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  • 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.”

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Norris Beckley

    Norris Beckley sat on the Shelbyville City Council for four years in the 1980s, and he’d like to get that seat back.
    Beckley, a Democrat who lives in Martinsville with his wife Teretha, has two sons Norris ‘Boomer’ Beckley Jr. and Richland.
    “I’m excited to give it a second shot,” he said, referring to coming up short in the 2010 election. “I’m really looking forward to going door-to-door and meeting people and getting my name out.

  • Equine sale a big hit

    If Sunday’s first Robertson Equine Sale was any indication, Shelby County could be come the new face for spring and fall equine auctions.

    “It went really, really well,” said Jimmy Robertson, who, along with this wife, Helen, put the sale together. “I think it’s going to be a permanent thing.”

    The Robertson sale was created to fill the void left by the Lexington Tatersalls sale, which closed its doors when Ed and Suzie Teater retired after last fall’s sale.

  • Shelby jailer Waits talking to Henry County about housing inmates

    Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said during Tuesday’s meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court that he has been having informal discussions with his counterpart in Henry County about housing some or all of that county’s inmates.

    In a question from Magistrate Tony Carriss about  “negotiations,” Waits said he wouldn’t characterize the talks as such but that he had sent some paperwork to Henry County Jailer Scott Southworth that outlined what would be in a contract with the Shelby County Detention Center.

  • EARLIER: Motor vehicle commission revokes dealership license for Ethington Auto

    The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission has revoked the dealership license for Ethington Auto and ordered them to shut their doors.

    The ruling by the MVC specifies that Ethington Auto “must cease all activity as a used motor vehicle dealer” by April 22.

    Donnie Ethington, co-owner of the dealership that he has operated at 1744 Midland Trail for decades, preferred not to comment, referring questions to his attorney, Sam Carl.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: 2 plants plan expansions

    When the Triple S Planning Commission convenes on Tuesday evening, the members will have some exciting news to discuss.

    Two local industries are asking to amend their development plans to add on to their existing facilities. Katayama American Company, at 6901 Midland Industrial Dr., is requesting permission to add 27,330 square-feet onto its facility. Bluegrass Roller Services, at 1091 Brooks Industrial Road, is also looking to build an addition, adding 9,900 square-feet to its nearly 22,000 square-foot facility.

  • Martinsville gets new playground equipment

    With phase one complete, Norris Beckley took the opportunity to stand back for a second and watch as new playground equipment was installed yesterday at the Shelby County Community Center, on Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Martinsville.

    Beckley said the basketball court behind the center would be completed in “another month or so.”

    It has taken some time, but he finally is seeing his hard work payoff.

    “It’s good to see the fruit of your labor sometimes,” he said.

  • Ethington Auto to learn fate of license today

    The owners of Ethington Auto will find out today if criminal charges brought against them involving illegal business practices last April will affect their dealership license.

    The Motor Vehicle Commission is expected to make a decision today on the matter concerning Ethington Auto at 1744 Midland Trail, owned by Donnie Ethington, 71, of Shelbyville, and William Ledford, 85, of Somerset.