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  • Simpsonville budget sees growth

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a first reading Thursday night on the 2015-16 budget, which shows an 8 percent increase in revenue over last year’s.

    This year’s budget calls for a balanced spending plan of $1,205,500, which compares to $1,113,500 for 2014.

    Revenues do not include the $150,000 brought in by a restaurant tax imposed in Simpsonville last year, because they are restricted funds and can’t be used for anything except civic projects, said City Administrator David Eaton.

  • Bevin brings answers to Shelby campaign stop

    Just six weeks after visiting Shelby Industries, Matt Bevin, Republican candidate for governor, and his running mate for lieutenant governor Jenean Hampton, were back in Shelby County Monday for a brief question-and-answer session for the community.

    In contrast to their first Shelby County stop at a large industry, the campaign trail this time led them to a small privately-owned downtown Shelbyville restaurant, The Bell House, which operates with just a handful of employees.

  • Career Day at Clear Creek

    Nearly 20 parents and community volunteers stopped Friday at Clear Creek Elementary to share with first grade students their experience, knowledge and tools from their career fields.

    Students came to school dressed in attire for their aspiring career fields.

    First-grade teacher Chelsea Fort said about half of the first graders dressed up, most in the health field as doctors or nurses.

    Fort said they had been preparing for the day all year.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL–Public Works to build new salt bin

    Despite the threat of flash floods and thunderstorms, the Shelbyville City Council had a different weather preparation task on their minds Thursday, as they approved a recommendation for a bid to build a bin for the storage of the city’s salt supply.

    Last year, due to the lack of sufficient storage, the city utilized the county’s storage facility.

    City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell noted that the county is capable of storing nearly 5000 tons of salt.

  • Heavy rains cause flooding

    Flooded roadways, barrages of lightning, gusting winds, driving rain and even some water rescues set the scene in Shelby County Thursday and Friday.

    There were no injuries, but plenty of anxious moments as road crews scurried around closing roadways covered by floodwaters, and even rescuing two people that had to be retrieved from rising water. Both were trapped when they tried to drive through water.

    The first incident occurred Thursday afternoon, Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker said.

  • PSC says water district ignored warnings

    A utility company has come under fire from the Kentucky Public Service Commission in connection with the collapse of a water tower in Waddy last August.

    The PSC Thursday issued a statement that its investigation into that incident has led to allegations that the U.S. 60 Water District was warned that the tank had corrosion problems and failed to heed those warnings.

  • Sawdust Carpet at Annunciation

    A decade long Easter tradition at the Church of the Annunciation actually has its origins in another land.

    Returning this year is the alfombra, a beautiful carpet of many colors, adorned with symbols connected with Easter, such as a cross, a heart, the washing of feet. The run lines the aisle in the chapel of the church, located on Main Street in Shelbyville.

    In addition to being remarkable for its rich colors and painstakingly created designs, the carpet is made of sawdust.

  • Power outage due to gunshots

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is looking into an incident in which a power transformer was so heavily damaged by gunfire, its failure caused an outage leaving more than 2,000 people without power.

    Candi Waford, spokesperson for Shelby Energy said the power outage lasted about two hours, from 7-9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    “The problem was with an East Kentucky Power Cooperative transformer failure at the Southville Substation,” she said.

  • Rogers realty recognized for growth

    Coldwell Banker Larry K. Rogers Realty has been awarded the Office Talent Attraction Award in recognition of their net growth in office size over the past year.

    Office manager Tracy Barnett said the award is a great honor.

    The Office Attraction Award recognizes offices that have increased their net number of sales associates or representatives by 15 percent or more.

    Budge Huskey, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, said their growth sets a standard for others to achieve.

  • Little church, big performance

    A little church is hosting a big production this weekend, with a significance as profound as their sanctuary is old.

    Christiansburg Baptist Church, built in 1799 and one of Shelby County’s oldest churches, will honor the death and resurrection of Christ with a musical cantata by the choir.

    Peggy Slaughter, wife of Pastor Herbert Slaughter, is directing the annual musical performance and said she anticipates a great turnout.

    “We’ve had as many as hundred attend,” she said, noting the church typically draws around 75 each week.