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  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board approves athlete drug testing

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved Thursday a one-year pilot program for random drug testing of student athletes.

    David Weedman, director student achievement, said there has not been a decision made yet on how the program will be carried out but he anticipates it will begin this fall.

    “It will begin next year,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get everything in place by the fall.”

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Budget up for second reading

    The Shelbyville City Council will convene ten minutes earlier than usual at 6:20 Thursday evening to hold a public hearing for the proposed use of Municipal Road Aid and Local Government Economic Assistance Program funds for the upcoming fiscal year. 

    Following the hearing, at city hall, 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville, the council will open their regular meeting and hear a second reading on the 2015-16 budget.

  • Former county employee arrested for embezzlement

    A former county employee has been arrested and charged with embezzling $23,000 over a year and a half.

    Jenny King of Bagdad, a former county finance officer, was terminated from her position in December for reasons unconnected with the theft, discrepancies were later found in the county's books, officials said.

    An investigation led to King being charged Friday with felony theft by unlawful taking and 74 counts of forgery. More charges could be forthcoming, said Maj. Jason Rice with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

  • Bevin visits Shelby just days before Primary Election

    On Friday gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin visited Kemp Farms in Shelbyville for a meet and greet.

    Most that came to hear the conservative Republican speak gathered in Ruth Kemp’s kitchen to hear what Bevin had to say and avoid the hot, steamy afternoon.

    “We have the room, and we like to share with the community. It’s a great place to gather.” Kemp said of her farm and home of 41 years.

  • Driver arrested on DUI charges in fatal crash

    A Lexington man has been arrested in connection with a fatal crash on I-64 in Simpsonville Saturday.

    Rosendo Rodriquez-Fuentes, 23, is charged with DUI, first-degree wanton endangerment, no operator's license and no insurance.

    His passenger, Luis Espinoza Carranza, 27, was killed.

    The three-vehicle accident happened at 4:45 am. Saturday morning at mile marker 30 on I-64 in Simpsonville, when Rodriquez-Fuentes hit an anbandoned car that was parked in the emergency lane, said Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Ivers.

  • Woman killed in fiery crash with tractor-trailer

    A Louisville woman was killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 64 in Shelby County Wednesday when she was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, which started a chain reaction with four cars.

    The driver of the rig has been arrested for reckless homicide.

    Kentucky State Police say that Doris E. Wise, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which involved five vehicles; three other people sustained minor injuries.

  • Shelbyville water tower plans progressing

    It’s been more than two years since it was last publically discussed but Shelbyville Municipal Water Manager Tom Doyle confirmed that plans to build a new downtown water tower are still moving forward.

    “It’s under design and it should be ready for bidding in the next few months,” Doyle said.  “So it’s moving forward.

    “It’s an ongoing project and looking to be completed in 2016, everything is going well. We’re just real busy and have a lot of things going on.”

  • A fresh start for old Winn-Dixie

    A vacant Shelbyville property is ready for a second chance or, better yet, a fourth chance at becoming a prominent business in Shelbyville.

    Formally a Winn-Dixie, the 42,000 square-foot-building at 120 Midland Boulevard adjacent to Tractor Supply and Hardees, has long sat unoccupied, but developers see it as ripe for development.

  • Wiley will lead Bagdad Day parade

      Bagdad Day

    WHAT: the 23 annual celebration of the Bagdad community

    WHEN: beginning at 7:30 a.m., Saturday

    WHERE: Centered at Bagdad Baptist Church, 5790 Elmburg Road

    PARADE: 10 a.m.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Ramada looks to add 30 rooms

    The Ramada Inn in Shelbyville is looking to grow and add a dining option.

    The current facility, in Breighton Business Park south of Interstate 64 by Exit 32, features 68 rooms a fitness center and an indoor pool. And developers are now submitting plans to the Triple S Planning Commission that call for an additional facility to be built adjacent to the structure with 30 additional rooms and a restaurant.

    The commission meets Tuesday at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.