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  • EARLIER: 2 bone marrow donors found for Addison Miles

    There may at last be hope for 7-month-old Addison Miles in her battle against cancer.

    Just days before a bone marrow donor drive on Sunday at Shelby Christian Church – which drew more than 400 people for the bone-marrow registry – her family learned the fantastic news that there are two near-perfect matches for Miles, who has a form of leukemia.

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP reading scores hit 75 percent for end of year

    This school year ended with three-fourths of Shelby County grade school students reading on or above grade level – or you might say that 25 percent left school for the summer lagging behind.

    That was the gist of the latest MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) report by Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith told members of the Shelby County School Board at their meeting Thursday night.

    The board, including Superintendent James Neihof, expressed disappointment that those numbers were not higher.

  • U.S. 60, bypass to be closed for big move

    ‘Super load’ move to require temporary route closures
    275,500-pound machine headed to plant at Harrodsburg

    Movement of an overweight/overdimensional “super load” of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will require temporary closure of some traffic routes in Shelby County starting tonight.

  • Former Collins teacher gets probation on sex charges

    A former Collins High School special needs teacher received probation Monday after pleading guilty in May to having sex with students.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, received a 7-year sentence, but Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman probated her sentence for a period of 5 years.

    He also ordered her to register as a sex offender and prohibited her from being around minors. She is prohibited from teaching school anywhere in the United States.

    Hirchert had pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter.

  • New law tightens up auto insurance

    A new state law that went into effect last week makes it mandatory for drivers to keep their auto insurance up to date – and be able to prove it.

    The Department of Insurance in Frankfort now are requiring insurance companies to report policies that have been terminated by drivers.

    State officials say that notices will be sent to owners of vehicles for which continuous coverage is not verified, and those owners will be given 30 days to establish coverage or to present proof of coverage.

  • Sheriff’s office, county clerk receive good audits

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the county clerk’s office have been shown to have excellent bookkeeping methods, the annual audit reports released from State Auditor Adam H. Edelen said.

    The reports found those offices to be in conformity with the state’s accounting standards and found nothing that state auditors considered to be weakness in their bookkeeping systems.

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong said the good report reflects on his staff.

  • Squire Boone Day fundraiser Saturday at Clear Creek Park

    The Squire Boone Committee is taking the next step in trying to raise the money for a statue to be placed at the eastern entrance to the city of Shelbyville.

    The committee will celebrate Squire Boone Day on Saturday at the Clear Creek Park amphitheater and Col. Sanders Pavilion.

    The daylong event will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a proclamation from Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty to establish the first Squire Boone Day, and entertainment will go throughout the day and into the night.

  • News briefs, June 15, 2012

    Bone marrow registration

    drive for Adisson Miles

    A bone marrow donation registration drive will be held Sunday to try to find a match for 7-month-oild Addison Miles.

    She’s the daughter of Daniel and Rachel Miles of Finchville, and she needs a transplant to overcome her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. So far, a match has not been found.

    The registration event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shelby Christian Church.

  • Shelbyville PD adds 2 officers

    The Shelbyville Police Department has hired two new police officers who will begin patrol duties immediately.

    Kelly Maloney and Brian Beeler were sworn in Thursday morning by District Judge Donna Dutton in the community room of the police station at Main and 3rd streets.

    “We’re always happy to swear in good officers, and it’s an especially good day to be able to swear in two at once,” she said, after the ceremony.

  • Shelby County Parks board launches foundation

    “I am just so excited and proud to be a part of all this; well, I just can’t say enough about how outstanding our parks are here.”

    Those words of exuberance came from Terry Kay, a newly chosen chair of a newly formed foundation designed to procure grants and funding for Shelby County Parks and Recreation.