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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.