new church building

    Back in February, Josh Settles knew he had a huge task ahead of him in renovating a new site in which to locate his church if he wanted to be relocated by Easter.

    The problem was that the new location was in former historic building that had had very little done to it in its long history.

    But when Settles’ small congregation at Kingdom House on Washington Street set out to get the downtown building at 320 Main Street shipshape, their determination astounded him, said Settles.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Growth leads to lower tax rate... again

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a first reading Thursday night to set its property tax rate, and proposed that the rate be lowered, a move that drew praise from city officials.

    “It’s something you rarely see happen, government lowering the tax rate,” said Simpsonville City Manager David Eaton.

    The commission proposed a rate of 10 cents per one hundred dollars of valuation, down from the current rate of 10.6.

    The commission did the same in 2014, lowering the rate from 11 to 10.6.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Proposed tax rate stays flat

    The Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance on Thursday that will maintain the city’s 27.5 percent tax rate, the same rate the city has employed since 2005. If adopted on second reading, this year would mark a decade of a flat rate.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty said he is glad he can once again offer the citizens an unchanged rate.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District to discuss drug testing details

    The Shelby County Board of Education will discuss the implementation of a recently approved drug testing pilot program for athletes when they convene Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district offices, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyville.

    The board voted unanimously to approve a one-year pilot of the program in May in an effort to ease peer pressure for student athletes.

  • Linking classes

    It was a day of new experiences for many at Collins High School Monday as Mike Clark addressed a room of young students as principal for the first time.

    “You are going to have some freedoms that you wouldn’t necessarily have enjoyed in the middle schools, but you are also going to have some [higher] expectations,” he said.

  • Stealing the show

    Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis is more than a month into her new gig – a Las Vegas musical.

    The show, Baz, which started June 19, was inspired by the cinematic and musical films of famed director Baz Luhrmann. The show is a concert mash-up of star-crossed lovers from Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, taking iconic music and moments from each in a post-modern cabaret-style spectacle. The soundtrack includes A Little Party Never Killed Anyone, Lady Marmalade and Young and Beautiful.

  • Adult day program being revamped