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  • EARLIER: Simpsonville to pursue block grants to help with outlet malls

    The city of Simpsonville will pursue a state-supported community block grant to underwrite expansion of water and sewer systems required to accommodate the outlet malls planned to be built south of Interstate 64.

    The city and West Shelby Water, which serves the area, recently submitted Requests for Qualifications for an engineer to coordinate the grant project, and at Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners approved the selection of Derrick Engineering, a firm used in previous city projects.

  • Giving seems to be thanks-less

    As the retail trade tries to inch Christmas closer and closer to October, Thanksgiving seems to be getting lost in the shuffle.

    Sure, there are still Turkey Trots and turkey sales, but Black Friday even has found its way to Thursday – with stores opening Thursday night.

  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS gets clean audit

    Shelby County Public Schools received another nearly perfect audit, earning the best opinion possible from the independent auditors at Mather & Company, CPA.

    “There were no significant deficiencies in the accounting practices,” Brandon Hardy told the board. “There are three different opinions we can offer, and Shelby County earned an unqualified opinion. That may not sound like the best, but it is. It is a clean audit.”

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Fishing area to open on Benson Road

    The county has made it easier for people to fish near the bridge on Benson Road at Guist Creek Lake.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court agreed Tuesday to execute a memorandum of agreement with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife to designate a public fishing area on Benson Road, about a mile east of Rocket Lane.

  • The last days of Trey Williams: A year has passed, the questions grow

    He was a man-child many embraced. He was an enigma who wouldn’t let anyone close enough to know what was inside him. He was a soul in search of something. He was overwhelmed by a problem no one could seem to identify.

    This was a man-child who became angry at a coworker and was fired from his job, a large, forceful man who would not control his emotions until police took him away from his workplace and put him in a cell.

    This was the former athlete struggling with changes in his body and life, looking to the Bible for new guidance.

  • EARLIER: Planning commission OKs 2nd outlet mall

    The Triple S Planning Commission followed a familiarscript Tuesday night by recommendingapproval of a zoning change for a second outlet mall for Simpsonville.

    Trio Properties/Paragon Outlet’s plan was passed by a vote of 4-1. Commissioner John Wills was absent. Commissioner Larry Stewart voted against the plan.

  • News briefs: Nov. 21, 2012

    Shelby posts 3rd-best

    unemployment rate in state

    Shelby County has the state’s third-best unemployment rate for October.

    New figures released Tuesday by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet shows Shelby with a 6.2 percent rate, tying it with Fayette and Union counties behind only Woodford (5.6) and Scott (6.0) counties.

    Shelby’s rate improved from 6.3 percent in September and from 7.7 percent in October 2011.

  • Woman jailed in Breeden murder is released

    TAYLORSVILLE – Susan Jean King, the Mount Eden woman who served time for the 1998 murder of a Shelbyville man, was released from prison two weeks ago, and her attorneys have filed an appeal in an effort to get a new trial.

    King, 52, was indicted on murder charges for the death of Kyle “Deanie” Breeden in April 2007. Two months after the initial indictment, a grand jury also charged King with tampering with physical evidence.

  • Shelbyville hears fairness ordinance idea without taking action

    Dozens of blue-shirted supporters of the concept of a so-called “fairness ordinance” crammed into the Shelbyville City Council chambers on Thursday night, with a couple of them standing before the council and TV cameras to support passionately the idea of the city’s adding an equal rights law.

  • New trash, recycling center will soon get public hearing

    Plans to construct a new convenience center are continuing, with the next step being a public hearing, although there has not yet been a specific date set, officials said.

    “It’s going good, we are preparing for public meetings to present what we have and get input from the public on our new facility,” said Rusty Newton, chairman of the Shelby County 109 Taxing District Board.