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  • Tiger steps down from fire department

    On August 1, the Shelbyville Fire Department will say goodbye to longtime chief Willard E. “Tiger” Tucker.  After 25 years with the department, 13 of which as chief, Tucker has announced his retirement.

    When asked what he’ll miss most about the job, Tucker immediately responded with, “The people, I’ll miss the people.”

  • Secular invocation recalls separation of church and state conversation

    For the first time since adopting an ordinance to have a local church leader deliver an invocation to start its meeting, the Shelbyville City Council opened Thursday’s meeting with a secular invocation.

    However, the change seemed to leave some council members and some attending the meeting confused.

    Linda Allewalt stated that because she was not delivering a prayer, there was no need for people to stand, fold their hands, or bow their head, but most remained standing, some with their heads bowed, some with their hands folded.

  • Southside remains on schedule for opening

    This Thursday, attendees at the Shelby County Public School board meeting will once again review the construction progress for the finishing touches at the Northside Early Childhood Center and the last bits of construction at the new Southside Elementary School.

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. at the district's offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville. A representative from K. Norman Berry and Associates will be on hand to update the board with a slideshow presentation of images for both buildings.

  • Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass: Official stuck in opening traffic plan

    Simpsonville officials have been working on a traffic plan for the high volume of cars expected for next Wednesday’s opening day of the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, but so far those plans are still incomplete, officials say.

    “We have been working on that for months, but the problem is, it keeps changing,” said Kentucky State Police Spokesperson Kendra Wilson.

  • Roll Forming to have job fair

    Roll Forming Corporation will have a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday.

    Roll Forming President Ray Leathers said the plant, located on Brooks Industrial Road, has openings for two dozen permanent employees and several temps, for all different shifts.

    He said the increased need for more employees is both because the plant is experiencing growth and because of increased business.

    “We’re in the middle of a new product launch, for a shelving system for Amazon warehouses,” he said.

  • County to buy tractor to mow parks

    Mowing will continue on Shelby’s parkland after the county purchases a new tractor to replace the old one that broke down recently, officials say.

    “Our primary tractor that is used for mowing [for all parks] has gone down on us,” said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

    “It has gone down at the very worst time, during our heaviest mowing season. The tractor has 10,000 hours and is just worn out; that’s what it boils down to.”

  • Dorman Center to get Kosair grant

    Officials at a local children’s charitable organization say they are excited at the prospect of getting thousands from a matching grant.

    Kosair Charities has included the Dorman Center in a new initiative dedicated to small non-profits in counties surrounding Louisville, with its 20-20 Challenge Grant Program, which invites donors to make a gift to Kosair Charities for the benefit of the Dorman Center.

    Ray Leathers, president of the board of the Dorman Center, said the grant could mean up to $40,000 for the center.

  • Jubilee organizers promise 'the very best'

    The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee kicks off in less than a week and the staff at the Shelby Development Corporation is overwhelmed with anticipation.

    “This is probably the most exciting Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee we’ve ever had, because we not only have new events, we have new segments of each event. Our chairmen of our committees have just worked very hard to make this the very best Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee ever,” Shelby Development Corporation Executive Director Eilene Collins said.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION Kingbrook Commerce Park plans approved

    The development plans for a facility to be located at Kingbrook Commerce Park was approved at Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission meeting. The plans call for a 119,430-square-foot office and manufacturing facility.

    Ryan K. Libke, Executive Director for Triple S Planning Commission previously confirmed that the development plans are for Faurecia, an international auto parts manufacturing company. But Feuricia representatives have declined to offer verification, but they have acknowledged seeking a new residence in the area.

  • NEWS DIGEST: July 18, 2014

    House plan restores highway money

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted across party lines, 367 to 55, Tuesday to restore cash to the Highway Trust Fund, which is teetering on insolvency.

    The trust fund provides money to states for bridge, road and other transportation projects and is expected to run short on money starting next month without a stopgap from Congress.