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  • Shelby County School Board: Plans for Southside open for public view

    The public will get its first chance to critique, comment and opine on the new Southside Elementary School at a public forum Tuesday.

    The forum, which will be at 7 p.m. at Southside, will begin with the presentation of the draft plan, which likely will have been fine-tuned by the board at yesterday's meeting in their workshop.

    After that, those members of the public that have signed in will be allowed to speak on the project.

  • Teacher facing sex charges has resigned

    Shannon Hirchert, the Collins high school teacher who has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving two students, resigned from her position as a special needs teacher last month.

    Despite Superintendent James Neihof's statement at the school district's press conference when Hirchert was arrested that "charges are not conclusive of guilt," Hirchert resigned on Aug. 5, just two days after her arrest.

    Neihof confirmed the resignation and added that it was "voluntary" and not asked for by the district.

  • Shelby is hot stop on tourists’ maps

    Visitors have spent a lot of tourism dollars in Shelby County this  past year, tourism officials say, but not for the primary reason you might think.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau, said that more than 500 more tourists stayed in town during 2011 but not necessarily to see the county’s attractions, although the Shelbyville Horse Show always draws a lot of visitors.

  • County passes 1st OK for new district plan

    Magistrates expressed satisfaction Tuesday night with the way their districts have been re-aligned to balance out the population growth of the past 10 years and passed a first reading on an ordinance to set those new boundaries.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County says no to further input on zoning decision

    A crowd of about 30 showed up at the Stratton Center on Tuesday night to see how county officials would handle a proposed zone change for Kentucky Street.

    But those residents left the Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting without getting a chance to voice their opinions about a proposed zone change that would allow a scrap metal business to locate next to Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street.

  • Simpsonville City Commission accepts bids for sewer project, building repairs

    With city officials and volunteers wrapping up final plans and thinking about the setup for the 22nd annual Simpsonville Fall Festival on Saturday, commissioners took time at their meeting Tuesday night to consider costs of a couple of key projects.

    First they voted to accept a bid from Salmon Construction for its Cardinal Club Force Main Extension Project, which builds a force main line from the pump station at Cardinal Club to the main pump station near the Purnell’s factory.

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  • Shelby County School Board: Southside plan gets 2 reviews

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get its first chance to chime in on the new Southside Elementary school project at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at Painted Stone Elementary.

    The agenda is centered on a work session for board members to discuss the project with the architects from K. Norman Berry.

    The district will then hold a public forum for members of the community to discuss the needs, wants and features they’d like to see in the new building on at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Southside.

  • Suit against ICON back in circuit court – maybe

    The wandering lawsuit between developer William Hysinger’s ICON Properties LLC and a group of landowners in Shelbyville has continued its winding course from Shelby County to Oldham County through Frankfort and then apparently back to Oldham County.

    At issue is a dispute filed in 2009 by Frank and Judy Kees, Randall and Freda Stivers, Samuel and Jennifer Carl and Richard and Stephanie Head, who contend that ICON did not uphold its agreement to purchase 72 acres west of Shelbyville.

  • Bagdad man dies in 3-vehicle pile-up

    An early morning accident on Elmburg Road Tuesday claimed the life of a Bagdad man and injured another when three vehicles collided on a rain-slick road.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers pronounced George W. Downs, 74, dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 7:33 a.m.