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  • Goo-ood employee

    Allen Purnell rose to his feet to grip Ray Barnes’ hand in a warm handshake as the latter stepped into his office at F.B. Purnell Sausage, Inc.in Simpsonville.

    “How are you this morning, Hoss?” asked Purnell with a grin. “Set yourself down.”

    Purnell, CEO and co-owner of the company, along with his brother, Bob, chatted with Barnes as they waited for Bob and Todd Purnell, Allen’s son and president of the company, to arrive for an informal presentation to Barnes.

  • Helping in Houston

     A company that thrives on destruction is eager to help bring restoration into some lives next week.

  • State reports 4 cases of West Nile

    State health officials have reported four cases of West Nile Virus in humans around Kentucky so far this year – that’s less than last year’s 10 reported cases.

    “West Nile Virus is not more widespread this year as compared to previous years,” said Beth Fisher, public information officer for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.“We average about ten cases per year and this is typically the time of year we see reports.”

  • City tax rate set

    The Shelbyville City Council passed on second reading the city’s tax rate Thursday night, leaving the rate flat.

    No one from the public turned out at the meeting to speak on the issue, regarding the proposed ad valorem tax rate and the council voted unanimously in favor of keeping the tax rate at 27.2 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable real property and 33.5 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable personal property.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty expressed satisfaction at not having to raise the tax rate.

  • College fair bringing schools to Shelby

    School may be closed Monday, but Shelby County students are encouraged to keep higher education on their minds, as the Shelbyville Area NAACP will host its first college fair at Northside Early Childhood Center in the midst of the holiday.

    “I know it’s an odd day, but we figure they are going to go to school the next day anyway and it will only take about thirty-five to forty minutes for them to see the different colleges,” said Roland Dale, who is helping organize the event.

  • Best of the best

    Shelby County proved to be one of the more eclectic communities in Kentucky as the community gained some recognition last week as one of the best places in the state to grab a refreshing bottle of wine or some delicious fried chicken.

    On Thursday, Kentucky Living magazine announced its ‘Best in Kentucky’ winners during a live awards show at the Kentucky State Fair.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Teacher shortage raises concerns

    During the regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Shelby County Board of Education members heardin a report from Superintendent James Neihof that the district, like many schools across the nation, is experiencing a shortage of teachers in math, science and special education.  Neihof said the issue is a matter of competition.  Those studying in the math and science field can receive higher pay in other job markets outside of education.

    “Industry is just gobbling them up for twice the money,” he said.

  • Rumors circulating about new drug facility

    Although a whirl of rumors and speculation has been circulated through the community recently, no one has been able to confirm if a methadone clinic is preparing to locate in Shelbyville.

    Beth Fisher, communications officer for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said that any such facility would have to be licensed through the state, and no one has approached the office about a clinic in Shelby County.

  • Shelby shows big drop in narcotic prescriptions

    A report released by the Centers for Disease Control shows that the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers has decreased in most Kentucky counties, including a 20 percent decrease in Shelby County.

    Pharmacists in Shelby, such as Matthew Andrews, owner of Andrews Pharmacy, say they are not surprised by the decrease.

  • Getting defensive

    For a group of women and their instructors, a self-defense class in Simpsonville has built layers of meaning into the concept.

    For some, it's the thrill of empowerment that comes with the refusal to be a victim, said instructor Tim Hurt.

    "They [Simpsonville Baptist Church] reached out to us to help protect ladies from becoming victims of sexual assault and rape," he said.

    Hurt, a sergeant with the Simpsonville Police Department, said he enjoys teaching the six-week course and the role he plays in helping keep his community safe.