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  • EARLIER: Former Holiday Inn open again

    The former Holiday Inn Express has reopened in time for the Shelbyville Horse Show next weekend.

    An employee answering the phone said the hotel, which now goes by the name Ritz Inn and Suites, is open and has rooms available for the show as of Wednesday. The hotel, with 88 rooms, is one of Shelby County’s largest.

    Charlie Kramer, co-director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission, said a district representative for the company that owns the hotel called him on Monday or Tuesday to tell him it was now reopened.

  • Simpsonville dedicates shelter for Ann Purnell

     The City of Simpsonville on Saturday celebrated its 20th annual Simpsonville Fall Festival by honoring a person who helped get the whole concept going.

    A new shelter on the city’s community playground was named in honor of Ann Purnell, the matriarch of the sausage-making family and an original member of the Simpsonville Parks Board.

  • City adopts policy random drug testing

    The City of Shelbyville is now a drug-free workplace.

    The city council on Thursday night adopted a municipal order that puts in place a new set of guidelines and procedures to ensure that city employees are not using illegal drugs and alcohol while on the job.

  • One man's lonely protest

    If you’ve driven along Frankfort Road during the morning school rush these past few weeks, you may have noticed him, a solitary sentinel at the entrance to the Shelby County School Bus Garage, holding a small, hand-lettered sign.

    Since Aug. 13, this has been Billy Young’s role, to arise each morning, hop into his little red Volkswagen and drive to his post across from the Masonic Home, where he and his sign create a silent protest against his fate in the world for students and commuters passing by and bus drivers returning their vehicles to the garage.

  • Simpsonville, Cardinal club make environmental deal

    The City of Simpsonville has entered into an agreement with The Cardinal Club on an initiative that will improve the environment.

    The commission gave approval at its bimonthly meeting Wednesday morning to provide so-called “gray water” to the club for irrigation. The golf course had been using clean drinking water from the West Shelby Water District to water its fairways and greens.

  • Officials fired up to fight fall burn

    Burn, baby, burn may be great for a song title, but it is not a scenario that firefighters want to see.

    Local fire departments want to spread the word like wild fire that the Fire Hazard Season began last week and will continue throughout Dec. 15.

    And Shelby already is off to a hot start, with a barn fire and a garage fire already this week.

  • Officials fired up to fight fall burn

    Burn, baby, burn may be great for a song title, but it is not a scenario that firefighters want to see.

    Local fire departments want to spread the word like wild fire that the Fire Hazard Season began last week and will continue throughout Dec. 15.

    And Shelby already is off to a hot start, with a barn fire and a garage fire already this week.

  • Simpsonville moves closer to new village center

    The Simpsonville city commissioners continued the process of creating a new village center in Tuesday's meeting.

    With unanimous consent, Mayor Steve Eden signed a letter to the Triple S Planning Commission initiating a text amendment to zoning regulations and a map amendment to the zoning map.

  • News Briefs: Oct. 2, 2009

      

     

    Second Sunday event

    This year's Second Sunday event will take place on Oct. 11, the second Sunday of the month and will offer Kentuckians the opportunity to take advantage of a statewide day for physical activity and to make a commitment to healthy lifestyle changes.

  • City takes steps to handle storm water runoff

    Shelbyville City Council approved on Thursday night the first reading of an ordinance that regulates post-development storm-water runoff in an effort to protect local water resources.

    City Engineer Jennifer Herrell presented the ordinance that aims to minimize runoff, post-construction soil erosion, stream channel erosion and other pollution associated with runoff.