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  • Presidential inauguration Shelby group returning for celebration

    The excitement in Evette Beasley’s voice took on a reverent tone as she recalled her trek to the nation’s capitol four years ago to witness the historic swearing in of America’s first African-American president.

    “It was breathtaking, just unbelievable, to see all those people, people of all colors, races and nationalities, millions of them, all there to see such an historic event,” she said.

  • Worship service, film to celebrate King

    A community-wide worship service and a special screening of a movie will commemorate Martin Luther King Day in Shelby County this year.

    The service will be held at St. John United Methodist Church at 1 p.m.

    Kilen Gray, chair of the Shelby Ministerial Coalition, said the service is the coalition’s way of honoring King and that he wants to invite the entire community to the gathering.

    “We encourage all churches, their members and friends to come and be a part of this time of worship,” he said.

  • The foals are starting to drop in Shelby County

    An expectant hush lies over the barren winter landscape as foaling season prepares to kick into full gear in Shelby County.  

    A few foals are beginning to emerge to greet the world around the county, and so far, few problems have surfaced, those in the equine industry say.

    “The mares have started to foal; we had one last night [Tuesday], a gorgeous filly,” said Linda Bennett of Equine Services in Simpsonville.

  • How did Shelby like gun plan?

    A few people in Shelby County who would comment Thursday said President Barack Obama’s program to curb gun violence in the country was not a good plan.

    Obama signed 23 executive actions and made numerous recommendations to Congress to tighten controls of the sales and distribution of guns and ammunition as a response to the recent killing of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville gives incentive ordinance for mall an initial OK

    If Horizon Group Properties does indeed build an outlet mall in Simpsonville, the company may not have to pay for an expansion of the city’s sewer system required to accommodate that mall.

    The Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday morning approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the commission to offer breaks in sewer fees as incentives to new companies that might want to build or open in the city.

  • Ice delays, closes schools in Shelby

    Shelby County Public Schools will open on a 1-hour delay this morning because of icy conditions.

    Cornerstone Christian Academy is closed.

    No word yet on Corpus Christi Academy.

    At 7:15 a.m. road department officials said all roadways had been cleared and salted and were in tolerable condition.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Solicitation ordinance to get 2nd reading

    Life for solicitors within the Shelbyville city limits could get more difficult after the city council meets at city hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    The Shelbyville City Council will hear on second reading an ordinance that would make obtaining a license for door-to-door solicitation more costly and require solicitors to wear identification showing they had obtained a license from the city.

    The ordinance was tabled during the final meeting of 2012 but brought back at the meeting Jan. 3 with more details added.

  • County has collected about 95% of taxes

    Nearly all of Shelby County’s residents have met the call for tax bills this year, getting them paid by the end of December and avoiding penalty.

    With collection starting in October and going through December for face value, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said about 95 percent of the county’s property taxes, just less than $30 million, had been collected and dispersed.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside funding approved

    The Shelby County Board of Education and Finance Corporation approved during its meeting Thursday the funding for the new Southside Elementary School.

    Because school districts are not allowed to carry debt for more than one year, the board’s Finance Corporation must issue the bonds, with a 1-year lease agreement, for the exact amount of the annual bond payment, and the lease agreement automatically rolls over each year.

  • Bedbugs are not ‘going to go away’

    Sounding a public alarm for the second time in six months, officials in Shelby County brought together Thursday experts who offered pesky news: That infestation of bedbugs plaguing the county won’t be going away anytime soon.

    “There is no magic bullet now that can get rid of them; it’s a combination of things that’s going to do it,” said Steve Sims, a branch manager of the Kentucky State Department of Agriculture, pointing to a giant image of a gruesome-looking bedbug displayed during a workshop at Stratton Center.