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  • News briefs: Oct. 19, 2011

    Sherman Minton repairs

    to take 135 work days

  • MAP results show ‘deflating’ trends

    Members of the Shelby County Board of Education heard good and bad news in the reports about the results from its two key standardized testing programs that were delivered during Thursday’s meeting at Heritage Elementary.

    News about the statewide KCCT test, reported last week, was almost all positive because each school and the district’s 2011 test results bested their own 3-year averages and state results.

    But this fall’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing came with mixed results.

  • Shelby County School Board: Martin, Zepeda are student reps

    The Shelby County School Board welcomed its two new student reps at Thursday’s meeting: Gwen Martin from Shelby County High School and Ashley Zepeda from Collins.

    Martin is a senior at SCHS with a 4.6-weighted grade-point average. She’s is the former junior class president and Technology Student Association vice president and treasurer. She now serves on the student council and is a Governor’s Scholar, along with a four-year member of Beta Club and several other activities.

  • I-64 shut down by 2 crashes

    A crash on Interstate 64 Thursday night shut down the highway in both directions.

    The accident caused such a traffic tie-up because it involved two semi-tractor trailers and a pickup truck that crashed on both sides of interstate at the same time at the 35th mile marker, which is near the Mount Eden Road exit.

    One person was airlifted to a Louisville hospital, and a second person was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

  • County to buy new EMS HQ

    The county will move its EMS headquarters from its longstanding location on Hospital Drive in Shelbyville to a vacant building on Old Seven Mile Pike.

    That decision was made at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, when magistrates voted unanimously to spend $650,000 to purchase a building formerly occupied by Schwan Food Company and 5.5 acres at 101 Old Seven Mile Pike.

  • Shelby County to track uncompleted developments

    When the county had to shell out $12,000 to pave an unfinished road in an abandoned development in August, it set the wheels in motion for a more concentrated effort to keep tabs on developers’ abilities – and intentions – to complete their work and not leave the county holding the tab for unfulfilled commitments.

  • Shelbyville City Council passes along ordinance about waste-water wording

    The Shelbyville City Council approved for a second reading changes to the ordinance for the sewer use at Thursday's meeting.

    Tom Doyle, the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer manager, explained the changes as perfunctory.

    "It's really just mandatory language changes," he said. "There are no rate changes or changes in the way we do things. We meet all the standards."

  • News briefs: Oct. 14, 2011

    Shelby overlooked among

    best places for young people

    Neither Shelby County nor Shelbyville were named among the state’s cities and counties on the list of "100 Best Communities for Young People" created by America's Promise Alliance and the financial institution ING. Lexington was on the list for the fifth time and Clark County for the second.

  • Election 2011: Campaigns promise candidates in Shelby

    With voter registration closing this week, the campaign trail will become increasingly busy during the final three and a half weeks leading up to Election Day on Nov. 8.

    And although Shelby County hasn't been a hotspot for gubernatorial candidates incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear, Republican candidate David Williams or even independent Gatewood Galbraith, Beshear and Williams have been her recently, although both have had quiet trips here.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Reaction minimal at Simpsonville

    There was a very small turnout Tuesday night for a meeting at Simpsonville Elementary where parents learned more about the impact of the school’s falling into the No Child Left Behind School Improvement Plan, Year 1 category.

    After sending letters to every student's home, explaining that this evaluation would allow students to transfer to Painted Stone or Wright elementaries, if they so chose, the school’s administrators saw just two parents show up for the meeting.