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  • Squire Boone statue moving forward

    The movement to raise funds for a Squire Boone Statue to be placed at the East End entrance to Shelbyville is gaining steam again.

    The group, led by Joe Ruble, has already commissioned Louisville-sculptor Raymond Graf to create the statue of Shelby County’s most noted first resident, and now Ruble and his group have something to show.

    “We just got these small statues in, and they’re real bronze,” he said. “This is what we’ll give individuals or businesses that donate seventy-five hundred or more.”

  • Kentucky Legislature: Pension reform, hemp salvaged

    Kentucky lawmakers rushed a bevy of bills through just under the wire on Tuesday, including a plan to resolve the $33 billion in unfunded liability for the state pension system.

    “I think this is a very good compromise, and in the end we got a better bill,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), who sits on the House State Government committee, which oversees the retirement system. “

    The plan combines key components from House Bill 440, a funding bill, and Senate Bill 2, which created changes in the pension plan.

  • Simpsonville fire claims goats and barn

    Still-smoking, charred remnants of a barn are the horrible aftermath of a blaze in which dozens of prize dairy goats died Wednesday morning, their terrified bleating echoing through the darkness when the structure went up in flames.

    “It was so pitiful. You should have seen them. It was a nightmare, just a nightmare,” said Joann Shelburne in a trembling voice as she looked out at the ruins where half of her prize-winning Alpine dairy goats perished in the predawn hours.

    She said 25 goats died, and five more had to be put down.

  • Spring cleaning time in Shelby

    With Earth Day still three weeks away, several organizations are pushing ahead with spring cleanings in Shelby County.

    For instance, if you didn’t get to participate in the statewide Commonwealth Cleanup program last week, there’s still time. Kathy Ranard, Shelby County’s Clean Community director, has extended Shelby’s program until May 1.

  • Prison guard’s trial postponed

    The trial of James Johnson, a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley charged with sexual abuse of inmates last summer, was postponded Wednesday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Johnson  has been rescheduled for a status hearing on April 15.

    Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll had said last fall that she expected Johnson to make a plea agreement with her office, but that arrangement never materialized.

  • News Digest: March 29, 2013

    Shelby’s unemployment up

    but still among state’s best

    Shelby County’s unemployment rose slightly in February – to 6.9 percent – but still remained tied for the fifth-best rate in Kentucky.

  • EARLIER: Outlet mall: Simpsonville misses grant for sewers

    The City of Simpsonville has missed out on a $970,000 Community Development Block Grant that was intended to help Horizon Group Properties with needed sewer and water work for its 364,000-square-foot outlet mall.

    City officials applied in November for the grant – which is funded by the federal government but administered by state to aid small cities with development needs – and received its rejection on Friday.

  • Shelby County School Board: Goals workshop to shape 2013-14

    After reviewing the 2012-13 board goals and progress toward reaching them during its meeting March 14, the Shelby County Board of Education will look past the present and toward the future at Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices in Shelbyville.

    This week the board will hold a workshop at 1155 Main Street to discuss the options and plans for the 2013-14 board goals.

  • News Digest: March 27, 2013

    Hornback steps away

    from talks on hemp bill

    Supporters of legislation to license Kentucky farmers to grow hemp said the latest proposal by House Democratic leaders contains troubling provisions that could be deal-breakers. A fourth version of the amendment proposed by House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook) and Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly (D-Paris) would move much of the oversight for hemp to the Kentucky State Police, who have opposed hemp production.

  • Bagdad residents to discuss post office

    Thursday most likely will see a large crowd crossing the street from the Bagdad Post Office to Bagdad Baptist Church, if officials are correct about the community’s interest in the future of the post office there.
    “We do expect a good turnout,” said Michelle Games, officer in charge of the Bagdad Post Office.

    The community meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m., will permit postal service officials to gain public input on whether or not people want to see the post office shut down or begin operating on reduced hours.