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  • Pipe company gets extension for state tax incentives

    A company new to Shelby County has requested and been granted an extension from state economic development officials to meet criteria for tax incentives it had received.

    Profile Pipe Technologies LLC, located in Louisville, bought a building at 6301 Midland Trail last January and opened a facility there, said Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial Development Foundation.

    “They purchased the old Noble Metals building; that company had filed for bankruptcy and went out of business,” she said.

  • News briefs: Jan. 27, 2012

    Shelby unemployment down

    to 7.1%, sixth best in state


    Shelby County’s unemployment rate in December continued to tumble, down to 7.1 percent, the sixth-best rate in the state.

    Unemployment rates fell between December 2010 and December 2011 in 114 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    Shelby’s rate fell from 7.4 in November and 8.4 in December 2010.

  • Shelby County School Board: Schools continue to study energy efficiencies

    With budget cuts from the state and funding issues locally, the Shelby County Board of Education will be looking for some good news with savings on energy.

    District Energy Manager Sherman Adams will provide the board with a presentation during Thursday's 7 p.m. meeting at Clear Creek Elementary School.

    Last August, Adams, who works for Shelby County and five other districts, gave the board excellent news with savings all over the district of 1.7 million kilowatt hours from the previous year.

  • Schools try to solve budget equation

    School districts around the state are contemplating Gov. Steve Beshear's budget proposal from last week and seeing how they can squeeze their budgets to fit within the cuts.

    Although Beshear has committed to funding at the same level as 2011-12, that doesn't take into account growth across the commonwealth.

    Per-pupil state funding is taking a hit, and in growth districts like Shelby County, that means stretching money over a bigger pool of students.

    Even the positives from Beshear's plan could hurt.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Downtown crackdown on 2-hour parking limit

    The city of Shelbyville is going to start cracking down in the 2-hour parking areas around the city.

    During Thursday's city council meeting, Mayor Tom Hardesty said there have been some parking issues around the new judicial center on Main Street and added that the public works department has been putting up new signs were some had been taken down or lost.

    City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell told the council that about 80 to 85 percent of the signs are up and that more have been ordered.

  • Fundraiser for Landers moves to fairgrounds

    Shelbyville firefighters regularly respond to calls for help around town, but they’re not often called upon to help one of their own. But when there’s a firefighter in need, their co-workers rally.

    Several of Firefighter/EMT Jesse Lander’s co-workers from the Shelbyville Fire Department rallied last month and started planning an event to support Landers and his three children after the sudden death of his wife and their mother.

  • Ex-Collins teacher gets new court date

    A former Collins High school teacher charged with six counts of having sexual relations with students was given new date Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange next will appear March 19 to face six charges of first-degree sexual abuse.

    Although the sexual conduct was consensual, investigators have said, it falls under KRS statute 510.110, which specifies charges when a person is in a position of authority or special trust. That includes teachers.

  • Dangerous I-64 ramp to be replaced this year

    Renovation may soon begin on an interstate ramp that one magistrate describes as “the most dangerous place in the county.

    Magistrate Tony Carriss said he was glad to hear Rep. Brad Montell’s (R-Shelbyville) news that the merge lane at Exit 32 onto Interstate 64 eastbound has been included in this year’s state highway plan.

  • Pleasureville man tells story of being aboard Italian cruise ship that flipped

    Pleasureville native Joe Ryan says he is looking forward to a trip with friends to Destin, Fla., later this year, after he graduates from Eastern Kentucky University.

    For one thing, Destin will be a landlocked location – “No captain needed for time on the beach,” he said.

    And although that may seem mundane, Ryan, 23, is ready for mundane.

  • News briefs: Jan. 25, 2012

    Congressional redistricting

    debate may change deadline


    Negotiations between the state House and Senate have stalled over the redrawing of Kentucky's six congressional districts.
    House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) told The Herald-Leaderon Monday that a federal judge could end up redrawing lines for the districts if lawmakers fail to reach a compromise. He didn't seem troubled by that prospect in a state where Republicans hold four of the state's six congressional seats.