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  • Shelby makes the season bright

    Celebration of Lights

    WHEN: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

    WHERE: Downtown Shelbyville between 8th and 5th streets

    WHAT: Annual holiday celebration with vendors, food and entertainment

    TREE LIGHTING:6:30 p.m.


    Just as Halloween décor is being boxed up, Shelbyville is already painting the town red and green in preparation of Saturday’s Celebration of Lights.

  • Community foundation awards $46,000 in grants
  • ELECTION 2016: Hesse top vote getter in Simpsonville

    After the dust settled Tuesday night, three incumbent Simpsonville City Commissioners were re-elected for another term, and another was ousted by a former commissioner.

    The top four vote-getters were elected, with Scott McDowell, who had served 12 years on the Simpsonville City Commission before moving out of state a few years ago, garnering fourth place, replacing Sharon Cummins, with his 524 votes to her 479.

    Michael Hesse was the top vote-getter with 588, followed by Cary Vowels with 577, and Kelland Garland with 533.

  • ELECTION 2016: Rothenburger wins state house seat

    A longtime judge-executive has triumphed over a new challenger to the political area in a battle for the 58th District House seat.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who has led Shelby County’s fiscal court since 2002, came out on top over Cyndi Powell Skellie, 12,257 votes, 61.34 percent, over Skellie’s 7,894 (38.66 percent).

    Rothenburger will fill the seat vacated by Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

  • ELECTION 2016: Shelbyville City Council welcomes one newcomer

    In a crowded field of 10 candidates vying for six seats, five incumbents were able to retain their seats on the Shelbyville City Council in Tuesday’s election. Taking 10.07 percent of the votes, Republican Troy Ethington edged out Chris Spaulding (9.88 percent) and incumbent Shane Suttor (9.41 percent).

    Ethington is the first newcomer to the council in six years since council member Frank Page edged out George Best in 2010.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said Suttor served the community well.

  • ELECTION 2016: Trump, Paul, Massie coast to wins in Shelby County, Kentucky

    Shelby County, much like the rest of Kentucky showed red in its statewide and national elections on Election Day.

    Republican nominees Donald Trump, president, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, and Thomas Massie, 4th Congressional District, all coasted to large margin wins in the county on the way to winning their elections in the state.

    The presidential race between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton was not called yet.

  • County working on new alcohol ordinance

    After a successful wet/dry election in mid-September, Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates are now working on updating the county’s alcohol ordinance to reflect the change from a moist county to wet.

    One further change that could come would be allowing packaged alcoholic beverages to be sold on Sunday.

    That suggestion came at Tuesday night’s meeting of the fiscal court.

    “I recommend we have Sunday sales both by drink and package,” said Magistrate Michael Riggs.

  • Preparing for the polls


  • Strong leadership

    Martinrea Heavy Stamping has a new face at the helm who has spent his first two months as plant manager making some changes he says are long overdue.

    Since coming onboard in mid-September, Mark Whitten, the plant’s new general manager, has made several moves that emphasize his role as a leader who listens to his employees, he said.

  • Zaxby’s expanding its reach

    Shelby residents may feel like they are experiencing a case of déjàvu right now as they pass by Zaxby’s buildings all across the county.  Simpsonville welcomed the chicken restaurant Monday with the first new location’s grand opening.  Meanwhile, the Shelbyville store is gearing up for its transition to the new site, which is currently under construction adjacent to CVS Pharmacy on the Shelbyville Bypass.