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Today's News

  • Comer gives updates on hemp projects

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s press conference to update industrial hemp projects was a big draw on Tuesday, just not for reasons Comer had expected.

  • Bursting the IKEA-to-Simpsonville bubble

    For more than a year, locals have been passing word that IKEA was planning a Simpsonville location, but officials with the Sweden-based retail store say there are no plans in place to build here.

    “At this time, we do not have plans to build in that area,” IKEA public affairs manager Joseph Roth said.

    Roth said the company is always in discussion about potential opportunities, but they are currently not planning a location for the Louisville region.

    “At this time, it’s just speculation,” he said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget committee proposes $1.15 million in new expenses

    Susan Barkley, the director of finance for Shelby County Public Schools, shared with the board of education Thursday a report from the budget committee regarding the 2015-16 Tentative Budget, which is to be submitted to the board for approval next month.

    Barkley said the committee, which is comprised of four principals, several staff members from central office, two teachers and two board members, has met three times this year in order to develop the budget.

    Thursday’s report updated the board on only a small portion of the budget.

  • Shelbyville woman is champion for vets

    LuWanda Knuckles of Shelbyville is paving the way for a new program for Kentucky’s female veterans.

    “I’m so excited,” she said.

    “The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs [KDVA] created its first women veterans coordinator position to address the specific needs of Kentucky’s 33,000 women veterans,” said the department’s public information officer, Lisa Aug.

  • Lawsuit filed against parks in child injury

    A lawsuit filed in Shelby Circuit Court on April 29 alleges that a five-year old child was partially blinded due to neglect by park staff.

    The suit was filed by Dominic McKinley, mother of Deryck D. Huelett III, and names Shelby County Parks and Recreation, Shelby County Fiscal Court and the City of Shelbyville in the suit.

    The suit says that the Huelett was blinded in a game of gym hockey that he participated in during an after school program in September 2005 and was hit in the eye with a hockey puck.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – City to present 2015-16 budget

     

    The Shelbyville City Council will meet for their regular meeting at 6:30 Thursday at city hall, 315 Washington Street and will hear the first reading of the city’s budget for 2015-16.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty said the council would again hear a balanced budget.

    “We are going to be in the black,” he said. “We try to be in the black every year.”

    The budget, he said, will show little changes from the past.

  • Finchville cemetery all cleaned up

    A matter that arose in early April about neglect of an abandoned cemetery in Finchville has now been rectified, said cemetery preservation officials.

    Paula Mitchell, president of the Shelby County Cemetery Preservation Board, said writing a letter to the owner of the property where the small cemetery sits, she is now pleased with the condition of the cemetery and finds it acceptable.

    “When we went out there to talk to him, it was pristine, it was clean; everything was where it was supposed to be,” she said.

  • Bank donates land for trail

    Things are starting to come together in a big way for a downtown trails project, and a local business is part of the reason.

    At a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Greenway Trails Project Tuesday, officials from Citizens Union Bank announced a donation of 21 acres of land to be used for the second phase.

    “Most of our customers grew up in this parks system,” said David Bowling, CEO for CUB.

    “We are a big part of this community.”

  • Democratic fundraiser is Thursday

    This year’s annual Democratic fundraising event will begin a new – and very appropriate – tradition, organizers say.

  • VFW post starts lawn service

    Shelby County’s VFW Post 1179 has a new service for veterans who are looking for work, said Post Commander Jim Morris.

    “We’ve got some exciting news,” he said. “We’ve been wanting to put together a lawn service for veterans who are returning from deployment, as well as retirees,” he said.

    The service, called Lawn Warriors Service is open to all veterans, he said and will be managed by the VFW.