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  • Shelby roads safer in 2011

    Here’s the picture of Shelby County’s roads in 2011: There were slightly fewer accidents and the number of injuries and deaths declined, yet more people were driving impaired.

    The four police agencies that cover Shelby County’s highways and byways reported a decrease in overall accidents – 5 percent – but injury accidents declined by 24 percent and the number of deaths by 18 percent (from 11 to 9).

    By contrast, though, there were more people driving impaired, with DUI arrests up 10 percent.

  • Election 2012: District 4 Congress: Greg Frank

    Greg Frank is one of two Democrats running for the open congressional seat in District 4.

    Frank, 49, of Corinth, previously has not sought public, and he did not return requests for an interview.

    He has no published phone number or address or contact information. He does have a Web site promoting his book, that has some biographical information, but does not include any family information.

    He has no photo on the site, and newspapers have not published one for him.

  • Simpsonville moves to limit when fireworks can be detonated

    If you are a Simpsonville resident who takes your holidays with some fireworks, your options soon may become limited.

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed on first reading Wednesday an ordinance that would restrict the detonation of fireworks in the city to July 3 and July 4 – unless the celebration of the holiday would be moved to a different date.

    Gone will be the option of shooting off your firecrackers, bottle rockets and other pyromania for several days before the holiday or on other holidays, such as New Year’s Eve.

  • Simpsonville's new budget up by 2.6 percent

    Simpsonville has a new budget in place for the next fiscal year.

    Commissioners on Wednesday morning passed, 4-0 – Commissioner Vicky Wise was absent – on second reading a plan that grows revenue and expenses by 2.6 percent starting July 1.

  • ELECTION 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Shane Suttor

    Shane Suttor has kept his focus on the future during his three terms on Shelbyville’s City Council.

    Serving on the budget and multiuse path committees and working on the 7th Street Corridor project, Suttor, a Democrat, said some of the ideas they begin won’t be seen for a long time.

    “I think preparing for the future is very important,” he said. “Some of these projects, we won’t see anything for years down the road, but when development does occur, it will enhance the city.”

  • Election 2012, Shelbyville City Council: Jon Swindler

    A lifelong Shelbyville resident, Jon Swindler has seen the city continue to grow while maintaining it’s small-town atmosphere.

    As a Republican, Swindler said it’s important to focus the city’s future on conservative responsibility.

    “We need to continue managing our budget to reflect conservative responsibility for the taxpayers dollars,” he said.

  • Election 2012: Presidential race leaves gap atop primary ballot

    When Kentucky’s primary election rolls around on Tuesday, many of you may wonder if there’s any reason to go vote at all.

    With 38 states having already held their primary elections, Kentucky is largely left out of the presidential discussion.

    Of the four Republicans on the presidential ballot in Kentucky, even a vote for front-runner Mitt Romney won’t mean much.

    Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have pulled out of the race for the Republican nomination, and Ron Paul announced Monday that he is effectively suspending his campaign.

  • Shelby County School Board: Land acquisitions allow district to complete sites

    The Shelby County Board of Education wrapped up a short meeting Thursday after approving the ability to purchase of three parcels of land and the gift of another parcel.

    The purchased property consisted of two areas that will encompass part of the new access road to the Southside project and another parcel at 208 8th Street to finish the acquisition of land for the Early Childhood Center at the former Northside Elementary School.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City’s stormwater runoff requirements to get updated

    Fresh on the heels of her department’s upgrade to its facility, City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell will present an amended ordinance to the Shelbyville City Council at Thursday’s meeting.

    The ordinance is a requirement of the Kentucky Division of Water, and updates the city’s requirements for the control of construction site stormwater runoff.

    Herrell said this amendment would remove much of the technical data, instead moving that into a manual.

  • News briefs: May 16, 2012

    Bridge work on Washington,

    Zaring Mill may cause delays

     

    Road work is going to hamper motorists trying to navigate portions of Shelby County these next couple of weeks.

    First there is bridge deck restoration and waterproofing going on at the bridge on Washington Street in Shelbyville where it passes over Clear Creek and on Zaring Mill Road where at Clear Creek.

    Both bridges are limited to one lane, and a temporary traffic light has been installed.