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Today's News

  • McKinley’s not ready to let go

    Like other parents of a 19-year-old, Teresa and Skip McKinley say they are having a hard time letting their baby go.  Their child, however, is a small restaurant at 615 Main Street that the couple established together, McKinley’s Bread Shop and Deli.

    “I like to say that we conceived McKinley’s, gave birth to it and nurtured it,” Teresa McKinley said.

    But with nearly two-decades of owning and operating the shop under their belt, the couple reluctantly admits they need to retire.

  • Animal shelter gets grant

    The Shelby County Animal Shelter received a small grant last week from the Kentucky Cattleman’s Foundation.

    The $1,000 grant was from the Animal Shelter Assistance Program, which is in its fifth year and its funded by the foundation.

    Animal Shelter Director Leon Federle said the money has gone toward improving the pet bathing facilities at the shelter, and that he has already purchased the equipment and is in the process of installing it.

  • McConnell visits Shelby

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) noted the value of finding common ground and bipartisan work to advance the nation Tuesday when he addressed a full banquet room of Shelby County residents at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Drug testing program to include eighth graders

    The Shelby County Board of Education has elected to include eighth graders in the district’s pilot program for the athletic drug testing.

    Director of Student Services Dave Weedman shared with the board during Thursday’s regular meeting the details of the drug-testing program that the district’s plans to pilot for the 2015-16 school year and board members were displeased that the younger students were omitted from the eight-page draft.

  • County sets date for tax reading

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will set the county tax rate two weeks from now at a special called meeting.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger explained the procedure.

    “We are going to do the tax hearing on Sept. 3 at 8:30 [a.m.], followed by a special meeting to set the tax rate the same day,” he said.

    He added that he does not expect the rate to change.

  • Water district penalized for Waddy water tank collapse

    The U.S. 60 Water District has agreed to pay the maximum penalty in connection with last year’s collapse of a water tank in Waddy.

    Andrew Melnkovych, spokesperson for the Kentucky Public Service Commission, said officials with the U.S. 60 Water District had met with PSC staff and negotiated a settlement agreement that called for a $1,500 penalty for each of three violations as well as expedited tank inspections.

  • That’s the spirit

    As the Kentucky State Fair gets underway tomorrow, but some competitive categories have already been judged, and a Shelbyville couple residents, although empty-handed, are coming away happy.

    Michael Bramlage and Jordan Marcum entered the home beer brewing competition for the first time, and Bramlage said they came away with some valuable experience.

  • An excited return

    With warm sunshine and hardly a cloud in the sky, Wednesday was a picturesque day for children to return to school.  And with bright smiles and warm hugs the attitudes of students and faculty members appeared just as ideal as the weather.

    Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the positive energy was evident.

    “Just the enthusiasm across the district almost feels different this year,” he said, noting the beautiful weather may have been a factor.

  • Sen. Paul commits to pay for caucus

    Presidential candidate Rand Paul has said that if the Kentucky GOP were to decide to switch to a caucus instead of a presidential primary, he would fund the event.

    “Senator Paul pledged to make sure that the caucus wouldn't cost the state party anything, and he stands by that pledge to fund it,” said Kelsey Cooper, Kentucky spokesperson for Paul. “The money is in the bank, and we anticipate the support of the full central committee for a caucus in 2016.”

  • Swim schedule sinks coach

    After a summer of heated negotiations proved futile, the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. system settled on a swim practice schedule that has left some up in arms and two high school swim teams without a coach.

    J.P. LaVertu has reluctantly resigned from the position as swim coach for both Shelby County and Collins high schools.

    “Due to some scheduling conflicts with his work schedule it basically made it impossible for him to do morning practices,” said Collins Athletics Director Randy Fawns.