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  • Bedbugs are not ‘going to go away’

    Sounding a public alarm for the second time in six months, officials in Shelby County brought together Thursday experts who offered pesky news: That infestation of bedbugs plaguing the county won’t be going away anytime soon.

    “There is no magic bullet now that can get rid of them; it’s a combination of things that’s going to do it,” said Steve Sims, a branch manager of the Kentucky State Department of Agriculture, pointing to a giant image of a gruesome-looking bedbug displayed during a workshop at Stratton Center.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to crack down on underage drinking

    Shelby County is in the process of enacting an ordinance that would impose fines on people who allow underage drinking on their property.

    The purpose of the ordinance, which passed a first reading in Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, is to make parents realize they should not allow their kids to drink alcohol or use drugs at unsupervised parties at their homes, said Elizabeth Pulliam, director of Shelby Prevention.

  • Flu in Shelby manageable, but health department out of vaccine

    Shelby Countians so far have escaped the epidemic wave of flu season that has most states reporting widespread cases and dozens of deaths.

    But even though health officials in Shelby County said the flu bug definitely is circulating, and that the situation is not critical, one very important source of the vaccine is now exhausted.

    Regional Epidemiologist for the North Central Health Department Katie Myatt said the Shelby County Health Department is now out of the vaccine and is not expected to get any more.

  • Arson suspected in Mount Eden fire

    Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a vacant building in Mount Eden, and investigators are asking for the public’s help.

    “We think the fire was probably set,” said Ron Turley, spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police.

    Mount Eden Fire Chief Doug Herndon said that his department and KSP arson investigators suspect arson because it is very unlikely the fire could have started on its own.

  • News briefs: Jan. 16, 2013

    Organ donors can add heart symbol to licenses

    Starting next Wednesday residents can add a heart to their driver’s licenses to identify themselves as organ donors in Kentucky’s program.

  • Simpsonville to consider sewer fee incentive for outlet mall

    The Simpsonville City Commission this morning will consider first reading of an ordinance that will offer an economic incentive to Horizon Group Property’s plan to build an outlet mall south of Interstate 64.

    The commission is meeting at 8:30 a.m. for its only scheduled meeting this month after choosing not to reschedule its regular session that would have fallen on Jan. 1.

  • Rainy weekend causes no problems in Shelby

    Inclimate weather that dumped from 2 to 3 inches on Shelby County from Thursday to Sunday did no appreciable damage and caused no major problems, officials said.

    Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said some roads were flooded for a short time, including Bruner's Town Road and Scotts Station, but added that is not unsual in heavy rain.

    "That is typical for those areas," he said.

    Henry said since the road temperature stayed up to at least 34 degrees, there were no problems other than minor flooding.

  • Second city employee files complaint against employer

    A second employee has filed suit against Tom Doyle, the manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission, alleging sexual harassment.

    Tonya Stearman, a 12-year employee, has asked to be added to the existing lawsuit against Doyle, filed by Debbie Clarke in December 2011, alleging sexual harassment and assault and battery.

    The suit also names the commission, saying that certain members in management knew of Doyle’s inappropriate behavior and did not discipline or terminate him, nor decreased his supervision.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: CVS will submit plan for new store

    Just about four months after taking over Smith-McKenney in the Village Plaza shopping center in Shelbyville, CVS will be moving its store to the intersection of U.S. 60 and the Shelbyville Bypass, where the condemned Wesley Apartments now stand.

    The company will present its long-awaited development plan to the Triple S Planning Commission at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stratton Center.

    The plan calls for a 13,225-square-foot retail center, with a pharmacy and drive-thru, and includes 69 parking spaces.

  • SCHS locks down and impresses first responders

    As police in Taft, Calif., sort through the details of yet another school shooting on Thursday, Shelby County Public Schools continued its district-wide practice of lock-down protocol.

    Shelby County High School had law enforcement, medical and emergency services out to the school to help conduct a full lock-down drill, and Principal Eddie Oakley and the school’s visitors said they were pleased with what they saw.