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  • Wet fields have negative effects on farms

    As the summer slips by with less sun and more rain, farmers are finding it harder to keep their heads – and their crops – above water.

    “At this point, it needs to dry up a little bit – we’ve had enough,” said Corinne Belton with a rueful chuckle.

    Belton, the agriculture extension agent for Shelby County, said many crops are beginning to suffer from too much rain.

  • County to amend sign regulations

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court is in the midst of amending the county’s zoning regulations pertaining to large signs.

    Magistrate Tony Carriss said at Tuesday’s meeting of the fiscal court that the issue of signage and the changes that other counties across the state have been making regarding signage has been very intriguing to him.

    “It’s a very interesting topic,” he said.

    Magistrate Mike Miller said he thinks that updating the regulations is a good idea.

    “It keeps us ahead of the curve,” he said.

  • Gatton students are getting more than the sun this summer

    While many students are taking advantage of summer break by relaxing by the pool or earning some spending cash with a summer job, Nolan Hughes and Emma Saarinen are using their time off to broaden their education.

    Hughes and Saarinen are rising seniors with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University. They were accepted into the program last year and could graduate next fall with enough credit hours to enter college as juniors.

  • Out of their element

    When you hear the words “summer reading”, thoughts turn quickly to a quiet library filled with kids’ noses in books.  But don’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover.

    The Shelby County Public Library is throwing the book at boring summer learning programs and teaching kids that education is entertaining.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Police department passes the test

     Simpsonville Police Department joined an elite group recently, becoming certified by the Kentucky Association of Police Chiefs as an accredited agency.

    The process, led by Sgt. Timothy Hurt, took months of work, according to Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis.

  • Good Samaritans rushed to woman's aid in I-64 crash

    A young mother was killed in a traffic accident on I-64 Thursday that sent her two daughters and their father to the hospital.

    The family of Katy East, 32, of Shelbyville, is still reeling from the loss, but glad to have Bella, 19 months, and Loryn, 7, out of the hospital.

  • No plans yet for vacant dealership

    No plans are in the works yet for the site of a major auto dealership that was shut down nearly two weeks ago, officials say.

    “We have taken on that lease but we don’t have any plans for it right now,” said Teresa Bachman, co-owner and vice president of Bachman Auto Group.

    Jeff Wyler Chevrolet Buick GMC of Shelbyville on Taylorsville Road closed its doors on Tuesday, June 30.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Resident speaks against more water withdraw from Guist Creek

    The Shelbyville City Council on Thursday unanimously approved on second reading an ordinance establishing a revision to the system development charge requirements for new connections to the Consolidated Municipal Waterworks and Sewer System of the Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission. Councilmember Jon Swindler was absent for the vote.

    The revision changed the word “shall” to “may” in the matter of system development charges when contracting with other water districts.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Voting districts up for approval

    After more than a year since the matter first re-emerged, the Shelby County Board of Education is finally expected to reach a decision regarding the redistricting of the voting boundaries when the board meets for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Central Office.

    Last July the board could not reach a consensus on redistricting and elected to table the matter for a future meeting. The issue resurfaced at three additional meetings and a working session to no avail; the board voted in November to defer a decision until after the General Election.

  • Ohio woman killed in fatal crash on La Grange Road

    An Ohio woman was killed Friday afternoon in a one vehicle accident on La Grange Road, and two family members were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, said police.

    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Maj. Jason Rice said that accident happened at around 4 p.m. Friday in the 3300 block of La Grange Road.