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  • Outlet mall: Weekend draws thousands of shoppers

    After a relatively sedate grand opening with moderate crowds, the floodgate opened Saturday for shoppers at the new Outlet Mall of the Bluegrass’ first weekend of business.
    Retailers were delighted, mall officials say, but local residents were disgruntled over some lengthy traffic issues.

    The mall, a 364,000-square-foot retail center just sound of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, caused some back ups both east and westbound on the interstate and north up Buck Creek Road to Simpsonville.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Aug. 6, 2014

    Shelby one of 12 Kentucky libraries

    to receive Kentucky 120 books

    Shelby County Public Library has been selected as one of 12 libraries in the state to receive a copy of the recently published book Kentucky 120.

    The book is a gift from donors who have supported the crowd-source funded project initiated by Frankfort photographer Ed Lawrence and his newly formed publishing company Zedz press.

  • Shelby chef is a Cutthroat vegan

    A chef with Shelby County roots planted her claim to fame with vegan dishes as she won the competition show Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network.

    Kristina Addington took home more than $18,000 and top honors after competing as the first vegan chef on the show.

    After applying online she received a call from the producers the next day, and following a Skype interview, Addington received the news that she would be invited to compete on the show.

  • Fairness group hopes to be heard

    Thursday, members of the Shelbyville City Council will once again hear from members of the Shelby County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a democratic fairness group, as well as members of the Fairness Campaign, an organization dedicated to fair treatment of the gay and lesbian community.

    The two groups are planning to attend the council’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the Fairness Ordinance the groups have been proposed several times.

  • Changes, additions add intrigue to show

    The 25th annual Shelbyville Horse Show went as smoothly as any other, organizers said.

    “The horse show went great,” R.H. Bennett, show manager said. “It was as smooth of an event as I recall in the past 25 years. The weather went great.”

    Jeff Hagerman, president of the Shelbyville Horse Show’s board of directors agreed the weather was perfect for the event.

  • Spectators, competitors alike enjoy what show offers

    As attendees at The 25th Anniversary Shelbyville Horse Show dined and sipped on drinks, competitors in the arena worked to earn their place among World Championship.

    And spectators like Michelle Moss-Trowbridge and her friend Jamie Bowlds know a thing or two about earning World Championship.

    “I started riding when I was eight,” Trowbridge said. “I was here when the show started,” she said. “I’m excited that it’s become the show that it has.”

  • Hairspray and memories

    Pleasureville resident and Shelby County High School graduate Megan Ducharm was one of 51 young women competing in the Miss Teen USA pageant in the Bahamas this weekend.

    And while Ducharm didn’t bring home the crown, she did return with memories that will last a lifetime.

    “Everyone there was really nice,” she said. “Everyone in the Bahamas was so nice.”

    And while the majority of her pageant time was spent practicing or competing for the crown, Ducharm said the contestants had a few opportunities to bond and have fun.

  • Blaze destroys Mount Eden Fire Department

    An early morning blaze ripped through the Mount Eden Fire Department Tuesday morning, completly destroying the metal structure and all it contained.

    Lt. John Butler with the Mount Eden Fire Department said the fire occurred at 5:13 a.m., and destroyed the building and virtually all the department owned.

    “We lost a forestry truck, an engine, a tanker [truck] and an SUV,” he said, glancing around as firefighters and investigators milled around the still smoldering scene at about 10 a.m. 

  • The show goes on

    Opening night of the Shelbyville Horse Show Wednesday night saw a few extra special touches to mark the show’s 25th year.

    The pavilion was packed with people enjoying great food at tables decorated with the show’s logo and an anniversary emblem.

    While there were some vacant tables in the Horsemen’s Tent, organizers say they were pleased with both the quality of the show as well as the turnout.

  • Shoppers come from miles around for grand opening

    Shoppers came from near and far for Thursday’s grand opening of the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

    Bringing a shop-till-you-drop attitude and nose for bargains, shoppers found it easy going as crowds stayed manageable throughout most of the day. And that left everyone with a fantastic opinion of the new 364,000-square-foot retail center.

    “I love it; it’s just great!” exclaimed Katrenia Ogle, holding up an armful of bags. Her daughter, Jaelyn Ogle, added, “I got some great back to school stuff.”