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Today's News

  • Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass: Official stuck in opening traffic plan

    Simpsonville officials have been working on a traffic plan for the high volume of cars expected for next Wednesday’s opening day of the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, but so far those plans are still incomplete, officials say.

    “We have been working on that for months, but the problem is, it keeps changing,” said Kentucky State Police Spokesperson Kendra Wilson.

  • Some confusion surrounds wet/dry petition

    Those collecting the thousands of necessary signatures to allow the county to have a vote on alcohol package sales are encountering a surprising obstacle when requesting signatures for the petition.

  • Tiger steps down from fire department

    On August 1, the Shelbyville Fire Department will say goodbye to longtime chief Willard E. “Tiger” Tucker.  After 25 years with the department, 13 of which as chief, Tucker has announced his retirement.

    When asked what he’ll miss most about the job, Tucker immediately responded with, “The people, I’ll miss the people.”

  • More Crusade money coming into Shelby County than being donated

    While donations for the WHAS Crusade for Children dipped a little this year, the county’s services won’t see a decrease.

    In fact, after the Crusade raised more than $5.6 million, about $200,000 is expected to find its way back to the county to help provide goods and services for children with needs.

    And that’s after only $143,969 was collected in the county this year.

    More than half of the money collected in Shelby County for this year’s Crusade, $75,000, will go directly back to Shelby County Public School’s. 

  • 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.

  • Jubilee organizers promise 'the very best'

    The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee kicks off in less than a week and the staff at the Shelby Development Corporation is overwhelmed with anticipation.

    “This is probably the most exciting Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee we’ve ever had, because we not only have new events, we have new segments of each event. Our chairmen of our committees have just worked very hard to make this the very best Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee ever,” Shelby Development Corporation Executive Director Eilene Collins said.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION Kingbrook Commerce Park plans approved

    The development plans for a facility to be located at Kingbrook Commerce Park was approved at Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission meeting. The plans call for a 119,430-square-foot office and manufacturing facility.

    Ryan K. Libke, Executive Director for Triple S Planning Commission previously confirmed that the development plans are for Faurecia, an international auto parts manufacturing company. But Feuricia representatives have declined to offer verification, but they have acknowledged seeking a new residence in the area.

  • 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.

  • County to buy tractor to mow parks

    Mowing will continue on Shelby’s parkland after the county purchases a new tractor to replace the old one that broke down recently, officials say.

    “Our primary tractor that is used for mowing [for all parks] has gone down on us,” said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

    “It has gone down at the very worst time, during our heaviest mowing season. The tractor has 10,000 hours and is just worn out; that’s what it boils down to.”

  • 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.