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Today's News

  • Lillian Andriot: Nov. 29, 1919 to July 8, 2014

    After passing away Tuesday at age 94, Lillian Andriot has left her family a legacy more precious than anything money can buy – she has bequeathed a legacy of love.

    “I am grateful that I got to grow up in a really loving family where there was no unhappiness,” said Andriot’s daughter, Toni Fry. “I know it sounds crazy, but I got to wear my rose colored glasses my whole life.”

  • ‘I gave him life twice’

    After learning that her grown son had a rare-incurable illness that would destroy both his kidneys, Judith Nigh did not hesitate – her decision to give him one of her kidneys was the most natural thing in the world, she said.

    “It was an honor and a blessing that God made it possible for me to do this for him,” she said.

  • Construction underway on new solid waste facility

    Construction on the county’s new solid waste facility began Thursday and officials say the center should open in four months.

    Newly hired Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon said construction, originally scheduled for an August/September completion date, was delayed because of weather.

  • County hires new solid waste director

    Shelby County has a new solid waste director, a transplant from New Mexico who has been living in Shelby County for 12 years.

    Rick Solomon, who retired from a 20-year career as an environmental engineer at a New Mexico oil company, headed east after retirement, “Because I wanted to get away from the desert.”

    Since his finance was working as a state employee for the state of Kentucky, a move to Shelbyville seemed logical, he said.

    He also went back to work, again as an environmental supervisor, for the state of Kentucky.

  • Trash franchise left at the curb

    While many of Shelbyville citizens are impatiently awaiting the bids from the garbage Requests For Proposals (RFP), Mayor Tom Hardesty says he and the garbage committee are not in a rush.

    “We just want to do it right. There’s a lot riding on this franchise. It’s going to be new to everyone,” he said.

    City Attorney Steve Gregory reiterated that the committee wants to take their time in order to perfect the specifications.

  • Distilleries officially have a new home

    The Shelbyville City Council finished with its amendments and approval of changes to the zoning text amendment, which will allow distilleries on 25-acre properties zoned Agricultural within the city limits.

    Thursday, council members approved a second reading of amendments to ordinance relating to non-domestic animals, including an addition of a line to include that any preexisting fences in place on agricultural property prior to the rezoning of adjacent property would be exempt from the 100-foot setback requirement.

  • Gay marriage almost Legal in Kentucky

    Although a federal judge ruled in favor of gay marriage in Kentucky Tuesday, same-sex couples still will not be allowed in marry in the commonwealth until all appeals are dealt with.

    In striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II rejected Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that the state’s ban on the practice is necessary because only heterosexual couples can procreate and maintain the state's birth rate and economy.

    "These arguments are not those of serious people," Heyburn wrote in his opinion.

  • Efforts ongoing to circulate petition for wet/dry election

    A few weeks ago, Katie Sjothun took on the daunting task of gathering thousands of signatures for a wet/dry election in the interest of what she considered to be ‘fair’ for the good of Shelby County.

    Now, with most of the red tape behind her, she said she is getting more excited than ever about the prospect of completing the task – collecting nearly 4,700 signatures for her petition.

  • Springate appointed to empty district judge seat; Gov. Beshear makes appointment in first few days of 60 day window

    Betty Springate, of Lawrenceburg, was sworn in as Division IDistrict Court Judge for the 53rd District, serving Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties, Monday afternoon.

    Springate's appointment marks the first time in 30 years a district court judge resided in Anderson County.

    “It’s an honor to serve Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties,” said Springate. “It’s an honor for Anderson County, for even a short period of time, to have their own judge.”

  • School construction increase, MAP scores remain level

    Construction on the new Southside Elementary building is running slightly behind schedule, but according to Harry Dumesnil with K. Norman Berry Associates Architects, it will be ready before the 2014-15 school year begins on August 13.

    Dumesnil originally anticipated a completion date of July 5, but said because of weather and various other factors, “That day will come and go.”   However, Dumesnil was confident that they would receive a certificate of occupancy by the end of the month.