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  • SCPS losing 2 more principals: Downs, Rucker stepping down

    Shelby County Public Schools is going to have a lot of hiring to do this summer.

    Karen Downs and Steven Rucker, principals of Clear Creek and Heritage elementary schools, respectively, have told administrators they will not return next year.

    Adding them to the three principals — Collins High School’s Anthony Hatchell, East Middle’s Christine Powell and Wright Elementary’s Lynn Gottbrath — who announced their retirements earlier this year, it means the district will be searching for new principals at five of its nine schools.

  • Equestrian competition comes to Walnut Way

    Shelby County finds itself at the forefront of the saddle seat discipline once again.

    Walnut Way and Cattail Creek farms will co-host an International Equestrian Association saddle seat competition with three other teams on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Walnut Way.

  • Shelby family needs friendly Web clicks to help win wheelchair accessible van

    Margaret Hall and her whole family were born and raised in Shelby County, and she's hoping that local connection can get everyone to log on to their computers.

    Hall, who's 14-year-old son Glenn was born with a rare chromosomal disease, partial trisomy 6Q, and is confined to a wheelchair, is trying to get votes through the Website www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com to win a wheelchair-accessible van.

  • Ethington Auto files suit to remain open

    The future of Ethington Auto beyond this weekend remains in doubt today.

    The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission on Friday ordered the dealership’s license revoked, saying that it “must cease all activity as a used motor-vehicle dealer.” The MVC set a deadline of Sunday.

    The attorney for its owners, Donnie Ethington of Shelbyville and William Ledford of Somerset, this week filed an appeal in Franklin Circuit Court, which is the only option available to reverse the MVC’s decision.

  • News briefs: April 20, 2012

    State’s unemployment adjusted

    down to 8.6 percent in March

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in March 2012 from a revised 8.7 percent in February 2012, making this the third consecutive month with an unemployment rate below 9 percent, according to a news release from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • EARLIER: Bob’s Hay Barn owner didn’t know employee was planning white-pride rally

    A Shelby County woman who was organizing a white-pride rally in Frankfort and using her employer’s place of business to plan that rally was doing so without his knowledge, the owner said Thursday.

    Bob Sparrow, owner of Bob’s Hay Barn in Shelbyville, said he did not know his employee, Sandra Coy, was using his place of business as a contact for the National Socialist Movement, a Detroit-based group that is planning to rally this weekend on the capitol grounds.

  • Man twice deported now headed to prison

    A man from Mexico previously deported and who returned to the country illegally was sentenced in federal court to 37 months in prison after he admitted he had threatened to shoot the owner of a Shelbyville restaurant.

    Joel Sanchez Ramos, 27, was sentenced Tuesday for being an undocumented resident in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Lexington.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Twin Springs development drops condo concept for individual lots

    The Reserve at Twin Springs on Hooper Station Road may have started a new trend in Shelby County during Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission meeting.

    The neighborhood’s developer, Bill Bardenwerper, requested an amended development plan that would take the duplexes — also called patio homes or condos — and split the single lots into two with a zero-lot line running between the two. So instead of buying into a complex, the individuals are buying their own place, although it’s connected to another home.

  • Simpsonville uses grant to repair some uneven sidewalks

    Some residents in Simpsonville who have sidewalks in need of repair are getting those repairs – but not the bills for them that they might have expected.

    Because of a $6,000 grant the city of Simpsonville received from the Kentucky League of Cities, some of those sidewalks are being squared, leveled and neatened at no cost to the homeowners who by ordinance are responsible for that cost.

  • Anderson man rejects plea offer on porn charges

    A Lawrenceburg man who told police he had “sexual desires for children” has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors on child pornography charges.

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell said her office has been working on a plea agreement for Mark Hawks, which he turned down Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    “We’ve extended an offer, but he hasn’t accepted it,” Donnell said during a break in court proceedings. “That’s why he asked for a continuance.”