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  • Simpsonville couple’s deaths: 1 overdose, 1 natural

    Autopsies performed on a couple found dead in their apartment in Simpsonville revealed that the wife died of a drug overdose and her husband of natural causes.

    David McGee, 53, and Donna McGee, 42, who lived at 52 Maplewood Drive, were discovered on June 19 after neighbors at their 4-plex complained of smelling a foul odor.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said he received the results of the autopsies on Tuesday.

  • EARLIER: $100K screen to hide AC unit at Shelby County judicial center

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has agreed to spend more than $100,000 to build a fence around the air-conditioning unit at the new judicial center in Shelbyville because some of the judges who work in the building have said they find the unit unsightly.

  • News briefs: July 27, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment rises

    but still fourth-best in state

    Shelby County’s unemployment rose a half of  a percentage point from May, to 6.7 percent, but that remains the fourth-best rate in the state.

    Shelby had posted 6.2 percent in May, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  

    Despite the increase, Shelby County’s rate was well below the 8.6 percent posted in June of 2011.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City to look into fireworks ordinance

    The Shelbyville City Council briefly discussed the possibility of a fireworks ordinance during Thursday’s meeting at city hall.

    Council member Donna Eaton brought up the idea after being contacted by a constituent complaining of fireworks being shot late at night.

  • Shelby ACT scores rise, but more work needed

    Shelby County Public Schools got some good news this week with the release of their 2012 junior class ACT scores.

    The district saw improvements in three of four testing categories — English 17.7, math 18.8 and reading 19.1 — with students falling short only in science, from 19.2 in 2011 to 19 in 2012.

    The district still lags the state’s averages in English, 18.4, and science, 19.1, but surpassed the state in reading, 19, and was even with the state in Math at 18.8.

  • Shelby’s burn ban is lifted

    Shelby joined 49 other counties Monday in dropping a countywide burn ban that had been place for the past two weeks.

    On July 11, when Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger imposed the ban, Shelby joined 82 other counties with such a ban.

    On Monday, when he announced he had lifted that restriction on outdoor burning, only 35 counties remained. Of the northeastern and southeastern counties, only Boyd County still had ban in place on Monday, according to a map by the Kentucky Department of Forestry.

  • Social worker convicted of faking child-abuse records

    LAWRENCEBURG – Margaret “Geri” Murphy was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court for falsifying child welfare investigations.

    Murphy, 61, a former social services worker, pleaded guilty to nine felony counts and was taken into custody, shackled and placed among about a dozen other inmates as families affected by her actions looked on in delight.

  • Long-tangled Breeden murder case continues to grow in Spencer County

    TAYLORSVILLE – Two inmates sit in two separate prisons in two separate cities in Kentucky.

    One of them admitted to committing a heinous crime, then recanted his story.

    The other has been serving time for that crime since 2008.

    The crime? The murder of Kyle "Deanie" Breeden of Shelbyville in 1998.

    Breeden's body was found in the Kentucky River near the Owen-Henry county line in November of that year.

  • Shelby circuit judge to consider Wills' bid for shock probation

    Jody Wills did not get to make a court appearance Monday to ask for shock probation for a 10-year prison sentence she is serving for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer.

    Her attorney, Bill Stewart, stood in for her as she remained incarcerated at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia.

    Stewart asked Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman if he would set a date to allow Wills to ask for shock probation, and Hickman said he would take the request under advisement.

  • News briefs: July 25, 2012

    Shelby among counties to share

    in efforts to improve flood info

    Shelby is one of the counties in Kentucky that will benefit from the more than $2.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that will be awarded to the Kentucky Division of Water in support of its floodplain mapping program.