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  • Comer selects Shelby grad for youth campaign chair

    Across the state, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer is working on his campaign to become Kentucky’s next governor, and he has recruited 2014 Shelby County High School graduate Matthew Smith to aid in his campaign here in Shelby County.

    Along with a handful of others across the state, Smith was selected to serve as a Youth Chair for Comer’s campaign in Shelby County.

    “I know Matt through his leadership in the Republican Party. He represents the future of our state and is an asset to the Shelby County community,” Comer said.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION Outlet issues return to agenda

    Representatives with The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass will return to the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday to rehash a controversial debate regarding their signs.

    Last month, outlet officials plead for the commission’s forgiveness after disregarding their Signage Standards, but after a lengthy debate commissioners voted to table their decision.

    The Planned Unit Development Signage Standards for the center was approved in July 2012 and granted easements of 25 feet and maximum heights of 80 feet for their pylon LED signs.

  • Goodbye, but not for good

    Bright yellow going-out-of-business signs adorn the street front of a longtime Shelbyville business and inside disheartened customers moan phrases of disbelief as they discover their favorite fabric store, Making Ends Meet, is closing.

    But owner Leslie McCarthy assures this is not the end.

    “We are taking an online approach to our fabrics at this point,” she said.  “Our fabrics and trims will all go online at discounted prices, and we are expanding our class time. We’ve been offering classes for several years now.”

  • Goodbye, but not for good

    Bright yellow going-out-of-business signs adorn the street front of a longtime Shelbyville business and inside disheartened customers moan phrases of disbelief as they discover their favorite fabric store, Making Ends Meet, is closing.

    But owner Leslie McCarthy assures this is not the end.

    “We are taking an online approach to our fabrics at this point,” she said.  “Our fabrics and trims will all go online at discounted prices, and we are expanding our class time. We’ve been offering classes for several years now.”

  • Rain keeps coming, some flooding possible

    The children’s chant of ‘rain, rain, go away,’ won’t come true anytime soon, forecasters say. And that could lead to some flooding.

    “March is a notoriously wet month and we could get a lot of rain; it’s one of our wettest months,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Lasher. “This one to two inches could give us some local problems [with flooding] as saturated as we are.”

    After more than a foot of snow dropped on already saturated grounds last week, these March showers have no where to go.

  • Turkey hunters gearing up for banquet

    If you want to join some turkey hunters in gobbling up a great meal and checking out what membership in the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, clear out time next weekend.

    The 2015 edition of the Dogwood Drummers Hunting Heritage Banquet will be at 5:30 p.m. March 21 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    Chuck Williams, secretary and treasurer of the Dogwood Drummers, said details are available on the Website, dogwooddrummers.com.weebly. The event will include a meal, beginning at 6:30, several rifle raffles, and a live and silent auction.

  • You've come a long way, baby

    At 16, Paige Harbst is a beautiful, healthy teenager full of dreams and ambition, just like any other girl her age.

    You'd never think by looking at her that she weighed less than 2 pounds at birth. And now, Harbst has decided that she may want to pursue a career in health informatics, which involves medical data collection.

  • Sen. Paul moves closer to presidential, senate run

    With one eye focused on the White House, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) took a big step forward over the weekend when members of the Kentucky Republican Party unanimously voted for approval of a presidential caucus.

    With the U.S. Senator up for re-election, vying for the seat in the oval office at the same time he tried to retain his senate seat would not be possible under the current system. However, a caucus could allow Paul to contend for both, thus evading a state law that prohibits a candidate from appearing on the same ballot more than once.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL Old Southside gym to get new name

    The district’s freshly renovated space, currently dubbed Area C, will soon have an official title following a vote by the Shelby County Board of Education Thursday evening at its 7 p.m. meeting at Heritage Elementary School.

  • Area educators come to Shelby to Think

    More than 70 educational leaders from Kentucky convened at the former Southside Elementary gymnasium Monday for the kickoff of the fourth Thinking Strategies Institute hosted by the district.

    “The institute really has them put themselves in the stance as a learner,” SCPS staff developer Lora Shields said.  “Once you understand that, then you know how to set up your classroom to help students understand.”

    Ryan Allan, the district’s public relations coordinator, expanded on the purpose of the 4-day workshop.