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Today's News

  • Gesture from the heart

    The soft bleating of sheep, Christmas carols, the smell of hay and Mary and Joseph and the wise men clustered reverently around the baby Jesus in his manager.

    To those who participate in live nativity scenes, the personal touch is the most important reason why they endure all kinds of discomforts and inconveniences, from standing out in freezing temperatures to transporting unruly animals.

  • The dairy decline

    On an unusually warm December morning, farmers Allen Phillips and Eddie Klingenfus stand before the remains of a once booming dairy farm and reminisce about their lifetime of labor.

    Combined, the two farmers gave Shelby County nearly a century’s worth of milk–Phillips with 53 years under his belt and Klingenfus, 42.

    But the two say they are finally ready for a break.

    “A dairy ties you down,” Klingenfus said, explaining that a farm is like caring for an infant child that never grows up.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – City signs pipeline contract

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty announced to the City Council Thursday that the long awaited pipeline contract is finally underway.

    “The Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission has now entered into an agreement with the Louisville Water Company for Louisville Water to run a pipeline into Shelbyville from their big storage tank on I-64 that you see right when you cross into the county line,” he said.

  • A living legacy

    With the aspiration to preserve their 43-acres of forestry in eastern Shelby County, Don and Sylvia Coffey have partnered with Woods & Waters Land Trust to place a conservation easement on their property. 

    “We have lived for about a quarter century on a very beautiful piece of land; it’s pristine in nature.  We love it,” Don Coffey said.

    He added that the will not own the property forever, however, and want to ensure it stays untouched.

  • Shelby to tap into Louisville water

    A proposal that has been floating around for nearly a decade is finally coming to fruition.

    On Monday, Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer will sign a 50-year contract with Louisville Water, initiating the installation of up to eight miles of water main along Interstate 64 from the Jefferson/Shelby County line.

    “It’s been a long time coming,” Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle said.

    Initial conversations of the pipeline began back in 2007, he explained, after the city experienced a severe drought.

  • Funeral director, community servant, educator

    Shelbyville has lost a beloved native son with the passing of William Shannon on Sunday.

    William Lee “Bill” Shannon, who passed away at his home at the age of 96, had been very active in his community his entire life, and up until recently had continued some of his duties at Shannon Funeral Service every day.

  • Sidewalk Phase III gets 1st look

    With Phase I and II of Simpsonville’s sidewalk project completed, city officials have turned their attention to the final phase of the long-range plan. 

    John Pacyga and Kenneth Ott of American Engineers, landscape architect and vice president of the company, respectively, made a presentation of Phase III of the project at Thursday night’s meeting – a presentation that included a multitude of details but no cost estimates yet.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – No zone change for Gordon Lane

    The Triple S Planning Commission held a public hearing zone Tuesday for two zone changes for property on east of KY 55 on Gordon Lane.

    Property representatives said they felt a zone change from Agricultural (A) to Light Industrial (I-1) was suitable considering the changes to the area.

    However, commissioners disagreed, and voted against a recommendation 4-1.

    The proposed changes related to 61.41 acres owned by Rut N Strut Distillery and fewer than 10 acres of adjacent property owned by Lewiston, Inc.

  • Children and families receive gifts for Christmas

    There wasn’t any snow and it wasn’t even cold enough for hot chocolate, but the sights and sounds of Christmas – from Santa’s jolly laughter to a live nativity scene and dozens of volunteers bearing gifts – warmed the hearts of all who participated in this year’s Community Christmas.

    The annual event, hosted Tuesday night at Shelby Industries to support struggling families, furnished 1,100 children and their families with Christmas gifts.

  • West Middle learns CPR

    Shelby County can breathe a little easier today.  That’s because yesterday nearly 600 students in the district learned how to perform CPR.

    As part of a district-wide initiative to get every student exposed to –if not eventually certified in– the life-saving skill, every student at West Middle School Thursday took part in a brief CPR course.