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  • Election 2012: Voter turnout in Shelby close to 70 percent

    Election officials in Shelby did not miss a voter turnout prediction by much, having predicted that 70 percent of voters would show up at the polls on Tuesday.

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry reported a final tally of 18,791 people voted, for a 67 percent turnout of the county’s 28,231 registered voters.

    Perry said last week she was expecting a very high turnout from Shelby County’s 28,231 registered voters, based on the large numbers of absentee ballots her office had received, reaching nearly 700, compared to last election’s 166.

  • News briefs: Nov. 2, 2012

    Hornback appointed to

    workforce advisory board

    Outgoing state Senate President David L. Williams recently appointed  Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) to the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, a 42-member group that serves as an advisory board to the governor on workforce training and development issues.

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Vicky Wise

    Vicky Wise, the longest tenured member of the Simpsonville City Commission, quietly is pursuing a ninth term in the General Election.

    Wise first was elected in 1996, and only Mayor Steve Eden has served longer (18 years as mayor).

    Wise has not returned campaign information forms sent to her via E-mail nor responded to telephone messages, so she has provided no information about her plans in pursuing this term.

  • Ethington’s attorney: There is deal in works

    Donnie Ethington, facing hundreds of criminal counts for how he managed Ethington Auto, could see his case resolved today.

    Ethington, 71, of Shelbyville, is due in Shelby County District for a pretrial hearing, but the case may never see trial.

     “There is an offer on the table,” said William Stewart, Ethington’s attorney.

  • Sheriff: Laws on animals broad

    An investigation into the shooting of several dogs in Simpsonville Sunday that were allegedly shot to death by their owner has not yielded any charges, police say.

    “No one is disputing that somebody shot some dogs,” Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said. “We are just conducting an investigation in order to get the facts.”

    He said he could not release any details of the investigation, such as the dog owner’s name, at this time.

  • Congressional candidates are two men with differing opinions

    They aren’t close in the polls, and they aren’t close in fund-raising.

    And Democrat William Adkins and Republican Thomas Massie certainly don’t agree on how they would govern the Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district.

    In fact, heading into November, the men vying for the open seat left vacant by resignation of 4-term incumbent Geoff Davis, aren’t close in any obvious way.

  • Romney, Massie dominate donations

    As President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney shuttle across the country working swing states for votes, their campaign accounts are taking big hits.

    Those key votes in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin are not that close to each other.

    According to financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, President Obama has raised more than $567 million since Jan. 1, 2011, and Romney has pulled in $361 million,  while spending about $298 million.

  • Shelby County School Board: Career Academy nearing its preview

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof reported to the school board Thursday that the district is nearing completion of its Career Academy plan and hopes to present it by mid-winter to give students, parents and schools time to prepare for its implementation next year.

    The academy will be similar to the accelerated academy, giving students focused on the workplace after graduation a path to excel and be more marketable.

    Neihof highlighted several areas, which include:

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP results are mostly up

    The fall MAP testing scores for Shelby County Public Schools showed big improvements at nearly every level when compared to last fall’s test scores and those from the past several years – and fell way short when compared to last spring.

    Those somewhat conflicting findings from the Measures of Academic Progress test were discussed at Thursday night’s meeting of the Shelby County School Board.

    Those tests, which are administered three times each year, showed:

  • Robertson sale tops spring output

    The Robertson Equine Sale soon will have folks in Saddlebred country saying “What Tattersalls?”

    Jimmy Robertson’s second horse auction, which ran Monday and Tuesday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, was designed to take the place of the now defunct Tattersalls Sale that ended in Lexington last year after owners Ed and Suzie Teater retired.

    And it has done that and more.