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  • Magistrates promise to explore smoking ban

    Magistrates committed Tuesday to explore the issue of a smoking ban in Shelby County but set no timetable to do so.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court held a workshop at Stratton Center to hear discussion on an issue being pushed by a group called Make Shelbyville Restaurants Smoke Free.

  • School closing a quick call Thursday morning

    Many families awoke to quite a surprise Thursday morning when Shelby County Public Schools were canceled.

    With most of the worst snow and weather to the south and east of the county, there seemed little chance that Shelby County's kids would miss another day in the classroom.

    Shelby County Director of Student Accounting and Support Services Gary Kidwell said the decision had to be made quickly as the weather started to turn worse very early Thursday morning.

  • EARLIER: Wills: $720,000 = 9 months

    Jody Wills, the woman who admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer, is in the Shelby County Detention Center today, serving a 9-month sentence for those crimes.

    Senior Judge Steve Mershon on Friday discarded the plea bargain that Wills accepted in December, ignored demands from prosecutors for a long sentence and accepted Wills’ teary plea for leniency.

  • Lust, lies, larceny: The Jody Wills Story

    In 1998, attorney Mark Dean opened a law office in Shelbyville, and Jody Wills, 23, the new mother of an infant son, left her job as a teller at Citizens Union Bank to be his office manager.

    She immediately won Dean’s trust, admiration and his affection. For seven years she was his aide de camp, bookkeeper and – ultimately – his lover.

  • Smoking group gets time at Fiscal Court workshop

    The Make Shelbyville Restaurants Smoke Free group has taken the Shelbyville City Counci'ls suggestion and requested and received an audience with Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    Fiscal Court has scheduled a workshop on Feb. 23 to hear Vladi Gomelsky’s presentation, about a month after Gomelsky spoke to the city council.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said Fiscal Court put the presentation in a workshop because of the informal setting.

  • Wills to serve 9 months in theft

    Jody Wills of Shelbyville was sentenced Friday to 9 months in the county jail and her 10-year plea agreement was probated for 5 years by Senior Judge Steve Mershon.      

    She has to make restitution of $720,000 that she admitted embezzling from her employer, attorney Mark Dean's law office in Shelbyville. The state had sought restitution of $800,000.      

    She was immediately booked into custody at the Shelby County Detention Center.      

  • Winter, summer sidewalk issues on Mayor’s mind

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty wrapped up a quiet City Council meeting Thursday by passing on a few spirited messages to city property owners.

    Hardesty reminded property owners that clearing sidewalks of snow and debris is their responsibility, not the city’s. And he noted that the downtown-shopping district needs to be better taken care of.

  • Schools to reopen Thursday

    Barring an unforeseen change in the weather and road conditions, Shelby County Public Schools will reopen Thursday.   Gary Kidwell, director of Student Accounting and Support Services, made the announcement just a few minutes ago.

  • EARLIER: Schools reopen -- more snow expected

    Shelby Countians managed to get through the season’s heaviest snowfall on Tuesday, but they might find the going even tougher today.

    Shelby County was hit with a 6-inch snowfall on top the 1-2 inches that fell on Saturday, giving the county a blanket of white that was enjoyed by students who stayed home from schools and adults whose businesses closed or had a short day.

    With the temperatures hovering around freezing, they found the conditions comfortable enough to build snowmen, sled down hills and make homemade snow cream.

  • EMS director Wortham resigns

    Steve Wortham has stepped down after 7 years as Shelby County’s director of emergency medical services.

    That announcement was delivered to Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday night by Todd Early, former deputy director and now has been named acting EMS Director.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that last week, Wortham told him that he wanted to go back to his old job of paramedic, for personal reasons,