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  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Downtown construction nearly complete

     After years of construction, there might finally be an end to roadwork in downtown Simpsonville.

    Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton announced at Thursday’s regularly city commission meeting that he had gone through with the contractors to figure out what still had to be done and slight changes that had to be made to complete the project.

    One of the biggest things to be fixed is repainting the parking spots along U.S. 60.

  • Shelby canine team helps in Johnson County

    Surrounded by death and destruction in the form of rushing floodwaters and debris from shattered homes and lives in Paintsville last week, two Shelby County residents found comfort in the nobility of the human spirit.

    “What was amazing to me is that even though they were the ones who were the victims, they were trying to help us,” said Christy Coleman, a physician’s assistant with Stonecrest Family Medicine.

  • County hires deputy EMA director

    Shelby County officials say they are glad that not only has a new deputy director been brought onboard at the Emergency Management Agency, but also, he brings a lot of experience to the table.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates approved hiring Chris Spaulding, former assistant chief of the Shelbyville Fire Department.

    Spaulding, who retired as assistant chief in April after 25 years with that department, was the logical choice, said Shelby County Judge Executive, Rob Rothenburger.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Brewing up business

    Currently Shelbyville residents looking to enjoy a night out with music, dinner and local brew are forced to travel to Louisville or Lexington.

    But that’s an issue the city council is hoping to soon rectify.  

    The Shelbyville City Council passed a resolution Thursday requesting the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission hold a public hearing in order to provide the council with a recommendation regarding proposed amendments to the city’s zoning regulations, specifically those concerning downtown craft breweries and distilleries.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Bus routes reveal small districting flaw

    A couple of would-be Wright Elementary students are gearing up to start back to school at Heritage Elementary this fall due to a correction to the bus routes.

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday will consider redistricting a portion of Cedarmore Road, a change that SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said will clear up an overlapping bus route.

    “We have two families that we were having to send an extra bus on a road that there was already a bus on,” Allan said. “We already have a bus on that road that goes to Heritage.”

  • Fill the jar with veggies

    Lifelong and amateur canners departed the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office this weekend with some newfound knowledge on the hobby.

    Saturday morning, experienced canners Stephanie Tucker and Wendy Thornbury led a small class of individuals young and old, male and female, all hoping to learn more on the skill.

    From a bushel of freshly picked beans to a jar prepped for storage, participants observed the entire canning process.

    Throughout the procedure, participants were given multiple opportunities to try their hands at canning, as well.

  • Construction worker injured at distillery site on Benson Pike

    A worker was injured Friday morning when he fell from a structure under construction at the Diageo Bulleit Distilling Co. on Benson Pike.

    His name and injuries are unknown at this time, but it is not expeted to life threatening. He was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital.

  • Pests thrive in wet summer weather

     With record-breaking rain this summer, as soon as the skies clear many of us make a dash for the great outdoors, but be careful or you could end up with red itchy bumps all over.

    Lee Townsend, an extension entomologist with the University of Kentucky department of entomology, says that all of the rain this summer can contribute to the mosquito population.

  • Horse Show Jubilee set to kick off next week

     Flowers are blooming around town and shops are cleaning up their store fronts all in preparation for this year’s annual Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee, which will bring people from miles around.

    Jubilee festivities kick off next week with the annual breakfast at Undulata Farm Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.

    According to Eilene Collins, executive director of Shelby Development Corporation, all 29 tables for the event have been sold and they currently have a waiting list for the event.

  • Food bank to expand

    Shelby County’s major food bank – already growing by leaps and bounds in its own right – will soon be feeding even more people.

    That’s because the Serenity Center – which also offers a counseling program – will be taking over the food bank operated by the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency in September.

    Already providing food to 1,135 people per week, the Serenity Center will now be picking up an additional 8,540 people per year – about 165 per week – served by community action in Shelby County.