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Today's News

  • Shelby County Fair Horse Show

    Perfect weather, cheering spectators and a bevy of horses got the Shelby County Fair Horse show off to a rousing start Wednesday night.

    Show Manager R.H. Bennett said he was very pleased with the large number of entries in some of the classes, such as the 3-Gaited Park Open with 16 and the Adult 3-Gaited Show Pleasure with 11.

  • SCPS gets funding for early childhood academies

    Two Shelbyville elementary schools will soon take part in a statewide program aimed at better preparing children for kindergarten.

    Toyota and the United Way announced Monday morning that Shelbyville’s Southside Elementary will be one of 14 new schools chosen to launch a bornlearning Academy, a school-based workshop dedicated to turning everyday moments into learning opportunities.

    The decision was a strategic one, according to Program Coordinator, Helen Carroll.

  • For sale: Soup, sandwiches and a business

    A restaurant that’s been part of the downtown business community for the past 18 years is up for sale, but the owners say they’re not planning to close their doors.

    “We’re not going out of business – we’re not closing it – we’re trying to sell it,” said Teresa McKinley.

    Teresa and Skip McKinley opened McKinley’s Bread Shop and Deli at 615 Main Street on June 28, 1996, and business has been booming ever since, she said, especially after the first few years.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Franchise agreements signed

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved three new franchise agreements for the city during Wednesday’s regular meeting at city hall.

    The non-exclusive franchise agreements were new, but no new services are being provided. The agreements are with LG&E and Atmos Energy for gas service in the city. Both companies were already providing service in the area.

    Another agreement with Kentucky Utilities was also approved. The 10-year agreement Isi for electricity and includes a 3 percent tax to be paid back to the city.

  • NEWS DIGEST: June 20, 2014

    Wildlife management area acquires

    926-acre Henry County farm

     

    The Kentucky River Wildlife Management Area just grew by more than a third in size.

    On June 2, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources completed its 18-month-long effort to acquire the 926-acre property of Stephen Boone in Henry County. It is located along KY 389 about three miles north of Gratz.

  • Jackleen Lane, 1 year later, still no answers

    Tuesday marked one year since the body of 15-year-old Jackleen Lane was spotted by a railroad engineer floating facedown in Clear Creek.

    The case was closed by police – her death ruled accidental – the family is trying to heal and state social services officials will still not talking about the tragedy, which has left many questions still unanswered.

  • All packed up and nowhere to go

    Mattresses, television sets, refrigerators, and household goods filled the sidewalks and parking spaces of the Blue Gables community Monday morning as residents where being forced to vacate after being notified 45 days ago that their property was being purchased by the City of Shelbyville.

    Shelbyville City Attorney Steve Gregory said the city contracted with previous owner, Mark Stivers, and The Shelbyville Preservation Group, which is purchasing the property from the city, and provisions were set to ensure the tenants were properly relocated.

  • Now empty, Blue Gables renovation can begin

    About three years ago, the idea to turn the old Blue Gables Hotel into an artisan center started gaining momentum when it was released that the City of Shelbyville was applying for a Community Block Grant to help fund the project.

    The proposed change was to fix a blight area in Shelbyville and create a tourist friendly commercial and retail center on the west end of the city’s downtown commercial area, and on Monday afternoon that plan finally came together.

  • Shelby woman to get ball rolling on wet/dry vote

    A Shelbyville woman is taking steps to start the process for a wet/dry vote for Shelby County.

    Katie Sjothun, a familiar face at Shelby County Fiscal Court meetings no matter what topics are on the agenda, said Tuesday morning that she intended to get the ball rolling for a “wet” election, to enable county businesses to be able to sell packaged alcoholic beverages and offer samples.

    “The county deserves to be [wet],” she said. “Why should wineries sell wine out in the county and a distillery can’t have a tasting room?”

  • Diageo receives local incentive package

    An incentive package and a request for water and sewer service connections were on tap for the Diageo Distillery project at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, and both received approval.

    Magistrates authorized Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger to execute documents relating to the economic incentive package, including a waiver of local building construction fees, which could be up to $40,000.