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  • Filing complete for November Election

    Local elections ballots were completed this month when filing closed for non-partisan elections for the 2016 General Election in November.

    A new candidate, Richard L. Frank Jr., will join the race for Simpsonville City Commission with four incumbents – Kelland Garland, Michael Hesse, Sharon Cummins and Cary Vowels – all vying for re-election.

    As for Shelby County Board of Education, no changes will be made this year.

  • Danger on the highways

    Highway statistics for 2015 showed a marked decline in terms of safety with more drivers arrested for driving intoxicated and more than a third more injury accidents.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Yard sale amendment

    When the Shelbyville City Council met earlier in August, council member Donna Eaton suggested a change to the yard sale ordinance that calls for city residents to pay a permit fee of $5 per day. Eaton requested of the council to amend the ordinance to $5 per a consecutive 72-hour period.

    The council agreed to the change without argument.

  • A Labor Day of love

    From worship services and parades to cake decorating contests and 5k races, there certainly is no shortage of things to do in Shelby County this Labor Day weekend.

    Both Waddy and Martinsville have a wide offering of activities for residents of all ages Monday, but the fun kicks-off days earlier in Martinsville with a revival Thursday evening.   At 7 p.m., Shelby Congregational Methodist Church on Martin Luther King Street will hold a revival with guest speakers Elder Justin Barnes and Minister Nate Ellis on Thursday and Rev. Robert Marshall on Friday.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Tax rate stays flat

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education voted to maintain the tax rate of 71.5 cents per $100 for both personal and real property, the same rate for the fifth consecutive year.

    “The good news about that is that there is no increase to tax payers,” district director of finance Susan Barkley said.

    The tentative budget that the board approved in May was built on this rate, Barkley said, noting that the district’s estimated tax revenues in the tentative budget were more than 99 percent accurate.

  • Relinquishing control

    The sight of tables and chairs in the hallways and students coming and going as they please into classrooms laden with couches, recliners and bean bags could be misleading to a visitor. But what may seem like chaos to outsiders is a solution for many students in Shelby County.

    A new program called 3PT – path, place, pace and time – affords select students at Heritage, Southside and Clear Creek elementary schools and Shelby County and Collins high schools the opportunity to have more control over their day.

  • End of an era

    Redd and Nancy Crabtree helped put Shelby County on the map as the Saddlebred Capitol of the World, and despite the fact that they are both gone their farm will continue to contribute to Shelby County’s marquee industry.

    After the Crabtrees both passed away in 2015, the farm was put up for auction and sold last week. That left many in the community wondering what would become this historic farm.

    Jimmy Willard with H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers said the farm sold for $1,265,000 at auction last Thursday and that its sale drew a lot of interest.

  • Doggone exciting event set for Sept. 17

    An event coming up in mid-September targeted for pet enthusiasts promises to a real tail-wagger, say organizers.

    Cynthia Cottongim, chair of the Woofstock committee, an annual fundraiser for the Shelby County Parks Foundation, said that every dog would have its day Sept. 17 at the Michael Kay Bark Park.

    Woofstock, which will be hosted at Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street, is in its fourth year and will include all kinds of activities for pets and owners alike.

  • Journey of pride

    Nearly 50 years after coming home from Vietnam, two Shelby County veterans will be journeying to the nation's capitol to revisit – as nearly as possible – the horrors of war, the memories of friends lost in combat and most of all, to promote a lifelong process of healing, of the body and of the soul.

    Billy Chandler of Shelbyille and James Wright, Jr. of Pleasureville will be among 43 war veterans to participate in Honor Flight Kentucky 2016.

  • EKU team Flugtag team features several Shelby connections

    The force will undoubtedly be with a team of Eastern Kentucky University aviation students – with several members from Shelby County – when they launch their homemade aircraft Saturday in Louisville at Waterfront Park.

    Dressed as Star Wars characters, Princess Leia – Rebecca Schmid – will pilot the craft – the Millennium Falcon – accompanied by Michael Walach, Eric Logan, Sam Clearly, Andrew Clark and Joe Marthaler, as they compete in the Red Bull Flugtag.