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  • Shelby County School Board: Budget plan: 2012-13 balanced but very tight

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take its first look and vote on the tentative 2012-13 budget during a meeting Thursday, and the news from the federal and state governments only has gotten worse since January, when members first saw a draft of this plan.

    The budget is proposed to be $58.8 million plan, about 5 percent less than the 2010-11 actual expenses, and that’s despite Shelby County being a growth district.

  • Shelby man gets 20 years in sex case

    A Shelbyville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for sex crimes against a 9-year-old child.
    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman sentenced Abel V. Gomez, 30, in accordance with what the Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney’s office had recommended, which included not granting him probation.

    Gomez’s attorney, Shelby County Public Advocate Melanie Lowe-Stratton, had told the judge that Gomez was asking for probation so he could go back to Mexico and help his family on their farm.

  • EARLIER: Woman’s death at Lake Shelby likely a ‘horrible accident’

    Fish and Wildlife officials investigating why a woman died at Lake Shelby on May 12 say they don’t expect charges to be filed and that likely this was just a “horrible accident.”

    On Mother’s Day weekend, Amanda Frank, 34, her son, Patrick, 12, and a friend, Shane Jump, all of Louisville, were on a fishing outing near where the lake takes its northern bend toward the bridge at Freedom’s Way when their 15-foot 1982 Skeeter fiberglass boat began to fill up with water.

  • Turnout better than expected in 2012 Primary in Shelby County

    Voter turnout, or the lack of it, was a key issue in Kentucky’s Primary Election, but in Shelby County, the initial gloomy predications of 10 to 12 percent turned out to be a rosier 19 percent.

    “I have heard everything from the turnout is heavier than expected to the other extreme,” Shelby County Republican Chair Jennifer Decker said. “I heard that turnout was estimated to be around thirty-five percent in Simpsonville to a report that they only had a hundred or so people at the West Middle precinct by noon.”

  • Adkins, Massie dominate primary

    The 4th District congressional races in Shelby County closely resembled the statewide results in the 2012 Primary Election.

    Republican voters in Shelby County widely preferred Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, who garnered 50 percent of the vote in the county and approximately 46 percent statewide.

  • Shelby boasts 3 state track champs

    LOUISVILLE – Shelby County High School junior Zach Shipley won his first state championship, and Collins sisters Caterina and Gabby Karas added to their total Friday night at the Class AA State Track & Field Championships.

    Shipley held off several challengers to win the boys’ 300-meter hurdles at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park, while senior Caterina Karas captured the 800 and her seventh-grade sister, Gabby, took home the title in the 1,600.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Election might not be over

    With six spots up for grabs among seven candidates in the Democratic primary for Shelbyville City Council, a close election could get even closer today.

    Suzanne White, a newcomer to the local political scene, came in seventh but lost by 11 votes to incumbent by Shane Suttor. The top six move on to face five Republicans in the General Election.

    White said a vote that close might need to be looked at again.

  • Adkins, Massie dominate District 4 primaries in Shelby

    Democrat William Adkins, a lawyer from Williamstown, and Republican Thomas Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive, ran away with the their respective races in Shelby County for the District 4 congressional seat.

    Adkins, running against the largely reclusive Greg Frank, took a resounding 68 percent of the 2,074 votes cast.

  • EARLIER: 3 dead after SUV fails to merge lanes in Simpsonville

    Kentucky State Police are continuing to investigate an accident on Interstate 64 early Saturday morning that left three members of an Indiana family dead and another hospitalized.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said he pronounced  Gabriel Alva Chacon, 29, dead at the scene, and his wife, Regina K. Alva Chacon, 36, was pronounced dead at the University of Louisville hospital. Her brother, Jamie Alva Chacon, 21, was also dead at the scene.

  • News briefs, May 18, 2012

    Kentucky’s jobless rate

    drops to 8.3 percent


    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent in April 2012 from a revised 8.6 percent in March 2012, making it the lowest unemployment rate in the state since November 2008, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.