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  • I-64 work could finish tonight

    If the weather would just dry up and warm up a bit, all lanes on the Interstate 64 widening project will be open for business.

    That’s the word from officials at the state Transportation Cabinet, who hoped to have the six lanes between Simpsonville and the Jefferson County line open for business by today.

    But the more than 6 inches of rain and some crisp cold temperatures have halted the project for most of the past week and left some gaps in the final details.

  • Police urge people not to fall victim to holiday crime

    With all the happiness and good cheer surrounding the holidays, it’s sometimes hard to remember that criminals are doing their Christmas shopping too – and your house could be on their list.

    Kentucky State Police trooper Luke VanHoose recalled a case he worked in Pikeville several years ago, when he and some other officers searched the home of a teen suspected to have been involved in numerous burglaries around Christmastime.

  • Christmas At Claudia's returns - sort of

    The economy has finally caught up with Santa Claus.

    After serving nearly 2,200 people in its sixth year last year, Christmas at Claudia's will have to scale back for 2011.

    "This year we won't be able to provide dinner because of the recession," said Louise Riley, the manager at Claudia Sanders and organizer of the event. "The restaurant has just had a really tough year."

    But, Riley said the event would not be cancelled, because of a last-minute meeting.

  • News Briefs: Nov. 25, 2011

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate hit 7.6 percent in October, one of the lowest rates in recent memory and one of the 10 best among Kentucky’s counties.

    Unemployment rates fell in 99 Kentucky counties between October 2010 and October 2011, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reported.

  • EARLIER: Shelby stores are ready for Black Friday shoppers

    Stores spend months deciding which products to target as big sellers for the holiday shopping season.

    But despite all of the plotting and planning, it is the consumer that ultimately chooses what is hot and what is not.

    “The economy makes it difficult,” said Patti Wilson of Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in Shelbyville. “What might be hot one day, the next day you might not sell a piece of it. But if you have something people want, and they feel strong about it, they are going to buy it regardless.”

  • EARLIER: Large crowd attends Williams’ funeral

    Wednesday dawned gray and gloomy, as if the sun itself stood at half-mast for a community in mourning for a young man whose life was cut tragically short.

    A long funeral procession wound slowly from Shelby Christian Church onto U.S. 60 shortly before 4:30 p.m., amid a light, misting rain, bearing 18-year-old Trey F. Williams to his rest.

    A large crowd of perhaps 200 or more had turned out to pay their last respects to the teen who was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in an altercation with Shelbyville police at his grandmother’s home on Clifton Court.

  • Shelby schools consider elementary Spanish

    The Shelby County Board of Education has decided it wants to know more about foreign language in elementary schools.

    The board, during Thursday's meeting at Collins High School, heard a presentation from Director of Elementary Schools Cindy French and Southside Spanish teacher Julester Bennett on the pilot program, now in its third year at Southside.

    Students attend the Spanish class one a week as part of a rotation that includes music, art and physical education.

  • EARLIER: Shooting victim: 'A tender, caring person'

    Several friends and relatives of Trey Williams are still confused and questioning the events of Saturday afternoon when Williams was shot and killed by police officers in the home of his grandmother.

    Those who know Williams have described him in the same way: very sweet, loveable, hard worker, a great friend, always smiling.

    Williams, 18, graduated last year from Shelby County High School and was a member of the Rockets' basketball team, even advancing to the Sweet 16 with the team as a reserve in 2009-10 season.

  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS receives ‘perfect’ audit

    The Shelby County Board of Education received a perfect audit report during its meeting Thursday at Collins High School.

    Mike Jones of Mather & Co. CPAs in Louisville said it was the first time in his 15 years of doing audits that he finished one that had no material weaknesses, no significant deficiencies and no other comments.

    “This is extremely rare,” he said. “I think the district and all employees should be proud.”

    The only recommendation that Jones could give would be to double check.

  • EARLIER: Deadly shooting in Shelbyville leaves questions

    On Saturday afternoon, in the space of an hour, Trey F. Williams, an 18-year-old recent graduate of Shelby County High School, went from playing basketball with friends at Clear Creek Park to lying dead in the home where his maternal grandmother lives in Shelbyville.

    Williams confronted two Shelbyville Police officers responding to a burglary call, attacked them with a pipe and items found in the house and was shot and killed when he would not stop that assault, police said.