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  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Farrier looks to expand

    The Triple S Planning Commission will review two development plans when they meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street.

    Up for consideration, an amended development plan for Farrier Product Distribution, located at 361 Haven Hill Road.

    The amended plan calls for a 7,600 square-foot warehouse addition.

    FPD President Dan Burke said the addition is necessary, as they are outgrowing their current space.

  • Blue Gables renovations slow down

    When work began on the old Blue Gables motel last summer, officials with the Shelbyville Preservation Group, a non-profit group in charge of renovating the property for the purpose of turning it into multiple store units, said they anticipated at least some rooms would be ready by the fall of 2014.

    However, by the summer of 2015, SPG representatives acknowledged they might have been too ambitious with their timeline and said units may be closer to completion by the late summer or early fall of this year.

  • Showing true colors

    The sounds of hammering, drilling, sweeping serenaded volunteers hard at work Tuesday putting together a venue for an upcoming art show next weekend.

    As artists and members of the Shelbyville Rotary Club toiled in the hot sun, Howard Griffith, chair of the Shelby Regional Arts Council, was right in the midst of the minor construction project on the grounds of First Christian Church on Eminence Pike, helping workers erect temporary walls on which to display more than 100 pieces of artwork for the show, scheduled for Sept. 19-20.

  • City OKs brewing establishments

    It didn’t take the Shelbyville City Council very long Thursday night to make the decision to draw up an ordinance to include breweries, brewpubs, micro breweries and micro distilleries in the city’s zoning regulations.

  • Simpsonville fall festival is Saturday

    For a small town, Simpsonville throws a real shindig of a festival, going all out in such a way that the event, in its 26th year, draws thousands each fall.

    “We’ll start out with the Purnell Sausage breakfast,” Simpsonville Parks and Recreation Director Chris Truelock said. “The world famous Purnell family is going to come out and cook it, and that’s pretty awesome. So not only do you get a fantastic breakfast – you get to have celebrities cook for you.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD–District to discuss new graduation expectations


    Those concerned about the new graduation requirements may find some solace Thursday when the Shelby County Board of Education meets for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at Wright Elementary School, 500 Rocket Lane.

    John Leeper, Director of Innovation and College and Career Readiness for the district, will present an overview of the Petition for Graduation, which will provide a breakdown of a different pathways students may pursue if they are unable to achieve the district’s new graduation standards.

  • Martinsville celebration, fellowship grow

    The smell of grilled goodies filled the air and vendors filled the streets Saturday in Martinsville neighborhood of Shelbyville. 

    The day, packed with activities, drew numerous attendees and was part of the community’s five-day celebration, combining Martinsville Day and Labor Day.

    Kevin Crittenden, an organizer of the event, said this was the first time they had elected to spread out the two celebrations across several days.

    And he said the idea was a success.

  • Meeting community needs

    The Shelby County Community Foundation and Metro United Way try their best to help those in our county meet their needs.

    But what exactly are those needs? How can they ensure that their dollars are going to the areas they are most needed?

    Leon Mooneyhan, CEO of the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative, is a member of both organizations, and he said identifying those needs has been a concern for sometime, which is why the two organizations combined their efforts to research and produce the 2015 Shelby County Needs Assessment.

  • County gets grant money for Diageo


  • County sets tax rate

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court met in a special called meeting Thursday, setting the county tax rate at 11 cents per $100 dollars.

    The meeting followed a public hearing that was called at 8:30 a.m. but no one from the public showed up.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger told magistrates he recommended that the tax rate stay the same as last year.

    “This has been reviewed by the finance committee, and I’d like to recommend the exact same number as the year before,” he said.

    The vote was unanimous, at 5-0.