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  • New outlet center may be set for Simpsonville

    There may come a time soon when Shelby Countians don’t have to travel far for their discount shopping therapy.
    Horizon Group Properties, which has offices in Chicago and Muskegon, Mich., lists the new The Outlet Shoppes at Louisville/Lexington as being available for leasing information.
    The location of the center, however, is not in Louisville or Lexington, but in Simpsonville, just west of Buck Creek Road and south of Interstate 64.
    David Eaton, the Simpsonville city administrator, said the Horizon Group contacted the city several months ago.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Businesses that avoid taxes could face big fines

    The City of Shelbyville tried to crack down on business owners last year, calling for those who haven’t paid occupational taxes or registered with the city to pay up.

    Now, the city will try again, this time hoping that upping the penalty for not paying will entice those who aren’t paying to ante up.

    At Thursday’s meeting, the city council will hear the first reading of an ordinance amending the penalty for failing to file occupational license returns from a 5 percent penalty to a $500 fine plus the 5 percent penalty.

  • Secretary of State: Candidates believe in their backgrounds

    Bill Johnson said is running for Kentucky Secretary of State because he is concerned about the future of the commonwealth. Alison Lundergan Grimes said she is running because Kentuckians are hurting, and she thinks they need and deserve strong leaders.

    Grimes, the Democratic candidate, and Johnson, the Republican, will square off Tuesday on Election Day.

    Grimes, 32, is a business attorney, and she said she thinks her background is important to understand state and federal election laws as well as business laws in Kentucky.

  • ELECTION: GOP rides last bus to Election Day

    This week, it was the Republicans’ turn to stump in Shelbyville, when the Williams & Farmer Bus Tour rolled to a stop Tuesday morning at WJ Andriot’s on Main Street.

    With just one week until Election Day, a crowd of about 30 greeted state Sen. David Williams, the would-be governor, and outgoing Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, the candidate for lieutenant governor, when the pair stepped off the bus, ready to talk about their come-from-behind effort against incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson.

  • Revolutionary War soldier’s grave dedicated

    The Kentucky Society Sons of the American Revolution conducted a Patriot Grave Marking and Dedication service Oct. 22 for Revolutionary War soldier Pvt. Micajah Neal, who lived from 1753 to 1835.

  • ICE has no deportation numbers for Shelby

    Officials of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Chicago have concluded that they have no idea how many deportation cases they handle in Shelby County or Kentucky.

    The issue first came to light in July when The Sentinel-Newssought to find out exactly how many illegal immigration cases involving persons facing criminal charges  were processed through the state and the county on detainers from ICE.

  • Shelby teen faces charges in Missouri

    A 17-year-old Shelbyville boy faces charges in Kansas City, Mo., after he was found naked in bed with a 6-year-old girl, according to news sources in Kansas City.

    Kansas City police have charged him with second-degree burglary, and he was accused of having the intent of committing sexual misconduct.

    Some media outlets reported the name of the teenager, but because he is a minor and the information could not be corroborated by official sources, The Sentinel-News is withholding the identity.

  • Shelbyville man charged with impersonating officer

    A Shelbyville man was arrested Wednesday night and charged with a variety of offenses, including impersonating a police officer.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Eddie Whitworth pulled over Travis Beckley, 22, on Main Street in Shelbyville at 11 p.m., after having seen Beckley fail to stop at a stop sign at Henry Clay and 1st streets, police said.

    Whitworth said Beckley told him he was a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy and was undergoing criminal justice training.

  • News briefs: Oct. 28, 2011

    Shelby’s unemployment

    rises, still among best

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.1 percent in Septembers, but it still ranks as the 10th-best rate in the state.

    Shelby’s rate in August had been 7.7 percent, the county’s lowest in several years, but it inched back up in September, though it remained slightly lower than a year ago (8.3 percent).

  • Election 2011: Farmer vs. a farmer to replace Farmer as ag commissioner

    One candidate to be Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert "Bob" Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.