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  • Farmers hoping for better hemp crops this year

    After high expectations and very optimistic predictions for last year’s experimental hemp crops, the actual harvest was a let down, farmers say. 

    “I just decided not to fool with it this year,” said Shelby County Farmer Ray Tucker, who planted 12 acres of hemp last year on property near Eminence Pike.  “We didn’t do real well last year, I don’t think anybody around here did. It’s all so experimental it’s hard to figure out, there’s still so many unknowns about it.” 

  • Easter pets - Not for every-bunny

    With Easter quickly approaching, you might be scrambling to the stores to snag up those last minute goodies and gifts for your loved ones’ baskets.  Common fillers include chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, fake grass and plastic eggs.  But if your shopping agenda includes an impromptu purchase of a cute little bunny or a bright yellow baby chick this holiday, you might find yourself hippity-hopping back to the pet store after the holiday weekend.

  • Medical marijuana info meeting is Monday

    Though 23 states and Washington, D.C. permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes –and four of which permit it for recreation purposes – the legalization of the plant is still a highly conflicted topic for the commonwealth.

    Next week, local supporters can learn how they can help the state progress toward legalization.

  • Learning their fair share

    When the bell rang at Southside Elementary School Wednesday afternoon, eager learners suddenly flooded the hallway.  With smiles and conversation, they switched classrooms seeking their next learning opportunity.

    Those classroom seats were not occupied antsy elementary students, but rather excited educators, eager to learn about innovative technology tools being used by other teachers across the district.

    The perplexing sight of teachers behind the desks, as well as leading the classrooms, was part of the district’s second Ed Tech Share Fair.

  • Healthy inspiration

    Those attending the Women’s Health Fair Monday came away filled with admiration and deeply touched by the efforts of hundreds of women, some dedicated to helping others, and some determined to overcome physical obstacles of their own.

  • Budget coming down to the wire

    Lawmakers have less than a week to complete the state budget, which has already undergone major revisions and will no doubt undergo many more before all is said and done.

    The Kentucky House voted to approve its version 53-0 last Wednesday, with all Republicans abstaining from the vote.

  • Coming up to speed

    Faster Internet speeds are in the works for portions of Shelby County, with Simpsonville being the predominant area of concentration for now.

    Officials at Time Warner Cable announced last week that the company is in the middle of taking the Internet and TV experience to the next step for customers in Jefferson, Ind., and Louisville, increasing speeds up to 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) at no extra cost to customers.

  • City budget sees 19 percent growth

     

  • Board to consider new district calendar

    With the concern of winter weather finally behind us, the Shelby County Board of Education will consider amending the 2015-16 school calendar when they meet Thursday at district’s offices, 1155 West Main Street, to account for lost days due to inclement weather. 

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the district called off school a total of three days this past winter and the board will look at tacking those back on to the end of the calendar.

  • Shelbyville City Council - Council previews Stormwater meetings

    Shelbyville Public Works director Jennifer Herrell gave the city council Thursday evening a preview of the two Stormwater Master Plan Meetings set for this month – the first one Tuesday and the second is planned for March 29 at Fire House No. 2. 

    The meetings will provide residents of Shelbyville an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding drainage and flooding issues.

    Herrell revealed to the council members some of the nine maps that will be on display at the meetings for residents to use to indicate areas of concern.