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  • News Briefs: Nov. 12, 2010

    State’s revenues grew

    by 8.1 percent in October

    The state's General Fund tax receipts grew 8.1 percent in October compared to the same time last year. Total revenues for the month were $705.3 million. That compares to $652.4 million during October 2009.

    Receipts have now risen 5.3 percent for the first four months of the fiscal year.

  • Planning commission must approve new cell towers

    AT&T cell phone customers have been ecstatic over the past week or so with the addition of faster 3G cell phone and data service to the county, and they will likely continue to rave as the company begins to increase its presence.

    And as part of the process of installing the network, the Triple S Zoning Commission will hear public input on two new cell towers at Tuesday's meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    The towers are being applied for by New Cingular Wireless, which lists the same Louisville address as AT&T.

  • Celebration of Lights returns to Shelbyville

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  • Fire departments struggle to maintain volunteer numbers

    When a house catches on fire in Shelby County, odds are the folks arriving to fight the blaze are volunteers.

    And while local fire departments are holding their own in recruiting and retaining volunteers, it’s getting more and more difficult for them to maintain sufficient numbers to provide adequate service coverage.

    Of the half-dozen or so fire districts operating in Shelby County, all are dominated by volunteer participation and only one – the Shelbyville Fire Department – has any significant number of full-time firefighters on staff.

  • State balances budget by releasing inmates

    A program to release state inmates early from their jail terms as a money-saving mechanism is drawing strong criticism from officials in Shelby County.

    The early releases were implemented about a year ago as part of a plan to save the state the cost of housing prisoners, but the impact is that more criminals are being given leniency and a financial burden is being placed on local jails.

  • School board to review building plan for new elementary

    The Shelby County School Board again will take up the subject of a new elementary school at Thursday's meeting at West Middle School.

     

    The board approved starting the process on Aug. 12, but opposed hiring Sherman Carter Barnhart, the architect used for Collins High School, at that time.

     

    After another discussion during a meeting in September, the board again questioned whether or not a new elementary school would be needed immediately and whether this is the right time to begin a new building project because of its financial impact.

  • News Briefs: Nov. 10, 2010

     Van Stockum to debut

  • EARLIER: Suspect sought in Shelby man's death

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  • 'Dud' storm spares 'lucky' Shelby

    An ominous Tuesday morning -- with winds roaring and tornado sirens shrieking as the skies darkened from gray to indigo  and school children and residents scurrying for cover – quickly turned into a damp but quiet afternoon, much to the relief of many.

  • County concerned about rash of street sign thefts

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