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  • Goldsmith pleads guilty to murder charge

    A Shelby County man who has been in jail for nearly three years has pleaded guilty to murder and related charges, and prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 22 years.

    Marcus Goldsmith, 55, of Shelbyville, was arrested in the early morning hours of March 16, 2012, and charged with the murder of Keith A. Jackson, who was found lying in the doorway of his apartment, mortally injured from stab wounds. He was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Indiana man killed in I-64 crash

    An Indiana man was killed last Friday in a single-vehicle traffic accident on Interstate 64 in Shelby County that shut down the westbound lanes for more than two hours.

    Law enforcement officials say they still don’t know why Joseph Rivers, 46, lost control of his Ford F150 pickup truck and ran off the road around the 37-mile marker westbound.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy Rick Meadows, who reconstructed the accident, said the road was wet, but that the snow had not yet started to fall heavily when the accident happened at 4:41 p.m.  

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – ATC expansion to broaden Career Villages

    The Shelby County Board of Education got a sneak peak of the district’s modern education tactics on Thursday when Assistant Superintendent Kerry Whitehouse and Tommy Hurt, the district’s chief information officer, gave a report on 21st Century Support Systems, the fifth strand of the Strategic Leadership Plan.

    While the district’s one-to-one computing plan calls for each high school student this year to receive a digital device, the district has still not been able to secure funding.

  • District starts budget process

    The Shelby County Board of Education accepted the first draft budget for the 2015-16 school year Thursday night and based on projections using last year’s funding, the district is expecting a $538,162 increase in local General Fund receipts.

    That good news is short lived, however, as the district also expects to see expenses increase by almost double that amount, with a little more than $1 million expected in expenditures.

  • Outlet expanding, adding new buildings

    It’s only been six months since the ribbon cutting, but patrons of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass could be shopping at several more new stores next holiday season,

    Officials with the shopping center have confirmed that plans for an expansion are underway at the 365,000-square-foot retail center off Exit 28 in Simpsonville.

    Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties said the expansion is planned for the grassy section in the parking area on the north side of the center near Nike and between the center and I-64.

  • Winter weather finally underway

    It seems the winter everyone feared has finally arrived in Kentucky, but its bark may prove to be stronger than its bite.

    After a couple snow events over the past few days, it appears the winter is no fiercer than usual, and according to Mark Jarvis, the lead forecaster with the National Weather Service, this winter is just hitting average.

    “We’re on average with the snow. Friday and Saturday brought it up to near normal,” he said.

    But Jarvis added that it’s still early in the season.

  • Man killed in fatal crash

    Joseph Rivers, 46, was killed Friday in a fatal crash on I-64.

    The accident happened in the westbound lane shortly before 5 p.m. near mile marker 37.

    Rivers was killed in the single vehicle accident when he flipped his vehicle. The road was closed for nearly two hours. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investiagating the crash.

  • Goldsmith pleads to murder charge

    Marcus Goldsmith of Shelbyville pleaded guilty Friday to murder charges in the 2012 stabbing death of Keith Jackson.

    In a plea agreement wtih prosecutors, Goldsmith, 55, would receive a prison sentence of 22 years on charges of murder, assault and tampering with physical evidence.

    Sentencing will take place March 16 in Shelby Circuit Court.

  • Arts council open house attracts new talent

    A well-attended open house last week for an artists’ group that switched directions last year has enhanced the group’s plan to branch out, said its chair.

    “It’s been growing rapidly, a lot of interest and enthusiasm, and a lot of different things going on,” said Howard Griffith, chair of the Shelby Regional Arts Council.

    The group existed for 10 years as a co-op of artists who ran a gallery on Main Street, a situation that ended abruptly when the building they rented was sold and they had to vacate the gallery in 2013.

  • Restaurant tax revenues put to good use