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Today's News

  • Downtown festival in trouble

    Organizers of the Celebration of Lights say the annual festival could be in danger of seeing its last year if they don’t get some help organizing and orchestrating the event.

    “The committee from SMART [Shelbyville Merchants for Retail Trade] the ones that do all the running up and down the streets, marking the spots and everything, we’re all in our sixties and seventies, and we need young people to help us,” said Sharon Nichols, one of the original organizers of the event.

  • Retired teachers publish children’s book

    A children’s book published 16 years after it was written is still doing well two years later, said its author and illustrator, both retired teachers from East Middle School.

    Maria Gordon said that she wrote The Animals Marched with Noah as a gift for her pastor’s wife, who was expecting a child. When she came up with the idea for the book, her colleague, fellow teacher Kathy Samples-Fenton, began an extensive research project, gathering information on all kinds of unusual animals that could use to illustrate the book.

  • Shelby County minister gets Magee Award

    A Shelby County minister has been chosen to receive an award that will enable him to attend an event close to his heart.

    Joey Pusateri, pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church, was named a 2014 Magee Fellow. That entitles him and nine other winners to attend the Kentucky Council of Churches Assembly on Restorative Justice Oct. 24-25.

    Pusateri said he made an application for the award at the Lexington Theological Seminary, where he is a student, by composing an essay on his interest in prison ministry and the concept of restorative justice.

  • Tasting the town

    This year’s Taste and Tunes event, a fundraiser for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, is sure not to disappoint attendees.

    There will be plenty of food to please even the pickiest of eaters with tasty morsels provided by La Cocina de Mama, Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, Catering By Kate, Courtney Farms, Zaxby’s, Kentucky Spiral Ham, Mulberry Orchard, and Shelby County High School’s culinary art students, just to name a few.

  • Kosair to build $8 million facility in Shelby

    By next summer, Shelby County will be home to a new pediatric Kosair Children’s Hospital facility.

    Josh Honaker, president of Kosair Children's Hospital of Norton Health Care, headed up a presentation at Claudia Sanders Dinner House Tuesday to announce that construction on an $8 million facility will begin in Governor’s Square this fall and that it should be operational by 2015.

    “Our plan is that by next spring or summer, we’ll have the pediatric facility open and functional,” he said.

  • Donnell withdraws from judge’s race

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell has pulled out of the race for District Judge Division I, leaving only one candidate in the race for that seat.

    Donnell withdrew her candidacy on Friday, meaning J.R. RoBards is now running unopposed for the seat vacated by Linda Armstrong in March when she retired, citing health reasons.

    Donnell said that she pulled out because she believes she can do more good for the community as the commonwealth attorney.

  • Shelby horses dominate at World’s Championship

    There weren’t many classes in the World’s Championship Horse Show during the Kentucky State Fair this year that didn’t contain at least one entry from Shelby County.

    The fair, in its 112th year, is one of the world’s most famous, attracting spectators and competitors from all over the world.

    “The majority of them [Shelby Countians] did well,” said Scarlett Mattson, manager of the show. “Shelby County’s got a lot of good horses. Mary Gaylord [McClean], she won her classes.”

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Rut ‘N Strut one step closer to opening

    The Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to annex into the city fifty acres of property on Gordon Lane that will soon be the home of Rut ‘N Strut Distillery, LLC during Thursday evening’s regularly scheduled council meeting.
    The Netherys have asked to have the property annexed so they could operate with less than a 100-acre lot and so they could sell their distilled spirits on site.

  • Shelby County school board: Vote expected for no tax increase

    The Shelby County Public Schools tax rates for the 2014-2015 school year will be established this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Collins High School during the Shelby County Board of Education meeting. 

    But there doesn’t appear to be any surprises coming.

    Superintendent James Neihof has said he will recommend no change in the tax rate, with it remaining at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    If approved, this would be the second year in a row the board left tax rates unchanged.

  • A common complaint

    Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced Monday morning that the department of education is seeking feedback in regards to the state’s Common Core standards.

    Holliday explained that the words “common core” have become a politically divisive term.  Education standards should not be a political issue, he said.