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  • Shelby County jail to create a monument to dead officers

    Two jail employees who gave their lives in the line of duty soon will be memorialized at the Shelby County Detention Center.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved a request by Jailer Bobby Waits to spend $10,000 to purchase and place a stone that would remember the deaths of the Deputy Jailer Luther Willis Hammond on Feb. 12, 1957, and Charles Wentworth on April 11, 1983.

    Hammond died after being assaulted, and Wentworth was shot while on duty at the old jail on Washington Street in Shelbyville.

  • 2 Shelby County food banks to merge

    Food services for the needy in Shelby County soon could have a new, larger, 1-stop location.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday authorized Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and County Attorney Hart Megibben to draw up a deal that would merge the two food banks in Shelbyville into the building on 7th Street that has been the home to Shelby County Emergency Management.

    The food banks are operated by Serenity Center on Frankfort Road and Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency at the old swimming pool building next to the skate park on Washington Street.

  • I-64 lane closures, delays on Wednesday

    Get ready for some traffic delays today on Interstate 64.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that one lane of eastbound I-64 will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today in the construction zone between Simpsonville and just east of Exit 32 in Shelbyville.

  • Sen. Paul to visit Shelbyville on Wednesday

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will make a stop in Shelbyville on Wednesday to chat with constituents at a downtown establishment.

    Paul is scheduled to be at the Harvest Coffee and Café, inside Masterpieces for Your Home, at 524 Main St., between 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.

    Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, will be in Frankfort on Wednesday morning addressing the Kentucky Senate State & Local Government Committee and then will venture to Shelby County as part of what is a routine exercise for him.

  • 911 dispatcher averts tragedy

    “When you first get the call, and they’re screaming, you’re up on the same level as they are, but you have to bring yourself down to a calming voice because that calms them down.”
    Sherry Abshire, a 911 dispatcher of 10 years in Shelby County, described how she talked a young mother through the steps of bringing her toddler back from the brink of drowning Friday morning.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Buck Creek Road building standards to be discussed

    The Buck Creek Road entrance to downtown Simpsonville soon could be getting some upgrades.

    During its regular monthly meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stratton Center, The Triple S Planning Commission will have a public hearing for two zone regulation text amendments initiated by the Simpsonville City Commission and the Shelby County Fiscal Court.

  • Maximum opposition in Shelby to minimum-wage increase

    On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour starting in 2015, with new contracts, a promise he had made during his State of the Union Address in January.

    Obama also took the opportunity to encourage others to do the same.

  • Pair of Shelby couples celebrate 50 years of love

    “He treats me like a lady, and he makes me laugh. It’s just hard to get mad at him,” said Betty Hawkins, glancing at her husband with smile.

    “When she makes that funny little face at me when she wants something, I just melt,” Glenn Hawkins said, returning her smile.

    Does that work, some asked.

    “Oh, yes,” he said with a grin.

    The Hawkinses, who live in Clay Village, were one of two couples married on Valentine’s Day in Shelby County 50 years ago today, Feb. 14, 1964.

  • Dozen sign up for health insurance

    With the deadline of March 31 just around the corner before open enrollment ends, a handful of people headed out Thursday to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

    Barbara Gordon, director of social services at the Kentucky Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), said that 12 people were enrolled, with the help of KIPDA employees, at the Shelby County Extension Office.

    “Everything has gone smoothly today,” she said.

  • Parks plan sold to public

    Public interest was high Tuesday night at the Family Activity Center when about 20 people showed up to learn about the Clear Creek Greenway project and a possible expansion of athletic fields on 7th Street.

    Former Shelby County Parks Director Clay Cottongim, who now acts in an advisory capacity and heads up grant writing, led the public meeting, held just before the monthly meeting of the Shelby County Parks Board.