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  • NEWS DIGEST: May 23, 2014

    State’s unemployment falls,

    Shelby in the top 2 counties

    Unemployment rates fell in 100 Kentucky counties between April 2013 and April 2014, while 14 county rates went up and six counties stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

  • Election 2014: Polls close with few problems

    With Tuesday’s Primary Election in the rearview mirror, officials are beginning to plan for the November election, and they said some help from citizens would make things run more smoothly.

    “One big problem we had was people not knowing where to vote,” said Sue Carole Perry, Shelby County clerk.

    After redistricting went into affect last year, many voters, she said, were turning up at the wrong polling precincts.

  • 2014 ELECTION, Family Court Judge: Myles carries Shelby County in family court race

    Shelby County Family Court Judge John David Myles came out on top in Shelby County in the race for family court judge in the 53rd judicial district, second division, against challengers Susan Meschler and Marie Hellard.

    Hellard, however, come out on top overall, with 45 percent of the vote, 7,250, to Myles’ 30 percent, 4,929.

    District wide – the district encompasses three counties, Shelby, Anderson and Spencer – Meschler came in with 23 percent of the vote.

  • 2014 Election, Shelby County Fiscal Court: Riggs keeps magisterial seat in District 2

    A battle by a novice to the political arena and the incumbent magistrate in District 2 has failed, with Michael Riggs coming out on top.

    Riggs defeated Mark McCall by 326 votes (59 percent) to McCall’s 224 (40 percent).

    The vote rolls Riggs, 64, into his fourth term as magistrate in District 2, western Shelby County, which encompasses Simpsonville, Persimmon Ridge, Todds Point and Long Run Road.

  • ELECTION 2014: State Senate: Hornback retains seat

    Incumbent State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) reeled in 86 percent of the vote against challenger Gary “Tony” McCurdy Tuesday night, garnering 3,023 votes to McCurdy’s 454 votes.

    When Hornback was contacted about the results, he said, ‘How’d I do? No, I really don’t have any idea; I’m out in the fields planting soybeans.”

  • Election 2014, Sheriff: Shirley wins primary, earns right to face Armstrong

    A former Shelbyville Police chief with 20 plus years experience in law enforcement making his second run for the office of sheriff came out on top in Tuesday’s Republican Primary Election.

    Stewart Shirley, 51, who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Armstrong in 2010, garnered 40 percent of the vote in the primary with 1,298 votes, to Bruce Gentry’s 35 percent (1,144) and Steven Ladden’s 23 percent (761).

  • Magistrates to discuss submitted trash prices

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates had requested that trash companies operating in the county submit public prices for customers by Monday, but they have decided to wait till Wednesday to disclose those prices.

    Fiscal court’s regular Tuesday meeting was moved to 10:30 a.m. today because of the primary election Tuesday.

    En lieu of forming a countywide franchise agreement, the court decided to ask the trash companies to publicly post prices with the county, ones they would be asked to honor for at least two years.

  • Family loses dairy herd in horrific barn fire

    “When I got that door open, it was so hot, and all this black smoke and fire just came rolling out. I had to get down on the ground, and one of our little goats, he comes flying past me out the door, and he’s on fire all the way from his head down to his feet.”

    Kathy Mejia shuddered and closed her eyes as she recalled the horrendous barn fire shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday morning at her home on Zaring Mill Road where 47 of her dairy goats perished.

  • Painted Stone receives Squire Boone Statue

    William Burbank Jr. and the Squire Boone Society presented Painted Stone Elementary School with a Squire Boone statue during an assembly Monday at the school.

    The statue is a replica of the one the society is planning for the east end of Shelbyville, and Burbank covered the $5,000 price tag for the first bronzed replica statue to be donated to the school.

  • NEWS DIGEST: May 21, 2014

    I-64 construction,

    Lanes, exits closed

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Tuesday that overnight lane closures will occur in Shelby County Thursday as Interstate 64’s eastbound lanes are shifted back to their original configuration.

    Eastbound I-64 will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. on Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday, when construction crews will remove the temporary barrier walls and shift the traffic lanes.