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  • Matthews says ‘I will miss being involved’ on Shelbyville City Council

    There were not too many surprises Tuesday as election results poured in from around the city and county, but one result that may have turned a few heads many in Shelbyville was Alan Matthews’ missing out on his sixth term on the Shelbyville City Council.

    Despite a family history of public service in Shelbyville and for the state and nearly 10 years of service himself on the council, Matthews came up 140 votes short and in eighth place out of 11 candidates on the ballot. The top six earned spots on the council.

  • Obama’s re-election has everyone ‘hoping’

    Although Republican Mitt Romney lost to incumbent Barack Obama in his bid for president, he carried Shelby County, and the mood following the election is somewhat subdued among residents.

     “I’m a Democrat, but I don’t vote the straight ticket,” said Bobby Hudson, president of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation. “I’m not really happy about it, but the thing is, we’ve got to live with it for four years, so we might as well make the best of it.”

  • News briefs: Nov. 9, 2012

    State review: Constable ‘outdated, irrelevant’ post

    The office of constable is outdated and irrelevant as an arm of law enforcement and poses potential liabilities for counties, according to a report released Thursday by Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown.

  • Simpsonville give 1st OK for BP property annexation

    SIMPSONVILLE – Another annexation quest related to property adjacent to he outlet mall development south of Interstate 64 passed first reading at the Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting Tuesday night.

    The commission now will consider for final approval on Nov. 21 a request by Robert and Wanda Janes to annex .91 acres at Buck Creek Road and Veechdale Road.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Zoeller questions turning lights at bypass/U.S. 60 intersection

    Council member Mike Zoeller raised a question at the end of Thursday’s regular Shelbyville City Council meeting, one that surely many residents have had cross their minds while waiting for traffic lights to turn.

    “At the intersection of KY 55 [and U.S. 60] and the bypass, can we  get the left turn light to change to yellow instead of red? That way a car can use caution but still turn left if no traffic is coming. They do it Bowling Green and Somerset and other places.”

  • Murder charges amended in truck case

    A murder charge against a man in a tractor-trailer accident last year has been amended to second-degree manslaughter – but he’s back in jail for violating his bond.

    Lonnie Monroe, 44, of Shelbyville had been arrested Sept. 24 by Kentucky State Police and charged with murder in the death of James Jacob, 38, but on Oct. 4 that charge was amended to a Class C felony, which carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

  • EARLIER: Coach/auto dealer faces charges for felony theft

    Roy T. Bailey Jr., the baseball coach at Collins High School, will be arraigned Tuesday on a felony theft charge related to an automobile sales business he owns.

    A criminal complaint was served on Bailey, 45, of Burks Branch Road on Oct. 31, charging him with theft by failure to make required disposition of property, according to court records.

  • Shelby County School Board: Sams beats Hinkle; Jackson wins

    The Shelby County Board of Education is gaining one fresh face and bringing back another longtime member.

    With 56.5 percent of the vote, Karen Sams topped 12-year incumbent Sam Hinkle in 2nd District race. In the 5th District, Brenda Jackson earned 60.6 percent of the vote in a big win over challenger Kurt Smith.

    Incumbent Allen Phillips was unopposed in District 3.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Andriot joins 5 incumbents

    One of the biggest Shelbyville City Council elections in years didn’t change much.

    Republican Bob Andriot, the owner of Bell House Restaurant and leader of the Shelbyville Preservation Group that is looking to renovate the old Blue Gables Motel into a retail and arts center, was the second-leading vote-getter, earning 10.3 percent of the vote.

  • Romney wins Shelby amid big turnout

    Republican Mitt Romney rode a steady and huge voter turnout to an overwhelming victory in Shelby County’s vote for president on Tuesday.

    Romney, following the performance of John McCain in 2008, soundly defeated President Barack Obama, earning more than 63 percent. Romney carried more the statewide vote as well.

    In his loss to Obama in 2008, McCain earned nearly 62 percent of the vote in Shelby County.