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Today's News

  • Shelbyville City Council: Last vote on garbage ordinance

    The Shelbyville City Council will open Thursday’s meeting 10 minutes early to have a public hearing for the Municipal Road Aid and Local Government Economic Assistance Program Aid.

    The hearing will give the public the ability to comment on the use of those funds in the 2014-15 budget.

    After the hearing, the council will open their meeting, at city hall, , and resume two major items from the previous meeting.

    The council will have the second reading on the controversial curbside garbage and recycling ordinance.

  • Celebrating 100 years of sharing knowledge

    County Extension Services across the nation celebrated their 100th anniversary as the Smith-Lever Act signed into law on May 8, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson gave the service, connected to land-grant universities, an opportunity to extend knowledge and change lives.

    Shelby County’s first Cooperative Extension agent H.R. Jackson started in 1924. Jackson had the responsibility of the three services now covered by three different agents: 4-H, agriculture and homemakers, which was called home demonstration at the time.

  • Distillery owners won’t stay in dry county

    After county officials celebrated laying the groundwork to bring the county its first distillery, that distillery has asked to be annexed into Shelbyville so it can sell the bourbon and other distilled spirits it produces.

    Although they granted the request at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates expressed displeasure at losing the revenue that the facility would have brought into county coffers.

    “We don’t want to just give it to the city,” said magistrate Hubie Pollett.

  • Former Baptist minister calls for fairness

    The call for a Fairness Ordinance in Shelbyville came once again at the council’s meeting Thursday, but not from the same Kentuckians for the Commonwealth group. Instead, this time it was delivered by a former Baptist minister.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Garbage ordinance will include recycling

    The Shelbyville City Council approved its first reading of the long awaited garbage ordinance at Thursday’s meeting and the council made the decision to make recycling part of the service.

    “Our plans are to ask for one bid for trash and recycling,” Mayor tom Hardesty said “They [haulers] keep telling us you will get a cheaper bid to include both services.”

    This is a change from the council’s previous plan to request prices for trash service, trash and recycling service and trash service with recycling as an extra fee.

  • Netherys to open distillery in Shelby

    A Shelby County family is going full-steam ahead with plans to open a distillery here after receiving preliminary approval for business incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to locate in Shelby County.

    Bruce and Joyce Nethery are one of three potential groups who have been interested in opening a distillery in Shelby County, and after the Shelby County Fiscal Court in March approved legislation to allow distilleries and now receiving an economic boost from the state, they say they are ready to begin their venture.

  • ELECTION 2014: Family Court Judge: Marie Hellard

    Lawrenceburg attorney Maire Hellard is looking to take a step up from her status as attorney and trial commissioner in Anderson County to that of family court judge.

    Hellard, along with Shelbyville attorney Susan Meschler, is challenging incumbent John David Myles, elected in 2007, for the seat of family court judge in the 53rd Judicial District.

    Family Court judge is a non-partisan seat, but with more than two candidates there will be a primary to determine the two who will face off in the General Election.

  • Icelandic horses find a new home in Shelby

    After riding an Icelandic horse at 7, Carrie Brandt knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.

    Now, 14 years later, that dream is coming to fruition.

    Brandt, 21, and her mother, Maggie, have opened Lettleiki Icelandics, an Icelandic horse boarding, breeding and training facility on the 105-acre Swallowland Farm on Eminence Pike in Shelby County.

    Construction continues humming at the facility, which features a barn built by Joe Barmore with local Amish workers finishing the tongue and groove roof, an arena and 1,000-foot straight track.

  • Garbage ordinance isn’t ready for the curb

    Although Mayor Tom Hardesty and City Attorney Steve Gregory had believed the contentious curbside garbage and recycling franchise ordinance would be ready for the April 17 meeting of the Shelbyville City Council, it will not be discussed this week.

    In fact, the council will not meet due to lack of an agenda; instead opting to cancel Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

    Both Hardesty and Gregory said that they want more time to make sure the ordinance is right.

  • Magistrates set May 19 as deadline For trash prices

    A meeting Tuesday set for Shelby County magistrates and solid waste haulers to discuss the possibility of publishing rates ended with very little information and some confused haulers.

    Legislative Committee members met with representatives of four trash/recycling companies – Legacy, Republic, Rumpke and Waste Management – and asked that they make a two-year commitment to a price, which will be published by the committee.

    “What’s in it for us?” asked Tim McNally with Waste Management.