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  • Efforts ongoing to circulate petition for wet/dry election

    A few weeks ago, Katie Sjothun took on the daunting task of gathering thousands of signatures for a wet/dry election in the interest of what she considered to be ‘fair’ for the good of Shelby County.

    Now, with most of the red tape behind her, she said she is getting more excited than ever about the prospect of completing the task – collecting nearly 4,700 signatures for her petition.

  • Gay marriage almost Legal in Kentucky

    Although a federal judge ruled in favor of gay marriage in Kentucky Tuesday, same-sex couples still will not be allowed in marry in the commonwealth until all appeals are dealt with.

    In striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II rejected Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that the state’s ban on the practice is necessary because only heterosexual couples can procreate and maintain the state's birth rate and economy.

    "These arguments are not those of serious people," Heyburn wrote in his opinion.

  • Peytona area getting new water tower

    Construction began last week on a long-awaited new water tower for the Clay Village/Peytona area.

    The new tower is the first such structure to be constructed in that area for more than half a century, Magistrate Eddie Kingsolver said during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    He added that it will provide much better water service for that portion of the county.

    “There will be a lot better water pressure,” he said.

  • NEWS DIGEST: July 4, 2014

    Shelby welcome center

    on I-64 to close temporarily

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists that access to the Welcome Center on eastbound Interstate 64 will be closed for a couple of days next week due to construction work. Contract crews are moving concrete barrier wall and placing asphalt pavement in the lanes near the Welcome Center entrance. This work is part of a project to widen Interstate 64 in Shelby County between mile points 28 and 32.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Police, city, outlet officials working on traffic plans

    Simpsonville city officials are beginning to make plans for the opening of the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass on July 30-31.

  • Harsh winter didn’t stop pests

    Dinners on the patio, gardening, swimming in the pool and taking a quiet walk are all wonderful ways to enjoy summertime in Shelbyville; they are also excellent ways to get mosquito bites.

    While you may think the mosquitoes are worse than ever, University of Kentucky extension entomologist Lee Townsend explained that at the beginning of each mosquito season people often tend to think that way.

    “They shock us every summer,” he said, explaining that the number of mosquitoes has not increased from previous years.

  • Picking up some holiday boom

    For those last minute Independence Day shoppers scrambling for celebration necessities like potato salad and hotdog buns, don’t forget to stop by one of the many tents throughout the area to stock up on fireworks.

    While many stands say there are no special discounts for the holiday, most assured that their prices would not increase with the demand, either.

    “We don’t really do specials,” said Jason Baker, area manager for TNT fireworks.

  • Costs prohibit SCPS from offering free lunches

    It’s an unfortunate yet accurate fact that many children go throughout their school day with an empty and growling stomach.

    But for many students across America, those tummies are being tamed, thanks to The Community Eligibility Option, a reform from the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.

    The program provides school lunches at no charge to all students at participating schools, regardless of the family’s income.

  • 4th of July events last all day

    Organizers of the county’s two 4th of July events scheduled for Friday – at Clear Creek Park and in Simpsonville – say this year’s shows are sure to please, packed with more of everything, including, what else – fireworks and more fireworks.

    “With the sponsors this year, we were able to up the size of the fireworks a little bit,” said Shelby County Parks and Rec. Director Shawn Pickens. “It won’t be drastically bigger, but it’ll be a little bit bigger and longer show than last year.”

  • Shelbyville City Council: Distillery zoning issue tabled

    The Shelbyville City Council Thursday tabled a second reading for a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow distilleries on property zoned Agriculture and rescheduled it for this week’s meeting.

    The delay was for City Attorney Steve Gregory to reword the ordinance to reflect a more concise definition of what is meant by the phrase “production and storage of distilled spirits.”