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  • Simpsonville ramps on I-64 to be closed at times this weekend

    The Kentucky Department of Highways announces temporary closure of the ramps at the interchange of Interstate 64 and KY 1848 (Exit 28) in Shelby County.

    These ramps are scheduled for closure at the following times to allow for paving as part of the I-64 widening project:
    Eastbound I-64 exit and entrance ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Saturday and from 8 p.m. on Saturday until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

    Westbound I-64 exit and entrance ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. on Monday until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

  • Charges dropped in huge pot bust

    A man chased down at the Mexican border and charged with the largest marijuana bust in Shelby County history is now free.

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde,  50, had been scheduled for a jury trial on Monday in federal court on charges of trafficking in marijuana, but at a pre-trial conference this week, Judge Danny Reeves ordered the case dismissed.

    A clerk at the U.S. District Court in Frankfort said that United States marshals were directed to release the defendant.

  • News briefs: Nov. 18, 2011

    FEI’s study shows WEG added

    early $400 million in impact

    A study commissioned by the Fédération Équestre Internationale, the world governing body of horse sports, found that the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games had a total economic impact of $373 million to $396 million, well above the $201 million that a state-financed study had estimated.

  • Some extra little legs for this year’s Turkey Trot

    If you're planning to pull out the pants with an elastic waistband to make sure you have room for seconds and third on Thanksgiving Day, you may want to make sure you get a little exercise in first.

    The Leadership Shelby Turkey Trot has long been a way to burn some energy leading up to the meal on Thursday, and this year even more people are committing to it.

    "We have about two hundred people that are pre-registered," said Pam Winninger, the Leadership Shelby fundraising chair. "That's the largest number we've ever had."

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Estates of Notting Hill on track with new plan

    The Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the final plat for the Estates of Notting Hill, phase 1, which has been in development for several years.

    The property straddles the border of Jefferson County on the north side of U.S. 60 and wraps behind some existing house and parcels.

    This development has a new owner, S&R Properties,whose representatives have said they would continue to build the development in phases.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Decline in construction causes projected $40K decline

    Shelby County has seen another huge dip this year in new-home construction, and that is posing a budgetary problem for the Triple S Planning Commission.

    Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke told commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night that new-home construction in the county was down 44 percent from 2010 and that building permits in general were down nearly 40 percent.

  • Montell again prefiles bill to permit charter schools

    State Rep. Brad Montell is committed to the concept of charter schools for Kentucky, and he’s not letting the idea idle.

    Montell (R-Shelbyville) saw his bill to provide charter schools fail to gain traction in the 2011 legislative session, and now he is back for 2012 with a new bill that he prefiled this week.

    Last fall he made the announcement at an event in Louisville, but this time the notice arrived in the form of a press release distributed Wednesday and follow-up interview on Thursday.

  • Assault victim puts up a heck of a fight

    Almost two weeks after she was beaten, stabbed and left by the side of Mount Eden Road, a Shelby County woman hangs to life with the help of machines, and the man charged with assaulting her is behind bars.

    Denisse Escareno remains in a coma and fights an infection at the University of Louisville, and her closest friends and family continue to express outrage and horror that she was beaten beyond recognition and left with immeasurable injuries.

  • EARLIER: Assault victim puts up 'a heck of a fight'

    Almost two weeks after she was beaten, stabbed and left by the side of Mount Eden Road, a Shelby County woman hangs to life with the help of machines, and the man charged with assaulting her is behind bars.

    Denisse Escareno remains in a coma and fights an infection at the University of Louisville, and her closest friends and family continue to express outrage and horror that she was beaten beyond recognition and left with immeasurable injuries.

  • Info sought in theft of items worth $6,000+

    Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a theft that occurred Nov. 7 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at a home on the 4100 block of Bell Avenue in Shelbyville.

    Police says it is unknown how thieves entered the home, as no signs of forced entry were found.

    Burglars stole three digital cameras, a Wii game system and several game cartridges, two laptop computers and a Nintendo DS with 25 games,

    The value taken in this break-in was estimated at more than $6,000.