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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • NEWS DIGEST: July 2, 2014

    Gov. Beshear awards $1.2 million

    for early childhood education

    Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced more than $1 million in grants to be awarded to 64 Community Early Childhood Councils covering 88 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children. The announcement is part of the Governor’s continued commitment to improving early childhood outcomes for Kentucky’s youngest citizens.

    OVEC – which serves Shelby and 12 other area school districts – received $60,180.

  • 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.

  • Three nominated for district judge vacancy

    Three attorneys, all of them with county attorney experience, have been nominated to fill a seat left vacant by a Shelby County District Judge who retired in March.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has announced that Robert Coots and Ruth Ann Hollan, both of Spencer County, and Betty Springate of Lawrenceburg, have been chosen as potential candidates to fill the spot left vacant when District Judge Linda Armstrong retired March 16.

  • A family of leaders is remembered

    Rabb family

    dedication

    WHAT: A ceremony to honor the Rabb family, which lived in Shelbyville in the 1950s. Dr. Maurice Rabb Sr. and his wife, Jewell, were active in the civil rights movement in Shelbyville and Louisville, and their son Dr. Maurice Rabb Jr. was on one of the leading ophthalmologists in the country.

    WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday

    WHRE: 413 Henry Clay Street, at the former home and office of Dr. Rabb Sr.

  • Focus on sidewalks pushed to backburner

    Throughout downtown Shelbyville flowers are blooming in the yards of historic homes that have been restored to their original beauty, birds are chirping and children are laughing. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the city.

    But it’s also easy to snap out of that captivation when you get tripped up on the damaged sidewalks.