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  • 2 events celebrate Black History Month

    It looks like Shelby County waited until the very last minute to celebrate Black History Month – but that could be changing.

    February is designated each year as a time to for communities to focus on African-American history, but in Shelby County that never has had great traction.

    There are two upcoming events: a heritage dinner Sunday morning at New Mount Zion Baptist Church and an educational forum at Bethel AME Church on Thursday – March 1.

  • ELECTION 2012: U.S. Congress District 4: Brian Oerther

    LA GRANGE – A La Grange resident is entering the race for the 4th District U.S. congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.

    Brian Oerther, 41, a conservative Republican who teaches math for Jefferson County public Schools, is one of seven Republicans and two Democrats who have filed for the position.

    Republicans are filing for the election after Davis, a four-term Republican congressman, announced Dec. 15 he will not run again in 2012. He said he wants to devote more time to his family.

  • Tornadoes, bad storms possible today along I-64 corridor

    Thursday's spring-like temperatures in the 60s could also bring spring-like thunderstorms and tornadoes - particularly along the state's Interstate 64 corridor.

    It will be windy Thursday across most of Kentucky with guests of 20 to 30 mph possible. The culprit is an area of low pressure approaching from the west. Thunderstorms are possible.

    The National Weather Service office in Louisville said severe thunderstorms are possible from Louisville to Frankfort to Lexington to Winchester - particularly from 4 to 10 p.m. EST.

  • Shelbyville City Council: New ordinance restricts field-dressing in city

    The Shelbyville city ordinance designed to keep the field dressing and cleaning of dead animals out of sight of neighbors was passed on at Thursday's meeting, although not unanimously and not again without question.

    Shane Suttor was the lone vote against the ordinance, which passed, 4-1. Council member Alan Matthews was not present for the meeting.

    Council member Mike Zoeller again asked what the city could do to advertise the change.

  • WICHE: Witch hazels already in bloom

    Gardeners get anxious this time of the year. Warm one day, cold the next, the sun coaxes open a little patch of crocus by the path, or we catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops.

    This year the show is sure to come early, and the forsythia are not the first to bloom, despite this oft-cited sign of spring! There are other early bloomers to keep us occupied until spring truly arrives.

  • New target in metal thefts: Hydrant

    Thieves who seem to steal just about anything from copper and scrap metal got a bit more creative recently, stealing a fire hydrant right off the street.
    Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice had few details about the case of the stolen fire hydrant, which came from the North Country subdivision near West Middle School.
    In fact, deputies only learned of the theft after water pressure in the neighborhood began to plummet in the line owned by the North Shelby Water District.

  • Shelby County School Board: Academy gets accelerated review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get an update on the Accelerated Academy during its meeting Thursday.

    Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith will give a presentation on the academy and how the students are managing with their heavy load of courses during the meeting, which is at  7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 Main Street.

  • Montell: Charter bill may yet be OK

    State Rep. Brad Montell said he remains optimistic that his charter-school school bill could catch on this session.

    After two hours of testimony on charter schools in front of the House Education Committee last week, Montell (R-Shelbyville) said he felt very good about where his bill stands with the committee, despite the fact that no vote was taken on whether or not to send the bill to the House floor.

  • County to ban fake marijuana

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court has taken the first step toward banning synthetic marijuana, which law enforcement officials say is an expanding problem.
    At their meeting Tuesday morning, magistrates passed a first reading of an ordinance to prohibit the use or sale of synthetic cannabinoids.
    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said the artificial drug has not been seen much in county, but is becoming more prominent.

  • ELECTION 2012: 6 Republicans vying for Congress visit Shelby

    Just one day after the deadline for filing for the race for Shelby County’s new congressional district, six of the seven Republicans who want to serve in the in the 4th District showed up Saturday night for the Shelby County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner.
    Three of the five Republicans running for Shelbyville City Council also were on hand among a crowd of about 200 who munched on a buffet dinner and perspectives at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.