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  • Off-duty firefighter rescues 2 from blaze

    An off-duty firefighter who happened to be passing a burning house Monday afternoon fought flames and smoke without protective gear to help locate and rescue a man and his grandson caught inside.

    “I opened the front door, and I had to get down low to get underneath the smoke, and when I yelled out, ‘Is anybody inside?’ I was shocked when somebody called out, ‘Yes!’”

    So Marc Myres of the Shelby County Fire Department did what any firefighter would do, he battled through the blaze and smoke to find the residents.

  • Bedbug problem gets another look

    Officials expect a large turnout for a bedbug workshop set for Thursday at Stratton Center in Shelbyville. In fact, the session will probably be crawling with people, they say.

    “We have had an overwhelming response from landlords, citizens, charitable organizations and emergency first responders regarding the bedbug workshop,” Shelbyville Code Enforcement Officer Darrell Willard said.

    He said he has sent out 300 flyers around town to let people know about the upcoming workshop, the second to be held on the topic.

  • Top issues for session

    When Kentucky’s lawmakers convene for the 2013 legislative session on Jan. 8, they will have myriad topics to cover, but these six will dominate the conversation and could force the House and Senate into yet another special session.

    State pension

  • Shelbyville City Council: Andriot ready to take his seat

    Although admittedly a little nervous, Bob Andriot said he is excited to get going with the Shelbyville City Council. As the lone new member, Andriot still brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the council.

    “He’ll be an excellent member of the council,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said. “He’s lived in Shelby County all of his life, and he’ll get up to speed with the issues real quick.”

  • 2013 General Assembly: List of issues is long for short session

    Kentucky lawmakers are facing a full slate of issues for a short legislative session, which kicks off Tuesday.

    The state’s House and Senate members will convene for three days next week, take three weeks off, meet from Feb. 5 to March 11, and then break again before wrapping the session up on March 25-26. The legislature always meets for a short, 30-day session in odd years, but the session is broken up so it will last until late March.

  • Shelby County Clerk’s budget grows by 25%

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the Shelby County Clerk’s budget Thursday, which was up significantly from 2012 based an increased receipts.

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry’s 2013 budget is $10.9 million, up from her 2012 budget of $8.7 million, an increase of  25.3 percent. Her budget in 2001 had been $8.7 million as well.

    Perry said the increase this year was because of an increase in receipts.

  • News briefs: Jan. 4, 2013

    Schools set procedures

    for potential snow days

     

    The weather forecast through the weekend is pretty tame – maybe a few snowflakes on the weekend, but Shelby County Public Schools issued a memo to alert parents for how to deal with snowy weather, which includes access to information and decision times.

  • Teen injured in shooting New Year’s Eve

    A teen is recovering from a gunshot wound he received New Year’s Eve, police say.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said that on New Year’s Eve, police were dispatched to 116 Berea St. at 4:42 p.m. after receiving a call about a possible shooting.

    “We had a male juvenile who was shot and was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital, and it is currently under investigation,” he said. “That’s all I can say at this time.”

  • Shelby student is playing with his future

    When Seth England took off for Eastern Kentucky University in 2011, he already had set his sights on a degree in computer science with a focus on programming, but at that time he couldn’t have known he would-be designing a game in Redmond, Wash., a year later.

    A 4.0 student at Shelby County High School and in that first year at EKU, England decided to apply for admittance to DigiPen Institute of Technology, a prestigious school focused on computer science, engineering and art, with an emphasis on creating video games.

  • EARLIER: Outlet malls: Army Corps nears sign-off for Horizon

    Horizon Group Properties soon may have no more impediments to its plan to build an outlet mall in Simpsonville.

    An official with the Army Corps of Engineers on Monday said that Horizon awaits only a final signature to gain permission to fill a pond on its building site south of Interstate 64 and west of Buck Creek Road.

    Carolyn Labashosky, a public affairs officer for Army Corps, said the permit is in the final stages of approval.