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  • News briefs: Sept. 5, 2012

    Shelby native Breeding

    to release documentary

     

    Shelby County native Michael Breeding announced this week he is releasing a documentary on the life of Cassius Marcellus Clay, the famed emancipationist of pre-Civil War Kentucky. The film, Cassius Marcellus Clay: An Audacious Americanwill debut at 7p.m. Sept. 27 at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington.

    Breeding was born in Shelby County and attended Bagdad Elementary before moving away during his childhood.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Some building inspections, permits could cost more

    The Shelbyville City Council will inspect some of the city’s building inspection and permitting fees when it convenes for its next regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

    The jam-packed agenda calls for the first reading of several ordinances, including revisiting some building inspection fees.

    “Really, it’s looking at our fee schedule and there’s just a few main things,” said Barry Edington, the city’s building official and chief code enforcement officer.

  • EARLIER: Paragon Outlets official: ‘We think we’ll be first’

    The Paragon/Trio outlet mall development group was at the center of another local meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

    At the Home Builders Association of Louisville’s Shelby County Council meeting, the group confirmed its commitment to opening a 400,000-square-foot outlet mall in Simpsonville on 81 acres just south of Interstate 64 and east of Buck Creek Road.

    And the group said they believe their development will be first.

  • Shelby Democrats turn out in support of Adkins

    About 50 people turned out to meet with congressional candidate Bill Adkins on Thursday night at a Democratic fundraiser on Main Street.

    Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, is seeking the 4th District seat vacated by a 4-term Republican incumbent, Geoff Davis, who resigned in July after previously announcing he wouldn’t seek reelection. His opponent is Republican Thomas Massie.

  • EARLIER: I-64 ramp: Immediate fix needed

    With the widening project on Interstate 64 in Shelby County under way, highway engineers are being encouraged to find a solution to make the dangerous eastbound merge ramp at Exit 32 safer during the construction process.

    State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said Tuesday he is hopeful that engineers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are going to be able to figure out a way to improve the ramp during the 2 years expected for it to be replaced, because the construction actually has made the ramp more dangerous than it was.

  • EARLIER: Horizon’s outlet mall plan for Simpsonville nears final approval

    SIMPSONVILLE – Only one more vote will be required for Horizon Group Properties to receive the zone change it had requested for a parcel just south of Interstate 64 where it is planning to construct an outlet mall.

    Despite continued concerns from area residents, the Simpsonville City Commission on Tuesday night passed on first reading an ordinance that would make the required zoning change from agriculture to commercial for about 24 acres that last month had been OK’d by the Triple S Planning Commission.

  • EARLIER: Outlet malls: Paragon hits snag; Horizon moves on

    The two outlet mall projects in the county are headed in different directions this week.

    The Horizon Group Properties project, in Simpsonville south of Interstate 64 on the west side of Buck Creek Road at the intersection with Veechdale Road, is moving forward with a spot on the Simpsonville City Commission agenda for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting.

    When the Trio/Paragon site, which is east of Buck Creek Road in the same area of Simpsonville, will be heard by the Triple S Planning Commission seems to be up for debate.

  • Tech school changes all about efficiencies

    When Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday to place all the technical centers under the same Department of Education umbrella as the career and technical programs within high schools, many wondered how the move would affect the Shelby County Area Technology Center on Rocket Lane.

    In short, it likely won’t change a thing.

  • Judicial to close Tuesday for second furlough day

    If you have urgent business with the court system, you had better take care of it today or be willing to wait.

    The court system’s second furlough of the year on Tuesday will give court employees a 4-day weekend, but it will mean only three days in which to conduct court business next week because the furlough falls on the day after Labor Day.

  • Shelby County Labor Day festivities labors of love

    Monday will be a day off work for many, and others will work hard to make sure that Labor Day will offer a day of fun, with parades, food and music from Waddy to Martinsville.

    A third event, the Centennial Baptist Labor Day event, which was to have been held at Daniel Field, has been canceled.

    Don Dott, a member of the Waddy Ruritan Club that puts on the parade and festivities each year, said Labor Day in Waddy promises to be better than ever this year.