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Today's News

  • Park host health, fitness day Saturday

    If you’re looking for an enjoyable family activity to help kids burn off some excess energy this Saturday, then look no further than Clear Creek Park.

    This year’s annual Health and Fitness Fun Day at the Family Activity Center there, planned for 9 a.m. to noon, will include a family community health fair with information on several health-related topics, and plenty of fun activities for kids.

  • Fire departments flooded with water rescues

    After a tension-filled day of water rescues by both city and county fire departments, Friday's day of raging waters was capped off by still another rescue, even more harrowing than those preceding it, firefighters said.

    “We actually plucked another one out Friday night a little worse than that one [in the morning]," said Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd.

  • Simpsonville budget sees growth

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a first reading Thursday night on the 2015-16 budget, which shows an 8 percent increase in revenue over last year’s.

    This year’s budget calls for a balanced spending plan of $1,205,500, which compares to $1,113,500 for 2014.

    Revenues do not include the $150,000 brought in by a restaurant tax imposed in Simpsonville last year, because they are restricted funds and can’t be used for anything except civic projects, said City Administrator David Eaton.

  • Bevin brings answers to Shelby campaign stop

    Just six weeks after visiting Shelby Industries, Matt Bevin, Republican candidate for governor, and his running mate for lieutenant governor Jenean Hampton, were back in Shelby County Monday for a brief question-and-answer session for the community.

    In contrast to their first Shelby County stop at a large industry, the campaign trail this time led them to a small privately-owned downtown Shelbyville restaurant, The Bell House, which operates with just a handful of employees.

  • Heavy rains cause flooding

    Flooded roadways, barrages of lightning, gusting winds, driving rain and even some water rescues set the scene in Shelby County Thursday and Friday.

    There were no injuries, but plenty of anxious moments as road crews scurried around closing roadways covered by floodwaters, and even rescuing two people that had to be retrieved from rising water. Both were trapped when they tried to drive through water.

    The first incident occurred Thursday afternoon, Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker said.

  • Career Day at Clear Creek

    Nearly 20 parents and community volunteers stopped Friday at Clear Creek Elementary to share with first grade students their experience, knowledge and tools from their career fields.

    Students came to school dressed in attire for their aspiring career fields.

    First-grade teacher Chelsea Fort said about half of the first graders dressed up, most in the health field as doctors or nurses.

    Fort said they had been preparing for the day all year.

  • Outlet mall announces new stores

    Yesterday’s brief storm didn’t deter Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and Simpsonville officials from their plans to break ground on a 53,400-square-foot expansion at the retail center.

    Relocated to the food court to provide shelter from heavy rain, the pseudo groundbreaking ceremony included the announcement of eight additional stores to the center.

  • PSC says water district ignored warnings

    A utility company has come under fire from the Kentucky Public Service Commission in connection with the collapse of a water tower in Waddy last August.

    The PSC Thursday issued a statement that its investigation into that incident has led to allegations that the U.S. 60 Water District was warned that the tank had corrosion problems and failed to heed those warnings.

  • Power outage due to gunshots

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is looking into an incident in which a power transformer was so heavily damaged by gunfire, its failure caused an outage leaving more than 2,000 people without power.

    Candi Waford, spokesperson for Shelby Energy said the power outage lasted about two hours, from 7-9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.

    “The problem was with an East Kentucky Power Cooperative transformer failure at the Southville Substation,” she said.

  • Collins VEX team gaining ground

    Last week the members of Collins High School TSA (Technology Student Association) team proudly represented their school when they brought home numerous awards from the state conference tournament in Louisville.

    The team received first place in chapter team and in engineering design, and third in debate.

    And though they did not place, the VEX Robotics team proved to be a force to be reckoned with, after just falling in the elite eight round of bracket competition to a team forecasted to triumph in world competition.