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Today's News

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Residents voice criticism of mall traffic

    A group of about 20 residents of neighborhood on the outskirts of Simpsonville turned out Wednesday to voice loud disapproval of the way traffic control was handled during the first two weeks after the opening of the Outlet Mall of the Bluegrass.

    The group has been dissatisfied with the results of recent road construction on Veechdale and Buck Creek roads, and several encountered huge backups trying to get back and forth from their homes during the first two weekends after the mall opened on July 31.

  • Volunteers needed to help circulation petition for wet/dry election

    With only two weeks left to gather thousands of signatures needed to hold a wet/dry election for Shelby County, organizers are in dire need of volunteers.

    Five thousand signatures are needed by Sept. 5, and organizer Katie Sjothun said that at last count she had just over 1,000.

    With that date looming ever near, Sjothun has been stepping up efforts both in trying to circulate the petition and to recruit volunteers to help her do that.

  • Shelby quilt is best in show

    When it comes to creative endeavors such as painting, photography, and being handy with a needle, Shelby County residents shone at the Kentucky State Fair this year.

    From Brenda Lee in Waddy (knitting) to Donna Owen (painting china) and Patrice Payton (needlepoint) in Simpsonville, to Karen Collins (knitting) in Shelbyville, all earned several ribbons.

    And Linda Sanford of Shelbyville stood above the crowd in the quilting competition.

  • From kindergarten to the garden

    Chosen from among 1,800 Kentucky Proud Farmers, Brooke Eckmann of Ambrosia Farm in Finchville, has been selected as one of three honorees for the 2014 Local Food Hero.

    In its second year, the award recognizes farmers whom not only grow delicious food, but also contribute to their communities by conserving water, soil and wildlife.

    “It’s really unbelievable to me to be chosen from among the local farmers, let alone across the state, we have great farmers in the area,” Eckmann said.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Trash, recycling ordinance to take next step

    After a long anticipated wait, the Shelbyville City Council will finally take the next, and most important, step in exploring the concept of citywide garbage and recycling collection.

    At Thursday’s regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville, the council will review the final RFPs.

    During a council meeting earlier this month, City Attorney Steve Gregory said that he expected to have the RFPs ready by last week. However, Gregory explained that there are some things within the RFP specs that still need to be wrapped up.

  • Serenading Lasorda

    Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis is about to wrap up her latest venture, co-starring in the national tour of the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which opened last fall and will close this month.

    Next on her horizon, she said – or least one of her next projects, as she is very active in securing roles in film, musical theater and other venues – is involvement in a theater group that she has been with in the past.

  • Fairness ordinance receives vote for no action

    Seats were full and tensions were high Thursday night as more than a dozen members from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the Fairness Campaign attended the Shelbyville City Council meeting with an agenda of expanding discrimination laws to include members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

    However, those supporters again left the council meeting feeling frustrated and left out.

  • 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.