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  • Simpsonville to pursue police grants

    The Simpsonville Police Department again will pursue available grants to help beef up its patrols.

    That’s what Police Commissioner Scott McDowell told the city commission during a speedy meeting Wednesday morning at city hall.

    McDowell said the city had won more than $24,000 in grants in past years and that he recently had become aware of the opportunities that are available.

    “There’s one you can get for DUI enforcement that will pay overtime for officers,” he said.

  • News Briefs: Feb. 16, 2011

    Bill introduced to limit
    terms for lawmakers

    A bill introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives would impose term limits on state legislators. House Bill 375 would limit members of the House and Senate to serve no more than three consecutive terms in office. Rep. Mike Nemes, R-Louisville, sponsor of the measure, said he feels it is representative of the wishes of Kentucky residents.

  • Schools to add new positions

    Shelby County Public Schools is expecting to continue growing for the 2011-12 school year.

    Based on what district Director of Finance Greg Murphy bills as very conservative estimates for student growth and state funding, the school board on Thursday approved allocating 3.7 new teaching positions next year.

    This allocation process is the second step in the budget cycle for the school district, following state guidelines to have a budget in place by the beginning of the school year.

  • Schools want to remain partners with United Way

    Shelby County Public Schools is hoping to partner with Metro United Way to broaden the community involvement of the Master It! mentoring program.

    Master It! (Mentoring African-American Students To Effectively Reach Intentional Tomorrows!) is a program aimed at finding mentors for African-American students and helping them establish individual growth plans that will push them to more rigorous advanced classes and AP classes.

  • County to upgrade mobile EKGs

    Shelby County’s Emergency Services would be able to modernize its cardiac care equipment to a remarkable degree by the end of the year, thanks to a recent Homeland Security Grant.

    Shelby County Deputy Judge-Executive Rusty Newton told Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning that a $175,990 grant will enable the county to buy six 12-lead cardiac monitor and defibrillators.

    The machines, which  cost $30,000 each, will revolutionize his agency’s cardiac care, EMS Director Todd Early said.

  • Lane of I-64 eastbound closed today near Waddy

    One lane of Interstate 64 eastbound near Waddy will be closed today to allow for repairs.

    The state's Department of Highways says the plan calls for one eastbound lane to be closed at Mile Marker 40 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow for cross-drain repairs.

    The times of this work could vary based on conditions.

  • Oldham resident killed in crash

    Sean Holland was a teenager who wanted so badly to be a firefighter that for two years he has been devoting a lot of his spare time to learning that job, serving as sort of a  junior firefighter.
    But that dream ended abruptly Saturday afternoon, when Holland became the first person to die in accident connected with the new Shelbyville Bypass.
    The car he was driving ran the red light at the intersection of La Grange Road and Freedom’s Way and was struck broadside, triggering a 3-vehicle collision that left him dead at the scene.

  • SPD officer Gentry settles case with Oldham County

    Oldham County government has reached a settlement with Shelbyville Police Sgt. Bruce Gentry, who a jury awarded $600,000 for his discrimination suit against the county's police department.

  • News Briefs: Feb. 11, 2011

    Joint Project Graduation
    scheduled for SCHS, Collins

    The 2011 graduating seniors from Shelby County and Collins high schools will have a joint Project Graduation to be held at Shelby County High School on June 11 (date pending more snow days).
    Project Graduation is an event that will be supervised for approximately 414 graduating seniors, to provide a fun, safe environment that is alcohol and chemical free.
    Volunteers are needed for 2-hour blocks at check-in, games, prizes and food between the hours of 11 p.m.-5 a.m.

  • Patients in Shelby now down to 1 MRI option

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville already has started making changes at its Stonecrest Diagnostic Imaging, formally known as Diagnostic Imaging Shelbyville.

    On Wednesday, just two days after a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine was installed at the hospital to replace a 5-year-old one that had broken, workers removed the MRI from Stonecrest to  transfer it to another facility owned by Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare.