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  • 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.

  • Construction on Kosair facility to start soon

    Before long, renovation will be underway to convert a vacant building in Governor’s Square into a new Kosair Children’s Hospital Medical Associates office.

  • It’s a wrap

    What could be better than six new recycling containers for the county’s state-of-the-art solid waste facility?

    For one thing, the new containers – costing $7,200 each – are not only completely free, thanks to a newly-received grant, but they are also going to be works of art, said Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon.

    “We have ordered six recycling trailers that we will wrap in Shelby County history,” he said.

    “We will blow them [photos] up and wrap those containers in those pictures.”

  • Child’s play

    Visitors to Clear Creek Park can’t miss the sight of colorful, high-end playground equipment being installed near the Family Activity Center.

    Bright yellow railings, slides and a climbing apparatus, topped by canopies, much of which is already in place, looks like a children’s fairyland, compared to the old equipment that dated from the 1970s.

  • Packing the perfect picnic

    July is National Picnic Month and what better reason is there to wine and dine among nature?

    But before you grab your basket and head outside, a little menu preparation may be in order. Knowing exactly what to pack can be tough. Nobody wants to go on a picnic with a loaf of bread, some bologna and a pack of American cheese.

    It’s time to step up your outdoor diner, and surprise your family or your sweetheart with something a little more thoughtful and delicious.

  • Woman identified in fatal crash in Simpsonville

    The Shelby County Coroner's office has named the person killed in a one-vehicle accident on I-64 just west of Simpsonville’s Exit 28.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell has identified the victim as Katy East, 33, of Shelbyville. Kentucky State Police trooper Eddie Whitworth had said there were two adults in the vehicle, a silver Toyota. The surviving adult, who was driving, was taken to the University of Louisville and two children were taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital with unknown injuries, he said.

  • Arts group to sponsor local art show

     The Shelby Regional Arts Council (SRAC) will host its first-ever art gallery Sep. 19-20 at the First Christian Church in Shelbyville.

    The gallery, the first of its kind in nearly 10 years, according to Howard Griffith, SRAC committee member, is only the beginning of the organizations plan to help revitalize the visual arts community in Shelby County.

  • Storm races through Shelby County

     As the weekend rolled in, storms rolled through Shelby County leaving trees in roadways and some without power.

    With wind gusts topping out around 70 miles per hour, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., work for Craig Myatt, Shelby County road supervisor, began just after 6 p.m.

    “I got the first calls from dispatch around six o’clock and we worked about four and half hours to get roads open,” he said. “We’re going back today [Monday] to pick up and clean up the locations we had.”

  • Embezzlement case coming up for arraignment

    A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee who was arrested last week after being indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center is coming up for arraignment.

    Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville, who previously served as the youth services director for the park system, will have an arraignment hearing July 20 in Shelby Circuit Court.

    “They have to set it for arraignment,” said Shelbyville attorney Sam Carl, who, along with Bill Stewart, will most likely be representing Simmons.