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Today's News

  • Large crowd shows for Rabb ceremony

    A Shelby County family that made great strides for African-Americans has finally received an honor that was long overdue.

    On Tuesday, a historical marker was placed in front of the house of Dr. Maurice F. Rabb, Sr., his wife Mrs. Jewel Miller Rabb and their son Dr. Maurice F. Rabb, Jr. once called home nearly 70 years ago. Both Dr. Rabb Sr. and Mrs. Rabb were active in the NAACP and Dr. Rabb Jr. went on to become the first African-American student at the University of Louisville and in the university’s medical school.

  • 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 board tables redistricting

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday tabled a plan to redraw the school board district boundaries for the November election so they could have more time to review the plan.

    Some board members expressed their concern for the need to redistrict, but board member Brenda Jackson clarified the situation.

  • 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.

  • 4th of July events last all day

    Organizers of the county’s two 4th of July events scheduled for Friday – at Clear Creek Park and in Simpsonville – say this year’s shows are sure to please, packed with more of everything, including, what else – fireworks and more fireworks.

    “With the sponsors this year, we were able to up the size of the fireworks a little bit,” said Shelby County Parks and Rec. Director Shawn Pickens. “It won’t be drastically bigger, but it’ll be a little bit bigger and longer show than last year.”

  • 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.

  • 400 new jobs could land in Shelby

    More than 400 jobs could be opening soon for Shelby County residents as one of the largest international automotive parts manufacturers in the world is contemplating opening a new facility in Simpsonville.

    And that Thursday decision was made a little more enticing when Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave preliminary approval for $3 million in tax incentives tied to employment and an $18 million investment.