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  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County will take over transient room tax collection

    Shelby County Fiscal Court introduced an amendment that would change the way the transient room tax is collected.

    The only changes in the ordinance direct transient room tax collections to the occupational tax administrator rather than the tourism commission treasurer. 

  • Code enforcement board to hear Marian Village case

    Residents of the Marian Village apartment complex who are frustrated with the management will soon have a chance to let their voices be heard.

    On Tuesday, the complex will be on the agenda at Shelbyville’s regular Code Enforcement Board meeting. And, according to code enforcement officer Chris Brown, that means the residents might see some relief from the many challenges they have faced at the complex.

  • Water cut off again in Marian Village

    In May, there were signs that conditions may have been improving at the Marian Village apartment complex. But Ruthie Swan, a resident of the complex who has lived there for years, said the problems that plagued the apartment complex in the past have come back, including the persistent water outages.

    “This makes the eighth time it’s been shut off here,” she said. “It just started doing it this year.”

  • Two cases of hep A reported in Shelby County

    After an outbreak that saw a 96 percent increase over the average number of cases in Kentucky, hepatitis A has reached Shelby County.

    The North Central Health District has reported seven cases of hepatitis A in its region, including two in Shelby County.

    Roanya Rice, director of the North Central District Health Department, said most residents of Shelby County should not be concerned, but there are some groups who are at high risk.

  • 125 years on Main Street

    On special occasions, the bells at First Presbyterian Church still ring out through the community. 

    The church, located near the center of Shelbyville, is the home of the only working hand-pulled church bell in Shelbyville, according to Joyce Dotson, First Presbyterian’s Clerk of the Session.

  • County Fair adds new horse show

    The Shelby County Fair has hosted one horse show for more than 100 years, but this year, it will be hosting two.

    For the first time, the fair will add a brand new show to its lineup, the Bluegrass Classic.

    “It will be a separate, standalone Tuesday night horse show,” show manager Peter Fenton said.

    Adding a second show to the county fair’s usual lineup, Fenton said, will dramatically open up the options in Shelby County for competitors looking for a chance to qualify for major shows.

  • Associated Industries continues to build local workforce

    Shelby County Associated Industries is continuing to make the community’s workforce a little stronger.

    Ten participants from local industries recently completed a two-day Shelby County Associated Industries Project Management Workshop and thirteen participants completed the Supervisors Intensive Training Program, both sponsored by SCAI.

    Shelley Goodwin, Workforce Development Coordinator with the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, said they have completed three classes this year and the program is continuing to prove successful.

  • Stolen dog returned safely to owner

    What could have been a nightmare for one Shelby pet owner has ended on a positive note.  But officials with the Shelby County Animal Control and Shelter want the community to be on alert to avoid a repeat situation.

    “We are very aware about a man in a red pickup truck stealing dogs,” a post on the Animal Control’s Facebook Page stated Wednesday.  “Unfortunately an incident happened today where a puppy was stolen at Clear Creek Park, later to be dumped elsewhere in the county.”

  • Students working to revitalize Martinsville

    School may be out for the summer, but one group of Shelby County High School students is looking to add to their workload over the break while making an impact on their community.

    “They came like a Godsend,” said Rev. Ronald Walker who has been working for some time to enhance the Martinsville community.

    The group of students in Jeffrey Bracken’s history class shared the same passion.

  • Don’t stop the learning

     With a ten-week break ahead, students are eager to get their summer vacation started.  But officials with Shelby County Public Schools know the break isn’t always fun and games.  The gap in classroom time can create some major learning hurdles.

    “One of the things that we always are concerned about in summer is summer loss,” said Susan Dugle, SCPS chief academic officer, noting when kids are not engaged in reading, math activities or even discourse with one another, they can suffer from a learning loss.