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  • 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.

  • Shelby GOP: Santorum’s exit may hurt turnout

    Shelby County Republican leaders say it’s no surprise to them that presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum announced he is suspending his campaign.

    But as far what that will mean for Shelby Countians, the consensus is that it will hurt turnout at the Primary Election.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who recently had an unsuccessful run for agriculture commission on the Republican ticket, said Santorum’s dropping out pretty much puts a big dent in the 2012 Presidential Primary.

  • Another Mobley now charged in Mount Eden

    TAYLORSVILLE – A bizarre story of alleged domestic violence and attempted murder in Mount Eden has become even stranger as the suspect’s nephew now faces charges in the case for attempting to run over the alleged victim with his motorcycle.

    Waddy resident Sammy F. Mobley, 36, faces a first-degree wanton endangerment charge in connection with a March 16 incident in which Benjamin W. Mobley, 58, of Murphy Lane allegedly attempted to shoot at and pistol-whip his girlfriend, who is from Mount Eden.

  • Red Orchard’s Earth Day to showcase nature, art, more

    Saturday’s Earth Day event at Red Orchard Park promises to please nature lovers, art enthusiasts and environmental advocates.

    Shelby County Parks will open the grounds of the park on Kentucky Street to a wide variety of organizations and services to mark their annual Earth Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

    “It’s a great green event with a fun, family atmosphere,” Ashley Coulter of Shelby County Parks said.

  • News briefs: April 13, 2012

    Kindergarten registration

    set for Tuesday at schools

    The next scheduled date for Shelby County Public Schools kindergarten registration is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the six elementary schools.

    Parents should bring their child for an assessment while they complete required paperwork. To enroll in kindergarten, the child must be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 1 as verified by a state-certified birth certificate.

    Certain documents are needed for registration:

  • Shelby’s new equine sale could replace big event

    Jimmy Robertson recognized a serious gap in the market, and now he thinks his new company and Shelbyville can fill it perfectly.

    With the famed auction house Tattersalls closing its doors in Lexington and the retirement of Ed and Suzie Teater, who handled its auctions, Robertson, a longtime Saddlebred breeder and trainer, said he started thinking. The auctions had become largely Saddlebred during the past few years, with fewer and fewer Standardbreds being offered at the Teaters’ auctions.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Wesley Apartments are ‘meeting code’

    As the Shelbyville City Council wrapped a brief meeting on Thursday, council member Frank Page inquired about the condemned Wesley Apartments on the corner of U.S. 60 and Freedom’s Way on the west end of the city.

    “Have we heard anything from code enforcement on the Wesley Apartments?” he asked Mayor Tom Hardesty.

    The city annexed the property last month and at the time had vowed to clean it up in response to an editorial that ran in The Sentinel-Newscalling for the abandoned buildings to be taken down.

  • Federal funding could be in danger for Job Corps

    Funding for some Job Corps centers across the nation – including the Whitney M. Young center in Simpsonville – could be cut if a recent speech by the secretary of labor is any indication.
     

    In a March 21 speech to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said that the 2013 federal budget proposes reforms to improve the Job Corps program, but she added that while most centers meet program standards, some have been consistently low performing for years.