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  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Stephen Cohn

    Stephen Cohn said he has three reasons for entering into the political arena for the first time: his wife and two children.

    “I am running for Shelbyville City Council because I care about the future of our city for my children and all the residents that call Shelbyville home,” said Cohn, one of five Republicans among 11 candidates vying for six council seats. “I would like to see my children grow up in a safe, secure and thriving city that can provide a great place to live, work and play.

  • Election 2012: Shelby County School Board: Prime subjects: Finances vs. performance

    As voters enter the polls on Nov. 6 for the District 2 and District 5 Shelby County Board of Education races their choices will come down to two main issues: taxes and student achievement.

    Incumbents Sam Hinkle (District 2) and Brenda Jackson (District 5) have responded to claims of board over-spending and alleged unnecessary tax increases, but both have focused more on increasing student achievement as their main goals.

  • Election 2012: Shelby County School Board: Sam Hinkle

    Running for his fourth term on the Shelby County Board of Education, Sam Hinkle has a focus on one thing: achievement.

    Hinkle, who for 12 years has served District 2, said “Academic achievement for all students” is the biggest issue facing the board.

    He points to three programs as the board’s biggest achievements in his time — all-day kindergarten, the accelerated academies at both high schools and summer school for those needing extra help in reading — and all three are focused on achievement.

  • Schutte to retire as Shelbyville Police chief

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte this week announced that he plans to retire in December and has recommended a replacement.

    Schutte, who has been at the helm of the Shelbyville PD for the past 8 years, said he has recommended that Maj. D. Goodwin be promoted to chief.

  • Meter reader’s goof causes higher charges

    Many customers of one of Shelby County’s three water companies will be getting larger than usual bills soon after an inexperienced meter reader read the meters incorrectly for nearly three months, water officials say.

    “It happened in both directions; some meters were over read and some were under read,” said David Hedges, general manager for the North Shelby/U.S. 60 Water District.

  • Election 2012: Soil Conservation Board

    There are seven candidates vying for four positions on the Natural Resources Conservation Service Board in Shelby County, commonly referred to as the soil and water conservation board.

    These positions are seldom brought to a vote, as board members are elected on alternating 2-year cycles. This year there are four vacancies, and in 2014, there will be three.

    Incumbents this year are Tom Flowers, Scott Stalker and Joe Trumbo.

     

    Betty Curtsinger

  • RobFest goal: Suicide prevention

    Many friends across Shelby County and beyond came together last year for the first RobFest.

    Community support for the daylong music festival was tremendous, with $30,000 raised from door receipts and donations to support the on-going care of Robbie Phillips.

    On Nov. 6, 2008, Phillips, then 14, was found hanging in his grandparents' home after having tried to commit suicide. He was revived after being found with no pulse but received a severe anoxic brain injury.

  • EARLIER: Hickman: No ‘new’ trial for King

    TAYLORSVILLE – A Mount Eden woman serving time for killing a Shelbyville man in 1998 will not get a new trial, despite another man's confession and later recantation, to the murder, according to an opinion and order entered in Spencer Circuit Court last Friday by Circuit Judge Charles Hickman.

    Susan Jean King, 52, of the 2000 block of Van Buren Road, was indicted on murder charges for the death of Kyle “Deanie” Breeden in April 2007.

  • Judicial center to be closed Monday

    The Shelby County Judicial Center will be closed Monday for its final furlough day of three.

    All offices in the building will be closed: driver’s license, circuit, family and  district courts, CDW, pre-trial and drug court.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board will introduce new student reps

    The Shelby County Board of Education will welcome the new student board representatives at Thursday’s meeting at the board offices, which are at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    Lauren Greenwell will represent Collins, and Justin Stewart will represent Shelby County. Both are seniors.