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  • ELECTION 2012: Schumm says he has right experience

    LA GRANGE – A Crestwood resident is one of the last candidates to file for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Republican Geoff Davis.
    Walt Schumm, a builder/developer and real estate agent, joins six other Republicans and two Democrats vying for the seat.
    Shelby County was moved into District 4 after the reapportionment approved two weeks ago by the General Assembly.
    Schumm is also the vice-chair of the Oldham County Board of Education. He has served on the board for 10 years.

  • Update: SCHS lockdown lifted except one room

    Shelby County High School has received the all clear from the Environmental Protection Agency to release nearly all the students after small vial of mercury in a thermostat was broken.

    The EPA is still holding and checking students in the classroom where the vial was broken.

    According to a release on the district’s Web site: “Some students are still being assessed by the EPA for exposure but no reports have been detected at this time.”

  • Walton Verona holds off Collins in girls' 8th Region Tournament

    LAWRENCEBURG – The Collins girls’ basketball team made two comebacks against defending champ Walton-Verona in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament on Tuesday night.
    The Titans’ third try wasn’t the charm, though, as the Bearcats held them off for a 52-42 victory at Anderson County.

  • Spencer, Anderson matching Shelby’s synthetic drug effort

    TAYLORSVILLE – The Spencer County Fiscal Court – much like its counterpart in Shelby County – is scheduled to hear the second reading of an ordinance that would ban the possession and sale of synthetic marijuana countywide.

    The ordinance passed unanimously on first reading last week.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court passed first reading of a nearly identical ordinance on Feb. 21. Casey County also has taken that step. Neither is a coincidence.

  • News briefs: Feb. 29, 2012

    Legislators now at odds

    on when to redraw districts

     

    The state House and Senate appear to be at odds on when to redraw legislative district lines. Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) told The Herald-Leaderin Lexington that the Senate would prefer to continue to tackle the contentious issue of redistricting before this legislative session ends April 15.

  • Some students struggling with Accelerated Academy’s AP courses

    Although Shelby County Public Schools’ officials have been pleased with the first semester of new Accelerated Academy, they also have identified a few areas for improvement.

    In a report to the school board on Thursday, Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith said with proper tweaks, the district would see even more enthusiasm for the program, which began with 62 students in this year’s freshmen classes (37 at Collins, 25 at Shelby County).

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP scores show disappointing trend

    The Shelby County Board of Education received some disappointing information as the district marches toward the first of its BIG Goals this year.

    The district’s winter Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test results revealed that the schools have a long way to go to ensure that every student entering middle school next year be on or above grade level in math and reading.

  • Tenants get water, power

    Tenants living in properties owned and maintained by Wood Properties have been getting some good news since late last week.

    "We got our water turned back on Friday, and our power is back on now, too," said Fred Harrington, a renter at 908 Main St. in Shelbyville. "Everybody [at the other locations] has everything turned back on."

    Several properties owned by Wood had lost water and power despite residents having paid their rent, which was supposed to cover all utilities.

  • Hornback’s bill would loosen telecom regs

    If you are one of the ever-dwindling homes with a traditional land telephone line, you may have to start looking for an alternative.

    Senate Bill 135, also referred to as the "AT&T Bill," is scheduled to come up before the Senate next week and appears to have the needed support.

    Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), the sponsor of the bill, said he has worked closely with the Public Service Commission to make sure its officials agree with the bill and that the residents of the commonwealth will continue to have adequate phone service.

  • Bagdad woman charged in thefts

    Kentucky State Police Detectives have charged a Bagdad woman with embezzling more than $115,000 from her employer.

    A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Linda C. Poole, 57, of 7345 Elmburg  Road in a total of 20 counts related to thefts from Amen East, an auto salvage business in Bagdad.

    The indictments were for 2 counts of theft by unlawful taking under $10,000; 11 counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and 7 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.