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  • Soldiers finally honored in ‘hallowed ground’

    On a warm, crystal clear, almost muggy spring day – quite different from the day when they died – 22 long-forgotten African-American soldiers were laid to proper rest in a skillfully created memorial alongside U.S. 60 near Simpsonville.

    A crowd of perhaps 150 was on hand Sunday as project manager Jerry Miller and a group of dignitaries celebrated the final resting of the member of the 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry who died in ambush by Confederate guerillas as they drove cattle to Louisville in January 1865.

  • How high was the water in Shelby County on Tuesday?

    The nearly 24 hours of consistent rain that poured down onto Shelby County from Monday to Tuesday morning caused plenty of localized flooding and closed some roads – and also triggered an emergency overflow at the Guist Creek dam that hasn’t happened in years.

    National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Jarvis said that from 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Shelbyville received 4.07 inches of rain, and some parts of the county near the Oldham/Shelby County line were at about 3.8 inches.

  • Event focuses on women’s wellness

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville will welcome women from all over the region Tuesday for its sixth annual Women’s Wellness Affair.

    The event, which will be from 5 p.m. to 8:30 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, gives women the chance to get several tests done in one place and enjoy a ladies only evening.

    Dr. Carolyn Burns of Louisville Pathology is the keynote speaker, and she is scheduled to focus on the growing risk of anemia and how it can affect healthcare choices women.

  • EARLIER: The final rites of new memorial for Civil War skirmish

    A question that burst from the pages of a 19th century diary will arrive at a fully developed, star-spangled answer on Sunday afternoon.

    That’s when the memorial for the “Skirmish Near Simpsonville” will be dedicated and end a 4-year journey of discovery for a Shelby County native who,  with lot of help, made it all happen.

    The site along U.S. 60, just west of Simpsonville, stands as a permanent memorial to the 22 members of the 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry who died there on Jan. 25, 1865, in an ambush by Confederate guerillas.

  • County to purchase box to keep its asphalt hot

    Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry seems to have lot to be excited about these days.

    Not only are long snowy nights spent on his cot at the road department over for a while (hopefully), but he also has a new salt barn under construction and, even better, he just received permission night to buy a new “hot box.”

    You might ask what a hot box is.

    Magistrates did at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court.

  • News Briefs: April 8, 2011

    School board calls

    special meetings

    The Shelby County Board of Education has added two special called meetings for next week.

    The board will meet at the district’s central office in closed session on Tuesday to discuss legal matters and for the private portion of the review of Superintendent James Neihof.

  • Olvera-Landaverde arraigned in drug trafficking charges

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, formerly of Shelbyville, was arraigned Thursday in Shelby District Court on a charge of trafficking in marijuana over 5 pounds.

    Olvera-Landaverde, 50,  had been sought since July, when Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies raided a house where he was living at 738 Southville Pike and found 800 pounds of marijuana and $63,000 in cash.

  • Superb IPC gets preliminary approval for $400,000 incentive package

    A Shelbyville company has plans to upgrade its equipment and more than double its work force within the next 12 months, thanks to a $400,000 state economic development tax incentive.

    Kentucky Government Steve Beshear made the announcement at the plant, Super IPC, on Wednesday, that the company will hire 20 new employees, more than doubling the plant's current number of 15.

    The plant does powder coating for the automotive industry, as well as electrical and gas companies, yard and office furniture and toerh metal-related industies.

  • Simpsonville must request new bids on sidewalk project

    The residents of Simpsonville may soon come to believe they are traveling down a yellow-brick road on the path to their new downtown sidewalks.

    City officials continue to wrangle with the state review process on the $320,000 federal stimulus grant the city was awarded more than a year ago for new sidewalks it would build along the south side of U.S. 60 between Veechdale Road and Fairview Drive.

  • News Briefs: April 6, 2011

    New poll shows that state’s

    uninsured numbers declining

    A new poll conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky says that the number of Kentuckians without insurance is declining.

    The group’s most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll showed that about one out of four adults (ages 18-64) – 26 percent – were uninsured in 2010, which is down from 33 percent in 2009 and on pace with 2008.