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  • Tuesday deadline to file for office

    Tuesday is the last day to file to run for a few offices for the 2014 General Election, and so far, election officials say, the slate is filling up quickly.

    Most offices required candidates to file earlier this year.

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said the seats that have filing dates this month are school board districts, 1 and 4, Simpsonville City Commission, Simpsonville Mayor and four soil conservation seats.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to get proactive in economic development

    County officials have taken proactive economic development measures to attract new business and industry to Shelby County by becoming a member of a national consulting group.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted at its regular meeting Tuesday night to pay $8,000 to join the Western Economic Development Association, located in the western portion of the United States.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Aug. 8, 2014

    Comer to visit

    Shelbyville Monday

     

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will speak at Andriot’s Paints store at 718 Main St. on Monday at 9 a.m. Comer announced this week that he will run for governor in 2015.

    Comer joins fellow Republicans Hal Heiner and Robert Lee Rosier and Democrat Jack Conway as the only candidates to announce so far.

  • A business as sweet as honey

    There is a serious buzz around the new business of friends and neighbors Dr. George Raque and Steve Smith.

    Over the past five years the two have been working together to build one very sweet business. Raque and Smith are the co-owners of Bee Boys Honey, a quickly growing Shelbyville business.

    Never heard of them? That’s about to change.

    “We just started going after it,” Smith said, explaining that they just began selling their honey commercially over the past year.

  • New teachers, building highlight 2014-15 school year

    From a new teacher to new shoes, a new school year often brings a lot of changes for students.  However, Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said this year there won’t be any significant changes for SCPS students.

    Allan explained that the students will experience no changes in the existing dress code policies, school hours will not be altered, and there are no significant changes to the school policies and procedures.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: It’s official, tax rate drops by 10.2 percent

    The Simpsonville City Commission followed through Tuesday on a commitment it made in April to lower the city’s ad valorem tax rate to 10.6 cents per $100 of assessed value when it passed on first reading the annual tax rate ordinance during the regular meeting.

  • Ray Moss Tucker May 22, 1932 – Aug. 1, 2014

    Shelby County has lost not only a well-respected leading dairyman with the death of Ray Moss Tucker on Friday, but also a friend of the entire community.

    “We were good friends, I’ve known him all my life,” said Paul Hornback. “He was one of the top dairymen in the county, but he was also known for his work in planning and zoning and on the school board. He was very involved in the community as a whole. He was always willing to help anybody out. He was very committed to giving back to the community – he was a really great guy.”

  • Vicky Wise May 27, 1958 – Aug. 3, 2014: ‘Gem of the community’

    A Simpsonville City Commissioner who passed away of cancer Sunday is being mourned around all the community for her courage, integrity and most of all, her loving spirit.

    “She was the most caring, positive minded person I’ve ever met,” said Simpsonville City Manager David Eaton of Vicky Wise. “She had a heart for Simpsonville and for the community. She was an incredible human being—the community has lost a real gem.”

  • Outlet mall: Weekend draws thousands of shoppers

    After a relatively sedate grand opening with moderate crowds, the floodgate opened Saturday for shoppers at the new Outlet Mall of the Bluegrass’ first weekend of business.
    Retailers were delighted, mall officials say, but local residents were disgruntled over some lengthy traffic issues.

    The mall, a 364,000-square-foot retail center just sound of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, caused some back ups both east and westbound on the interstate and north up Buck Creek Road to Simpsonville.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Aug. 6, 2014

    Shelby one of 12 Kentucky libraries

    to receive Kentucky 120 books

    Shelby County Public Library has been selected as one of 12 libraries in the state to receive a copy of the recently published book Kentucky 120.

    The book is a gift from donors who have supported the crowd-source funded project initiated by Frankfort photographer Ed Lawrence and his newly formed publishing company Zedz press.