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  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Shawn Mertz

    Incumbent Shawn Mertz is seeking a second term on the Pleasureville City Commission.

    He faces four opponents – including his three fellow incumbents – for the four seats in a non-partisan race.

    A Henry County resident, Mertz, 26, is a member of the Franklin County Fire Department.

    He lives on Hill Spring Road with his wife, Kristen, and their infant daughter, Caylee.

    He is an Army veteran who was elected for his first term on the commission 2 years ago.

  • Equine sale returns for the fall

    After dipping his boot into the equine auction business in the spring, Jimmy Robertson finds himself saddle-deep this fall.

    The first Robertson Equine Sale in April was a hit, with about 90 horses going through the auction process at Shelby County Fairgrounds’ Bradley Barn. So after a successful first round, Robertson planned a fall auction, which will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, preceding the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington.

  • Shelby event allows for drop off of hazardous materials

    What’s in your garage? Furniture strippers? Oil-based paint? Car batteries? Pesticides? Old fluorescent light bulbs? It seems that many of us hold on to bottles and containers of household hazardous waste.

    They line our basement shelves or fill the corners of our garages and barns. We set them aside with plans to properly dispose of them…. someday. But someday rarely comes.

  • No temporary light to stop KY 55 clog

    As traffic issues continue to be a concern on KY 55 in the vicinity of the Interstate 64 construction site at Exit 32, state officials say that a temporary traffic light is not an option.

  • Election 2012: Adkins, Massie hope to stop in Shelby

    Fourth-congressional districts candidates have been hitting the campaign trail hard lately, and both say they plan to include Shelby County in some of those visits before Nov. 6.

    Democrat Bill Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, and Republican Thomas Massie, former Lewis County judge-executive, attended several events in Shelby while campaigning during the May Primary, and during the summer have appeared at several functions, both politically oriented as well as social events, such as the Shelbyville Horse Show.

  • Roberts withdraws from Pleasureville race

    Citing uncertainty about whether he met the residency requirements to run for the Pleasureville City Commission, Howard Roberts announced Wednesday that he was withdrawing from what had been a 6-person field.

    Roberts, a former Eminence city council member, had moved to Pleasureville last in 2011. He was the last to file to run on Nov. 6.

    “But I got to thinking about it, and I couldn’t say for absolute certainty that I had established my residency in Pleasureville by November 6th [which was the deadline],” Roberts said.

  • News briefs: Oct. 26, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    down to 6.3 in September

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate took another significant drop in September, hitting 6.3 percent, one of its lowest numbers in years and the eighth best rating in the state.

    That was .8 percent better than the 7.1 percent recorded in August and significantly improved from the 8.2 percent of September 2011.

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Scott McDowell

    Scott McDowell’s family is woven for several generations into the fabric of Simpsonville, and he says he wants to continue to serve the city he always has known as home.

    McDowell, 50, has filed to serve a sixth term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

    He faces his three other incumbents – Sharon Cummins, Cary Vowels and Vicky Wise – and newcomer Michael Hesse in a race for the four seats.

  • Occasional shutdowns of I-64 tonight

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of interstate maintenance work taking place this evening in Shelby County.  KYTC crews will be applying an asphalt wedge to some bridge ends on eastbound I-64 between mile points 36 and 40.

    These repairs will be performed in a mobile operation on Wednesday, October 24, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  I-64 will be closed intermittently, up to 15 minutes at a time, during this work.

  • Women, Hispanics farmers can pursue discrimination

    The USDA’s first meeting to help women and Hispanic farmers file a claim of alleged discrimination on loans was Monday in Simpsonville.

    The lightly attended session was the first of two in the state, with the second on Tuesday at the Graves County Library in Mayfield.

    The USDA is offering the more streamlined claims process for helping women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were discriminated against while applying for a USDA loan between 1981 and 2000. The claims process opened on Sept. 24 and will continue through March 25, 2013.