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  • Hemp bill may return

    What a difference a few days can make.

    After Rep. Tom McKee (D-Cynthiana) appeared to block the Senate’s bill on industrial hemp in the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee on Thursday and leave it for dead, the bill resurfaced on Monday and could be voted on when the committee meets today.

    Neither state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) nor McKee returned messages left seeking comment on Tuesday.

    But Hornback is likely letting out a sigh of relief that the bill could still have life.

  • Shelby County School Board: Growth will have district add teachers

    The budget changes made by Shelby County Public Schools in February won’t have nearly as much sting on staff as it appeared.

    Before the number of students was adjusted for growth, the district predicted changes to the student-teacher ratio would decrease the number of teachers in the district by 3.

    But because of the projected increase to 6,846 students next year, 140 more than this year, the district’s staff will continue to grow with its enrollment.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Desilets’ zone change request to be heard

    The City of Shelbyville will hear a zone change request from Desilets LLC at Thursday’s meeting, which is at 6:30 p.m. in city hall.

    Desilets is requesting a zone change from Downtown Commercial (D_C) to Light Industrial (I-1) at its 1.67-acre property at 310 Martin Luther King Street and on Washington Street near Daniel Field.

    The request is not recommended by the Triple S Planning Commission, which voted against the request at its meeting Feb. 19, citing that the request did not meet the future plans for the area.

  • EARLIER: City, county to hold joint session on trash

    Shelby County and Shelbyville will meet tonight to discuss a collaborative approach to creating curbside garbage and recycling pickup for the public.

  • EARLIER: Shelby woman escapes by ‘the hand of God’

    “I tell you, only God could have saved her; everybody, even the EMTs, all said it was the hand of God.”

    That’s the way Dave Hamlin, pastor of Shelby Christian Church, described a horrific accident near Elizabethtown on Monday afternoon from which Shelbyville insurance agent and church member Natalie Mudd escaped wit her life.

    Mudd, 35, was among three people injured in a 6-vehicle pileup in Hardin County. A Goshen man had life-threatening injuries.

  • Will March open like a lion?

    Last March arrived like a lion – bringing first deadly tornadoes to southern Indiana and eastern Kentucky followed by the only substantial, school-closing snowfall of the winter in Shelby County – but that on gray skies and some light swirling snowflakes will ask the question of whether this will be a lion or a lamb.

    “That’s a tough one,” National Weather Service meteorologist John Denman said. “It won’t be really stormy, but definitely cold and gray and unpleasant.”

  • Literacy event features adventurer’s book

    There are plenty of avid readers in the county if the interest in the Shelby County Public Library’s One Book, One Community program kickoff is any indication.
    Library Director Pam Federspiel said the public is very excited about the kickoff Monday of the library’s fifth annual program, which consists of a free book give-a-away.

    This year features author Tori Murden McClure’s Pearl in the Storm, how I found my heart in the middle of the ocean.

  • Hemp bill may be dead for now

    The effort to establish the regulatory framework for industrial hemp farming in Kentucky may be dead for this legislative session.
    A bill authored by state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), which had passed the Senate, was blocked in the state House on Wednesday, and Hornback said Thursday that if the bill wasn’t brought back by the close of business, then it wouldn’t be considered again until the session in January 2014.

  • Federal sequestration would hit OVEC hard

    Barring an 11th hour agreement today, the United State government will enact sweeping cuts to take $85 billion from the 2013 federal budget.

    And the cuts leave no programs spared.

    According to a report by the White House, cuts will range from 8 percent to military spending to 5 percent for non-defense programs, which translates to the biggest changes in defense spending and education.

    More than half of the reduction will be $46 billion the Pentagon’s $46 million reduction and another $3 billion will come at the head of education.

  • News Digest: March 1, 2013

    New power substation

    doesn’t need PSC approval

     

    The Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative’s 69-kilovolt lines and power substation, planned for construction between the substation on Brunerstown Road near Brighton Circle and in the vicinity of Exit 28 on Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, does not need approval from the Public Service Commission.