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  • Flood waters claim life of Shelby man

    A Shelby County man died Monday after swift waters swept his vehicle off of a flooded bridge in Spencer County.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Nathan Nation said Jorge Luis Cante Jr. was attempting to cross the bridge. Three other family members were also in the vehicle but were rescued safely.

    Nation said rescuers recovered Cante’s body around 8 a.m. Monday after a Spencer County resident discovered the victim near Creek Valley Road approximately one mile from where the vehicle entered the creek.

  • Snow takes the reins

    Leadership Shelby has a new executive director and her theme going forward is to “engage, inspire and lead.”

    Darlene Snow assumed the new position June 14, and hopes to encourage others to learn more about Leadership Shelby and join the program.

    “I am thrilled about the opportunity to serve our community in this new way,” said Snow, who has been involved with Leadership Shelby for the past two years.

    One of her goals is to make sure everyone in the community knows what Leadership Shelby is and what they are doing.

  • Collins graduate wins Boren Scholarship

     One Shelby County resident could get a good word in the near future – although that word may not be in English.

    Madison Pumphrey, a graduate from the UofL Speed School and Collins High School, has won the Boren Scholarship, an honor given out by the Department of Defense. It will give her the opportunity to study abroad and immerse herself in a new language — in her case, Portuguese. 

  • Fair horse show opens Wednesday

    Some attend the Shelby County Fair Horse Show for the competition –counting strides taken, the poise of the canter or the skill of the rider. Others go to simply admire the beauty of the horses, mingle with friends or to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds that can only come from a horse show.

    Whatever the reasons for attending, there will be plenty to keep you entertained at the 157th Exhibition of the Shelby County Fair Horse Show.

    Shows start at 7 p.m. Wednesday and run through Saturday and usually end around 9:45. The cost is $5, including parking.

  • Study: Cash Bails vary by county

    The variance in standards in which Kentucky counties apply cash bail pretrial harms some of the most vulnerable and places families in difficult situations, a recent report says.

    The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a nonprofit based in Berea, claims there is an arbitrary system of justice based on where defendants live, placing those with low incomes at greater risks of being harmed due to potential job loss, the likelihood of being found guilty or committing future crimes.

  • Durbin wins Ms. Kentucky Woman

    Miss Shelby County Fair, Miss Kentucky and Miss America.

    Pageants conjure mental images of young beauties striding down runways, but women of every age compete to be their best.

    And Cassie Durbin of Shelby County was just tabbed as one of the best.

    Durbin won the title of Ms. Kentucky Woman a Christian-based Ameri-Fest pageant for women 35 and over in Somerset April 18 and will move on to compete for Ms. United States Woman in July in front of an audience of 1,500.

  • Hudson retires as CEO and president of Shelby County Industrial and Development

    Mr. Shelbyville isn’t a male version of a beauty pageant. It’s the honorary title for Bobby Hudson, who is finally retiring after decades as a community leader.

    Hudson has spent more than a half of a century at Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation but will step down July 31 as president and CEO of the economic development organization.

    At 82, Hudson said, he’s had a good run.

    “I’ll always do something,” he said. “I’ll probably keep volunteering, that’s what I like to do.”

  • KBC blood drive July 3

    Blood is the gift of life.

    But donations throughout the country dwindle during summer, and lower donations may mean the difference between life and death for patients waiting for surgery, needing transfusions or with certain blood disorders.

    But Shelby County residents will have a chance to do their part when the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) bloodmobile rolls to Centenary United Methodist Church-Shelbyville from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 3 just before Independence Day.

  • Five zone changes proposed by fiscal court

    The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a group of zone changes proposed by the Shelby County Fiscal Court at its June 18 meeting.

    Fiscal court requested five zone changes around the intersection of Frankfort and Peytona Beach roads.

    If approved, these requested zone changes would strip several areas of commercial zoning, changing them either to agricultural or residential.

    According to Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison, the requests for zone changes were made at the request of residents in the area.

  • Recycling rate will increase $1 per month on July 1

    The Shelbyville City Council Thursday approved an increase in recycling rates that will take effect in July.

    A representative for Republic Services, the city’s recycling and waste vendor, asked for and received a $1 increase per home at the June 6 council meeting.

    The rate will now cost $8.87, up from $7.87. Senior discount will still apply.

    Homeowners cannot opt out of recycling. Spreading the cost across a broader base keeps prices low.