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  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Proposed gas station in Waddy pushes to 2 meetings

    With several hot topics on the agenda, the Triple S Planning Commission has elected to schedule two meetings back-to-back this month, rather than risk overcrowding the room.

  • Jewish is out of local hospitals

     On Sept. 1, Catholic Health Initiatives became the "sole sponsor" or owner of KentuckyOne Health, when the parent company bought out The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence’s interests in a $150 million deal.

  • Four paws for Paxton

    Parents know that going anywhere with little ones can be a challenge.

    But for Southside Elementary art teacher Michelle Thomas and her husband Delonte, going out with their children can be an extremely overwhelming task. That’s because not only do they have three little ones, but their 5-year-old son, Paxton, has autism.

    Activities most of us take for granted like a dinner out, a trip to the grocery, our kid’s soccer game, aren’t a quick trip for the Thomas family.

  • The legacy of a witness

    Next week Main Street will close and people will gather around to lay witness to a dramatic scene, much like they did 80 years ago.

    On Sept. 20, 1937, a gunshot resonated through the streets of downtown Shelbyville when the brothers of Oldham County murder victim Verna Garr Taylor shot and killed her alleged murderer, Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt.

    But when the scene plays out this time, it will be a bit more theatrical, as the community gathers to reenact the event in honor of the eightieth anniversary.

  • Grand dedication

    Officials said that about 100 people turned out Friday night for the dedication of the new pavilion in Simpsonville.

    “It was, really a re-dedication of Wiche Park with the new pavilion replacing the old gazebo,” said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton, who officiated at the event.

    “A lot of the Wiche family was there,” he said, adding that the crowd also including city, county and state officials, including Simpsonville City Commissioners.

    The $137,000 gazebo replaces the old one, which was built in 1997.

  • Emergency call

    With the terror of Hurricane Irma now past, Floridians are struggling to recover from the devastation that left more than half the state’s residents without power and many city streets underwater – and five Shelby Countians will be on hand to help.

    Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Director Mike Poynter said they are paramedics who were chosen to be included in a massive recovery effort involving several states.

  • Sisters write book together

    When America and Emma Nandez were growing up together in Mexico, neither one dreamed that one day they would be living in foreign countries and become published authors.

    The two sisters left their native Mexico 10 years ago, when they married, one going to Norway and the other to the United States.

  • Youth program coordinator says offenses down

    A year and a half after creating the position of youth coordinator, with the goal being keep more kids from getting into brushes with the law, county officials say they are seeing results.

    Shelby County Youth Coordinator Mitchell Tinsley, Mitchell, a 1989 graduate of Shelby County High School with an extensive background in working with trouble youth, gave a presentation at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court to update magistrates on activities he has been engaged in since being appointed to that position in April 2016.

  • Cox appointed new Shelby County Jailer

    For the first time in two decades, the Shelby County Detention Center has a new face at the helm.

    Darrell Cox, a former captain at the detention center, has been selected to take the reins upon the retirement of longtime jailer Bobby Waits.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison said that Cox began his new position Sept. 1.

    "He took over at midnight on the first, I swore him in," he said.

    The ceremony, fittingly, took place at the detention center where Cox was accompanied by his wife, Carol, and daughters, Misty and Miranda.

  • Blessings for all

    Centenary United Methodist has found a new way to share its blessings in Shelbyville, by placing them in a box downtown.

    In what church members have described as a take what you need, leave what you can scenario, the church has placed a modest sized box next to the church on the building's Washington Street side featuring personal items, food, clothes and more.

    "It's right across the street from the county judge's office, it's impossible to miss," said Pastor Willard Knipp.