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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Distillery zoning issue tabled

    The Shelbyville City Council Thursday tabled a second reading for a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow distilleries on property zoned Agriculture and rescheduled it for this week’s meeting.

    The delay was for City Attorney Steve Gregory to reword the ordinance to reflect a more concise definition of what is meant by the phrase “production and storage of distilled spirits.”

  • Garbage RFPs not ready

    For those waiting to hear the cost for the city’s proposed garbage and recycling franchise, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer.

    While the ordinance was conceived more than one year ago and Request For Proposals introduced almost a month ago, the bids will not be on the agenda for Thursday’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

  • Outlet mall opening is one month away

    By the time the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass opens July 30-31, it will have been more than three years in the making.

    But now, just 33 days from the VIP opening much of the exterior work is finished and the construction crews have turned their attention to more detailed work.

  • Development around mall has stalled

    While the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass has continued to grow at the corner of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads in Simpsonville, much of the development around the monster 364,000-square-foot retail center seems to have stalled.

    While rumors of McDonalds, hotels, shops, more restaurants and even another retail giant Ikea constantly swirl around Simpsonville’s interstate 64 interchange, nothing is progressing, at least not too quickly.