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  • Hardesty could go home today

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty could go home today, just a week after emergency stomach surgery was required to save his life.

    “He is going to have some tests done today. If they all are OK, then he’ll possibly go home tomorrow,” said Peggy Thompson, the mayor's administrative assistant.

    The surgery last Wednesday was in response to a bleeding ulcer – a condition that his doctor said could have resulted in death if not repaired.

  • EARLIER: Bypass findings: Contract, delays with inspections key problems

    FRANKFORT - A meeting Friday between state officials and the contractors working on the Shelbyville Bypass revealed two key pieces of information:

    State transportation officials admitted they won't repeat the mistakes made in what they consider a lenient contract, and Kay and Kay Construction officials said in some cases the state inspectors have delayed progress on the roadway.

    Engineers also encouraged the contractors to put larger crews on the job, and weekly meetings were scheduled to monitor progress.

  • EARLIER: Hardesty 'doing fine' after surgery

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty is recovering at Jewish Hospital after emergency surgery Wednesday for a bleeding ulcer.

    Hardesty had a third of his stomach removed in the surgery and will be hospitalized for 7-10 days, his wife said.

    Hardesty's wife, Maxine, said that the doctor told her that, if Hardesty had not had the surgery when he did, he likely would have bled to death by morning.

    "I know there were numerous prayers for him, and we can't begin to thank each of you enough," she said.

  • Beware of deer everywhere

    Dustin Shouse of Shelbyville contemplated the mangled deer draped across the hood of his car. “It scared me to death,” he said, lifting the animal’s antlers. “It jumped right into the car.

  • Substance abuse program gets $67,800 federal grant

    Some federal stimulus money has found its way to Shelby County through a one-time grant of $67,800 that was awarded to the Shelby County Substance Abuse Treatment Program.

    SAT was presented the 2009 ARRA Justice Assistance Grant by Gov. Steve Beshear during a presentation in Frankfort on Wednesday.

    The funds must be used within one year.

  • News Briefs: Oct. 30, 2009

     Hardesty resting at home

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty went home from the hospital Saturday and is doing well. It is not known when he will return to the office, as he continues to recover from recent major surgery. Hardesty was hospitalized on Oct. 19 and underwent emergency, life-saving surgery for bleeding ulcers.

  • Demand for H1N1 vaccine high

    Though the H1N1 flu vaccine is being distributed to medical facilities by the North Central District Health Department as quickly as it arrives, those dosages are not keeping up with the demand in Shelby County. New shipments arrive weekly, typically several hundred to just more than a thousand, officials say, but requests for vaccinations are going unmet because so many people have grown concerned about the strain of flu that has claimed 11 lives in Kentucky. Distributing to primary-care physicians, OBGYN’s and pediatricians has proved the most efficient

  • Shelby man dies of heart attack in dump-truck wreck

    An auto accident Wednesday involving a dump truck smashing into some trees was the result of the driver having a heart attack, the coroner's office said.

    Donald McIntosh, 63, died of a heart attack, which caused him to run off the road and wreck his dump truck, Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said.

    "The medical examiner's officer called me this morning [Thursday] and told me that Mr. McIntosh had died of a heart attack," Ivers said.

  • EARLIER: H1N1 vaccine arrives in Shelby

    The H1N1 flu vaccine is now available in Shelbyville, health department officials said Thursday.

    "I just got a shipment in yesterday and have sent it out to the hospital  [Jewish Hospital Shelbyville] and various physicians here in Shelbyville," said Renee Blair, executive director of the North Central District Health Department.

    Blair said that some places, such as the hospital, only are inoculating their health-care workers.

  • Fiscal Court supports spaying for feral cats

    Shelby County magistrates agreed Tuesday night to enter into an agreement with Operation Catsnip and Woodstock Animal Foundation for a spay/neuter program for feral cats.

    At the urging of Deputy Judge-Executive Rusty Newton, who also heads up the county’s animal shelter, they voted to spend $2,000 for the program.

    "We funded this program last year, and we want to do so again this year," Newton said.