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  • News briefs: Oct. 26, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    down to 6.3 in September

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate took another significant drop in September, hitting 6.3 percent, one of its lowest numbers in years and the eighth best rating in the state.

    That was .8 percent better than the 7.1 percent recorded in August and significantly improved from the 8.2 percent of September 2011.

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Scott McDowell

    Scott McDowell’s family is woven for several generations into the fabric of Simpsonville, and he says he wants to continue to serve the city he always has known as home.

    McDowell, 50, has filed to serve a sixth term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

    He faces his three other incumbents – Sharon Cummins, Cary Vowels and Vicky Wise – and newcomer Michael Hesse in a race for the four seats.

  • Occasional shutdowns of I-64 tonight

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of interstate maintenance work taking place this evening in Shelby County.  KYTC crews will be applying an asphalt wedge to some bridge ends on eastbound I-64 between mile points 36 and 40.

    These repairs will be performed in a mobile operation on Wednesday, October 24, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  I-64 will be closed intermittently, up to 15 minutes at a time, during this work.

  • Women, Hispanics farmers can pursue discrimination

    The USDA’s first meeting to help women and Hispanic farmers file a claim of alleged discrimination on loans was Monday in Simpsonville.

    The lightly attended session was the first of two in the state, with the second on Tuesday at the Graves County Library in Mayfield.

    The USDA is offering the more streamlined claims process for helping women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were discriminated against while applying for a USDA loan between 1981 and 2000. The claims process opened on Sept. 24 and will continue through March 25, 2013.

  • Shelby County School Board: Newest MAP test scores will evaluate summer program

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear a report on the district’s first round of MAP testing during its regular meeting on Thursday.

    The session will be at 7 p.m. in the district’s offices at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    The Measures of Academic Progress tests are given three times each year – once each in the fall, winter and spring ­­– to gauge progress. The fall tests can be used to judge a student’s progress from one year to the next and set the baseline for growth in the same school year.

  • Ash borers endangering historic trees

    The Shelbyville City Council heard during its meeting Thursday a report that the Emerald Ash Borer again is active in Shelby Council.

    Fred Rogers, newly appointed to head up the Shelbyville Historic District Commission, told the council that in meeting with people and getting acclimated with some of the issues of the county he has heard concerns about the future of some ash trees that have been in the county for quite a while being threatened by insects.

  • Ash borers endangering historic trees

    The Shelbyville City Council heard during its meeting Thursday a report that the Emerald Ash Borer again is active in Shelby Council.

    Fred Rogers, newly appointed to head up the Shelbyville Historic District Commission, told the council that in meeting with people and getting acclimated with some of the issues of the county he has heard concerns about the future of some ash trees that have been in the county for quite a while being threatened by insects.

  • Shelby County school board candidates establish their positions

    Candidates in head-to-head races for two contests seats on the Shelby County School Board stated firmly their concerns about the board’s practices and their commitments to education in Shelby County on Monday night, during the 2012 SCOPE/Sentinel-NewsCandidate Forum at Stratton Center.

    But clearly there were challenges from newcomers Karen Sams in District 2 and Kurt Smith in District 5 that the board has not been getting desired results from students while expanding costs and raising taxes.

  • Cropper meth lab leads to 2 arrests

    Two Pleasureville men have been arrested in Cropper and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines in a lab one of them had created the pervious night.

    Ray B. Shuck and Leonard R. Holcomb, both 32, were arrested Friday morning and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines at 62 Pleasureville Road in Cropper.

    They were also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • News briefs: Oct. 24, 2012

    No driver’s license

    service on Thursday

    Installation of software and cameras for Kentucky’s new driver’s license will require a 1-day suspension of license-issuing activity in the Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk’s office on Thursday.