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  • Shelby County Labor Day festivities labors of love

    Monday will be a day off work for many, and others will work hard to make sure that Labor Day will offer a day of fun, with parades, food and music from Waddy to Martinsville.

    A third event, the Centennial Baptist Labor Day event, which was to have been held at Daniel Field, has been canceled.

    Don Dott, a member of the Waddy Ruritan Club that puts on the parade and festivities each year, said Labor Day in Waddy promises to be better than ever this year.

  • News briefs: Aug. 31, 2012

    KY 1779 closes today for bridge replacement

    That road closing the Transportation Cabinet has been promising for eastern Shelby County will come to fruition this morning.

    Cabinet officials announced Thursday afternoon that KY 1779 will be closed as of 8 a.m. to all for a bridge replacement over the Dutch Fork of North Benson Creek. The highway – called Hatton Road in that area – will be shut down between Beechridge Road and Quisenberry Lane.

  • World Championship Horse Show: Shelby County's winners

    Listed Horse, owner, breeder, trainer, competitor.

    ASR Sweepstakes 4-Year-Old 3-Gaited Park Pleasure

    4. Bellino, Cheryl Friedman, Boca Raton, FL; Willowbank Farm, Simpsonville; Chris Reiser; Chris Reiser

    ASR Futurity of Kentucky Weanlings

    6. Far Away Tom Jones, Pieter Hugo, Shelbyville; Pieter Hugo, Shelbyville; Neil Visser; Andre Van Schalkwyk

    Kentucky County Fair Fine Harness Championship

    5. Frankenberry, Alliance Stud, Simpsonville; Christy Weaver Gantley, Paris; Gerhardt Roos; Gerhardt Roos

  • Shelby County School Board: Vote change leads to tax increase

    In a first-it-failed-but-then-it-passed vote that occurred after one board member’s comments persuaded another to change her vote, the Shelby County Board of Education voted to raise the real estate and personal property by 2.6 percent.

    After about a dozen people spoke at Thursday’s meeting – all but one against the increase – the board voted down the 1.8-cent increase, 3-2. Brenda Jackson, Allen Phillips and chair Eddie Mathis voted against, and Doug Butler and Sam Hinkle voted in favor.

  • World’s Championship Horse Show: Byers, Premier Stables dominate

    Rob and Sarah Byers completed a huge week for Premier Stables on Saturday when Rob Byers won the 5-Gaited World’s Grand Championship at the Kentucky State Fair’s World’s Championship Horse Show.

    Byers was aboard Bravo Blue, who is owned by B&T Vonderschmitt of Jasper, Ind., the same horse he rode to a third-place finish in the 5-Gaited event last year.

  • Crowding at Shelby County Animal Shelter has eased

    Shelby County Animal Control Officer Rusty Newton was excited Tuesday because the overcrowded situation at the shelter has eased to the point where he will not have to start euthanizing animals, something he had planned to begin Sept. 1.

    “Our animal control officers are breathing a sigh of relief today, but we need to stay on top of it, because our numbers could change in a day’s time,” he said.

  • Case of equine West Nile reported in Shelby

    Shelby is the sixth Kentucky County to experience a case of West Nile Virus in its equine population, but vets say there is no cause to panic.

    That is, if horses have been vaccinated.

    Dr. Richard Griffin, a vet with Equine Services in Simpsonville, said an Arabian yearling in eastern Shelby County, near Cropper, contracted the virus nearly two weeks ago.

    Despite not being able to eat because its lips and tongue were paralyzed from the disease, the animal survived, because he was able to feed it intravenously, Griffin said.

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Howard Roberts

    An automotive buyer in Pleasureville filed two weeks ago to run against four incumbents in the race for Pleasureville City Commission.

    Howard Lee Roberts, 61, who lives on Roberts Street in Pleasureville, said he is seeking a seat on the 4-member commission because he wants to make a difference.

    “I am a concerned citizen and would like to see accountability in any city government, and I feel it is not only my duty to vote, but also to get involved,” he said.

  • No one injured in 2 fires in Shelbyville

    No one was injured in either of two structure fires that broke out Saturday and Monday in Shelbyville, fire officials said.

    Assistant Shelbyville Fire Chief Chris Spaulding said on Saturday night at 6:30 he received notification of a fire at 106 Ada Ave. at the residence of Lori Jackson.

    “When crews arrived on scene, they found heavy black smoke pouring out from the eaves of the house,” he said.

    Spaulding said everyone was out of the house except for a dog that firefighters successfully rescued.

  • King awaits decision in Breeden case

    TAYLORSVILLE – Both sides in the case of a Mount Eden woman serving time for killing a Shelbyville man in 1998 have filed their post-hearing briefs and are awaiting a yet-to-be-determined court date or a ruling from Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman.

    Susan Jean King, 52, of the 2000 block of Van Buren Road was indicted on murder charges for the death of Kyle “Deanie” Breeden in April 2007.
Two months after the initial indictment, a grand jury also charged King with tampering with physical evidence.