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  • EARLIER: Simpsonville looks to start Village Center project

    The Simpsonville City Commission had the first of two readings on a new zoning ordinance to change properties on either side of U.S. 60 from residential and commercial to Village Center Form District.

    This reading, passed Wednesday at the commission's meeting, was to accept the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendations. The second reading, on Jan. 5, will commence with a vote. After acceptance and publication of the ordinance, the city will lift a building moratorium that had been in place for the most of the city's downtown core.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville looks to start Village Center project

    The Simpsonville City Commission had the first of two readings on a new zoning ordinance to change properties on either side of U.S. 60 from residential and commercial to Village Center Form District.

    This reading, passed Wednesday at the commission's meeting, was to accept the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendations. The second reading, on Jan. 5, will commence with a vote. After acceptance and publication of the ordinance, the city will lift a building moratorium that had been in place for the most of the city's downtown core.

  • School board, new National Board teachers to be recognized

    In honor of National School Board Recognition Month, members of the Shelby County Board of Education will be recognized at a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    “I hope the community realizes that our board members don’t just serve this community when they attend meetings,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “They support various academic and athletic events, offering countless hours most of the general public never sees.”

  • EARLIER: Make sure water pipes are ready for winter

    Old Man Winter has finally settled in, with temperatures predicted to fall into the single digits this weekend and the forecast of significant snow on Thursday.

    That means, it's time to take a few minutes to make sure your house is ready.

    Every year about a quarter of a million people report having at least one room with frozen pipes.

    Tom Doyle, manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission, wants to remind people that frozen pipes can be easy to avoid.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County schools closed Friday

    Shelby County Public schools will remained closed Friday.

    Citing continued freezing temperatures overnight and a predicted 3-degree wind chill Friday morning at 6 a.m., Gary Kidwell, SCPS director of student accounting and support services, said it was a unanimous decision.

  • EARLIER: Charities hope to meet growing need this holiday season

    When applications for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program began pouring in, Chairperson Bonnie Roberts said she quickly realized she wouldn't have enough room on the trees for all the angels.  

    She has 815 children being adopted in Shelby County, up from 558 last year. The Angel Tree program works through area schools to find children who otherwise would not have a special Christmas.  

  • EARLIER: No one injured in snowy accident

    No one was injured Thursday morning when a driver lost control of her car in the snow in Interstate 64.

    Shelby County Sheriff's deputy Riley Kennedy said that Beverly Sewell of Georgia lost control on the snowy roadway eastbound near the Simpsonville exit and hit a concrete barrier in the construction zone.

  • EARLIER: Road crews get ready for snow

    With snow on the horizon, city and county road crews say they are ready for anything.

    The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a winter storm watch for Shelby County and surrounding areas for Wednesday night through Thursday.

    County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said his 12 salt trucks and two brine trucks are ready to roll, and Jennifer Herrell, city engineer and public works director for the city of Shelbyville, said the same.

  • EARLIER: County to rescind zone change for Harley

    Now that it's official that Harley-Davidson is not coming to Shelby County, Shelby County Fiscal Court has put the wheels in motion to rescind the zone change for the larger parcel of the property that had been earmarked for the company's motorcycle plant.

    At a special-called meeting on Monday, magistrates agreed to put the matter on the court's agenda for their next regular meeting, which is Tuesday.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that date was suggested by County Attorney Hart Megibben.

  • Health-care debate equals confusion

    Pained bewilderment – that’s a pretty common expression when the phrase “health-care reform” comes up.