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  • 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.

  • Aukerman: ‘A good guy’ but ‘kinda quirky’

    As police surrounded his house Tuesday evening, Del Aukerman turned to social media to talk to his friends.

    “I saw that he put on Facebook that his house was surrounded, and we talked [online through Facebook] until about eleven [o’clock],” Lee Miller said. “He seemed fine – calm and cool. He said he wasn’t going to fire unless the police tried to do something to him.”

    But well after Miller logged off, Aukerman did begin shooting.

  • 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 about 2 percent, McCurdy, a conservative Republican, did get the itch to serve.

  • Grant helps build history about Shelby’s history

    When Shelbyville got its chunk of $80,000 in federal funds that went to nine Kentucky communities for historic preservation in 2013, officials used the $8,750 to tackle a project that is now near fruition – cataloging hundreds of historical structures and making that information available to the public.
    Shelbyville Historic District Coordinator Fred Rogers said the grant, administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council through the U.S. National Parks Service, is a 60-40 match, with the city of Shelbyville contributing $5,833, for a total of $14,583.