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  • Bagdad Days returns for 26th year

    A yearly favorite in Bagdad is gearing up for its 26th year.

    Bagdad Days, scheduled for this weekend, is a celebration of the community hosted by Bagdad Baptist Church.

    The event features activities such as a 5K, a car giveaway, a parade and a pancake breakfast.

    “It’s a good community event,” event co-chair Carol Hance said.

    Though most of the events are free, Hance said most of the money guests do spend would go back into the community.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Budget up for adoption

    On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council will consider the adoption of the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year Budget at its regular 6:30 p.m. meeting at Shelbyville City Hall, 315 Washington Street.

    At the previous meeting, council members voted to approve the first reading of the budget that included a carry forward balance of $4,000,000 and an estimated total revenue of $10,190,588. Appropriations are estimated at $9,768,025 for an ending fund balance of $4,422,563, with revenues expected to exceed expenses by $422,563.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Budget conversations resume for next step

     Shelby County Board of Education’s meeting Thursday kicked off with numerous recognitions followed by a report from superintendent James Neihof.

    In his report to the board, Neihof prepared the member for a budget update the next meeting, on May 24, when they will hear the tentative budget.

    The budget process has five components: the local draft budget, the state SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) rate, the local tentative budget, the local tax rate and, lastly, the local working budget.

  • Scout unveils outdoor classroom

     Clear Creek Elementary teacher Parthana Willis is an outside-of-the-box kind of teacher.  She knows there is a world of knowledge waiting for students beyond the walls of a classroom.

    Her students often enjoy taking nature hikes with their science notebooks.

    “I tell them, ‘Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Enjoy nature,’” she said.

    Six years ago Willis shared her love of nature with then 4th grade student Spencer Cerlan.

  • Young musician earns seat at prestigious camp

     Though she’s not ready to head off college just yet, Shelbyville’s Kimberlee Hebdon will take one major step toward her future as this school year wraps up. A junior at Collins, Hebdon will join 2,500 young artists from around the globe this summer at one of the most renowned art camps in the world.

    “I’m really excited. I think it will give me a lot of chances to grow in the pathway I want to go on,” Hebdon said, noting she looks to major in horn performance in college.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Zone changes proposed for bypass property

    When the Triple S Planning Commission convenes for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center, commissioners will consider a zone change for property located at the intersection of Freedom’s Way and LaGrange Road.  Developers are looking to change the zoning from Agricultural to R-3 (multi-family residential) on 94.89 acres and to C-2 (commercial) on 3.76 acres.

  • Diageo to host groundbreaking Monday

    Just four years after Diageo officials broke ground on the Bulleit Distilling Company off Benson Pike, those officials will again take up shovels on Monday to officially kick-off the ground breaking of their new visitor’s center.

  • Awards season starts next week

    Senior awards nights

  • Town hall to feature local lawmakers

    With the 2018 general assembly over, some Shelby County residents may be wondering how some of the laws passed this year will affect them.

    And soon, they will have the chance to find out.

    Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will host a town hall meeting May 17 with Rep. Rob Rothenburger and Sen. Paul Hornback.

  • Master Gardeners to host sale Saturday

    After a harsh winter, Shelby County residents will soon have a chance to put some color in their lives.

    The Shelby County Master Gardener Association will host its yearly plant sale this weekend, giving residents access to plants out of its members’ very own meticulously curated gardens.

    “What we do is we take plants from our own yards and then we pot them, label them and sell them to the public,” Master Gardener and sale organizer Marie Ridgway said.