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Today's News

  • Church, homes recovering from water tower collapse

    A landmark church and several homes in Waddy escaped major structural damage Saturday when a water tower collapsed, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into buildings, uprooting trees and tossing large objects around like toys.

    Tex Seph, pastor of Waddy Baptist Church on KY 395, said crews have been hard at work cleaning up debris from the church, which had eight inches of water in the basement, windows broken out, and a tree uprooted among other damage caused by the collapse of a 30-year-old water tower on the church grounds.

  • Few candidates file for office on last two days

    Tuesday was the last day to file in a few offices for the 2014 General Election – the seats with filing dates this month were school board districts 1 and 4, Simpsonville City Commission, Simpsonville Mayor and four soil conservation seats.

    The race for Board of Education seats got the most attention, with Alicia “Ali” Parham and R. Rusty Tipton both filing in District 4, Tuesday and Richard Baltzell in District 1 on Monday.

    Kelland L. Garland also filed for Simpsonville Commission.

  • Trash RFPs almost ready for advertisement

    The Shelbyville City Council will finally introduce the curbside garbage and recycling request for proposals at its next meeting on Aug. 21.

    Shelbyville City Attorney Stephen Gregory told the council during Thursday’s regular meeting that he expects the RFPs to be ready for advertisement next week.

    Gregory said that the committee has been working on the draft and after it has been reviewed and any necessary revisions made, the RFPs will be advertised to the public.

  • Youth will be served

    The Kentucky State Fair starts Thursday and a new generation of young people are ready to carry Shelby County’s history of success into a new generation.

    “We have several kids showing [at the state fair] all across the board in different areas,” said Regina Browning, 4-H agent at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office. “They are entered in most all the livestock shows – beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs. We’re pretty steady on the livestock entries.”

  • Special election for county’s wet status in jeopardy

    A Shelbyville woman who is collecting signatures for a wet/dry election said she now has about one-fifth of the number she needs, and plans to step up efforts immediately.

    “I have about one thousand; I need four thousand more by September fifth, that’s three weeks,” said Katie Sjothun.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: It’s official, tax rate drops by 10.2 percent

    The Simpsonville City Commission followed through Tuesday on a commitment it made in April to lower the city’s ad valorem tax rate to 10.6 cents per $100 of assessed value when it passed on first reading the annual tax rate ordinance during the regular meeting.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to get proactive in economic development

    County officials have taken proactive economic development measures to attract new business and industry to Shelby County by becoming a member of a national consulting group.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted at its regular meeting Tuesday night to pay $8,000 to join the Western Economic Development Association, located in the western portion of the United States.

  • Outlet mall: Weekend draws thousands of shoppers

    After a relatively sedate grand opening with moderate crowds, the floodgate opened Saturday for shoppers at the new Outlet Mall of the Bluegrass’ first weekend of business.
    Retailers were delighted, mall officials say, but local residents were disgruntled over some lengthy traffic issues.

    The mall, a 364,000-square-foot retail center just sound of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, caused some back ups both east and westbound on the interstate and north up Buck Creek Road to Simpsonville.

  • Changes, additions add intrigue to show

    The 25th annual Shelbyville Horse Show went as smoothly as any other, organizers said.

    “The horse show went great,” R.H. Bennett, show manager said. “It was as smooth of an event as I recall in the past 25 years. The weather went great.”

    Jeff Hagerman, president of the Shelbyville Horse Show’s board of directors agreed the weather was perfect for the event.

  • Vicky Wise May 27, 1958 – Aug. 3, 2014: ‘Gem of the community’

    A Simpsonville City Commissioner who passed away of cancer Sunday is being mourned around all the community for her courage, integrity and most of all, her loving spirit.

    “She was the most caring, positive minded person I’ve ever met,” said Simpsonville City Manager David Eaton of Vicky Wise. “She had a heart for Simpsonville and for the community. She was an incredible human being—the community has lost a real gem.”