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  • News briefs: Dec. 30, 2011

    Taylorsville’s emergency

    E-mail alert back in action

    Nixle, the alert service used to provide Taylorsville residents with text message and E-mail alerts in emergency situations, is back in action. Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis sent a message to former subscribers a couple of weeks ago to let them know the service was back in use.

    “Taylorsville Police are back on line with Nixle,” the alert said. “We will try to keep you updated on community events. Tell your friends to register.”

  • Shelby County Public Schools : 6 teachers earn board certification

    Shelby County Public Schools announced Wednesday that six new teachers had earned their National Board Certification, brining the district's total to 54.

    The district's press release showed Shelby County High School and Painted Stone Elementary each with two teachers  earning the national recognition this year: Karin Ceralde and Julia Webb and Molly Davie and Heather Fallen, respectively.

    Also earning their certification were Amy Vest from Southside Elementary and Kimberly Lewis from Wright Elementary.

  • 2012 Legislative preview: Choosing top issues is no huge gamble for legislators

    The 2012 Kentucky Legislative session begins on Tuesday, and lawmakers from around the state already have lined up a lot to talk about.

    Talks already have started on redistricting, which is mandated every 10 years by the census, and some 200 bills have been pre-filed, not to mention that Gov. Steve Beshear has suggested several topics that he thinks should be considered.

  • Shelby’ rain falls short of record

    It looks like Shelbyville will come up just short of its record rainfall, despite cities all around it surpassing their wettest years.

    On Dec. 6 Shelbyville Municipal Water Manager Tom Doyle had the city with 72.3 inches of rain. Although that number was 7 inches more than Louisville’s record rainfall for the year, it was still short of Shelbyville’s record of 75.3 inches set in 2004.

    But the rain hasn’t stopped.

  • Unpaid property taxes can escalate

    If you haven’t paid your property taxes this year, time is running out to avoid issues associated with delinquent bills – including the possibility that a complete stranger could secure an interest on your home.

    To avoid any late charges, property taxes must be paid by Saturday. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, which is charged with collecting the revenue, is open today for walk-in customers, but Sheriff Mike Armstrong said mailed payments postmarked no later than Dec. 31 will be also be honored.

  • Marriages on the rise, but so are divorces

    More people are tying the knot each year in Shelby County, but more people are also untying it as well.
     

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said that tracking a 3-year marriage trend, her office has issued 268 marriage licenses from Jan. 1 through Dec. 29 this year, 252 in 2010 and 249 in 2009.

    But Bruce Graham in the Shelby County Circuit Clerk’s office said that in 2011, there were 179 divorces filed, up from 166 in 2010, 187 in 2009 and 158 in 2008.

  • Woman in police chase jailed after hospital release

    A Frankfort woman involved in a high-speed police chase through three counties has been released from the hospital.

    Rebecca Manley, 31, had stabbed herself six times in the neck with a knife before being taken into custody by Kentucky State Police on Tuesday, but her injuries were not that serious, said Hunter Martin, the trooper who initiated the traffic stop that led to the pursuit.

    Manley is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center under a $5,000 cash bond, charged with DUI, fleeing and evading police and having no insurance.

  • EARLIER: Questions about merger involving JHS lingering

    While citizens and hospital personnel alike wait for a decision from Gov. Steve Beshear on whether to allow the proposed merger among Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare – the parent of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville – University Hospital in Louisville and Lexington-based St. Joseph Health System, which is owned by Catholic Health Initiatives of Denver, much of the debate has surrounded the changes that would occur at UofL’s hospital.

  • Legislature 2012: Shelby faces big changes in districts

    With the release of the U.S. census last year, states across the nation are reworking congressional and state legislative and judicial boundaries.

    Each state is charged with redrawing those lines every 10 years to coincide with the federal mandate and population growth.

  • Vet's aide coaches man into saving dog from choking

    If dogs can have heroes, then “Angel,” a small white West Highland terrier, has two of them – her owner and her vet, who worked together recently to save her from certain death.

    Terry Kays said that he had just given Angel a dog treat when he noticed that the other dog he had was starting to run around nervously.

    “I looked, and Angel was just sort of gagging,” he said. “I looked in her mouth and didn’t see anything. So I called my wife, Pat, to ask her what to do, and I couldn’t get hold of her.”