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  • Democrats kick off campaign season

    With the May Primary Election just around the corner, Shelby County Democrats kicked off their campaign season with an annual dinner renamed this year for Shelby County’s own famous Democrat.

    The Martha Layne Collins Dinner drew many Democratic candidates and dignitaries from around the state, all of whom spoke favorably of the dinner’s namesake, who was in attendance.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Budget to remain in the black

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty announced Thursday that the city expects to once again stay in budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    However, the projected revenue for the upcoming year is set at just more than $8 million while the expenses are estimated to exceed that number at $9.3 million.

    This year, the city carries forward a $3.9 million balance and, with the desire of closing out the budget with a $3.8 million balance, the budget includes an interfund transfer of nearly half of that – $1.2 million– from a reserve account.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to vote on athlete drug testing

    The hot topic of random drug testing for student athletes returns to this week’s Shelby County Board of Education meeting and this time the agenda calls for more than just discussion.

    When the board meets Thursday at 6:30 at the Shelby County Education Center at Cropper, , 8472 Cropper Road in Pleasureville, the board will consider the approval of a one-year drug testing pilot program.

  • Throwing a flag on hunger

    Powder-puff fundraiser

    WHEN: Saturday 5 p.m.

    WHERE: Collins High School football field

    WHAT: Fundraiser flag football game

    BENEFITTING: The Shelby County Backpack Program

    COST: $3 for spectators, canned goods and monetary donations also encouraged

    MORE INFO: 647-1160

  • Down and dirty

    A crowd of nearly 500 muddy spectators spent Saturday cheering in the warm sunshine as trucks kicked up mud and dirt at the annual Mud Bog at the Waddy Ruritan Club.

    Ruritan member Rod Willard said he believes this was the fourth year the organization has hosted the event and, said it is the club’s largest fundraiser.

    Willard explained the funds raised benefit various causes.

  • Officials begin informal talks on interlocal agreement

    Next year, Shelby County’s three governmental bodies will face the question of whether or not to renew an interlocal agreement made twenty years ago.
    Simpsonville City Manager David Easton, who was mayor of Shelbyville at that time, said the reason the move was made was two-fold.

  • County budget proposed is up $1 million

    In his budget address to the Shelby County Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger proposed a budget of $1 million dollars more last year’s.

    The 2015-16 county budget he proposed is $20,823,000 compared to the 2014-15 budget of $19.7 million.

  • Officials prepare for a quiet Election Day

    As the May 19 Primary Election edges closer, officials say they believe the voter turnout will be slim this year, at least as far as the Democratic Party is concerned.

    “The Democrats don’t have much of a ballot at all. I think the Republicans will turn out, but I don’t see a big turn out for the Democrats,” Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said.

    “But usually on the primaries we’ll only have like thirty percent or twenty percent turnout.”

  • A blooming source of learning

    Clear Creek Elementary students are now saving the Monarch butterfly species one caterpillar at a time thanks to a collaborative effort from teachers, students and Shelby County Master Gardeners with funding provided by the Shelby County Soil Conservation Board.

    The master gardeners worked with students and teachers to install a new butterfly garden on Tuesday, and now students throughout the school are conserving, observing and maintaining the garden.

  • Digging up the past


    f you look back far enough in your genealogy just about anyone can find a link to royalty, Historian Don Matson said, and royalty is just what he found when he researched his fifth great-grandfather, Oliver Mills Robertson.

    At the Beech Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Waddy a small stone marker and a flag sits outside the fence to indicate a burial site, but the metal sign in front marks an astonishing lineage that took Matson a half of a century to uncover.