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  • Willhoite to fill Shelby's final principal opening

    Shelby County Public Schools has filled its fifth and final opening for principal.

    Kim Willhoite, a reading recovery specialist at the Kentucky Department of Education, will take over this fall at Clear Creek Elementary, joining new principals at Heritage and Wright elementaries, East Middle School and Collins High School as SCPS sets its leadership roster for the fall.

    Willhoite, for one, said she thinks she will bring a unique perspective to her new role. She was born in Korea but was adopted and raised in Georgia and Kentucky,

  • Driver escapes second truck-flip accident

    TODDS POINT – A mirror-clipping near miss between a delivery truck and two buses on Monday afternoon left the truck lying on its side across Aiken Road just west of Todds Point and its driver thankful there were no injuries.

    Shirl Rogers was driving eastbound to deliver appliances for White Glove Deliveries of Cleveland when his truck clipped the mirror on the first of two school buses taking campers home from Camp Hi-Ho and was sent careening out of control.

  • EARLIER: Dueling outlet mall plans: 2nd outlet mall proposal pops up for Simpsonville

    The idea of an outlet mall just south of I-64 on Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville has raised a lot of questions and concerns. Now those questions could double.

    Trio Property Managing Partner Stuart Flowers said his group is under contract to sell about 83 acres south of I-64 and east of Buck Creek Road to Water Street Development, a company based in Columbus, Ohio, that has plans to build an outlet mall of between 340,000 and 500,000 square feet.

  • EARLIER: Dueling outlet mall plans: Corps still ‘pretty far removed’ from any decision on outlet site

    As word emerged that Horizon Group Properties will have competition for an outlet mall in Simpsonville and the city’s commission moved to annex parcels adjacent to its proposed site, there has been no response from the Army Corps of Engineers about whether the project could move forward.

  • Collins teams leads 4 at Odyssey world finals

    Shelby County Public Schools sent four teams to the Odyssey of the Mind World 2012 World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames last month.

    Competing against teams from all over the world in different creative problem-solving categories, the teams from the county fared very well.

    Collins High School’s squad competing in the To Be or Not To Be problem had the highest finish among those from the county, placing 15th in the high school division.

  • Not everyone in Shelby wants I'll Have Another to win Triple Crown

    Excitement is high in Shelby County that a Triple Crown winner could emerge from the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday – but it’s not a hope shared by everyone.

    Two feed companies based in Shelby County, for instance, may be partial to a couple of horses other than Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.

    Bagdad Roller Mills has been supplying feed for Optimizer, who will leave the starting gate from the No. 10 post position under morning-line odds of 30-1 after poor finishes in the Derby and Preakness.

  • Death on Lake Shelby ruled drowning

    The death of a woman in Lake Shelby on May 12 has been declared a drowning, officials said Thursday.

    “I received the [autopsy] report back from the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville earlier this week, and the cause of death has been ruled a drowning,” Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said.

    The death of Amanda Frank, 34, of Louisville had been in question because she had had a host of health problems that could have contributed to her death on that Mother’s Day weekend, Ivers had said earlier.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court, county employees to get first raise in 3 years

    Starting in July, Shelby County employees will get their first raises in three years, an action cemented by the passing Tuesday night on second reading of the county’s budget for fiscal year 2012-13.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger expressed satisfaction with the 2013 budget, which will give employees a 1.5 percent pay increase.

    “All in all, it’s a great budget,” he said. “The magistrates have done a fantastic job with it. They made the sacrifices that were necessary in order to make this happen.”

  • News briefs: June 8, 2012

    Funeral for George Cottrell

    to be held in SCHS gym

     

    The funeral for longtime Shelby County teacher, coach George Cottrell will be in Shelby County High School’s Mike Casey Gymnasium at 1 p.m. Saturday. Cottrell was diagnosed with Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease — in Feb. 2011 and died at his home on Tuesday because of complications from the disease.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville officially limits fireworks to July 3-4

    If you live in Simpsonville and are planning to celebrate Independence Day in an explosive way, you have a new schedule to follow.

    The Simpsonville City Commission on Tuesday gave final, unanimous approval – Commissioner Vicky Wise was absent – to an ordinance that restricts the use of fireworks in the city to July 3 and July 4.

    Those dates could be adjusted if the city determines the legal holiday would be celebrated on July 5, but otherwise residents have a 2-day window.