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Today's News

  • Shelbyville City Council: Trash, recycling ordinance to take next step

    After a long anticipated wait, the Shelbyville City Council will finally take the next, and most important, step in exploring the concept of citywide garbage and recycling collection.

    At Thursday’s regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville, the council will review the final RFPs.

    During a council meeting earlier this month, City Attorney Steve Gregory said that he expected to have the RFPs ready by last week. However, Gregory explained that there are some things within the RFP specs that still need to be wrapped up.

  • Serenading Lasorda

    Shelbyville native Ruby Lewis is about to wrap up her latest venture, co-starring in the national tour of the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which opened last fall and will close this month.

    Next on her horizon, she said – or least one of her next projects, as she is very active in securing roles in film, musical theater and other venues – is involvement in a theater group that she has been with in the past.

  • Fairness ordinance receives vote for no action

    Seats were full and tensions were high Thursday night as more than a dozen members from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and the Fairness Campaign attended the Shelbyville City Council meeting with an agenda of expanding discrimination laws to include members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

    However, those supporters again left the council meeting feeling frustrated and left out.

  • Church, homes recovering from water tower collapse

    A landmark church and several homes in Waddy escaped major structural damage Saturday when a water tower collapsed, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into buildings, uprooting trees and tossing large objects around like toys.

    Tex Seph, pastor of Waddy Baptist Church on KY 395, said crews have been hard at work cleaning up debris from the church, which had eight inches of water in the basement, windows broken out, and a tree uprooted among other damage caused by the collapse of a 30-year-old water tower on the church grounds.

  • Few candidates file for office on last two days

    Tuesday was the last day to file in a few offices for the 2014 General Election – the seats with filing dates this month were school board districts 1 and 4, Simpsonville City Commission, Simpsonville Mayor and four soil conservation seats.

    The race for Board of Education seats got the most attention, with Alicia “Ali” Parham and R. Rusty Tipton both filing in District 4, Tuesday and Richard Baltzell in District 1 on Monday.

    Kelland L. Garland also filed for Simpsonville Commission.

  • Trash RFPs almost ready for advertisement

    The Shelbyville City Council will finally introduce the curbside garbage and recycling request for proposals at its next meeting on Aug. 21.

    Shelbyville City Attorney Stephen Gregory told the council during Thursday’s regular meeting that he expects the RFPs to be ready for advertisement next week.

    Gregory said that the committee has been working on the draft and after it has been reviewed and any necessary revisions made, the RFPs will be advertised to the public.

  • Youth will be served

    The Kentucky State Fair starts Thursday and a new generation of young people are ready to carry Shelby County’s history of success into a new generation.

    “We have several kids showing [at the state fair] all across the board in different areas,” said Regina Browning, 4-H agent at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office. “They are entered in most all the livestock shows – beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs. We’re pretty steady on the livestock entries.”

  • Special election for county’s wet status in jeopardy

    A Shelbyville woman who is collecting signatures for a wet/dry election said she now has about one-fifth of the number she needs, and plans to step up efforts immediately.

    “I have about one thousand; I need four thousand more by September fifth, that’s three weeks,” said Katie Sjothun.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: It’s official, tax rate drops by 10.2 percent

    The Simpsonville City Commission followed through Tuesday on a commitment it made in April to lower the city’s ad valorem tax rate to 10.6 cents per $100 of assessed value when it passed on first reading the annual tax rate ordinance during the regular meeting.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to get proactive in economic development

    County officials have taken proactive economic development measures to attract new business and industry to Shelby County by becoming a member of a national consulting group.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted at its regular meeting Tuesday night to pay $8,000 to join the Western Economic Development Association, located in the western portion of the United States.