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  • County budget proposed is up $1 million

    In his budget address to the Shelby County Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger proposed a budget of $1 million dollars more last year’s.

    The 2015-16 county budget he proposed is $20,823,000 compared to the 2014-15 budget of $19.7 million.

  • Officials prepare for a quiet Election Day

    As the May 19 Primary Election edges closer, officials say they believe the voter turnout will be slim this year, at least as far as the Democratic Party is concerned.

    “The Democrats don’t have much of a ballot at all. I think the Republicans will turn out, but I don’t see a big turn out for the Democrats,” Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said.

    “But usually on the primaries we’ll only have like thirty percent or twenty percent turnout.”

  • A blooming source of learning

    Clear Creek Elementary students are now saving the Monarch butterfly species one caterpillar at a time thanks to a collaborative effort from teachers, students and Shelby County Master Gardeners with funding provided by the Shelby County Soil Conservation Board.

    The master gardeners worked with students and teachers to install a new butterfly garden on Tuesday, and now students throughout the school are conserving, observing and maintaining the garden.

  • Digging up the past

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    f you look back far enough in your genealogy just about anyone can find a link to royalty, Historian Don Matson said, and royalty is just what he found when he researched his fifth great-grandfather, Oliver Mills Robertson.

    At the Beech Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Waddy a small stone marker and a flag sits outside the fence to indicate a burial site, but the metal sign in front marks an astonishing lineage that took Matson a half of a century to uncover.

  • Lawsuit filed against parks in child injury

    A lawsuit filed in Shelby Circuit Court on April 29 alleges that a five-year old child was partially blinded due to neglect by park staff.

    The suit was filed by Dominic McKinley, mother of Deryck D. Huelett III, and names Shelby County Parks and Recreation, Shelby County Fiscal Court and the City of Shelbyville in the suit.

    The suit says that the Huelett was blinded in a game of gym hockey that he participated in during an after school program in September 2005 and was hit in the eye with a hockey puck.

  • Shelbyville woman is champion for vets

    LuWanda Knuckles of Shelbyville is paving the way for a new program for Kentucky’s female veterans.

    “I’m so excited,” she said.

    “The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs [KDVA] created its first women veterans coordinator position to address the specific needs of Kentucky’s 33,000 women veterans,” said the department’s public information officer, Lisa Aug.

  • Comer gives updates on hemp projects

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s press conference to update industrial hemp projects was a big draw on Tuesday, just not for reasons Comer had expected.

  • Finchville cemetery all cleaned up

    A matter that arose in early April about neglect of an abandoned cemetery in Finchville has now been rectified, said cemetery preservation officials.

    Paula Mitchell, president of the Shelby County Cemetery Preservation Board, said writing a letter to the owner of the property where the small cemetery sits, she is now pleased with the condition of the cemetery and finds it acceptable.

    “When we went out there to talk to him, it was pristine, it was clean; everything was where it was supposed to be,” she said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget committee proposes $1.15 million in new expenses

    Susan Barkley, the director of finance for Shelby County Public Schools, shared with the board of education Thursday a report from the budget committee regarding the 2015-16 Tentative Budget, which is to be submitted to the board for approval next month.

    Barkley said the committee, which is comprised of four principals, several staff members from central office, two teachers and two board members, has met three times this year in order to develop the budget.

    Thursday’s report updated the board on only a small portion of the budget.

  • Bursting the IKEA-to-Simpsonville bubble

    For more than a year, locals have been passing word that IKEA was planning a Simpsonville location, but officials with the Sweden-based retail store say there are no plans in place to build here.

    “At this time, we do not have plans to build in that area,” IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said.

    Roth said the company is always in discussion about potential opportunities, but they are currently not planning a location for the Louisville region.

    “At this time, it’s just speculation,” he said.