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  • News briefs: Feb. 22, 2012

    College & career night

    at West Middle this week

    There will be a College & Career Night at West Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

    All grades, parents, guardians and students are invited, as well as parents and students from East Middle School. Scheduled to speak are:

    ·       Col. Keith Gramig, Collins High School, about the Army JROTC program.

  • EARLIER: Woman attacked by her pit-bull pet

    A Mount Eden woman was severely injured Thursday in an attack by a family pet.

    Regina Whitaker, 40, and her son, Ronald Hampton, 22, both of Spencer County, are recovering at the University of Louisville hospital after being rescued from a pit bull attack by the owners of Carriss's Grocery.

    The unusual twist is that dog belonged to the victim and, up to that point, had been a docile house pet.

  • In Shelby it has been slow-growing for African-American-owned businesses

    About 16 years ago Yolanda Bradford decided to get out on her own.

    After working as an accountant for the state for several years, she said she was ready to open her own business.

    "I was the first, and probably only, black accountant in Shelby County," she said.

    But as an African-American business owner, Bradford, the owner of YLB Accounting & Consulting Services, is starting to get some company.

    According to the United States Census Bureau, the presence of African-American-owned businesses is on the rise.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Speedway gets OK for plans at I-64

    The Triple S Planning Commission pulled together an extra meeting this month in response to a request from Speedway to open a new facility.

    And at the meeting commissioners unanimously approved a new Speedway station and convenience store to be built where the BP station stands now on Mount Eden Road (KY 53), near the Interstate 64 intersection.

    The commission, however, did not grant all the variances the stations’ representatives requested.

  • 2 men charged with armed robbery

    Two teens have been arrested and charged with invading a home and attempting to rob four people at gunpoint.

    Desmond C. Sebring, 18, of Shelbyville and Marcus D. Box, 19, of Eminence are each charged with four counts of first-degree robbery in an incident that occurred Jan. 17 at an apartment on Midland Trail in Shelbyville.

    Box also is charged with six counts of third-degree burglary in connection with six businesses that he is accused of having broken into around that same date, along with three accomplices.

  • Woman left by road soon be released to family

    A woman who was beaten severely in November and thought brain dead in December soon may be released from the hospital.

    Denisse Escareno, 24, who was found barely breathing and badly beaten on the side of Mount Eden Road by passersby on Nov. 5, has been at the University of Louisville Hospital since that time.

    Escareno was in a coma for nearly two months and showed signs of improvement on Christmas Day by moving her toes, just days after doctors had told her family they didn’t think she ever would wake up.

  • New date in court for owners of Ethington

    The owners of Ethington Auto, charged with 169 counts of failure to process paperwork properly on the sale of autos, were in court briefly Thursday, only to receive a new court date set for May.
    Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William Ledford, 84, of Somerset appeared in Shelby District Court for a pre-trial conference with their attorney, Sam Carl of Louisville, to receive a new court date of May. 18.

  • News briefs: Feb. 17, 2012

    Cars parked illegally at Shelbyville

    Post  Office now are being towed away

    If you have been using the parking lot of the Shelbyville Post Office while you were doing business at the Shelby County Judicial Center, you might want to rethink that.

    The post office has started to have any vehicles not in the lot for post office business towed at the owner’s expense.

  • Power lines to stay put in 1st phase of Simpsonville's downtown project

    Simpsonville’s downtown project is going to look a little different than planned.

    Because so much time has passed since the city received in 2009 a $320,000 Transportation Enhancement Program federal stimulus grant, the plan to relocate utility poles from the south side of U.S. 60 is going to have to be abandoned, City Administrator David Eaton told the city commission at its meeting Wednesday.

  • Simpsonville moves to abolish sewer board

    Simpsonville is moving ahead to abolish its sewer board and turn control of the system over to its city commission.

    Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the first reading of an ordinance that eliminates a board that has been in place since 1981. Vicky Wise, the sewer commissioner, did not attend the meeting, nor did any member of the sewer board.

    Mayor Steve Eden said it was time to make this move because the city no longer needed that intervening body to screen sewer issues in separate meetings.