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  • There is mixed verdict on early release of felons

    People who work with inmates every day expressed mixed feelings this week about the early release of 1,000 Kentucky prisoners.
    In Shelby County, where 11 inmates were released on Tuesday, Jailer Bobby Waits said he didn’t agree with House Bill 463, passed last spring, which mandates that some non-violent felons be released six months early.

  • Election 2012: Miller is uncontested for circuit court clerk

    Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller said he is enjoying his uncontested status for the coming election.

    “It feels great,” said Miller, a Republican who was elected in 2010 to fulfill the term of Kathy Nichols, who retired. “I really enjoyed campaigning last time, meeting so many new people and seeing others I hadn’t seen in years, but I have to tell you that being uncontested feels great.

    “But I’m kind of still holding my breath, until the filing deadline is passed.”

  • County takes Discovery Boulevard into road system

    Magistrates voted at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court to take Discovery Boulevard into the county road system.

    This would allow the county to maintain the road in the winter and handle ice and snow removal. Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said that even though that road, which leads into Collins High School, was not part of the road system last year, he still made sure it was safe for school children during last year’s school session.

  • Pleasureville City clerk’s salary, records under review

    PLEASUREVILLE – One month after a city commissioner said she would call for an audit of the city, Pleasureville has received a letter from the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts.

    Pleasureville City Attorney Bill Brammell said the city received a letter expressing concerns about the very issues that Commissioner Pam Bramblett raised during the commission’s December meeting.

  • News briefs: Jan. 6, 2012

    Kentucky gets $9.5 million

    in federal home heating subsidies

    Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced the immediate distribution of $9.5 million in additional federal appropriations for Kentucky’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

     “The availability of home heating assistance is critical at this time of the year,” Beshear said in a press release issued by his office. “More funding means more Kentucky families can apply for assistance to stay warm during the colder months.”

  • Simpsonville City Hall room to be divided

    The new year started for the Simpsonville City Commission much like it does for some residents: talking about renovation.

    A brief meeting of the commission on Tuesday night ended with the approval to spend $12,950 to split a large room at city hall into two smaller ones.

    The room on the south side of the building includes the space where Phoebe Lawrence taught hundreds of children the imperatives of second grade, and the old-fashioned  long slate blackboard is still attached to the room’s northern wall.

  • Eastbound I-64 lane closed tonight

    The Department of Highways announces the temporary closure of the right lane on eastbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County at mile point 36, just east of the Mount Eden Road exit.

    The lane closure is scheduled for 6:30-11 p.m. tonight and will allow for pavement repairs.

  • Williams’ family: ‘This isn’t over’

    Members of Trey Williams’s family listened quietly in a courtroom Wednesday as a Shelby County Grand Jury ruled that a Shelbyville police officer was justified in shooting and killing him.

    Though quiet, each in his or her own way reflected deep anguish as the jury’s decision was related about the afternoon of Nov. 19, when  Williams, 18, was shot and killed during a confrontation at his grandmother’s home.

  • News briefs: Jan. 4, 2012

    Guthrie sets ‘listening session’

    for Stratton Center on Thursday

    State Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) will be returning to Shelby County next week to hear what you, his constituents in Congressional District 2, have on your minds.

    Guthrie will spend January visiting each of his 21 counties for what he calls “listening sessions.”

    That includes his stop at Stratton Center in Shelbyville at 5 p.m. Thursday.

  • Shelbyville City Council: 2nd annexation of bypass land up for final OK

    The Shelbyville City Council will have a second reading Thursday on annexing for the second time roughly 70 acres that sits on the southwest corner of Harrington Mill and Freedom's Way and the adjoining land, which has the railroad track on it.

    Just before the holidays the council voted to annex the Ruble property for the second time, this time with the railroad property as well to make it contiguous with current city property in Midland Industrial Park.