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  • Simpsonville City Commission: Franchise agreements signed

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved three new franchise agreements for the city during Wednesday’s regular meeting at city hall.

    The non-exclusive franchise agreements were new, but no new services are being provided. The agreements are with LG&E and Atmos Energy for gas service in the city. Both companies were already providing service in the area.

    Another agreement with Kentucky Utilities was also approved. The 10-year agreement Isi for electricity and includes a 3 percent tax to be paid back to the city.

  • NEWS DIGEST: June 20, 2014

    Wildlife management area acquires

    926-acre Henry County farm

     

    The Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area just grew by more than a third in size.

    On June 2, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources completed its 18-month-long effort to acquire the 926-acre property of Stephen Boone in Henry County. It is located along KY 389 about three miles north of Gratz.

  • Bringing beauty back into the Blue Gables

    Residents may have vacated the old Blue Gables Motel Monday, but that does not mean the rooms are currently without inhabitants.  On a tour of the building Thursday afternoon, roaches, bedbugs and other forms of life scaled the walls and scooted across the floors of the apartments that some Shelbyville residents called home just days ago.

    This week, the Shelbyville Preservation Group purchased and obtained the hotel turned low-income housing with the hopes of restoring the dilapidated, yet historic property.

  • SCPS fraud case not heard by grand jury

    Last month, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof disclosed to The Sentinel News, that he had evidence that indicated embezzlement of a portion of the school’s budget by now former Payroll Manager Benita Anglin.

    And at that time he was confident that the case would be heard by the Shelby County Grand Jury this month, but it appears that it has been pushed back.

    Despite his confidence, Anglin’s name was not on the docket this past Wednesday.

  • SCPS gets funding for early childhood academies

    Two Shelbyville elementary schools will soon take part in a statewide program aimed at better preparing children for kindergarten.

    Toyota and the United Way announced Monday morning that Shelbyville’s Southside Elementary will be one of 14 new schools chosen to launch a bornlearning Academy, a school-based workshop dedicated to turning everyday moments into learning opportunities.

    The decision was a strategic one, according to Program Coordinator, Helen Carroll.

  • Fair continues with horse show tonight

    Shelby County

    Fair Horse Show

    WHEN:7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday

    WHERE: Shelby County Fairgrounds

    TICKETS:Gate admission, $5, box seats, $75 for 6 seats

    MORE INFO:502-647-0076

    With room for more horses this year because of the availability of the livestock barn at the fairgrounds, horse show officials say they are really excited about having a bigger show this year.

  • Jackleen Lane, 1 year later, still no answers

    Tuesday marked one year since the body of 15-year-old Jackleen Lane was spotted by a railroad engineer floating facedown in Clear Creek.

    The case was closed by police – her death ruled accidental – the family is trying to heal and state social services officials will still not talking about the tragedy, which has left many questions still unanswered.

  • Shelby woman to get ball rolling on wet/dry vote

    A Shelbyville woman is taking steps to start the process for a wet/dry vote for Shelby County.

    Katie Sjothun, a familiar face at Shelby County Fiscal Court meetings no matter what topics are on the agenda, said Tuesday morning that she intended to get the ball rolling for a “wet” election, to enable county businesses to be able to sell packaged alcoholic beverages and offer samples.

    “The county deserves to be [wet],” she said. “Why should wineries sell wine out in the county and a distillery can’t have a tasting room?”

  • Diageo receives local incentive package

    An incentive package and a request for water and sewer service connections were on tap for the Diageo Distillery project at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, and both received approval.

    Magistrates authorized Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger to execute documents relating to the economic incentive package, including a waiver of local building construction fees, which could be up to $40,000.

  • Now empty, Blue Gables renovation can begin

    About three years ago, the idea to turn the old Blue Gables Hotel into an artisan center started gaining momentum when it was released that the City of Shelbyville was applying for a Community Block Grant to help fund the project.

    The proposed change was to fix a blight area in Shelbyville and create a tourist friendly commercial and retail center on the west end of the city’s downtown commercial area, and on Monday afternoon that plan finally came together.