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Today's News

  • School board not ready to redistrict

    Despite an agenda including a change to the voting districts, the Shelby County Board of Education once again postponed the decision to a later date.

    The motion to table the voting discussion was made by board member Karen Sams, who said she felt the board needed more time in light of new information.

    “We’re not prepared to address the things that have been brought up tonight right here during this discussion, and that’s why I thought it might be best to table it until a future special called working session,” Sams said.

  • Farmers hoping for record corn crop second year in a row

    Farmers in Shelby County produced a record yield last year and so far, conditions are shaping up for a repeat performance, ag experts say.

    “Shelby County had a record yield in 2013 and in terms of production, the county ranked twenty-third in the state,” said Dave Knopf, regional director for the USDA’s Kentucky Field Office, who heads up the state’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Farmers say that so far this year, the corn crop is looking as well, or better, than last year’s.

  • 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.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION:Faurecia moves closer to Simpsonville location

    It appears that Simpsonville is one step closer to opening 400 new jobs as the Triple S Planning Commission will hear development plans for a 119,430 square feet facility on Kingbrook Commerce Park Tuesday evening.

    Although officials with Faurecia continue to decline to comment on the auto parts manufacturing company’s plans to locate in Simpsonville, the company is moving forward with its plans.

  • Gardening collection covers it all from spring through winter

    Plump ears of sweet corn, rows of sweet, juicy watermelons and a bounty of other fresh vegetables straight from the garden is Walt Reichert’s idea of living the good life.
    Now he is sharing his lifelong knowledge of gardening with the world in his newly published book, Walt’s Wisdom, a Cornucopia of Gardening Miscellany.

  • New laws go into effect next week

    Twenty-two new laws being are being implemented as of this month, including a bill regarding more than $5 billion in road repair projects.

    The laws, which go into effect on Tuesday, were approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2014 regular session, which adjourned on April 15.  While some went into effect immediately, like a bill preventing the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, other bills had up to 90 days to take effect.