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  • News briefs: March 16, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    rate up to 8% in January

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate crept back to 8 percent in January, but that ranked it among the 10 lowest in the state for the month.

    Overall unemployment rates fell in 114 Kentucky counties between January 2011 and January 2012.

  • Hundreds expected for 3rd annual Shelby Touched Twice Clinic

    Medical and dental screening. Financial advice. Vision screening. A hot meal. A manicure or haircut. Prayers and spiritual support. Nutritional guidance. A food pantry. A clothing closet. Family photos.

    These are just some of the services that will be offered this weekend as Shelby County welcomes the return of the Touched Twice Clinic.

  • Developers dropping plans for Catalpagreen

    Although the economy appears to be turning around as unemployment drops and jobs begin to reappear, the new home and development market continues to struggle.

    And it's no more evident than with the Catalpagreen subdivision on Discovery Boulevard. At Tuesday's meeting at the Stratton Center, the developers of the much-discussed and long-planned neighborhood will ask the Triple S Planning Commission for a revocation of its subdivision plat for Section 13, Phase 1, which was the only final plat that was submitted. The rest of the planning was preliminary.

  • Students get coaching on life after school

    School districts across the commonwealth kicked off Operation Preparation this week.

    The goal of the statewide effort is for eighth-grade and sophomore students to receive college and career advice from trained community advisors.

    "We want to help students realize their potential, maximize their academic preparation and stay on track for success during and after high school," Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said.

  • Shelby County School Board: District on pace to meet some of its goals

    Shelby County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith gave the school board an update at its meeting Thursday night on the progress toward its goals, which were set last year.

    Superintendent James Neihof did remind the board that the timeframe for the goals has not expired, and he said he hoped this refresher could lend a hand for the board’s focus on setting goals for the 2012-13 school year at its meeting on March 22.

  • Schools learn about new federal grading

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard a brief report on the changes the state will see after the No Child Left Behind waiver was accepted by the federal government.

    During Thursday’s meeting at Southside Elementary, SCPS Superintendent James Neihof told the board that the first year will set a base for the each school and district in the state, and from there goals (Annual Measurable Objectives, or AMO) will be set.

  • You need lots of green to see Big Blue

    March Madness hits the commonwealth with a fevered pitch not matched anywhere else in the country.

    For the past seven years the greater Louisville area has been ranked the top city in the basketball TV ratings, and according to Neilsen it has had the highest average viewership for the national championship game in each of the last 10 years, and that's without having the universities of Kentucky or Louisville in the game.

  • Shelbyville City Council; Jewish Hospital to have public bond hearing

    Jewish Hospital officials will have a public hearing before Thursday’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council to take comment on the refinancing of its bonds.

    The council is not required to vote on the issue, but Mayor Tom Hardesty at the last meeting of the council encouraged members to attend in a show of support.

    The hearing will start at 6:15 p.m., with the council meeting at 6:30.

  • License decision on Ethington Auto is sealed

    A judge has issued a recommendation on how the criminal charges against Ethington Auto would affect that dealership’s license – only no one will say what that decision is.
    Sam Carl, attorney for Donnie Ethington and William Ledford, said he has received the report from Administrative Law Judge Edwin A. Logan but is not at liberty to discuss it at this time.

    “I have gotten his report,” Carl said.

  • KSP’s tornado relief aid: ‘Overwhelming response’

    Imagine row upon row of bottled water, canned food, piles of clothing and mounds of every kind of personal hygienic products you can think of – and a team of people scurrying around sorting, packing and loading it into trucks – and you will have a sense of the scene Tuesday at Kentucky State Police Post 12 in Frankfort.

    Troopers, post employees and volunteers alike worked feverishly to get literally a parking lot full of donated items packed into several large trucks to take to tornado victims in Eastern Kentucky.