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  • Lighting changes OKd for Simpsonville outlet mall

    The Triple S Planning Commission approved two changes for the site of the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville, much to the dismay of a few area residents in the attendance.

    Representatives for Horizon Group Properties and CBL – the developers of the 374,000-square-foot outlet mall just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, at the intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale Roads – had returned with more information to make a second request for the light poles on the site to be 33 feet tall instead of the maximum 25 feet county code allows.

  • CVS project not just ditch digging

    Even before CVS received approval in January to begin work on its site at the corner of U.S. 60 and Freedom’s Way in Shelbyville, engineers had been working on how to reroute the creek that runs through the property, which falls into a flood plane.

    Shelbyville City Engineer/Director of Public Works Jennifer Herrell said the creek was moved at the request of the developers, not any public entity.

    “They wanted to be able to use more of that property in the front, so to do that they had to move the creek,” she said.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Public suggestions delay decision on new regulations

    The Triple S Planning Commission, at the request of commissioner George Best, decided to table the proposed text amendments to Articles 2, 14, 16 of the zoning regulations during Tuesday’s meeting.

    “If there’s no objection, I recommend we hold this over to the next meeting to take into consideration the points made tonight [by the public],” he said.

    The amendments, according to Executive Director Ryan Libke, were largely to clean up language in Articles 2 (terms and definitions) and 14 (zoning map and text amendments).

  • Closing gym leaves members unhappy

    Nine months after opening on New Year's Day, the Family Activities Center’s Women's Gym, operated as a separate facility by Shelby County Parks, will close its doors on Aug. 31 because of lack of revenue, parks officials said.

    "We tried it, but just couldn't make it cost effective," Shelby County Parks and Recreation Board Chair Hubie Pollett said. "It was a good thing, but we just couldn't afford it; we would have had to triple the fees [for existing members] to keep it open."

  • News Digest, Aug. 23, 2013

    Lane closures on KY 55, KY 395 during resurfacing

    Get ready for some lane closures on a couple of Shelby County roads – and that’s not including Interstate 64.

  • Eminence officer to join Simpsonville Police Department

    SIMPSONVILLE – Todd Rankin, a veteran officer with the Eminence Police Department, will join the Simpsonville Police Department, giving the city five full-time officers.

    Chief Chip Minnis delivered that news to the Simpsonville City Commission at its meeting Wednesday morning and said Rankin, who is on a long-planned cruise, would be sworn in next Wednesday by Mayor Steve Eden and be ready to go to work.

  • Superintendent will ask for .5-cent increase

    The Shelby County School Board next week will be asked to approve a half-cent, compensatory increase in property taxes.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof gave the board a preview of the levy he plans to request at the next meeting, at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the district offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

  • Shelby County School Board: Local planning group to be reconvened

    Superintendent James Neihof and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Whitehouse informed the Shelby County School Board on Thursday that they want to reinitiate the process of forming a Local Planning Committee to set future building and renovation plans.

    That committee consists of district personnel, student’s parents selected by the Site-based Decision Making Councils from each school, teachers and three members of the community. It is charged with putting together a 4-year plan for the district’s new construction and renovations.

  • Magistrates: No pipeline in Shelby

    A small group of people turned out Tuesday morning to voice their support as Shelby County Fiscal Court joined several surrounding counties in passing a resolution to oppose the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project.

    Magistrates voted unanimously to support the resolution, read by County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, which stated that the county wanted no part of the pipeline and included an amendment by District 2 Magistrate Michael Riggs for the resolution to apply not only to the Bluegrass Pipeline project but also to any pipeline that carries natural gas liquids.

  • Same-sex couple's suit challenges Kentucky law

    Kim Franklin and Tammy Boyd of Cropper say they both treasure old-fashioned values – that’s why they have filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday that seeks to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages.

    “We’re probably the most old-fashioned couple that you’d ever want to meet,” Franklin said. “I know that sounds contradictory, but we are very old-fashioned, because we were both raised in this area, and our families are here.”