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  • Donnell withdraws from judge’s race

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell has pulled out of the race for District Judge Division I, leaving only one candidate in the race for that seat.

    Donnell withdrew her candidacy on Friday, meaning J.R. RoBards is now running unopposed for the seat vacated by Linda Armstrong in March when she retired, citing health reasons.

    Donnell said that she pulled out because she believes she can do more good for the community as the commonwealth attorney.

  • Shelby horses dominate at World’s Championship

    There weren’t many classes in the World’s Championship Horse Show during the Kentucky State Fair this year that didn’t contain at least one entry from Shelby County.

    The fair, in its 112th year, is one of the world’s most famous, attracting spectators and competitors from all over the world.

    “The majority of them [Shelby Countians] did well,” said Scarlett Mattson, manager of the show. “Shelby County’s got a lot of good horses. Mary Gaylord [McClean], she won her classes.”

  • NEWS DIGEST: Aug. 27, 2014

    Body found inside

    Anderson storage unit

     

    Dr. Mark Tussey, Anderson County coroner, said the owner of AAA Storage on Bond Lillard Road, discovered a storage unit that was unsecure and unlocked. She opened the unit and discovered what appeared to be a deceased male.

    The Anderson County Sherriff's Office responded to the call around 2:20 p.m., The Anderson News reported Tuesday.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Rut ‘N Strut one step closer to opening

    The Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to annex into the city fifty acres of property on Gordon Lane that will soon be the home of Rut ‘N Strut Distillery, LLC during Thursday evening’s regularly scheduled council meeting.
    The Netherys have asked to have the property annexed so they could operate with less than a 100-acre lot and so they could sell their distilled spirits on site.

  • A common complaint

    Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced Monday morning that the department of education is seeking feedback in regards to the state’s Common Core standards.

    Holliday explained that the words “common core” have become a politically divisive term.  Education standards should not be a political issue, he said.

  • Shelby County school board: Vote expected for no tax increase

    The Shelby County Public Schools tax rates for the 2014-2015 school year will be established this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Collins High School during the Shelby County Board of Education meeting. 

    But there doesn’t appear to be any surprises coming.

    Superintendent James Neihof has said he will recommend no change in the tax rate, with it remaining at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    If approved, this would be the second year in a row the board left tax rates unchanged.

  • 2 die in Finchville Crash

    Two people who died early Friday morning in a crash in Finchville have been identified.

  • Shelby under heat advisory from 2 p.m. Friday through 7 p.m. Monday

    Officials have put Shelby County under a heat advisory warning starting Friday at 2 p.m. to Monday at 7 p.m.

    Heat index values are expected to peak in the 100 to 105 degree range, with the hottest time of the day falling between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    The combinations of high heat, with temperatures expected to be in the 90s each day, and humidity can create dangerous outdoor weather conditions.

    Residents are warned to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat, and be on the look out for the symptoms of heat stroke.

  • Volunteers needed to help circulation petition for wet/dry election

    With only two weeks left to gather thousands of signatures needed to hold a wet/dry election for Shelby County, organizers are in dire need of volunteers.

    Five thousand signatures are needed by Sept. 5, and organizer Katie Sjothun said that at last count she had just over 1,000.

    With that date looming ever near, Sjothun has been stepping up efforts both in trying to circulate the petition and to recruit volunteers to help her do that.

  • Former school board employee indicted for embezzlement

    A former Shelby County Public School payroll clerk has been indicted on embezzlement charges, with a minimum theft of $80,000; the actual amount has not yet been disclosed.

    “A Shelby County Grand Jury returned on indictment today,” said Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell Wednesday.

    Benita W. Anglin, 54, of Frankfort, is charged with 24 counts in all, including 8 counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but under $1 million.