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  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: R. L. Wilson

    Incumbent Pleasureville City Commissioner R.L. Wilson is seeking re-election in November.

    Wilson, 67, is a Henry County resident of 19 years. He is a retired state employee, having worked as a special equipment operator in Shelby County and New Castle.

    A commissioner of 15 years, Wilson said what keeps him coming back to serve on the commission is a desire to improve his community.

    “I am just doing what I think is right for the people of Pleasureville,” he said.

  • Election 2012: Presidential question gets very quiet answer

    Ever wonder what the people of Shelby County think about the presidential candidates and how the race will go?

    Don’t try to Google it. You won’t find an official poll.

    Better, you can just wander into some of the county’s cafes and small country stores, where people – well, men – gather to drink coffee in the mornings, and you’ll find out – or maybe you won’t.

  • County votes to update ordinance book

    Shelby County Fiscal Court approved Tuesday the first reading an ordinance that would allow the county to update its ordinances.

    Sound confusing?

    Not really, Shelby County Judge-executive Rob Rothenburger said.

    “We just have to do this each year to make sure that our code of ordinance book is up to date,” he said.

    Magistrates also approved an updated agreement between the county and a local electrician to get a larger fee for servicing the county’s outdoor emergency sirens.

  • Spooky Shelby tales

    Every community has its ghost stories, and Shelby County is no exception, with plenty of creepy, spooky tales and places that start getting whispered about during the week of Halloween.
    There are plenty of legends – the antique store on Main Street downtown, the former ghost sightings at the old bridge on what now is Zaring Mill Road, haunted houses here and there, for instance – but have you ever heard of Crybaby Bridge?

    Many people seem to have heard of it, but nobody’s sure where it is.

  • EARLIER: Deputies investigating alleged dog shooting

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an unusual incident near Simpsonville on Sunday in which residents said that several dogs were shot to death at the direction of their owner.

    Shelby County Animal Control Director Rusty Newton said he could not release any information about the incident, but he did confirm the sheriff’s office is working on the case.

  • News briefs: Oct. 31, 2012

    Simpsonville man named to serve

    on board of national arts agency

    Kentucky Arts Council Board Chairman Todd Lowe of Simpsonville has been elected to serve a 3-year term on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ board of directors.

    Lowe has served on the Kentucky Arts Council board – and as its chairman – since 2005. He is president and founder of the investment advisory firm Parthenon LLC.

  • Gas leak forces evacuation of technology center

    A small gas leak caused by a broken valve forced the temporary evacuation Tuesday of the Shelby County Area Technology center.

    Students and staff at the facility on Rocket Lane were evacuated to Shelby County High School from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Two maintenance worked received singed eyebrows, Shelby County Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Ivers said, and school officials said two students who were in an adjacent classroom were taken to the hospital because they said they were not “feeling well.”

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Shawn Mertz

    Incumbent Shawn Mertz is seeking a second term on the Pleasureville City Commission.

    He faces four opponents – including his three fellow incumbents – for the four seats in a non-partisan race.

    A Henry County resident, Mertz, 26, is a member of the Franklin County Fire Department.

    He lives on Hill Spring Road with his wife, Kristen, and their infant daughter, Caylee.

    He is an Army veteran who was elected for his first term on the commission 2 years ago.

  • Equine sale returns for the fall

    After dipping his boot into the equine auction business in the spring, Jimmy Robertson finds himself saddle-deep this fall.

    The first Robertson Equine Sale in April was a hit, with about 90 horses going through the auction process at Shelby County Fairgrounds’ Bradley Barn. So after a successful first round, Robertson planned a fall auction, which will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, preceding the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington.

  • Shelby event allows for drop off of hazardous materials

    What’s in your garage? Furniture strippers? Oil-based paint? Car batteries? Pesticides? Old fluorescent light bulbs? It seems that many of us hold on to bottles and containers of household hazardous waste.

    They line our basement shelves or fill the corners of our garages and barns. We set them aside with plans to properly dispose of them…. someday. But someday rarely comes.