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Today's News

  • Special election for county’s wet status in jeopardy

    A Shelbyville woman who is collecting signatures for a wet/dry election said she now has about one-fifth of the number she needs, and plans to step up efforts immediately.

    “I have about one thousand; I need four thousand more by September fifth, that’s three weeks,” said Katie Sjothun.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: It’s official, tax rate drops by 10.2 percent

    The Simpsonville City Commission followed through Tuesday on a commitment it made in April to lower the city’s ad valorem tax rate to 10.6 cents per $100 of assessed value when it passed on first reading the annual tax rate ordinance during the regular meeting.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to get proactive in economic development

    County officials have taken proactive economic development measures to attract new business and industry to Shelby County by becoming a member of a national consulting group.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted at its regular meeting Tuesday night to pay $8,000 to join the Western Economic Development Association, located in the western portion of the United States.

  • Outlet mall: Weekend draws thousands of shoppers

    After a relatively sedate grand opening with moderate crowds, the floodgate opened Saturday for shoppers at the new Outlet Mall of the Bluegrass’ first weekend of business.
    Retailers were delighted, mall officials say, but local residents were disgruntled over some lengthy traffic issues.

    The mall, a 364,000-square-foot retail center just sound of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, caused some back ups both east and westbound on the interstate and north up Buck Creek Road to Simpsonville.

  • Changes, additions add intrigue to show

    The 25th annual Shelbyville Horse Show went as smoothly as any other, organizers said.

    “The horse show went great,” R.H. Bennett, show manager said. “It was as smooth of an event as I recall in the past 25 years. The weather went great.”

    Jeff Hagerman, president of the Shelbyville Horse Show’s board of directors agreed the weather was perfect for the event.

  • Vicky Wise May 27, 1958 – Aug. 3, 2014: ‘Gem of the community’

    A Simpsonville City Commissioner who passed away of cancer Sunday is being mourned around all the community for her courage, integrity and most of all, her loving spirit.

    “She was the most caring, positive minded person I’ve ever met,” said Simpsonville City Manager David Eaton of Vicky Wise. “She had a heart for Simpsonville and for the community. She was an incredible human being—the community has lost a real gem.”

  • Ray Moss Tucker May 22, 1932 – Aug. 1, 2014

    Shelby County has lost not only a well-respected leading dairyman with the death of Ray Moss Tucker on Friday, but also a friend of the entire community.

    “We were good friends, I’ve known him all my life,” said Paul Hornback. “He was one of the top dairymen in the county, but he was also known for his work in planning and zoning and on the school board. He was very involved in the community as a whole. He was always willing to help anybody out. He was very committed to giving back to the community – he was a really great guy.”

  • Shelby chef is a Cutthroat vegan

    A chef with Shelby County roots planted her claim to fame with vegan dishes as she won the competition show Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network.

    Kristina Addington took home more than $18,000 and top honors after competing as the first vegan chef on the show.

    After applying online she received a call from the producers the next day, and following a Skype interview, Addington received the news that she would be invited to compete on the show.

  • Fairness group hopes to be heard

    Thursday, members of the Shelbyville City Council will once again hear from members of the Shelby County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a democratic fairness group, as well as members of the Fairness Campaign, an organization dedicated to fair treatment of the gay and lesbian community.

    The two groups are planning to attend the council’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the Fairness Ordinance the groups have been proposed several times.

  • Hairspray and memories

    Pleasureville resident and Shelby County High School graduate Megan Ducharm was one of 51 young women competing in the Miss Teen USA pageant in the Bahamas this weekend.

    And while Ducharm didn’t bring home the crown, she did return with memories that will last a lifetime.

    “Everyone there was really nice,” she said. “Everyone in the Bahamas was so nice.”

    And while the majority of her pageant time was spent practicing or competing for the crown, Ducharm said the contestants had a few opportunities to bond and have fun.