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  • Former Collins teacher may plea to sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sex abuse involving students was expected to enter a plea Monday in Shelby Circuit Court, but that has been postponed.

    Shannon Hirchert, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11, was arrested in August 2011 and charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of distributing obscene matter to minors dating back to fall 2010.

  • Bagdad woman gets new court date in theft case

    A Bagdad woman charged with embezzling $115,000 from her employer was given a new court date when she appeared in Shelby Circuit Court Monday for a disposition hearing.

    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman set a new court date of May 7 at 8:30 a.m. for Linda C. Poole, 57.

    She was indicted in February by a Shelby County Grand Jury on 20 counts related to thefts from Amen East, an auto salvage business in Bagdad.

  • Simpsonville ramps, lanes to be closed this week

    Lane closures and ramp closings for asphalt paving are scheduled for each night this week on Interstate 64 between the Jefferson County line and the Simpsonville exit.

    The schedule calls for closures to be restricted to hours from 7 p.m. each evening to 6 a.m. the next morning until Saturday.

    Also, the ramps to Exit 28 (Simpsonville) will be closed one at a time from 7 a.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday to allow for repaving.

    The schedule always is subject to change. Dial 511 on your cellular phone for the latest information.

  • Graduation will remain June 2, school will end June 4

    Shelby County Public Schools has found a way to please just about everybody.

    After several people were up in arms about moving graduation and having to attend school on Monday, June 4, the district has found a way to keep that early graduation date.

  • One more month on I-64 widening

    Those of you who may have noticed that construction barrels were taken down on Interstate 64 in Simpsonville this week could be disappointed to learn that is only a temporary condition, officials say.

    Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Transportation Cabinet’s District 5, said the barrels were removed temporarily to rearrange the work area.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Alan Matthews

    With almost a decade on the Shelbyville City Council, Democrat Alan Matthews says he still enjoys serving the community.

    "I would like to continue serving on the council, showing leadership in decisions that make Shelbyville a great place to live, work and raise a family," he said.

    A lifelong Shelbyville resident, Matthews and his wife Rosetta live in Town and Country. Their son, Alex, is a senior at the University of Kentucky, and their daughter, Kate, works for the University of Louisville athletic department.

  • Mount Eden man pleads not-guilty in pistol-whipping

    TAYLORSVILLE – A Mount Eden man facing charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment charges for allegedly pistol-whipping and assaulting a woman entered a not-guilty plea in Spencer County District Court on Friday.

  • Woman in ‘puppy mill’ case pleads to 1 count

    NEW CASTLE – During a pretrial hearing last week in Henry County Circuit Court, Terri L. Smith, 51, of Campbellsburg waived her right to a jury trial and entered a guilty plea to one count of second-degree cruelty to animals, a Class A misdemeanor.

    Smith, 51, had been charged with 218 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals in December, after Henry County officials raided the property she and her husband, Kenneth H. Smith, 71, shared on Allyson Lane in rural Henry County.

  • 3 SCPS principals retiring

    Three principals have announced they will retire from Shelby County Public Schools at the end of the school year.

    District officials announced this week that Lynn Gottbrath of Wright Elementary, Anthony Hatchell of Collins High School and Christine Powell of East Middle School would retire. The Site-Based-Decision-Making Councils at those schools already have started meeting to hire replacements.

    Perhaps the surprise on that list is Hatchell, who returned to Shelby County three years ago to become the first principal at Collins High School.

  • Extra School day: April 28 or June 4?

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Monday morning to decide how students will make up the one day they missed because of snow this year.

    The board will convene in a specially called meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the district's office, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    Shelby County Public Schools used its one-call technology to poll parents Thursday, asking if they would prefer to  have school on Saturday, April 28, or Monday, June 4.