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  • News briefs: Jan. 11, 2013

    Governor, legislators support bond plan for universities

    Gov. Steve Beshear, joined by a bipartisan group of legislative leaders and state university presidents, Thursday announced a plan to approve the issuance of bonds by Kentucky’s public universities for campus improvements supported by university revenues.

    These agency bonds will be issued by the individual universities over the coming months, and will allow the schools to fund critical renovation or construction projects at no cost to Kentucky taxpayers.

  • Mount Eden blaze destroys downtown building

     

  • Finchville horse farm foreclosed for $1.65 million

    A 300-acre horse farm in Finchville is under foreclosure for more than a $1.5 million after the owners defaulted on their mortgage.

    Lee and Margaret Wilburn of Jefferson County bought the property at 701 Duvall Lane in April 2006 for $1.650 million, according to court records.

    Wilburn is listed as the owner of Sto Properties, LLC in Prospect. That company also is named on the foreclosure suit against the Wilburns by Eclipse Bank in Louisville.

  • EARLIER: Horizon gets final approval for outlet site

    Horizon Group Properties finally has cleared the last hurdle standing in the way of its planned 9-building, 364,000-square-foot outlet mall development in Simpsonville.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Solicitor’s license to become more difficult

    The Shelbyville City Council jumped right into the New Year with a new ordinance at Thursday’s first meeting, passing on first reading a measure to update and amend the requirements to obtain a solicitation license in the city.

    The ordinance makes it more costly and provides more safeguards for residents from those companies that sell door-to-door. It does not pertain to non-profits going door-to-door, such as Girl Scouts selling cookies, but does address permits for non-profits standing at intersections.

  • Massie wants to eliminate gun-free school zones

    Newly elected U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s opening bill since taking the District 4 seat – to repeal the prohibition on guns on school campuses – has gained some attention but not necessarily support from the leaders of the institutions his bill purports to support.

    When the U.S. House and Senate convened last week to begin the 2013 session, a flurry of bills were filed in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and President Barack Obama’s mandate for tougher gun control restrictions.

  • Shelby County School Board: Sams excited for first meeting

    When the Shelby County Board of Education meets tomorrow at the district’s offices, new member Karen Sams said she will be ready to get involved quickly.

     “I’m excited, and really looking forward to receiving a budget,” she said. “I’ve already taken some training through the KSBA’s [the Kentucky School Boards Association] online leadership institute. It was very good for first-time board members, and there’s already another training session set up in February.”

  • Simpsonville Baptist buys 2.3-acre parcel

    Simpsonville Baptist Church, growing fast and planning aggressively for its future, has become perhaps one of the bigger landowners in downtown Simpsonville by purchasing a 2.3-acre tract along U.S. 60 just east of its current campus.

  • City, state boost Katayama

    Government agencies that often offer economic incentives to attract new businesses now are giving traction to something new: giving incentives to existing businesses.

     “This is the best thing to happen to businesses around here in a long time,” Bobby Hudson told the Shelbyville City Council at Thursday’s meeting. “It’s fantastic for industries and cities because it targets the present businesses as well as new industries.”

  • Bruner closer to trial in beating case

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, was given a new court date Monday for still another status hearing as he nears his jury trial date of March 11.

    Shackled and wearing his orange jailhouse-issued jumpsuit, Bruner glowered at onlookers as he entered Shelby County Circuit Court and stood stoically before Judge Charles Hickman as his court appointed attorney, Melanie Lowe-Stratton, and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll reviewed the case.