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  • 150th Shelby County Fair: 10-day run gets off to special start

    Where in all of Shelby County will you find excitement, music, food, amusement park rides and top-notch entertainment?

    At the fair, of course.

    The Shelby County Fair, always a popular event, has a lot of surprises in store this year, some of them new additions that officials say they hope will be permanent and others to recognize the fair’s 150th anniversary.

    The fair will kick off Thursday morning at 9 with a dairy show at 9, and a pedal tractor pull will take place at 5 p.m.

  • Shelby County School Board: Collins High to receive Energy Star award

    The Shelby County Board of Education will present an Energy Star Award to Collins High School at its meeting Thursday night.

    The school will join East Middle School as the two Shelby County Schools that have met state ratings for energy conservation.

    Duanne Puckett, public relations coordinator for the school board, said these schools have been able to meet the requirements to be so awarded because of several factors, including geothermal technology, passive lighting and just being energy conscious in general.

  • Attorney general says Shelbyville's sidewalk ordinance is legal

    The city of Shelbyville now can move with full confidence in its legal pursuit of property owners who have sidewalks that are in disrepair.

  • Beloved 'coach' gets his last ‘breakdown’

    Shelby County said goodbye, but not farewell, to one of its beloved sons Saturday.

    George Cottrell, a former athlete and long-time coach at Shelby County High School, was laid to rest after his 15-month-plus battle with ALS.

    However the ceremony, held at Shelby County’s Mike Casey Gymnasium, was more of a celebration of Cottrell’s life and a send-off for the man who succumbed to the neurodegenerative disease June 5 at the age of 46.

  • Fairway Crossing residents want vacant property mowed

    Charles Turner, a resident and homeowners association president of Fairway Crossing, on Thursday asked the Shelbyville City Council to take another look at its ordinance that requires property owners to keep the grass cut and lots from becoming overgrown.

    “From what I can tell, there’s not enough teeth in the ordinance,” Turner told council members during their regular meeting. “I’m asking that it be reviewed to give the code enforcement officer more ability to inspect and make changes.”

  • Willhoite to fill Shelby's final principal opening

    Shelby County Public Schools has filled its fifth and final opening for principal.

    Kim Willhoite, a reading recovery specialist at the Kentucky Department of Education, will take over this fall at Clear Creek Elementary, joining new principals at Heritage and Wright elementaries, East Middle School and Collins High School as SCPS sets its leadership roster for the fall.

    Willhoite, for one, said she thinks she will bring a unique perspective to her new role. She was born in Korea but was adopted and raised in Georgia and Kentucky,

  • Driver escapes second truck-flip accident

    TODDS POINT – A mirror-clipping near miss between a delivery truck and two buses on Monday afternoon left the truck lying on its side across Aiken Road just west of Todds Point and its driver thankful there were no injuries.

    Shirl Rogers was driving eastbound to deliver appliances for White Glove Deliveries of Cleveland when his truck clipped the mirror on the first of two school buses taking campers home from Camp Hi-Ho and was sent careening out of control.

  • EARLIER: Dueling outlet mall plans: 2nd outlet mall proposal pops up for Simpsonville

    The idea of an outlet mall just south of I-64 on Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville has raised a lot of questions and concerns. Now those questions could double.

    Trio Property Managing Partner Stuart Flowers said his group is under contract to sell about 83 acres south of I-64 and east of Buck Creek Road to Water Street Development, a company based in Columbus, Ohio, that has plans to build an outlet mall of between 340,000 and 500,000 square feet.

  • EARLIER: Dueling outlet mall plans: Corps still ‘pretty far removed’ from any decision on outlet site

    As word emerged that Horizon Group Properties will have competition for an outlet mall in Simpsonville and the city’s commission moved to annex parcels adjacent to its proposed site, there has been no response from the Army Corps of Engineers about whether the project could move forward.

  • Collins teams leads 4 at Odyssey world finals

    Shelby County Public Schools sent four teams to the Odyssey of the Mind World 2012 World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames last month.

    Competing against teams from all over the world in different creative problem-solving categories, the teams from the county fared very well.

    Collins High School’s squad competing in the To Be or Not To Be problem had the highest finish among those from the county, placing 15th in the high school division.