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  • Simpsonville City Commission sets October finish for downtown sidewalks

    Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton took a metaphorical walk on the wild side of the street during the city commission’s meeting Tuesday night when he told commissioners that he hoped to have the new downtown sidewalk project completed by the end of October.

    “We’re meeting with our engineers [American Engineers Inc.] and putting together a schedule,” Eaton said. “With the electricity thing out of the way, we’ve got all our OKs on the sidewalks from the state.”

  • Simpsonville will throw new money at old gym

    The city of Simpsonville is going to throw some serious bucks at the upkeep of its old gymnasium with a goal of making it more of a valuable tool for the community.

    The city commission approved at its meeting Tuesday night two contracts and the pursuit of a third to make needed repairs to the building, which is nearly 100 years old but still facilitates various sports activities, voting, community dinners and other organizations that want to rent it out.

  • Bagdad woman pleads not guilty in theft case

    A Bagdad woman charged with embezzling more than $115,000 from her employer pleaded not guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    A Shelby County Grand Jury recently indicted Linda C. Poole, 57, of 7345 Elmburg Road in a total of 20 counts related to thefts from Amen East, an auto salvage business in Bagdad.

    The indictments were for 2 counts of theft by unlawful taking under $10,000; 11 counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and 7 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. No attorney appeared with her before Judge Charles Hickman.

  • News briefs: March 9, 2012

    Rural survey results

    to be presented tonight

     

    The results of a survey conducted by Shelby Area Rural Conservation will be revealed to the community at 6:30 tonight in a presentation in meeting room B at the Shelby County Extension Office. A mixer session will be followed by the presentation at 7.

    SARC commissioned the Matrix Group from Lexington to do a random survey of Shelby County residents to get their ideas on including farmland in a balanced growth plan for Shelby County.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Cost of school lunches could be on the rise

    The Shelby County Board of Education will look ahead to next year when it meets Thursday.

    Although the location would be right, with the meeting moving to Southside Elementary, 728 Gingko Drive, the board will not take up any information on the new Southside building project. However, the board will look at a possible increase in the cost of school lunches next year.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Delinquent in taxes? Foreclosure may be next

    The city of Shelbyville has had enough of residents not paying property taxes.

    At Thursday's meeting of the city council, City Clerk/Treasurer Inez Harris said that the city office has started working on foreclosure letters for those residents and property owners who have not paid their property taxes.

    "Those are going to start going out this week," she said.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said some of those in arrears go back years.

  • Pleasureville City Commission denies fire department’s request

    PLEASUREVILLE – What seemed like an ordinary request to the Pleasureville City Commission for additional fire department funding left Pleasureville Mayor Rodney Young visibly frustrated.

    Young had presented a request from the fire department to help pay for a fire truck repair bill of $17,000. “I wondered if the city could do any help,” he said. “All the city has paid on [the truck] is some of the insurance and utilities. That’s all the city’s been out on the fire department for twenty years.”

  • Wills’ hearing delayed because she wasn’t there

    A bond request for a woman serving a 10-year sentence for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer has been delayed.

    Shelby County attorney William Stewart asked for a new court date for his client, Jody Wills, because Wills was unable to be in court Monday.

    Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman set a new date for Wills for March 14, at 11 a.m., at which time she will appear to ask Hickman to let her out of prison on bond while her case is going through the appeal process.

  • Was Shelby ready for storm?

    With tornadoes raging all around them, emergency personnel in Shelby County were hard at work Friday behind the scenes in ways that most people never imagine – at least that’s the opinion of one official.

     “It’s a tremendous responsibility, especially for emergency management,” said Rusty Newton, chairman of the 911 board of directors.

    Devastating tornadoes swept across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, with lines of deadly storms cutting deadly paths just north and south of Shelby County.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Sidewalk repair plan about to be sprung

    Although snow blanketed the region on Monday morning, spring arrives soon, which means the city of Shelbyville is about ready to continue to repair its downtown sidewalks.

    City Engineer/Director of Public Works Jennifer Herrell told the Shelbyville City Council during Thursday's meeting that her department is about ready to restart the project it launched last year.