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  • Power restored after huge outage

    Power is restored this morning to some homes in Shelby County that were part of a huge outage caused by a substation explosion in Frankfort.

    Residents in eastern and southern parts of Shelby were affected along with thousands in Franklin, Scott, Anderson and Woodford Counties on a night when temperatures dipped into single digits and wind-chill factors were at zero or below.

    Some in the Waddy area reported on The Sentinel-News Facebook page that power had been restored early Sunday morning.

  • Slick roads surprise residents

    Shelby Countians -- and road workers around the state -- awoke this morning to not a lot of snow but a bit more than expected, which left roads slick.

    A little more than an inch of snow fell overnight, and road scraping and salting crews were a bit later than usual making their rounds. Most roads had been brined, so added salt melted the snow quickly, despite the frigid temperatures in the mid-teens.

    Police around Kentucky reported numerous accidents, one on I-75 that involved two trailer trucks and left the highway looking like a parking lot.

  • News Briefs: Jan. 7. 2011

    Saddlebred icon Harris
    to receive top award

    Don Harris, who built a large part of his legacy as a Saddlebred rider and trainer while running a stable near Simpsonville, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Equestrian Federation, the organization’s highest honor.
    Harris, who now lives in Cox’s Creek, will be honored at the USEF’s Pegasus Awards on Jan. 22 at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.

  • Legislative session: Smoking ban, immigration are hot topics

    As the 2011 legislation session gets under way in Frankfort, many predicted a slow session without many results because of the upcoming governor’s race, which has Senate President David Williams seeking the Republican nomination.

    But the session has started off fast, with several bills being pushed to the Senate floor in the first week and the discussion of a statewide smoking ban.

    "I know we've discussed it before, but I don't ever recall voting on it [a statewide ban] before," Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said.

  • EARLIER: JHS settles in penis amputation

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville has settled a lawsuit with a man who says his penis was amputated without his permission, thus avoiding a jury trial that is scheduled to begin Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    More than three years ago, Phillip Seaton of Waddy woke up at JHS after what was supposed to be a routine circumcision and found his penis had been removed.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville repairing large sewage break

    Simpsonville officials are dealing with a large sewer break that so far posed no problems for residents.
    A major line on the northern side of the Rolling Ridge development broke on Monday night or early Tuesday, and the repairs will require a few more days to complete.
    The line runs behind houses and near the Meadow Ridge Apartment complex, and because it luckily is a “gravity line,” there has been no backup near homes, City Administrator David Eaton said.

  • County welcomes aboard new magistrates

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court welcomed two new magistrates Tuesday night at its first meeting of the new year.

    Bill Hedges, in District 4, and Eddie Kingsolver, in District 5, replaced longtime magistrates Cordy Armstrong and Betty Curtsinger, respectively.

  • EARLIER: U.S. 60-KY 55: A vexing intersection

    Three weeks have passed since the Shelbyville Bypass opened, and already problems are surfacing with issues relating to the newly paved road.
    Residents have written letters to the newspaper, and businesses are speaking out about what problems they see surrounding the intersection west of Shelbyville where the bypass joins KY 55 and U.S. 60.
    Although people have voiced concerns about a number of things, two problems are uppermost in their minds about what they believe needs to be changed about the intersection.

  • Deadly fire trend draws focus to prevention

    The headlines this holiday season too often have been about sorrow, not joy.
    House fires have been blazing rampantly, leaving four families in Shelby County homeless in December, two of them within a week of Christmas. Two more homes were destroyed around Thanksgiving, another a few weeks before that.

  • News Briefs: Jan. 5. 2011

    Program scholarships available
    for Alzheimer’s patients

    A grant from the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) is once again enabling the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter to offer 15 scholarships for enrollment into its Medic Alert + Safe Return program to residents in Shelby and other surrounding counties.