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  • Teacher not likely to face more charges

    A Collins High School teacher charged with six counts of first degree sexual abuse will be arraigned in Shelby County District Court on Aug. 30.

    And it does not appear that Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange will face additional charges.

    "I think we have a pretty good grasp as far as what took place and didn't take place," Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said. "I don't anticipate any further charges."

  • Shelby County gives back to those who gave

    Scholarship winners spanning five decades joined together Sunday at Shelby County High School Sunday to celebrate the Moore and Pflughaupt families.

    The ceremony dedicated two newly planted willow trees outside the school to the families, which have for the past four decades awarded students in Shelby County with about $500,000 in scholarships.

  • Well-known author to speak at library

    A longtime author who was named the 2009-2010 Kentucky Poet Laureate will speak at the Shelby County Public Library on Thursday night.

    Gurney Norman has been a key figure in the literature of Appalachia and the south for the past 30 years and was instrumental in the founding of the Appalachian Poetry Project and the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.

  • Local advisors cautiously optimistic about stocks

    After the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 600 points on Monday and rebounded more than 400 points on Tuesday, financial advisors in Shelby County say they are being cautiously optimistic about the state of the stock market.

    And they say for the most part their customers share that optimism.

    “My clients certainly are not going off the deep end,” said Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kamron Terry.

  • Lawsuit filed against The-Sentinel News, others

    A Simpsonville resident, Bruce Irvin, has filed two separate lawsuits in Shelby Circuit Court Aug. 2 against The Sentinel-News, as well as some residents, alleging libel, slander and defamation of character.

    The suits were filed in connection with concerns that residents of Rolling Ridge in Simpsonville had last fall about how annual dues they were paying to their homeowners association were being spent, and with the responses that Irvin, as the association’s president, had provided to them in meetings held on the topic.

  • News briefs: Aug. 10, 2011

    Clerk adds 3rd day

    for drivers’ tests

    The Kentucky State Police and Shelby County Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller are adding a third day for written and road testing for a driver’s license, which should allow more potential drivers to test in Shelby County.

  • Shelbyville City Council to consider zoning change on bypass

    The Shelbyville City Council will consider at its meeting Thursday a zoning change for 73 acres on the corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way that it recently annexed into the city.

    The zoning for the parcel, owned by Shelby County Magistrate Allen Ruble and his brother, Tom, could  be approved to change from agriculture to I-1, or light industrial, when the council meets at 6:30 Thursday, a meeting delayed a week because of the Shelbyville Horse Show.

  • 22nd Shelbyville Horse Show: Big crowd closes show in big way

    The Shelbyville Fairgrounds was bursting at its seams with people on Saturday night, closing night of the 22nd annual Shelbyville Horse Show.

    Horse Show Manager R.H. Bennett said before the first day of the show even began that he was worried about the attendance rate this year because of the weather and economy.

    But apparently neither the muggy temperatures nor the down-and-out financial picture stopped people from attending the social event of the year in the Saddlebred Capital of the World.

  • EARLIER: Beloved Shelby educator, son die in Florida wreck

    A Shelbyville family is still reeling from the shock and horror of losing a mother, a beloved educator, and a son in a terrible traffic accident in Florida on Saturday morning.

    Just after 6 a.m., Carolyn Phillips was driving her husband and three sons north on State Road 73 near Marianna., Fla., when a Ford Explorer came across the center line and struck their 2007 Volkswagen Passat head-on, sending it airborne and off the roadway, where it came to rest upside down.

  • News briefs: Aug. 5, 2011

    Waddy, Aiken roads

    reopen after repairs

    Good news for those who use two busy roads in Shelby County.

    KY 395 (Waddy Road) and KY 362 (Aiken Road) both have reopened after being closed for repair projects.

    KY 395, which had been closed between U.S. 60 and Interstate 64, became available for traffic at 10 a.m. Thursday.

    Aiken Road, which had been closed just east of Webb Road because of a bridge replacement, became available on Wednesday.