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  • Albert L. Minnis, III

    Shelby County lost a community icon on Sunday with the passing of longtime resident Albert “Al” Minnis.

    Born in New Jersey, Minnis relocated back to his father’s home state of Kentucky just a few years after his birth in 1932.

    And he certainly left his mark on his community.

  • Fairgrounds to offer first Spring Fling Day

     The Shelby County A&M Fairgrounds is hosting its first ever Spring Fling Ag Day on May 26.

    “This is a brand new event and there is no admission,” A&M Association Board vice president Carol Hance said.

    Hance said the board is offering the Spring Fling to the public free of charge as a way of saying thank you. “This is a giveback to the community,” she said.

    The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with a flag retirement ceremony followed by a speech from Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Bypass zone changes recommended

    The Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday gave its recommendation for approval on a zone change request that had many neighboring residents up in arms. 

    A packed house turned out to hear a proposal from Tom McGinnis who owns the 98-acre property on both the north and south of the intersection of Freedom’s Way and LaGrange Road.

    McGinnis said after trying for some time to maintain the farm, he has ultimately determined that the development of a neighborhood would be the best use of the land.

  • Classic event space restored

    Built in the 1880s, the building at 524 Main Street has been home to numerous businesses through the generations.

    Renovations and restorations have brought many of the spaces in the building back to life thanks to owners Ben and Melinda Hardin, who have shown a passion and dedication for the restoration.

    The building has housed an advertising studio, a dance studio and most recently an antique market and now a new event space. 

    Bourbon Kitchen at 524 is open on the first floor. Upstairs, however, a massive space was hiding.

  • Primary Election 2018: Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday

    Sue Carole Perry, Shelby County clerk, has something to say about the upcoming primary election: it’s time.

    “It’s ready as it can be at this time,” she said.

    On Monday, the road department will deliver the voting machines for the 2018 primary election that will begin Tuesday.

    In a number of races, Shelby County residents will choose who will represent their party in local races, state contests and battles for national offices.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Budget sees 2 percent increase for 2018-19

    Shelby County Fiscal Court heard the first reading of the 2018-2019 budget at its regular meeting on May 15. The county’s proposed budget allocates a total of $22,158,877.34 for use. This represents a two percent increase from last year’s budget.

    “Some of the issues we had to deal with in this budget was our pension costs,” Ison said. “It was very difficult to get exact figures on trying to put this together and to try to get it set up so that we would be in a five-year cycle.”

  • 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.