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  • Ethington’s attorney: There is deal in works

    Donnie Ethington, facing hundreds of criminal counts for how he managed Ethington Auto, could see his case resolved today.

    Ethington, 71, of Shelbyville, is due in Shelby County District for a pretrial hearing, but the case may never see trial.

     “There is an offer on the table,” said William Stewart, Ethington’s attorney.

  • Sheriff: Laws on animals broad

    An investigation into the shooting of several dogs in Simpsonville Sunday that were allegedly shot to death by their owner has not yielded any charges, police say.

    “No one is disputing that somebody shot some dogs,” Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said. “We are just conducting an investigation in order to get the facts.”

    He said he could not release any details of the investigation, such as the dog owner’s name, at this time.

  • Congressional candidates are two men with differing opinions

    They aren’t close in the polls, and they aren’t close in fund-raising.

    And Democrat William Adkins and Republican Thomas Massie certainly don’t agree on how they would govern the Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district.

    In fact, heading into November, the men vying for the open seat left vacant by resignation of 4-term incumbent Geoff Davis, aren’t close in any obvious way.

  • Romney, Massie dominate donations

    As President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney shuttle across the country working swing states for votes, their campaign accounts are taking big hits.

    Those key votes in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin are not that close to each other.

    According to financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, President Obama has raised more than $567 million since Jan. 1, 2011, and Romney has pulled in $361 million,  while spending about $298 million.

  • Shelby County School Board: Career Academy nearing its preview

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof reported to the school board Thursday that the district is nearing completion of its Career Academy plan and hopes to present it by mid-winter to give students, parents and schools time to prepare for its implementation next year.

    The academy will be similar to the accelerated academy, giving students focused on the workplace after graduation a path to excel and be more marketable.

    Neihof highlighted several areas, which include:

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP results are mostly up

    The fall MAP testing scores for Shelby County Public Schools showed big improvements at nearly every level when compared to last fall’s test scores and those from the past several years – and fell way short when compared to last spring.

    Those somewhat conflicting findings from the Measures of Academic Progress test were discussed at Thursday night’s meeting of the Shelby County School Board.

    Those tests, which are administered three times each year, showed:

  • Robertson sale tops spring output

    The Robertson Equine Sale soon will have folks in Saddlebred country saying “What Tattersalls?”

    Jimmy Robertson’s second horse auction, which ran Monday and Tuesday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, was designed to take the place of the now defunct Tattersalls Sale that ended in Lexington last year after owners Ed and Suzie Teater retired.

    And it has done that and more.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City continues to update fire department fleet

    Shelbyville Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker will present the Shelbyville City Council with a bid to refurbish the department’s aerial ladder truck during the council’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Shelbyville City Hall, 315 Washington Street.

    The recommended bid is from Appleton, Wis.,-based Peirce Manufacturing for $111,504. The company does full-scale refurbishing and modifications, as well as building new trucks.

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Pamela Bramblett

    Pamela Bramblett, an incumbent on 8 years on the Pleasureville City Commission, is seeking another term.

    A Pleasureville native, Bramblett, 59, is a retired state employee, having worked at the Department of Environmental Protection for 35 years. She is currently working in residential care at the Apple Patch, a facility for mentally challenged adults in Crestwood, something she has been doing for the past five years.

    “It’s very rewarding,” she said.

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Victor Harrod

    Victor Harrod, a former Pleasureville City Commissioner, is running again after sitting out for a term.

    Harrod, 73, is a retired from the Ford Motor Company in Jefferson County, where he worked for 30 years.

    He is originally from Franklin County but has lived in Pleasureville for at least 20 years, he said.

    He now does some cattle and tobacco farming.

    Harrod said he decided to run for commissioner again because he thinks he could contribute to the overall well being of that body.