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  • Montell: Charter bill may yet be OK

    State Rep. Brad Montell said he remains optimistic that his charter-school school bill could catch on this session.

    After two hours of testimony on charter schools in front of the House Education Committee last week, Montell (R-Shelbyville) said he felt very good about where his bill stands with the committee, despite the fact that no vote was taken on whether or not to send the bill to the House floor.

  • County to ban fake marijuana

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court has taken the first step toward banning synthetic marijuana, which law enforcement officials say is an expanding problem.
    At their meeting Tuesday morning, magistrates passed a first reading of an ordinance to prohibit the use or sale of synthetic cannabinoids.
    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said the artificial drug has not been seen much in county, but is becoming more prominent.

  • ELECTION 2012: 6 Republicans vying for Congress visit Shelby

    Just one day after the deadline for filing for the race for Shelby County’s new congressional district, six of the seven Republicans who want to serve in the in the 4th District showed up Saturday night for the Shelby County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner.
    Three of the five Republicans running for Shelbyville City Council also were on hand among a crowd of about 200 who munched on a buffet dinner and perspectives at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

  • Anderson man may get plea deal in porn charges

    A Lawrenceburg man who told police he had “sexual desires for children” has a new hearing set for Shelby Circuit Court.
    The Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney’s office will be working on a plea agreement for Mark Hawks that could be presented on his next court date on April 16.
    Hawks, 50, was indicted in Anderson County July on 70 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. The charges include 10 counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 60 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Attorney files complaint against Myles

    A Bowling Green attorney has filed a complaint against Shelby County Family Court Judge John David Myles for a recent incident in his courtroom.
    Attorney Travis Lock said that he was in court with a divorce hearing on Wednesday when Myles interrupted him and cursed at him.
    Lock said that Myles’ behavior was unacceptable to him.
    “He made it obvious by slamming the folder shut that he was done listening to me,” Lock said.

  • Woman’s arm won’t be lost

    A Mount Eden woman is recovering at the University of Louisville from an attack from her pit bull.
    But the good news is that family members say that Regena Whitaker will not lose her arm, as had been feared.
    Regena Whitaker, 40, and her son, Ronald Hampton, 22, both of Spencer County, were injured when their pit bull attacked them as they were driving down the road near Carriss Grocery.
    They had their three dogs, the pit bull and two smaller dogs, in the truck with them when the pit bull went berserk.

  • News briefs: Feb. 22, 2012

    College & career night

    at West Middle this week

    There will be a College & Career Night at West Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

    All grades, parents, guardians and students are invited, as well as parents and students from East Middle School. Scheduled to speak are:

    ·       Col. Keith Gramig, Collins High School, about the Army JROTC program.

  • EARLIER: Woman attacked by her pit-bull pet

    A Mount Eden woman was severely injured Thursday in an attack by a family pet.

    Regina Whitaker, 40, and her son, Ronald Hampton, 22, both of Spencer County, are recovering at the University of Louisville hospital after being rescued from a pit bull attack by the owners of Carriss's Grocery.

    The unusual twist is that dog belonged to the victim and, up to that point, had been a docile house pet.

  • In Shelby it has been slow-growing for African-American-owned businesses

    About 16 years ago Yolanda Bradford decided to get out on her own.

    After working as an accountant for the state for several years, she said she was ready to open her own business.

    "I was the first, and probably only, black accountant in Shelby County," she said.

    But as an African-American business owner, Bradford, the owner of YLB Accounting & Consulting Services, is starting to get some company.

    According to the United States Census Bureau, the presence of African-American-owned businesses is on the rise.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Speedway gets OK for plans at I-64

    The Triple S Planning Commission pulled together an extra meeting this month in response to a request from Speedway to open a new facility.

    And at the meeting commissioners unanimously approved a new Speedway station and convenience store to be built where the BP station stands now on Mount Eden Road (KY 53), near the Interstate 64 intersection.

    The commission, however, did not grant all the variances the stations’ representatives requested.