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Today's News

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Sharon Cummins

    Sharon Cummins, who has spent most of her life as a resident of Simpsonville, is seeking a third term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

    Cummins is one of five candidates for the four spots on the commission, to which she was elected in 2008. Elections are non-partisan and are held every two years, with the mayor elected to a 4-year term.

  • SOUDER: Part 2: On politics and religion

    In my last column, I jumped right into the usually taboo subject of the intersection of church and state, suggesting that because governing is first and foremost a moral enterprise (making laws that determine right and wrong), trying to separate politics and religion is not only undesirable, it is impossible.

    I then went on to say that because the Bible spoke directly to most of our social and political issues, and because followers of Jesus should be governed by what the Bible says, all Christians should have similar positions on those issues. 

  • Cincinnati grad

    Sara Redfield of Shelbyville was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Science in college of education, criminal justice and human services.

  • Real estate deeds: Sept. 21, 2012

    July 19-22

    Kentucky Plum Creek LP to Robbie E. Gartman, 5.02 acres, Lot 10, Equestrian Lakes North, Phase 1, $50,000

    Melvin Jesse Patterson and Joyce Ann Patterson to Melvin Jesse Patterson and Joyce Ann Patterson, 8.82 acres on KY 395, $87,000

    John A. and Brandy Collins to Benjamin E. Bleecker and Diane O. Moore, 1 Acre on Frankfort-New Castle Turnpike, $5,000

    Michael and Gloria J. Bazan to Amy R. Vanhoose and Rita Young, .28 acres, Bonniemere, $1 and considerations

  • Simpsonville continues condemnation process for sidewalks

    SIMPSONVILLE – Attorney Bill Brammell, a co-counsel for the city of Simpsonville, told the city commission on Wednesday that the process to condemn property for the city’s sidewalk project is continuing to move forward, albeit not as quickly as commissioners would prefer.

    At issue is the parcel at 7026 Shelbyville Road, which is the sole impediment to the city’s plan to construct sidewalks and other enhancements on the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road to Maplewood Drive, the first phase of its Village Center project.

  • EARLIER: Horizon gets unanimous OK for zone change for outlet mall in Simpsonville

    SIMPSONVILLE – Horizon Properties Group has the full go-ahead to use 50 acres of land in Simpsonville as the site for an outlet mall.

    The Simpsonville City Commission unanimously approved on Wednesday morning the second reading of an ordinance that allows zone changes for approximately 24 acres from Agriculture and Commercial to Limited Interchange on a parcel that is located south of Interstate 64 and on the west side of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads.

  • Mill Creek rezone passed to Shelbyville

    The Triple S Planning Commission concluded its business in five minutes Thursday night at the Stratton Center.

    In its only significant action, the commission approved the transcript and findings of fact on the zone change it had approved for Woodfield Inc. The developer of the Mill Creek subdivision sought to change for 3.7 acres at 167 Harrington Mill Road from A (agricultural) to R-3 (residential), single family only.

    The next step will be to send the matter onto the Shelbyville City Council, said Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S.

  • WICHE: Some pears ripen after the harvest

    Old farm sites that are long vacant often have remnants of a once thriving agricultural model that fed the whole family. Among the farm smorgasbord was the small home orchard, and among the orchards the Kieffer pear still stands if nothing else does.

    The Kieffer pear has been around for a long time, and it seems we have forgotten how to treat it as an eating pear.

  • Shelby County's workforce expands, but there are problems

    Shelby County is blessed with a buzzing beehive of industry for a community its size. More than 60 companies have set up shop here to produce goods, a number that is the envy of larger cities and counties struggling to find jobs for its residents.

    Unemployment rates here are less than 7 percent, below state and national averages of 8.5 percent and higher. And local companies are hiring, having added upwards to 800 jobs in the past 18 months or so.

  • Shelby County School Board to study athletes' grade requirements for eligibility

    Concerns about grades of high school student athletes has prompted the formation of a committee to study the issue.

    When the topic was raised at the meeting of the Shelby County School Board on Thursday night, board member Brenda Jackson said she was concerned that student athletes are allowed to participate in sports as long as they have a “D” average.

    “I question letting athletes play with a ‘D’ as a passing grade,” she said.