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  • News briefs, June 22, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    holds at state’s 3rd-lowest

     

    Shelby County posted the state’s third-best unemployment rate – 6.1 percent – for May 2012, continuing a positive trend in the county.

  • Horse show is off to a familiar start

    A familiar and now venerable face stole the show Wednesday on opening night of the Shelby County Fair Horse Show.

    Don Harris, who for decades dominated the sport from his training operations in Simpsonville before moving to Cox’s Creek, was the winner in the Junior 3-Gaited Park class.

    Harris, who is 81, won aboard Nut A Chance in his only mount of the night.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Breighton Park can make plans for a new office building

    A past precedent set the stage for an unenthusiastic, 5-1, approval from the Triple S Planning Commission at Tuesday’s meeting.

    The request was for amending two lots in Breighton Business Center into three lots.

    The commission peppered presenter Kerry Magan with questions about whether or not the developers would be back several times with similar requests to make smaller lots in the development.

  • Tuning up for final weekend at Shelby County Fair

    This year’s fair has not been short on musical entertainment, and bands on for tonight and Saturday are sure to please, officials say.

    Ray Tucker, chairman of the fair board, said feedback from the public about the new musical events added this year has been very favorable.

    “People have been really excited, because not only are these very good bands, but also they are all local,” he said. “And it’s such a good mix: country on Wednesday, rock on Thursday and Friday and Bluegrass on Saturday.”

  • EARLIER: First glimpse at outlet plans

    Officials of Horizon Group Properties, one of the groups planning to build an outlet mall in Simpsonville, are giving the public a peek at their plans.

    An informal meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Simpsonville city gym will give officials the opportunity to explain the company’s plans for the so-called Outlet Shoppes of Louisville and allow the public the opportunity to ask questions about those plans.

  • EARLIER: Award winner Bogard fired by library

    Sherry Bogard, acclaimed statewide last year for heading up an outstanding reading program at Shelby County Library, has been fired from her position, and she wants her job back.

    Bogard, who was dismissed by Executive Director Pam Federspiel in a decision upheld during a meeting Tuesday of the library’s board of directors, said she was fired without cause, but she wouldn’t elaborate on any legal response she might be considering.

  • Windows in gymnasium close out Simpsonville's projects

    When you set aside handling ordinances and reviewing sewer plans related to a proposed outlet mall off Buck Creek Road, the agenda for the Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday dealt with closing the books on several key items.

  • News briefs, June 20, 2012

    Portions of U.S. 60, KY 55

    to be closed early today, tonight

     

    Edwards Moving of Shelbyville is transporting a “super load” through Shelby, requiring the closing of U.S. 60 and KY 55 at various times early this morning and overnight into Thursday.

    Most of the move will occur at night, under Kentucky State Police escort, to minimize disruption of traffic.

  • Fair’s horse show could be biggest ever

    The Shelby County Fair Horse Show, which gets under way tonight at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, is shaping up to be one of the biggest in a long time.

    “For the number of years I’ve been manager, I think this will be the biggest one we’ve seen,” R.H. Bennett said on Tuesday while he was trying to juggle stalls to fit all the need for boarding horses overnight. “We have people coming in from Georgia, Chicago, Evansville and other places. Of course, ninety percent of our competitors come from here in the county.”

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to test maintenance service from North Carolina based company

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court agreed at its meeting on Tuesday to try out a new way to tackle its management needs, with a little help from a national company with a local presence.

    County maintenance supervisor Denny Bailey told magistrates that a North Carolina-based company, Facility Dude, established in 2007, offers a new approach to helping both governments and businesses manage maintenance issues and save money.

    It costs $2,057 per year to use the company’s service, but the first year will be free for the fiscal court, courtesy of Johnson Controls,