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  • World Championship Horse Show: Byers lead lots of Shelby winners

    Shelby Countians brought home more than 75 top-5 finishes from the 7-day World Championship Horse Show last week at the Kentucky State Fair, including 30 first-place finishes.

    The show culminated with three champions from Shelby County on Saturday night, and two more top three finishes in the marquee events.

    Rob Byers, who’s wife, Sarah, won the Ladies 3-Gaited Championship aboard Mr. Center Stage, said it was a banner week for his Premier Stables and the horses they train.

  • Shelby County School Board: Tax increase passes without any ‘thanks’

    A sarcastic "thanks, thanks a lot" rang out from the crowd as the Shelby County Board of Education passed a 2.5 percent increase, plus a .2-cent exoneration allowance, on personal property and real estate taxes.

    The vocal crowd  at the board’s meeting Thursday at Shelby County High School called out just before the vote that the board should not "keep throwing money" at problems in a time of economic restraint.

  • Shelby County School Board: Energy efforts savings offsetting rate increases

    Rate increases by utilities sometimes can rob the results of their thunder, but Energy Systems Supervisor Sherman Adams can come back with a pretty big bolt of lightning of savings for the school district.

    Adams told the Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday that the district is saving 1.7 million kilowatt hours over this time last year.

  • State faces another tough year for budget

    A packed house filled the Cardinal Club's main room and spilled over into the small meeting room for the Chamber of Commerce's legislative lunch on Tuesday.

    Both of Shelby County's legislative representatives, Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), spoke to the crowd, addressing major issues and concerns the state will confront when lawmakers reconvene next spring.

    Chief among those issues is the 2013 state budget and its projected shortfall of near $430 million.

  • Collins’ teacher pleads not guilty

    A Collins High School teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving students.

    The case of Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was waived to the grand jury during her arraignment Tuesday in Shelby County District Court. She did not appear.

    “We entered a plea of not guilty for her, and normally they would set that for a probable cause hearing, but we went ahead and waived it to the grand jury,” said Brian Butler, an attorney from Louisville who represented Hirchert.

  • Public’s help sought in copper thefts

    Crime Stoppers is appealing to the public for help in apprehending whoever is responsible for a rash of recent copper thefts.

    The thefts having been occurring around the city county for the past few weeks, and usually involve the theft of copper tubing from commercial air-conditioning units, police say.

    The latest thefts occurred early Tuesday morning in Stonecrest off Midland Trail and at the Town Centre shopping center in Simpsonville.

  • Public’s help sought in copper thefts

    Crime Stoppers is appealing to the public for help in apprehending whoever is responsible for a rash of recent copper thefts.

    The thefts having been occurring around the city county for the past few weeks, and usually involve the theft of copper tubing from commercial air-conditioning units, police say.

    The latest thefts occurred early Tuesday morning in Stonecrest off Midland Trail and at the Town Centre shopping center in Simpsonville.

  • Simpsonville man arrested for domestic violence

    A St. Matthews police officer who lives in Simpsonville is on paid administrative leave after being arrested Friday on domestic violence charges.

    Frank Jeffcoat, 37, was arrested by Kentucky State Police for fourth-degree assault after an argument with his wife, said Ron Turley, spokesperson for KSP.

    Dennis McDonald, spokesperson for the St. Matthews PD, said Jeffcoat will remain on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of KSP’s investigation and the court case.

  • EARLIER: Collins’ teacher pleads not guilty

    A Collins High School teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving students.

    The case of Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was waived to the grand jury during her arraignment Tuesday in Shelby County District Court. She did not appear.

    “We entered a plea of not guilty for her, and normally they would set that for a probable cause hearing, but we went ahead and waived it to the grand jury,” said Brian Butler, an attorney from Louisville who represented Hirchert.

  • 107 Shelbyville property owners have yet to begin sidewalk repair

    More than half the property owners in Shelbyville who have been informed that they need to repair their sidewalks have not responded to the city.

    Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell told the Shelbyville City Council at its meeting Thursday night that her office had sent out 192 letters to property owners whose sidewalks had been found to be in disrepair. Of those, 107 have not responded.