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  • News briefs: Dec. 21, 2012

    Legislators say tax reform

    not likely this session

    State legislators will return to Frankfort next month with several issues to be debated.

    However, they are not confident that tax reform will make the cut in the short session.

  • Beware your holiday spirit being stolen

    Everyone is shopping for the holidays right now, and unfortunately, that includes those who prefer a five-finger discount, police say.

    “We usually see crimes such as burglaries and stealing from cars go up this time of year because criminals know people have extra goodies around during the holidays,” Shelbyville Police Maj. D. Goodwin said.

    Is there a way to avoid becoming a victim of holiday crime?

    Goodwin said there are several ways to greatly reduce your chances of being robbed.

  • EARLIER: 2 leads come up empty in Waddy animal attacks

    The planned autopsy on a calf that was one of the mysteriously attacked animals in Waddy has been cancelled.

    Tony Carriss, the magistrate for District 6 who has helped gather information and lead an investigation into the attacks, said he went to look at Robert Green’s calf just before noon on Tuesday, but another animal had attacked it since its death on Sunday.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: McDonald’s set for first store update

    The McDonald’s on Isaac Shelby Drive will get a facelift to start the new year.

    Representatives from McDonald’s and American Engineering were on hand Tuesday night to discuss the renovation, which was approved unanimously by the Triple S Planning Commission.

    Along with a complete redesign of the interior, this store will add 258 square feet, renovate the existing building, add a second drive-through lane and rework the parking lot to improve traffic flow.

  • Judge dismisses case against Bailey

    Citing insufficient evidence, District Judge Linda Armstrong on Thursday dismissed without prejudice a felony charge of theft against Roy T. Bailey Jr., in conjunction with the auto sales business.

    A criminal complaint filed by Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Fred Rothenburger was served on Bailey, 45, on Oct. 31, charging him with theft by failure to make required disposition of property, according to court records.

  • Christmas events fill stomachs and souls

    The last weekend before Christmas is upon us, and there is no shortage of holiday happenings to fill your days and your spirit.

    As you might expect, there are a number of special events offered by churches during these next five days. In addition, there are family-friendly events and service opportunities, too.

  • Shelter marketing animals as gifts

    "A kitten under the tree is always a good way to start Christmas morning,” Shelby County Animal Control Supervisor Bradley King said.

    This has been another successful year for the shelter, with more animals placed in new homes than in any previous year, but the shelter is pushing adoptions as a holiday gift, too.

    “We’ve not killed any adoptable animal in almost five years,” King said. “So we’ve been successful, but it continues to be a challenge.”

  • Armed robber holds up bank, Bagdad

    Downtown Bagdad came to a standstill early Thursday morning when a masked man wielding a semi-automatic handgun walked into the Citizens Union Bank branch and told employees that he wanted cash and was leaving behind a box that contained an explosive device.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice said deputies responded to a robbery alarm around 9:30 a.m. and learned from bank employees that the man had described the box.

    Officers secured the city, evacuated some nearby businesses and waited through the morning to see if there was an explosive in the box.

  • EARLIER: Trio/Paragon gets its nod for outlet mall in Simpsonville

    SIMPSONVILLE – Representatives of Trio Properties and Paragon Outlet Partners were out in full force at the Simpsonville City Commission meeting Wednesday morning, and they heard what they were hoping to hear.

    Commissioners unanimously and perfunctorily approved on second reading an ordinance requesting a zone change and formal plans for the companies to build an outlet mall south of Interstate 64 and east of Buck Creek Road, much to the audible frustration of several residents of that area who attended the meeting.

  • Bids, easements mean Simpsonville sidewalk project moving

    In the air there’s feeling of Christmas, and the Simpsonville City Commission was busy with sidewalks at its meeting on Wednesday.

    That would be the long-delayed and longer-awaited Village Center sidewalk project, to be built on the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road to Fairview Drive, which is about to clear some major hurdles toward actual construction.

    City Administrator David Eaton told commissioners that bids will close next Friday on the contract to move the water and sewer lines and clear the area for construction.