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  • Rural King gets special zoning meeting to meet its time frame

    The Triple S Planning Commission will take up the request for the new Rural King store’s outdoor storage at a special called meeting Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Stratton Center.
    The company is looking to add outdoor storage on the lot, fronting Boone Station Road.
    According to zoning regulations, outdoor storage is not allowed without adequate screening, as determined by regulations and the commission.

  • Shelby County schools’ KCCT scores rocket upward

    Shelby County schools saw improved scores district-wide Tuesday in the most recent batch of results for the Kentucky Core Content Tests.

    The so-called CATS tests measure elementary, middle and high school scores in reading, math, science, social studies and writing, and the district topped the state's Proficient and Distinguished rating, its top rating, in all categories except high school social studies and writing. Those categories fell well short of the state’s mark.

  • EARLIER: Shelby's Adequate Yearly Progress lags vs. fed goals

    Although Shelby County Schools showed improvement across the board in KCCT testing, the federal No Child Left Behind results don’t take that into account.

    NCLB results released Tuesday show that only two Shelby County schools, Painted Stone and Wright elementary schools, met 100 percent of their Adequate Yearly Progress goals.

    However, seven of the remaining nine schools met at minimum of 73 percent of their AYP goals, and only Shelby County High School was lower, with 61.5 percent.

  • Dustin’s case back in court today

    A hearing today in Shelby County Family Court will set a date for a disposition hearing for a disabled boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital five months ago.

    The case involves Dustin Splittgerber, 11, who was taken into state custody in December when his foster parents, his biological grandparents, said they thought they were sending him to specialized foster care for a short period of time.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 3: Shock probation has allowed thousands to avoid prison

    Since 2006, the state of Kentucky has used shock probation, the program that last year allowed for the release of admitted killer Tonya Nicole Brown from state prison, to send 10,006 convicted criminals back into public life.

    Brown admitted to delivering a baby in 2008 and leaving it in a trash bag in the restroom at a restaurant in Shelbyville, and, facing murder charges, she agreed to serve 15 years in prison on reduced charges of second-degree manslaughter.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 3: Shock probation started in Ohio, around '60s

    Ohio, in 1965, was the first state to initiate a shock-probation program, which it calls “judicial release.”

    The recidivism rate refers to committing a crime after release from incarceration, and for Ohio, that rate is higher than in Kentucky.

    The latest rate released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, which tabulates recidivism rates on a 3-year cycle, was 38 percent, compared to 33.3 percent for Kentucky’s latest figures.

  • News briefs: Sept. 28, 2011

    Williams brings campaign

    to Shelbyville on Thursday

    State Sen. President David Williams, the Republican candidate for governor, will be in Shelby County on Thursday to meet with business leaders and discuss his plan to create and retain jobs.

    The session is being called a business leader roundtable, and it will be at 7 a.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville.

  • Simpsonville honored for ball-field project

    The City of Simpsonville’s civic projects continue to gain laurels.

    The city’s work on its softball fields – leveling the playing field and putting up fences, with the help of the Eaton Corporation, and building a new concession stand – has been selected by the Kentucky League of Cities as the top project in the state for cities of fewer than 5,000 population.

    This is the second time in four years Simpsonville has won this award, having been honored in 2007 for its construction of Simpsonville City Hall.

  • News briefs: Sept. 23, 2011

    Unemployment in Shelby

    plummets to 7.7 percent

    The unemployment picture improved dramatically in Shelby County in August, dropping 1.5 percent from July to a 2-year low of 7.7 percent.

  • EARLIER: Rural King wants outdoor storage area

    The Triple S Planning Commission will have a special called meeting on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    The meeting, which will be in the small room to the back and right from the entrance, was announced at the end of Tuesday’s regular meeting and will take into consideration an amended Planned Unit Development for the new Rural King store opening on Boone Station Road, in the old Kroger building.

    Rural King is looking to add outdoor storage on the lot, fronting Boone Station Road.