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  • Big things in small packages

    With November in full swing, the holiday shopping season is underway.  Scouring through sale flyers and some early released Black Friday ads, everyone is eager to get their hands on some great deals this year, hoping to make their special someone’s season bright. 

    Across America, even the less fortunate families have hope for at least a somewhat joyous December 25, with programs like Toys for Tots and the Angel Tree.  But outside of our prosperous nation, there are many children who will go without on Christmas morning.

  • Delight-ful new business

     When one door closes another opens. So goes the fate of downtown Shelbyville recently. 

    And with the closure of several other storefronts on Main Street, many new businesses have followed behind with new openings.

  • A ship’s best friend

     War is a troubling time.  It leaves scars on the body and mind of many who have dared looked into its eyes. 

    But as any military member will tell you, the painful memories of war are often mixed with funny stories, breathtaking worldviews and reminiscing of immeasurable friendships.

    The later is certainly the case for U.S. Coast Guard veteran Noble Roberts, who now lives in Shelbyville, and his fellow shipmates aboard the LST-793 who formed a bond with an unexpected member of the crew in the midst of World War II.

  • Magistrates hear broadband presentation

    At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates heard an informational presentation about the progress of Kentucky Wired, a high-speed internet network designed to bring broadband service to almost every Kentuckian.

  • Community foundation awards $76K in grants

    With more than $75,000 to disperse, the Shelby County Community Foundation awarded grant funds to nearly a dozen organizations in the community – nearly twice as many as last year —during a ceremony Monday at the Shelby County Public Library.
    Recipients of this year’s grants included Hosparus, Dorman Preschool, AWAKE Ministries, Arriba Ninos, CASA, Inc., Shelby County Community Children’s Choir, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Learning for Life, Shelby Regional Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity and the Multi-purpose Community Action Center.

  • Humane society to operate animal shelter

    After nearly two years, efforts to restructure the operation of the county’s animal shelter has finally come to fruition.
    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night to turn the operation of the facility over to the Shelby County Humane Society.

  • Sewer upgrade for Simpsonville

    Simpsonville will have a new pump station in the Cardinal Club next year, which means a new access road for a development in The Villas area.

    More importantly, though, the addition of the sewer upgrade will speed up development, said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton at Monday meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission.

    “The road will be extended and fifty-three homes will be built,” he said. “We have worked out a contract with the developer,” he added, saying that the upgrade has to be done before the houses can be built.

  • Seeing the light

    Saturday night will be a special time for Shelbyville when the community’s Celebration of Lights ushers in the holiday season.

    The event, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Shelbyville, will offer something for everyone, for kids from 2 to 92, with plenty of sights, sounds and tastes of the season.

  • Ted Igleheart: Feb. 17, 1930 – Nov. 5, 2017

    A light for justice is still burning in Shelbyville in the hearts of those who carry the memory of a beloved native son.

    Ted Igleheart, a longtime attorney who loved fighting the good fight so much that he refused to retire until his mid-eighties, passed away Sunday.

    “He exemplified his values in everything he did,” said Fielding Ballard, chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, of which Igleheart was active for more than 50 years, serving as precinct chair and on the executive committee for 25 years as secretary.

  • A helping hand

    With all the good sights, smells and sounds of the approaching holidays – turkey dinners, brightly wrapped gifts and even just the basic essentials of a warm, comfortable home – Santa isn’t the only one who kicks things into high gear.

    Those who work tirelessly to provide the less fortunate with a good meal or a Christmas gift for their children during the holidays say they need a little help, too.

    Though she doesn’t look much like Mrs. Claus, Jennifer Decker exudes all the warmth of Santa’s better half and works just as hard.