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  • News briefs: Jan. 25, 2012

    Congressional redistricting

    debate may change deadline

     

    Negotiations between the state House and Senate have stalled over the redrawing of Kentucky's six congressional districts.
    House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) told The Herald-Leaderon Monday that a federal judge could end up redrawing lines for the districts if lawmakers fail to reach a compromise. He didn't seem troubled by that prospect in a state where Republicans hold four of the state's six congressional seats.

  • Sentinel-News judged best multiweekly in Kentucky

    The Sentinel-News has been judged the state’s best newspaper of its size for 2011 in the annual Kentucky Press Association’s Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest at the awards banquet Friday in Lexington.

    The newspaper won 33 total awards in the Multiweekly Division, including having the best Web site in its class and taking first place in 10 categories for reporting and editing. There were 7 second-place certificates, 10 thirds and 4 honorable mentions in the 26 categories.

  • Lane on I-64 westbound closed at Mile Marker 37 this morning

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists that the right lane of westbound I-64 will be closed at mile point 37 in Shelby County. This lane closure is scheduled for today, Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. until noon. KYTC crews will be performing expansion joint repairs on a bridge at this location.

  • News briefs: Jan. 20, 2012

    State’s jobless rate (9.1)

    is lowest since December ‘08

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to a 3-year low of 9.1 percent in December 2011, according to a release from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The preliminary December 2011 jobless rate, down from 9.4 percent in November 2011, is 1.2 percentage points below the 10.3 percent rate recorded for the state in December 2010.

  • Hornback’s Senate territory grows north

    Shelby County’s state senator is going to be covering a few more miles this term.

    The redistricting plan passed Wednesday by the Senate extends the District 20 served by Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) from three counties to the south of Shelby to a long swathe of northern and western counties.

    In fact, the map looks like most of the territory covered by the 8th Region in high school basketball.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Best, Bottom to lead group

    The Triple S Planning Commission has a new look for the new year.

    The commission is now minus two long-serving commissioners in former chair Gil Tucker and vice chair Ed Rudolph, but two new members joined the table at Tuesday’s meeting.

    George Best, a new Shelbyville appointee, will take over as the new chair, and Dudley Bottom, a Shelbyville appointee since 2009, will be the vice chair. Jake Smith, a Simpsonville representative since 1981 and the longest tenured, will remain as the treasurer.

  • EARLIER: Beshear’s budget leaves Shelby delegation glum

    The streets of Frankfort and halls of the capitol look as gloomy as the winter weather this week after Gov. Steve Beshear's budget proposal Tuesday night.

    Those raging against spending in one area and cuts in another are just not out there this year.

    "It's just a very somber feeling in Frankfort right now," state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said. "Hopefully, this is the worst of it, and we'll see an improving economy and revenue on the rise, which we're starting to see, but it's too little too late for this cycle."

  • KSP closes probe in shooting of teen

    More than two weeks after a Shelby County Grand Jury ruled that a Shelbyville Police officer was justified in shooting and killing a teen in his grandmother’s home, the investigation has been closed.
    Kentucky State Police Det. Ben Wolcott had said after the grand jury ruled Jan. 4 that he expected to wrap up the investigation into the shooting of 19-year-old Trey Williams by Shelbyville Police officer Suzanna Marcum that week, but that has stretched two more weeks.

  • Simpsonville may add property on Buck Creek

    If a proposal given preliminary OK by the Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday moves forward, the city soon will become a bit larger.

    Responding to a request by a representative from Trio Realty Co., city commissioners approved on first reading an ordinance that that would annex 82.356 acres south of Interstate 64. The second and final reading would be heard Feb. 7.

  • Shelby County tourism commission wants delegate from Simpsonville

    Simpsonville now has a full-fledged delegate on the county’s tourism commission.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau, told the city commission at its meeting Wednesday that it was time the city had an appointee on the tourism commission, joining three positions each held by delegates from Shelby County Fiscal Court and Shelbyville City Council.