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  • MLK service packs St. John U.M.C.

    A large crowd showed up Monday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Memorial Service sponsored by the Greater Shelby County Ministerial Coalition.

    More than a hundred people packed the St. John U. M. C. to hear the "I have a Dream" message and be reminded that the holiday should be seen as, "A day on, not a day off." The Rev. Robert Marshall opened the ceremony that included messages and prayers from the Revs. Ron Holder, Kilen Gray, Tobias Pace and Don Burley.

    The Rev. Alvin Goodwin of Louisville delivered the main message.

  • County increases mileage rate

    With current gas prices, four cents can make a difference.

    If you work for the county and there's no government-owned vehicle available for you to drive to an assignment, then you have to drive your own vehicle.

    When that happens, you will now be reimbursed for 48.5 cents per mile now instead of the previous rate of 44.5 cents, or 4 cents more.

    Fiscal court approved the rate hike at its regular Tuesday morning meeting.

  • Deadbeat dads still skirt system

    Dieshell Crittendon said she is tired of hearing the same old story when it comes to the state's effort to make the father of her son pay his child support.

    "I've been dealing with this for 13 years," Crittendon said. "I'm to the point where it seems useless."

    She said the father of her 13-year-old son has been in and out of court for years and even spent time incarcerated for failing to pay his child support.

    "The only time I get money is if he decides to send something in," Crittendon said.

  • Simpsonville F. D. opens third station

    Cheaper insurance rates go hand-in-hand with a faster fire response.

    That means the residents who live off Ky. 148 near Equestrian Estates should not only feel a little safer these days if a fire breaks out, but they should also notice a difference in their insurance bills.

    Simpsonville Fire Chief Walter Jones said although it has taken about four years for the project to go from idea to completion, it took less than a year for the actual construction process of the new station to be completed.

  • Shelby teachers try on boot camp

    Shelby County students with questions about what it's like to be in the Marine Corps now have two teachers upon whom they can rely for first-hand knowledge.

    Construction teacher Walt Wilson and physical education teacher Todd Shipley each spent the past week visiting the Corps' recruit training depot in Parris Island, S.C., as part of an educators workshop designed to give teachers a taste of what it's like to be a recruit.

  • Frosty comes to town

    Thanks to an early morning snow, children at the Dorman Preschool Center were able to spend some time on Tuesday making a snowman.

  • Safeguarding minors

    Beer buyers at a local liquor store this past weekend were given an extra warning against giving the alcohol to minors thanks to the efforts of a group of teens.

    Nine members of Spencer County High Schools' Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) came to Shelbyville on Thursday and placed hundreds of 3-by-4-inch yellow stickers on cases of beer at local alcohol retailers.

    The stickers, which were designed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, warned that selling or transferring alcohol to minors could lead to up to year in jail and a $500 fine.

  • Law would limit Triple S involvement in historical district

    Planning and zoning commissioners could play a lesser role in setting the city's historic district boundaries if Shelbyville City Council approves a measure next month to abolish some of their authority.

    The legislation comes after a contentious vote last year to cede parts of 10th Street, Bland Avenue and surrounding corridors into the city's roughly 20-block historic district.

  • Catalpa'green'? Subdivision a model for open space, say developers

    Residents of Catalpagreen will appreciate the planned neighborhood's "environmentally sensitive design" and enjoy other features that will foster a strong sense of community, developers told Triple S Planning commissioners. Commissioners approved preliminary plans for the 239-unit subdivision, just off Ardmore Lane and U.S. 60, Tuesday night.

    Homes in the residential development will mimic classic 1900s-style architecture, according to plans on file with Triple S, and will be centered around common green space areas.

  • Commissioner talks budgets, CATS

    During his visit to Shelby County on Wednesday, Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Jon Draud, spoke about how proposed education budget cuts would affect Shelby County.

    Draud also announced the state will change the date it administers the CATS battery of tests.

    Draud, who visited Shelby County to participate in Leadership Shelby's "Education Day," said he hopes that the budget shortfall the state faces will not result in budget cuts for the department of education.