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  • 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.

  • New traffic lights signal roadwork drawing near

    Three new traffic signals should now be in operation at three key spots along Buck Creek Road in the Simpsonville area.

    Traffic engineers say the lights could be completely operational now, but they may still be in flashing mode.

    The lights are the culmination of the Buck Creek Road construction project, which is nearly complete.

  • Diageo approved for sewer usage

    Diageo officials received approval Tuesday night from the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission for it’s new distillery to be included in the service area.

  • Lillian Andriot: Nov. 29, 1919 to July 8, 2014

    After passing away Tuesday at age 94, Lillian Andriot has left her family a legacy more precious than anything money can buy – she has bequeathed a legacy of love.

    “I am grateful that I got to grow up in a really loving family where there was no unhappiness,” said Andriot’s daughter, Toni Fry. “I know it sounds crazy, but I got to wear my rose colored glasses my whole life.”

  • Gardening collection covers it all from spring through winter

    Plump ears of sweet corn, rows of sweet, juicy watermelons and a bounty of other fresh vegetables straight from the garden is Walt Reichert’s idea of living the good life.
    Now he is sharing his lifelong knowledge of gardening with the world in his newly published book, Walt’s Wisdom, a Cornucopia of Gardening Miscellany.

  • Lincoln Institute celebrates 102 years

    n 1912, in reaction to the Day Law that segregated black and white students, the doors opened to The Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, a boarding high-school established for African-Americans.

    After a rise in integrated schools, The Lincoln Institute was closed in 1966, but for 54 years it was a bastion of reading, writing and arithmetic.

    This weekend the school’s alumni will reunite, with more than fifty-years worth of students attending.

  • 100 percent leased and (nearly) ready to open

    With less than three weeks until opening day for The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, construction workers on the property are hard at work.

    The 365,000-square-foot retail center located just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville is scheduled for a VIP opening on July 30 and the grand opening July 31.

    “This shopping center is a hundred percent leased. That is very rare, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION:Faurecia moves closer to Simpsonville location

    It appears that Simpsonville is one step closer to opening 400 new jobs as the Triple S Planning Commission will hear development plans for a 119,430 square feet facility on Kingbrook Commerce Park Tuesday evening.

    Although officials with Faurecia continue to decline to comment on the auto parts manufacturing company’s plans to locate in Simpsonville, the company is moving forward with its plans.