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  • Crowd-sourcing a café

    A local restaurant is racing against time with only 12 more days to go in an effort to raise money.

    “We’re doing a crowd-funding campaign in order to get the proper commercial cooking equipment and upscale our catering business,” said Melinda Hardin, co-owner of the Harvest Coffee Café along with her husband, Ben.

    Crowd-funding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.

  • State of Emergency declared in Shelby County

    Some Shelby Energy customers in the Simpsonville area that have been without power since about 10 a.m. this morning, are back on, officials say.

  • Boys' 8th Region Basketball Tournament makes schedule changes

    With heavy snow expected over the next 24 hours the first round of the 8th Region Boys Basketball Tournament at Henry County has been rescheduled.

    Instead of opening round games tonight and Thursday the entire first round will be played on Saturday.

    The schedule is as follows:

    10 a.m. – Grant County vs. Shelby County

    Noon – Oldham County vs. Gallatin County

    2 p.m. – Owen County vs. North Oldham

    4 p.m. – Collins vs. Simon Kenton

  • Historic downtown building under renovation

    A historic downtown building has been condemned, but that’s only a temporary condition, officials said.

    “It’s condemned right now because there were some [dead] pigeons and some glass and stuff falling out of it but those things have been remedied right now, and there’s a few other issues that have to be addressed before we take it out of condemnation,” said Barry Edington, code enforcement officer for the City of Shelbyville.

  • 1 book, 2 book, old book, new book

     

    This week, school children across the country have been throwing on their red and white striped thinking caps in honor of the late Dr. Seuss’s birthday and The National Education Association’s Read Across America Week.

    In its 18th year, the program is aimed at promoting the value of reading and encourages students with Seuss-based events, activities, projects, programs, and resources.

  • Several step down from Human Rights

     

    The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights provided its support through a resolution last month to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the local commission wants nothing to do with it.

    Gary Walls, who has been the chairman of the Shelby County Human Rights Commission since it’s reincarnation in the last decade, said upon learning of the governing organization’s support through an email, he tendered his resignation.

  • Shelbyville City Council–Council sees benefits to restaurant tax

    In 2013 the Shelby County tourism commission proposed a 3 percent Restaurant Tax in Simpsonville, which city leaders adopted and have watched it flourish.

    After witnessing Simpsonville reap the benefits for 12 months, the Shelbyville City Council is now considering the tax, as well.

    Thursday, members of the Shelbyville City Council along with representatives from the Shelby County Tourism Commission participated in a workshop to discuss the proposed 3 percent Restaurant Tax for Shelbyville.

  • City employee indicted for theft of grant funds

    A former assistant administrator and firefighter was indicted Monday for a major theft and related charges.

    Theresa M. Augustine, 46, of Shelbyville has been indicted for theft by unlawful taking $10,000 or more, but less than $100,000, as well as abuse of public trust in connection with that amount.

    The indictment says that Augustine took the money between November 2012 and July 2014 while she was in the employ of the Shelbyville Fire Department.

    Shelbyville Police said that the amount that Augustine is accused of taking is $12,092.

  • Melting snow could cause issues

    With mounds of snow several feet high piled all over the county, flooding issues can be a concern.

    But officials say they aren’t worried – yet.

    “It will totally depend on whether temperatures gradually warm up and it gradually melts away and goes into the streams and so forth, or is it all going to go away with a heavy two-inch rain event,” said Shelbyville Water Company Manager Tom Doyle.

    Forecasters are calling for rain to move into the area this weekend, but not at a heavy rate.

  • Parks needs donations to repair tennis courts

    Shelby County Parks officials are asking for the public’s help in repairing some aging tennis courts that are used by thousands of people each year.

    “I’d say more than thirty-five hundred individuals use our courts [yearly],” said Clay Cottongim, former parks and recreation director who is now a grant writer and consultant for the parks system.

    Cottongim said he was able to obtain a $10,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association of Kentucky, but grant carries a stipulation – parks must match that amount within 30 days.