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  • News briefs: Oct. 3, 2012

    Bridge replacement complete

    and KY 1779 is open again

    KY 1779 in eastern Shelby County, closed several weeks for replacement of a bridge that was below state safety levels, has been reopened.

    State Transportation Cabinet officials said that the road reopened on Wednesday, but there was no announcement to the public because engineers did not pass the word forward for release.

  • Indiana man killed in Shelby crash on I-64

    A collision Sunday night involving a dump truck working on the widening of Interstate 64 has taken the life of an Indiana man on his way to work in Lexington.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said Bryant A. Bloss, 80, of Newburgh, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene on I-64 after he drove his car into the back of the dump truck as it traveled eastbound just east of Simpsonville.

    The truck driver, Charles Hicks, 66, of Scottsburg, Ind., was not injured.

  • Dorman Center Carnival returns bigger and better

    After raising more than $5,000 last year to help educate children, the Dorman Center Carnival is back this Saturday, and the event is set up to be even bigger in its second year.

    The carnival, which started last year as a project for the Leadership Shelby Class of 2011, has moved the Shelby County Fairgrounds this year and will feature even more opportunities for family fun.

  • Shelby County schools, agencies join hands for new mentoring program

    Shawn Allen Sr. had a dream: academic success for African-American young people.

    As parent of several students in Shelby County Public Schools, Allen has become familiar with the strengths and opportunities available to help students succeed. His own children have benefitted from creative teaching methods and extra-curricular activities in local schools.

    But Allen’s dream reached beyond championing benefits for his children alone. He said he wanted to close the achievement gap and to increase academic successes for Black students.

  • Presidential election about to come knocking

    Will Barack Obama be re-elected, or will a Republican be sitting in the Oval Office next year?

    Although Republicans and Democrats in Shelbyville have opposing views on whether Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney should win, there’s no question that each has high hopes.

  • Neighbors spark rescue

    A Shelbyville woman is alive today thanks to some quick-thinking neighbors and heroic actions by firefighters.

    Fonesha Thompson was released from Jewish Hospital Shelbyville after only a brief stay for treatment for smoke inhalation, but it could have been tragic if her neighbors had not heard her smoke alarm going off and called 911, and if firefighters had not got to her in time, fire officials said.

  • Shelby ministry to build wheelchair ramp for Louisville man

    A chance encounter at a wellness event between a television personality and a church member has led to a Jefferson County man left virtually helpless by a stroke having a wheelchair ramp installed at his home this weekend by members of a Shelbyville church.

    This unusual set of circumstances, made all the more amazing by the spontaneous situation, grew from Jewish Hospital’s Women’s Wellness Affair last spring.

  • News briefs: Sept. 28, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    rises slightly in August

    Shelby County’s unemployment rose slightly in August but remained among the 10 best performances in the state.

    Shelby’s 7 percent unemployment was up from 6.7 percent in July and tied Hancock and Ohio counties for ninth-best among the 98 counties whose rates fell.

    Shelby’s rate also was 13 percent better than the 8.1 percent in August 2011.

  • Shelby County School Board: Final 2012-13 budget to be reviewed

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take a look at the present, past and future at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street.

    The board will look to approve the district’s working budget after setting the tax rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate and personal property tax, a 2.6 percent increase.

  • 2 Shelby teachers to vie for state’s best

    Two Shelby County teachers have received Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards and have the chance to earn state and national awards.

    Sloane Barnett, a fifth-grade teacher at Simpsonville Elementary, and Jennifer Cox, a language arts teacher at East Middle, are two of 24 teachers – eight at each level – recognized for the award, and they will go on to compete for the 2013 elementary and middle school Kentucky Teacher of Year awards and the overall Kentucky Teacher of the Year, which will be announced next month.