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  • Ohio truck driver dies on I-64 in Shelby County

    The driver of a tractor-trailer truck was killed Tuesday morning when he drove his rig through a guardrail and ended up in a ravine on westbound Interstate 64.

    Randall Thornton, 50, of Ohio, the truck’s only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene by Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers.

  • 2 dead on Shelby roads

    Two are dead in separate collisions Tuesday morning on Shelby County roadways.

    Randall Thornton of Ohio died when the tanker truck he was driving ran off I-64 westbound and into a ravine. He was dead at the scene.

    Thornton’s rig struck a parked vehicle just east of Shelbyville near the 35-mile marker. The spilled products and recovery of the mangled rig forced state employees to shut down one lane of the road, which continued into the evening.

    A 3-vehicle crash on Elmburg Road claimed the life of George W. Downs, 74, of Bagdad.

  • Shelbyville City Council: How about a ‘hotspot’ downtown?

    Many larger cities have cafés, restaurants, bars and libraries that provide wireless Internet hotspots, but Shelbyville has only a few – for now.

    During Thursday's city council meeting, Mayor Tom Hardesty noted that he and council member Jon Swindler had been talking to a company in Carrollton about making the city of Shelbyville a Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • News briefs: Sept. 2, 2011

    Conner Station to be closed

    for I-64 widening project

    Conner Station Road in Simpsonville is headed for closure at Interstate 64 until the end of September.

    The state Transportation Cabinet announced the road would be closed starting Tuesday to allow for impact of the I-64 widening. The expectation is that work will last through Sept.30.

    Motorists should follow the signed detour via U.S. 60 and Clark Station Road (in Jefferson County) for a thoroughfare to Fisherville Road.

  • Student breaks away for summer

    Anna Joy Thompson isn't a world traveler versed in several languages.

    No, Thompson, a 17-year-old Cornerstone Christian Academy senior, had only left the country one time, on a trip to Haiti last year.

    But during this summer Thompson took a trip she'd been planning for more than two years.

  • Waddy working up another big Labor Day

    The spotlight will be on Waddy this Labor Day, and officials there say the celebrations planned promise to be bigger and better than ever.

    That’s good, with the absence this year of another parade that usually takes place in Shelbyville. Wyena Marshall, president of the NAACP, said that event would not be held his year.

    Ron Lois, president of the Waddy Ruritan Club, said he wants to invite the entire community to the festivities.

    “We’d like to invite the public to come out and join the fun,” he said.

  • Waddy working up another big Labor Day

    The spotlight will be on Waddy this Labor Day, and officials there say the celebrations planned promise to be bigger and better than ever.

    That’s good, with the absence this year of another parade that usually takes place in Shelbyville. Wyena Marshall, president of the NAACP, said that event would not be held his year.

    Ron Lois, president of the Waddy Ruritan Club, said he wants to invite the entire community to the festivities.

    “We’d like to invite the public to come out and join the fun,” he said.

  • Fiscal court says no to public comment about zone change

    Magistrates voted Tuesday night not to hear more public comment on a  controversial zone change for Kentucky Street, which would place a metal recycling facility next to Red Orchard Park.

    A crowd of about 30 who showed up at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, were told they were prohibited from talking about the issue during the public comment portion of the meeting.

  • Simpsonville City Commission OKs 9.3% property tax increase

    A rare event took place Thursday morning at the City of Simpsonville’s special public hearing about property taxes for 2011.

    A citizen actually showed up at the meeting to express his views to the commission about its proposed increase in ad valorem taxes.

    “In my seventeen years as mayor, you’re only the second person who has ever showed up [at a public tax hearing],” Mayor Steve Eden told the visitor.

  • News briefs: Aug. 31, 2011

    Simpsonville’s hearing
    on tax rates is Friday

    The Simpsonville City Commission will have a special public hearing at 8:15 a.m. Thursday to take comment on its new ad valorem property tax rate for 2011.
    Commissioners passed on first reading Aug. 17 a 9.3 percent increase to 10.6 cents per $100 or assessed value – up from 9.7 in 2010 – or the equivalent increase of .9 cents, or about $9-per-year increase on a home with a $100,000 tax value.