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  • Waddy church continues to rebuild in wake of tower collapse

    After eight months of hardship, the congregation of Waddy Baptist Church is finally beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.

    Since the church suffered substantial damage from the collapse of a water tower on its property last summer, members have been deprived of their fellowship hall and dining area and their youth have no place to meet because a house next to the church that accommodated their Sunday school classes was also destroyed.

  • Grave injustice

    A long forgotten old cemetery is not only suffering from neglect, but also from abuse, at least in the opinion of those entrusted to oversee such places.

    Paula Mitchell, president of the Shelby County Cemetery Preservation Board, said she has penned a letter to the Shelby County Fiscal Court regarding the mistreatment of an abandoned cemetery in Finchville.

  • Team Blake adds an all-American

    And in the last three years he has battled and beat cancer time and time again.

    Shelby County’s poster boy of inspiration has been in our thoughts for several years, but more recently he’s captured the heart of his own hero, University of Kentucky basketball all-American Willie Cauley-Stein.

    Their friendship was established thanks to the young fighter’s typical support team: community members.

  • SCPS librarian setting standards

    Shelby County Public School’s librarian Kathy Mansfield, who is currently on a memorandum of agreement with the Kentucky Department of Education, has been selected to serve in a unique and historic position with the American Association of School Librarians.

    Mansfield was recently named to the AASL editorial board, where she will serve a vital role in updating the learning standards and guidelines for the association.

  • Procrastination doesn’t pay

    The NCAA championship game might be behind us, but March Madness still looms for many of those that have put off filing their taxes until the last minute.

    The last day to file is April 15 and with less than a week to go to get those returns in, people all over Shelby County are lining up at their local tax preparers offices hoping to win a race against the clock and avoid ugly penalties and interest charges.

  • Housing Corp. to host historic bus tour

     

    To commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Federal Housing Act of 1968, the Kentucky Housing Corporation is cosponsoring a free bus tour event entitled “Get on the Bus; The Path Toward Equal Housing Opportunity” on Tuesday April 21.

  • Fire departments flooded with water rescues

    After a tension-filled day of water rescues by both city and county fire departments, Friday's day of raging waters was capped off by still another rescue, even more harrowing than those preceding it, firefighters said.

    “We actually plucked another one out Friday night a little worse than that one [in the morning]," said Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd.

  • Simpsonville budget sees growth

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a first reading Thursday night on the 2015-16 budget, which shows an 8 percent increase in revenue over last year’s.

    This year’s budget calls for a balanced spending plan of $1,205,500, which compares to $1,113,500 for 2014.

    Revenues do not include the $150,000 brought in by a restaurant tax imposed in Simpsonville last year, because they are restricted funds and can’t be used for anything except civic projects, said City Administrator David Eaton.

  • Bevin brings answers to Shelby campaign stop

    Just six weeks after visiting Shelby Industries, Matt Bevin, Republican candidate for governor, and his running mate for lieutenant governor Jenean Hampton, were back in Shelby County Monday for a brief question-and-answer session for the community.

    In contrast to their first Shelby County stop at a large industry, the campaign trail this time led them to a small privately-owned downtown Shelbyville restaurant, The Bell House, which operates with just a handful of employees.

  • Career Day at Clear Creek

    Nearly 20 parents and community volunteers stopped Friday at Clear Creek Elementary to share with first grade students their experience, knowledge and tools from their career fields.

    Students came to school dressed in attire for their aspiring career fields.

    First-grade teacher Chelsea Fort said about half of the first graders dressed up, most in the health field as doctors or nurses.

    Fort said they had been preparing for the day all year.