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  • Fire destroys home on Woodlawn

    No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a home on Woodlawn Road late Sunday evening.

    The home owner, Linda Casey, was not at home at the time the fire broke out.
    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said he would have details later today.

  • I-64 eastbound has lane closed till noon at mile 32

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced this morning that the right lane on I-64 eastbound at mile marker 32 will be closed Monday from 9 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.

    The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5.

  • I-64 widening to cover from Exit 28 to 32

    The planned replacement of the dangerous ramp from KY 55 to Interstate 64 is simply the centerpiece of the next phase of the widening of the interstate east of Simpsonville.

    Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said this week that Gov. Steve Beshear had included ramp replacement – and the next section of the widening project – in this year’s road plan.

  • Beating victim is awake, responsive but can't speak

    An assault victim who miraculously showed signs of beginning to wake up on Christmas Day after nearly two months in a coma has continued to show some slight progress, her family says.

    “She is awake now, that is, she watches us with her eyes and responds to commands, like when we ask her to wiggle her toes,” said Krissi Tipton, the victim’s aunt.

    Doctors at the University of Louisville, where Denisse Escareno had lain in a coma since being viciously beaten Nov. 5, had told the family just before Christmas that they feared she was brain dead.

  • Pipe company gets extension for state tax incentives

    A company new to Shelby County has requested and been granted an extension from state economic development officials to meet criteria for tax incentives it had received.

    Profile Pipe Technologies LLC, located in Louisville, bought a building at 6301 Midland Trail last January and opened a facility there, said Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial Development Foundation.

    “They purchased the old Noble Metals building; that company had filed for bankruptcy and went out of business,” she said.

  • News briefs: Jan. 27, 2012

    Shelby unemployment down

    to 7.1%, sixth best in state

     

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate in December continued to tumble, down to 7.1 percent, the sixth-best rate in the state.

    Unemployment rates fell between December 2010 and December 2011 in 114 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    Shelby’s rate fell from 7.4 in November and 8.4 in December 2010.

  • Shelby County School Board: Schools continue to study energy efficiencies

    With budget cuts from the state and funding issues locally, the Shelby County Board of Education will be looking for some good news with savings on energy.

    District Energy Manager Sherman Adams will provide the board with a presentation during Thursday's 7 p.m. meeting at Clear Creek Elementary School.

    Last August, Adams, who works for Shelby County and five other districts, gave the board excellent news with savings all over the district of 1.7 million kilowatt hours from the previous year.

  • Schools try to solve budget equation

    School districts around the state are contemplating Gov. Steve Beshear's budget proposal from last week and seeing how they can squeeze their budgets to fit within the cuts.

    Although Beshear has committed to funding at the same level as 2011-12, that doesn't take into account growth across the commonwealth.

    Per-pupil state funding is taking a hit, and in growth districts like Shelby County, that means stretching money over a bigger pool of students.

    Even the positives from Beshear's plan could hurt.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Downtown crackdown on 2-hour parking limit

    The city of Shelbyville is going to start cracking down in the 2-hour parking areas around the city.

    During Thursday's city council meeting, Mayor Tom Hardesty said there have been some parking issues around the new judicial center on Main Street and added that the public works department has been putting up new signs were some had been taken down or lost.

    City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell told the council that about 80 to 85 percent of the signs are up and that more have been ordered.

  • Fundraiser for Landers moves to fairgrounds

    Shelbyville firefighters regularly respond to calls for help around town, but they’re not often called upon to help one of their own. But when there’s a firefighter in need, their co-workers rally.

    Several of Firefighter/EMT Jesse Lander’s co-workers from the Shelbyville Fire Department rallied last month and started planning an event to support Landers and his three children after the sudden death of his wife and their mother.