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  • Simpsonville may add property on Buck Creek

    If a proposal given preliminary OK by the Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday moves forward, the city soon will become a bit larger.

    Responding to a request by a representative from Trio Realty Co., city commissioners approved on first reading an ordinance that that would annex 82.356 acres south of Interstate 64. The second and final reading would be heard Feb. 7.

  • Shelby County tourism commission wants delegate from Simpsonville

    Simpsonville now has a full-fledged delegate on the county’s tourism commission.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau, told the city commission at its meeting Wednesday that it was time the city had an appointee on the tourism commission, joining three positions each held by delegates from Shelby County Fiscal Court and Shelbyville City Council.

  • Shelby County School Board: Digital data boards help track students

    The Shelby County Board of Education rang in the New Year with its first meeting of 2012 on Thursday.

    The board opened by electing Eddie Mathis as its new chairman and Doug Butler as the vice chairman. After that and some recognition in honor of National School Board Month, the board quickly was down to work.

    The staff opened with a report on data boards, which are often discussed during meetings, especially those that involve test scores.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: First glance at budget for 2012-13: Grim

    The Shelby County Board of Education received some grim news with the first look at its 2012-13 budget.

    The draft budget, which is a state-mandated review of projected receipts and expenses, was presented at Thursday's meeting and with it came an appeal from Superintendent James Neihof that the board members talk to the county’s leaders in Frankfort about continuing cut costs in education.

    In his report, Neihof said the state needs to get back to the funding level it provided in 2008.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Annexation ordinance not ready for review

    The Shelbyville City Council will have another short agenda this week, but it could be altered.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, the council had just one item to take up, the correction of a clerical mistake on the ordinance that increased the pay scale of the fire fighters.

    "It's just something about the hours that firefighters work, because they work different hours than normal jobs," Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

    The amendment to the ordinance, he said, doesn't change the pay scale for anyone.

  • EMS moves closer to cool new home

    Emergency Services Director Todd Early gave Shelby County Fiscal Court an update Tuesday on progress in EMS’s move into its new headquarters.

    The county last year purchased for $650,000 from Schwan Food Service a 5.5-acre facility at 101 Old 7 Mile Pike, and EMS will relocate this year from the building it has outgrown on Hospital Drive in Shelbyville.

    “The conveyor system has been removed, and the electric doors have been replaced; now we just need to remove the cooler,” he said.

  • Shelby County's uniform policy similar to others in region

    When you see a county employee at work, you likely will be seeing clothing that you bought and maybe even cleaned with your tax dollars.

    That’s because Shelby County spends $52,750 annually to buy work clothes for its employees, ranging from T-shirts and lightweight jackets to a complete uniform for deputies and jailers.

    That doesn’t make Shelby unique. All other neighboring counties surveyed by The Sentinel-Newshave programs to provide clothing and sometimes laundry services for their employees, too.

  • Whitman takes over as director of EMA

    Shelby County has a new emergency management agency director, but it’s not a new face: Long-time Deputy Director Paul Whitman, who has been serving as interim director since the retirement of Charlie Frazee in October, takes over.
    Whitman was sworn in by Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court at the Stratton Center.

    Whitman was appointed deputy emergency director in 2003, just a year after fiscal court established the local EMA with Frazee at the helm.

  • News briefs: Jan. 18, 2012

    Dramatic cuts expected

    in state’s 2-year budget

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was to address the General Assembly on Tuesday night with a message that is likely to detail spending cuts of 7 to 9 percent for the next 2-year state budget.

  • Shelby County has light damage from Tuesday’s storms

    Less than an hour after Shelby County’s new emergency management director was sworn in, the county’s severe weather sirens began wailing.

    No, it was not in honor of Paul Whitman’s new post that tornado warnings were issued around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    The storms, which produced wind gusts as high as 85 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Sullivan, roared across Indiana and Jefferson County, damaging homes, overturning trucks on Interstate 265 and flattening trees.