en Highway 53 widening to start <img src="" alt="Secretary of transportation Greg Thomas, County Judge Executive Dan Ison, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton, and State Sen. Paul Hornback smile as they break ground to start the widening project of Highway 53." title="Secretary of transportation Greg Thomas, County Judge Executive Dan Ison, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton, and State Sen. Paul Hornback smile as they break ground to start the widening project of Highway 53." align="left" hspace="6" width="94" height="85" /><p> Speaking over the sound of traffic buzzing by, city, county and state officials joined together in front of Shelby County&rsquo;s Kentucky Farm Bureau office Wednesday morning to make an announcement so many residents have long awaited.</p> <p> &ldquo;Today is about affirming a commitment to a critical and very important project,&rdquo; Secretary of Transportation Greg Thomas said.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s time to move forward.&rdquo;</p> Comprehensive Plan hearing Wednesday <p> The Triple S Planning Commission will host a public hearing on June 27 in order to garner comments from the community regarding the updated comprehensive plan.</p> <p> Residents of Shelby County are encouraged to stop by the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street, Wednesday any time between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.</p> <p> Planners and commissioners will be on hand to answer questions and a court reporter will be available to document any comments or accept information.</p> SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Council to review bypass zone change <p> &nbsp;Due to a scheduling conflict with their usual date, the Shelbyville City Council hosted a special called meeting Wednesday. Though the routine meeting included a fairly cut and dried agenda, a rehashed topic in the mayor&rsquo;s report garnered the most attention.</p> <p> The Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the transcript and findings of fact for a zone change request on the McGinnis Farm at Freedom&rsquo;s Way and LaGrange Road.&nbsp;</p> Hemp Farming Act advances <p> A certain plant might soon be considered exempt from national agriculture bans.</p> <p> The 2018 Farm Bill passed in the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee last week with a 20-1 vote and will soon advance to the entire Senate. Included in the bill was the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, an act introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that would legalize hemp.</p> TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION - Discovery Blvd. development moving forward <p> On Tuesday the Triple S Planning Commission reviewed the final plat with a waiver for the Catalpagreen Development at Discovery Boulevard.&nbsp;</p> <p> The plat proposed 24 lots with a request to waive the required five-foot sidewalk width along Discovery Boulevard to a four-foot sidewalk width.</p> <p> Will Hagan with Kerry P. Magan Consulting Engineers presented the plans for the Catalpagreen Subdivision and said the final plat had not changed from the preliminary plat.</p> Bluegrass Classic Horse Show Results <p class="p1"> The winners of the first-ever Shelby County Bluegrass Classic Horse Show were:</p> <p class="p2"> Class 1: ASB Fine Harness Open</p> <p class="p1"> 1. Arrowhead&rsquo;s Fine Wine, Charles Semones, Geof Dixon, Geof Dixon.</p> <p class="p1"> 2. Fizzy Heir, Victoria and Sam Reed, A.J. Bruwer, A.J. Bruwer</p> <p class="p1"> 3. Gift of the Magi SGF, Nicole Reason, Greg Reason, Nicole Reason</p> <p class="p1"> 4. Sir Surreal, Patrice Hugo, Patrice Hugo, Michael Buchanan</p> <p class="p1"> 5. Sir of the Sirens, Annika Bruggeworth, Rick Martin, Rick Martin</p> Fishing for Fair fun <img src="" alt="Jade and Eli Samples enjoy the carnival rides." title="Jade and Eli Samples enjoy the carnival rides." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Exuberant colors, sticky powder sugar covered fingers, little boys and girls in fancy pageant outfits and smiles that stretch from one end of the county to the other &ndash; this is what the Shelby County Fair is made of.</p> <p> While the Shelby County fair just celebrated its 156 years in existence, this was my first year attending. As a summer intern from the suburbs of Chicago, I had never attended a county fair &mdash; ever. I have been in Kentucky for three years attending the University of Kentucky for print journalism, but a county fair was still a whole new experience.</p> Restaurant owner facing federal charges <p> F<span style="font-family: Schoolbook; font-size: 9.5pt;">ederal prosecutors last week filed charges Fei Zhou Tang, owner of Shelbyville&rsquo;s Asian Buffet, for employing and hiding undocumented workers.</span></p>