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Today's News

  • Secular invocation recalls separation of church and state conversation

    For the first time since adopting an ordinance to have a local church leader deliver an invocation to start its meeting, the Shelbyville City Council opened Thursday’s meeting with a secular invocation.

    However, the change seemed to leave some council members and some attending the meeting confused.

    Linda Allewalt stated that because she was not delivering a prayer, there was no need for people to stand, fold their hands, or bow their head, but most remained standing, some with their heads bowed, some with their hands folded.

  • Dorman Center to get Kosair grant

    Officials at a local children’s charitable organization say they are excited at the prospect of getting thousands from a matching grant.

    Kosair Charities has included the Dorman Center in a new initiative dedicated to small non-profits in counties surrounding Louisville, with its 20-20 Challenge Grant Program, which invites donors to make a gift to Kosair Charities for the benefit of the Dorman Center.

    Ray Leathers, president of the board of the Dorman Center, said the grant could mean up to $40,000 for the center.

  • Simpsonville gearing up for mall opening

    Simpsonville officials continue to plan for the opening of the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass on July 30-31.

    At Wednesday’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden observed that the stop lights were in operation on Buckcreek Road at the I-64 interchange, which would allow people to get used to their presence by the time the mall opens.

    That procedure just makes good sense, he added.

  • New traffic lights signal roadwork drawing near

    Three new traffic signals should now be in operation at three key spots along Buck Creek Road in the Simpsonville area.

    Traffic engineers say the lights could be completely operational now, but they may still be in flashing mode.

    The lights are the culmination of the Buck Creek Road construction project, which is nearly complete.

  • School board not ready to redistrict

    Despite an agenda including a change to the voting districts, the Shelby County Board of Education once again postponed the decision to a later date.

    The motion to table the voting discussion was made by board member Karen Sams, who said she felt the board needed more time in light of new information.

    “We’re not prepared to address the things that have been brought up tonight right here during this discussion, and that’s why I thought it might be best to table it until a future special called working session,” Sams said.

  • City Council will not open with prayer this week

    Thursday’s Shelbyville City Council meeting will not be opened with a prayer, but rather a secular invocation.

    While the idea of a non-religious invocation may leave some scratching their heads in confusion, Shelbyville resident Linda Allewalt, who will present the invocation Thursday, anticipates that the message will provide respect for all residents, regardless of their beliefs.

  • Hinkle appointed to state board of education

    A Shelbyville attorney and former longtime member of the Shelby County School Board has been appointed to serve at the state level.

    Samuel D. Hinkle IVof Shelbyville, an attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden, was appointed last week by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Board of Education.

    He represents the 6th Supreme Court District and replaces Judith H. Gibbons, whose term has expired; his term will expire April 14, 2018.

    Hinkle is of one two appointments to the state board, along with retired educator Debra L. Cook of Corbin.

  • 100 percent leased and (nearly) ready to open

    With less than three weeks until opening day for The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, construction workers on the property are hard at work.

    The 365,000-square-foot retail center located just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville is scheduled for a VIP opening on July 30 and the grand opening July 31.

    “This shopping center is a hundred percent leased. That is very rare, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties.

  • Diageo approved for sewer usage

    Diageo officials received approval Tuesday night from the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission for it’s new distillery to be included in the service area.

  • Lincoln Institute celebrates 102 years

    n 1912, in reaction to the Day Law that segregated black and white students, the doors opened to The Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, a boarding high-school established for African-Americans.

    After a rise in integrated schools, The Lincoln Institute was closed in 1966, but for 54 years it was a bastion of reading, writing and arithmetic.

    This weekend the school’s alumni will reunite, with more than fifty-years worth of students attending.