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  • I-64 shut down by 2 crashes

    A crash on Interstate 64 Thursday night shut down the highway in both directions.

    The accident caused such a traffic tie-up because it involved two semi-tractor trailers and a pickup truck that crashed on both sides of interstate at the same time at the 35th mile marker, which is near the Mount Eden Road exit.

    One person was airlifted to a Louisville hospital, and a second person was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

  • County to buy new EMS HQ

    The county will move its EMS headquarters from its longstanding location on Hospital Drive in Shelbyville to a vacant building on Old Seven Mile Pike.

    That decision was made at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, when magistrates voted unanimously to spend $650,000 to purchase a building formerly occupied by Schwan Food Company and 5.5 acres at 101 Old Seven Mile Pike.

  • Shelby County to track uncompleted developments

    When the county had to shell out $12,000 to pave an unfinished road in an abandoned development in August, it set the wheels in motion for a more concentrated effort to keep tabs on developers’ abilities – and intentions – to complete their work and not leave the county holding the tab for unfulfilled commitments.

  • Shelbyville City Council passes along ordinance about waste-water wording

    The Shelbyville City Council approved for a second reading changes to the ordinance for the sewer use at Thursday's meeting.

    Tom Doyle, the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer manager, explained the changes as perfunctory.

    "It's really just mandatory language changes," he said. "There are no rate changes or changes in the way we do things. We meet all the standards."

  • News briefs: Oct. 14, 2011

    Shelby overlooked among

    best places for young people

    Neither Shelby County nor Shelbyville were named among the state’s cities and counties on the list of "100 Best Communities for Young People" created by America's Promise Alliance and the financial institution ING. Lexington was on the list for the fifth time and Clark County for the second.

  • Election 2011: Campaigns promise candidates in Shelby

    With voter registration closing this week, the campaign trail will become increasingly busy during the final three and a half weeks leading up to Election Day on Nov. 8.

    And although Shelby County hasn't been a hotspot for gubernatorial candidates incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear, Republican candidate David Williams or even independent Gatewood Galbraith, Beshear and Williams have been her recently, although both have had quiet trips here.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Reaction minimal at Simpsonville

    There was a very small turnout Tuesday night for a meeting at Simpsonville Elementary where parents learned more about the impact of the school’s falling into the No Child Left Behind School Improvement Plan, Year 1 category.

    After sending letters to every student's home, explaining that this evaluation would allow students to transfer to Painted Stone or Wright elementaries, if they so chose, the school’s administrators saw just two parents show up for the meeting.

  • Midwest Metals could revisit Shelby

    A move to Shelby County may not be out of the question for Midwest Metals after all.

    The recycling company, with locations in Louisville and Frankfort, was turned down for a zone change Oct. 4, when Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates voted unanimously to deny a change from light to heavy industrial on the property located near Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street.

    But now, company officials may have a second go at trying to locate in the county, only in another area, said Jeff Wence, president of Midwest Metals.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: 2 more zone changes to get 1st consideration

    Already having faced a summer of significant and controversial zoning decisions, the Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday night will entertain two more requests for zone changes, along with some other adjustments in plans.

    The zoning requests are for businesses at opposite ends of the county and concern familiar pieces of property.

    The first is for Purnell Sausage in Simpsonville, which seeks to change a parcel it owns adjacent to its main plant from commercial to light industrial.

  • Deadly stretch of I-64 gets fix

    A highway construction project to correct a deadly stretch of Interstate 64 is nearing an end.

    Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Transportation Cabinet’s District 5, said the construction in the westbound lane in the vicinity of Mile Marker 38, which began Oct. 3, is expected to be completed next week.