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  • Long Run Massacre returns Living history event is Sept. 8-9

    For nearly two decades living history has descended on Shelby County in early September, and it returns to

    Red Orchard Park Sept. 8-9.

    The Long Run Massacre, presented by the Painted Stone Settlers, will open the 2-day event with activities such as demonstrations of heritage skills such as spinning, weaving, fire starting, blacksmithing and customs of the 18th century. Militia life and a Native American campsite are also depicted.

  • Helping hands

    As people across the nation look for ways they can assist victims left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that has caused catastrophic flooding throughout southeastern Texas, Shelby countians are also joining in the relief effort.

    "I’m from Simpsonville, but we’ll be sending people from all over the state," said Bob Perkins, a member of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. "We’ll be sending cooking and feeding units, chainsaw and mud-out units."

    Perkins said he does not know yet which role he will play.

  • Rankin says goodbye

    The Simpsonville Police Department will lose one of its finest today with the retirement of officer Todd Rankin.

    “He’s an excellent officer – we’re going to miss him a lot,” said Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis. “He was our strongest computer savvy person, our technology man. He was a very good officer dealing with the public and diffusing problems.”

    Rankin takes pride in those strong points.

  • Goo-ood employee

    Allen Purnell rose to his feet to grip Ray Barnes’ hand in a warm handshake as the latter stepped into his office at F.B. Purnell Sausage, Inc.in Simpsonville.

    “How are you this morning, Hoss?” asked Purnell with a grin. “Set yourself down.”

    Purnell, CEO and co-owner of the company, along with his brother, Bob, chatted with Barnes as they waited for Bob and Todd Purnell, Allen’s son and president of the company, to arrive for an informal presentation to Barnes.

  • Helping in Houston

     A company that thrives on destruction is eager to help bring restoration into some lives next week.

  • State reports 4 cases of West Nile

    State health officials have reported four cases of West Nile Virus in humans around Kentucky so far this year – that’s less than last year’s 10 reported cases.

    “West Nile Virus is not more widespread this year as compared to previous years,” said Beth Fisher, public information officer for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.“We average about ten cases per year and this is typically the time of year we see reports.”

  • City tax rate set

    The Shelbyville City Council passed on second reading the city’s tax rate Thursday night, leaving the rate flat.

    No one from the public turned out at the meeting to speak on the issue, regarding the proposed ad valorem tax rate and the council voted unanimously in favor of keeping the tax rate at 27.2 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable real property and 33.5 cents on each $100 of assessed value of all taxable personal property.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty expressed satisfaction at not having to raise the tax rate.

  • College fair bringing schools to Shelby

    School may be closed Monday, but Shelby County students are encouraged to keep higher education on their minds, as the Shelbyville Area NAACP will host its first college fair at Northside Early Childhood Center in the midst of the holiday.

    “I know it’s an odd day, but we figure they are going to go to school the next day anyway and it will only take about thirty-five to forty minutes for them to see the different colleges,” said Roland Dale, who is helping organize the event.

  • Best of the best

    Shelby County proved to be one of the more eclectic communities in Kentucky as the community gained some recognition last week as one of the best places in the state to grab a refreshing bottle of wine or some delicious fried chicken.

    On Thursday, Kentucky Living magazine announced its ‘Best in Kentucky’ winners during a live awards show at the Kentucky State Fair.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Teacher shortage raises concerns

    During the regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Shelby County Board of Education members heardin a report from Superintendent James Neihof that the district, like many schools across the nation, is experiencing a shortage of teachers in math, science and special education.  Neihof said the issue is a matter of competition.  Those studying in the math and science field can receive higher pay in other job markets outside of education.

    “Industry is just gobbling them up for twice the money,” he said.