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  • Fair to offer a full motorsports schedule

    The Shelby County Fair is more than funnel cakes and carnival rides.  For many, it’s an opportunity to experience the sound of roaring engines, the sight of flying mud and the smell of exhaust fumes and all the thrills that come with American motorsports.

    So to kick up the excitement on the track, organizer Jimmy Hance said they wanted to offer an event every night of the fair this year.

  • New water tower taking shape

    Those driving in downtown Shelbyville near Prospect Street might see a new structure peeking out over the tree line. 

    “[It] should all be complete by about December,” said Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyleof the developing water tower that is to replace the infrastructure on 5th Street.  “So far they have about one-hundred-and-twenty feet of the concrete structure built.”

  • Day-cations

    June has arrived and school is out. It’s officially time to start planning those summer family vacations. 

    But not every vacation requires a strict budget and a week off work.  The Bluegrass State is filled with numerous tourist hotspots and Shelby County’s prime location finds us a short drive from many of the most desirable spots.

  • Avoiding the summer brain drain

     

    The last bell has rung and school has officially closed for summer, but that doesn’t mean our kids’ brains should take a vacation, too. 

    In fact, as our children’s days are now filled with bike rides and pool parties, experts note that it’s important to keep their minds just as active as their bodies.

  • Fighting to breathe

    Every day is a breath of fresh air for many, but for Bobby Webb each day is a struggle for every breath.

    Webb has Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic and life-threatening disease that changes how his body makes mucus and sweat, and he’s battled the disease his entire life. He’s endured pneumonia, a blood infection and a kidney transplant. In 2011 he went through a double lung transplant but unfortunately, lung transplants are not a cure for CF and this past December doctors gave him just six months to a year to live.

  • Going out in style

    For 34 years Susan’s Hair Design has been a fixture in the community.  The Main Street business has not only served as a beauty shop, but also as a local hub of entertainment and conversation.  And it’s that aspect of the business that Susan Wells’ customers say they will miss the most.

  • Operation Care gets a rain garden

    Equipped with shovels, mulch, plants and dirt, Walt Reichert, horticulture technician at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, and a team of devoted Master Gardeners went into battle this week against a drainage issue and chances are they will come out on top.

    Janevera Rothenburer, housing director of Operation Care’s Women’s Shelter, said the rainwater rushing down the steep slope coming from Washington Street to their backyard made her uneasy.

  • Task Force to target the hungry

    State officials visited Shelby County Thursday to roll out a new state initiative that affects people in all areas of Kentucky – hunger.

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles addressed a small crowd of media, government officials and people associated with food banks at Gallrein Farms to introduce the Kentucky Hunger Task Force, the department of agriculture’s first ever hunger initiative, he said.

  • Theater to get a facelift

    The Shelby County Community Theater will soon have a new look, well not totally new, as the contours of the old familiar building at 8th and Main streets are too endearing to change drastically.

    But patrons will definitely notice a more streamlined appearance when the renovations are completed, as well as some much needed features for the general public and for those with special needs, said Cheryl Van Stockum, who is heavily involved with the theater.

  • Seniors look to the future, express pride in past

    They left high school behind with a mixture of sadness at leaving old friends, joy at being freed from school work and excitement at the prospect of a whole new world opening up before them.

    But all of the high school seniors who graduated Saturday did so with one thing in common – pride in earning their diplomas.