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  • Ex-prosecutor Ballard suspended for handling of several key cases

    Shelbyville attorney Fielding Ballard III has been suspended from practicing law for a period of four months as punishment for cases he handled when he was commonwealth attorney in Shelby County.

    His suspension, which went into effect Sept. 22, was based on several charges of misconduct and with mishandling three cases in which he was appointed a special prosecutor by the Attorney General.

  • New hearing Dec. 15 in case of disabled boy

    A new hearing date of Dec. 15  was set last week in Shelby County Family Court to determine custody for a little boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital five months ago.

    Dustin Splittgerber, 11, has been at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, awaiting a judge’s decision on whether he will be allowed to go home with his grandparents, Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville.

  • Shelby County School Board approves footprint for new Southside

    Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent for operations, presented for approval Thursday the schematic design for the new Southside Elementary School, and the board voted its approval.

    The schematic consisted of the basic framework of the building.

    “The reddish portion you see on [on a graphic submitted] is the initial schematic design, and all the other colors remain to be put together,” he told the board about a color-coded diagram of the new school.

  • Shelby County schools to get more students, but less funding

    The second review of the 2010-11 budget for Shelby County Public Schools showed two opposing trends: growing enrollment and declining state funding.
    SCPS Finance Director Greg Murphy told the school board at its meeting Thursday that state funding may be more than $300,000 less than had been anticipated in the original budget.

    That tentative budget, presented in May, called for a $329,000 shortfall in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding from the state, but now Murphy says that number could double.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County says no to zone change for Kentucky Street

    The controversy over a much-debated zone change for Kentucky Street near Red Orchard Park came to an end Tuesday night when Shelby County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to reject the plan.

    Acting on a carefully crafted motion by District 5 Magistrate Eddie Kingsolver that recommended the zone change requested by Midwest Metals be denied, all seven magistrates voted affirmatively without any discussion.

  • Shelby County says not to zone change for Kentucky Street

    The controversy over a much-debated zone change for Kentucky Street near Red Orchard Park came to an end Tuesday night when Shelby County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to reject the plan.

    Acting on a carefully crafted motion by District 5 Magistrate Eddie Kingsolver that recommended the zone change requested by Midwest Metals be denied, all seven magistrates voted affirmatively without any discussion.

  • Triple S gives Rural King OK for outdoor storage

    Rural King’s new store on Boone Station Road will get the outdoor storage space it wanted.

    The Triple S Planning Commission approved the store’s amended plan during a special called meeting Thursday at Stratton Center in Shelbyville.

    Rural King, a multipurpose warehouse store, will open during the next few weeks in the space formerly occupied by Kroger.

    Rural King asked to add outdoor storage on the eastern end of the parking lot where Kroger had its gas pumps.

  • Driver turns vision shop into eyesore

    People walking past Visionfirst in the Middleton Station Shopping Center on Friday really got an eyeful, and many stopped to do a double take.

    Some even stopped to comment on the unusual appearance of the shop’s storefront, or lack of one.

    “It’s a mess,” said employee Ella Tuttle as she and several other employees worked hard, sweeping up a mountain of shattered glass that was strewn all the way into the shop, all the way to the eyeglass display.

  • News briefs: Sept. 30, 2011

    Woman jailed for rape

    seeking shock probation

    A former Madison Central High School secretary who pled guilty to rape and sodomy is asking for shock probation just over a month after being sentenced to three years in prison, WLEX-Ch. 18 in Lexington reported.

  • Time to vote on parcel near park

    That highly controversial zone change will get its final review from Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday.

    That zone change request, by Midwest Metals, a recycling company, for property located at 478 Kentucky St., near Red Orchard Park, was narrowly passed by the Triple S Planning Commission in July and then given a first reading by magistrates on Sept. 6.