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  • Election 2104, State Senate: McCurdy ready to challenge for 20th District

    Gary “Tony” McCurdy says he’s tired of Kentucky’s lawmakers looking at the small picture and wants to see a more proactive approach.

    That led him to run against Ben Chandler in the 6th District U.S. Congress race in 2008.

    “There wasn’t a Republican running against him, and I knew he could be beaten,” he said. “So I decided to run.”

    Although he lost by 3 percent to Jon Larson in the primary, McCurdy, a conservative Republican, did get the itch to serve.

  • Shelby County School Board: Change will help Southside lead 21st Century classrooms

    As the school district puts the finishing touches on the new Northside Early Childhood Center, it made a bold new change at the new Southside Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in the 2014-15 school year.

  • Wound clinic to be back at JHS

    The day after the announcement that Jewish Hospital Shelbyville’s Wound Healing Center was a casualty of cost-cutting measures, Dr. Rod McMillin said he would be able to keep the operation open.

    McMillin said he and JHS CEO Michael Collins came to an agreement on Friday that would allow him to lease space at the hospital to keep the clinic open. The staff now will be employees of McMillin’s Louisville Wound Care Associates, where he is the president and CEO, instead of working for the hospital.

  • Shooting investigation will take weeks

    The yellow tape has been taken down, and all that’s left at 139 Gray Hill Court in Shelbyville to remind passersby that a man died there in a shootout with police is a bullet-riddled front door and window.

    Police investigators say it’s too soon to say what really happened the night that Del Aukerman, 57, opened fire on police and was shot to death when they returned fire.

  • NEWS DIGEST: March 5, 2014

    State, not Conway to appeal court ruling on gay marriage

    Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced Tuesday morning that his office would not appeal a ruling from a federal judge ordering Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriage performed in other states.

    Then minutes later, Gov. Steve Beshear told reporters that the state would go ahead without Conway's help and will appear U.S. District Judge John Heyburn's ruling.

    Beshear then issued a statement on the issue:

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court to hear trash proposal

    The idea of a curbside garbage collection for county residents will be discussed tonight at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The county’s Legislative Committee, headed by Magistrate Tony Carriss of Mount Eden, will discuss a proposal they have been developing that includes garbage collection and recycling, Carriss said.

    “The committee is going to explain what direction we’d like to go,” he said. “It will be a discussion more than anything.”

  • Shelby County Public Schools closed Tuesday, March 4

    Due to inclement weather and poor road conditions, Shelby County Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, March 4. It is the second day this week the district has been closed after an ice and snow storm hit the area on Sunday.

  • No injuries in I-64 crash

    No one was hurt in a single-vehicle crash on I-64 Monday, police said.

    Shelbyville Police said the accident happened at 4:30 p.m. when the driver of a Ford pickup truck lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadway, and flipped the truck, which landed on its top in the slow lane.

    The driver, who name is not yet available, was traveling eastbound on I-64 at mile marker 34 when the accident happened. Traffic was only backed up for a short time, and police opened the left lane of the roadway at 5 p.m.

  • Latest storm’s aftermath: Messy roads

    Winter Storm Titan didn’t shut down Shelby County like forecasters thought it might, but that doesn’t mean that yet another round of snow and ice didn’t stall Shelby County.

    There were no reported power outages – other than a brief one on Sunday afternoon – but messy roads did contribute to some traffic problems and forced the closing of Shelby County Public Schools on Monday and Tuesday.

    Police reported some motorists slid off the road, as snow scraping proceeded slowly on Monday morning.

  • Family of 7 left with ‘clothes on their backs’

    Seven members of a family in Simpsonville were left homeless after a fire destroyed their home early Friday morning.

    Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said the resident’s name is Danyel Keating. Seven people – two adults and five children – were home and escaped uninjured. Their frame home was left in rubble.

    Sowder said the call came in at 1 a.m. of a structure fire at 2233 Antioch Road.

    He said the Red Cross is helping the family, who lost everything they owned.