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  • 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.”

  • Murder suspect faces new charge

    A man facing murder charges in the stabbing of a man in downtown Shelbyville now faces additional charges.

    Shelby County resident Marcus Goldsmith was arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence connected with an incident that happened before the deadly altercation March 16 in downtown Shelbyville.

    Police say Goldsmith, 53, had gone to the apartment of Keith A. Jackson at 901 Main St. in the early morning hours and gotten into an argument with him, police say.

  • News briefs: April 18, 2012

    Hosparus recruiting

    volunteers, sets training
    Hosparus needs volunteers in Shelby and surrounding counties and will host a free volunteer training at 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27 at Hosparus’ Shelbyville office, 540 Main St.

    To pre-register, contact Denise Stemm at 502-719-4153 or dstemm@hosparus.org by April 24.  Those unable to attend on April 27 are encouraged to contact Stemm about future training dates.

  • EARLIER: White pride group has links to Shelby County

    The member of a white pride group planning a rally in Frankfort this weekend manages a business in Shelby County and used that business’s address to file for a permit with the state.

    The group, the National Socialist Movement, based in Detroit, gives 703 3rd St. in Shelbyville as the address for one of its Kentucky chapters.

    That’s the address of Bob's Hay Barn.

    The NSM’s contact there is listed on the permit filed with the state is Sandra Coy, manager of the business.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board goals, summer school back on schools agenda

    The Shelby County School Board will meet Thursday and put in place its board goals that were discussed during the March 22 meeting.

    The goals, which will rely heavily on the results from the state’s new testing system, which includes end-of-course assessments, were set using the district Five Main Things — Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Norms, Professional Learning, Intervention and Enrichment — and outline how the board can help the administration through accountability and commitment.

  • ‘No one is happy’ about special session

    An obviously unhappy and irritated Kentucky General Assembly reconvened this week in a special session called by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    “Absolutely no one is happy about being here,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), who represents the 58th District.

    Beshear called the session to address two bills, the transportation budget and a bill to curb prescription drug abuse.

  • Election 2012, Shelbyville City Council: Mike Zoeller

    Mike Zoeller wants the people of Shelbyville to know that the council is still hard at work and looking for ways to help fund the city’s services and future plans.

    “Up to just a few years ago we applied for and received state and federal grants to help improve and maintain some areas of the city,” he said. “Most of those grants are now gone, so we are working on new ways to obtain monies, for example a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) program that can help us greatly.”