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  • EARLIER: Parents of teen killed by police say they want answers

    The family of a Shelbyville teen shot and killed by police spoke publicly about the tragedy for the first time since it happened.

    Trey F. Williams, 18, a former Shelby County High School basketball player, was killed Nov. 19  inside his grandmother’s home on Clifton Court in Shelbyville during an altercation with two Shelbyville Police officers.

  • News briefs: Dec. 23, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    continues to move down

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate dropped a bit lower in November.

    The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reported that Shelby had a 7.4 percent unemployment rate, .3 percent better than October. The rate also was significantly lower than the 8.5 percent recorded in November 2010.

    Shelby’s rate in October had been one of the 10 best in the state, but greater improvement in other counties pushed it out of that ranking by .2.

  • EARLIER: Animal raid in Henry shows legal issues

    EMINENCE – After a 6-month investigation of an alleged puppy mill operated by Terri and Kenneth Smith at 25 Allison Lane in rural Campbellsburg, the couple face 218 counts each of second-degree animal cruelty.
    Second-degree animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and $500 fine.

  • Heroic Simpsonville police officer Kidd takes job in Lancaster

    The humble horse hero is moving on.

    Simpsonville Police Officer Rodney Kidd, who gained notoriety last spring for rushing into a burning barn to save a horse, has been hired as police chief of the city of Lancaster.

    Simpsonville Police Commissioner Scott McDowell announced the departure to the city commission Wednesday morning during its final meeting of the year.

    “Our loss is their gain,” McDowell said. “They’re getting a good guy.

    “So I guess we will be advertising for a police officer.”

  • EARLIER: Man arrested for puppy mill found dead

    EMINENCE – A Henry County man facing animal cruelty charges was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon at 25 Allison Lane in rural Campbellsburg early Tuesday afternoon.

    Trooper Michael Webb, public information officer with Kentucky State Police Post 5, said a family member had stopped by the property and discovered the body of Kenneth H. Smith, 71, in a vehicle.

  • EARLIER: Embezzler Craig goes to jail, and Wills may follow her there

    Two of the biggest convicted embezzlers in the history of Shelby County were scheduled to go to court on Monday – one of them left for prison and the other appears headed there, too.

    Kelly Craig, who had pleaded guilty on five counts of stealing more than $10,000, left the new Shelby County Circuit Court Room in handcuffs after the 10-year prison sentence to which she had agreed was handed down stoically by Judge Charles Hickman.

  • Shelbyville's reannex of Rubles' land wouldn’t change zoning position

    The City of Shelbyville has started the process of reannexing the much-discussed Ruble property at the southwest corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way – but that doesn’t mean the controversial zoning status of that property is likely to change.

    The property, owned by Tom and Allen Ruble, which sits just north of the RJ Corman railroad and the Midland Industrial Park, had been annexed by the city in June and subsequently has been the issue of a heated zoning battle between residents in the Harrington Mill Road area and city hall.

  • Shelby County School Board: New state assessments coming forward slowly

    The Shelby County Board of Education got a preview Thursday of the new accountability model that the district is in the process of receiving from the state.

     “This is not everything,” Superintendent James Neihof told the board at its meeting at the central office in Shelbyville. “There is still more to come.”

    There will be several language changes, with K-Prep replacing the familiar KCCT and the new Unbridled Learning moving to the forefront for CATS.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court No more smoking in county buildings

    It’s now official – Shelby County has a no-smoking ban for all county buildings.

    Magistrates voted, 6-2, to pass the no-smoking ordinance at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The ordinance, which passed its first reading on Dec. 6, specifies that not only is smoking prohibited in county-owned buildings, but also at entrances to buildings, as well as sidewalks leading to the building. Anyone who violates the ordinance may be fined $100.

  • Shelby County Judicial Center opening: A wedding, then pure bliss

    Just the sight of the new judicial center gives Jason and Stevie Ballard a warm, romantic feeling.

    Just as the state-of-the-art facility represents a new era in Shelby County’s history, the structure also provided the perfect backdrop for the Ballards’ new beginning.

    They were the first couple to be married there.

    Stevie Ballard said she wanted to be the first to be married there so badly, she made sure no other couple would beat her and Jason to the altar, or rather, the podium.