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  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS to invest in new entrance to Southside

    Land acquisition and the Talented and Gifted programs will be the main topics when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at East Middle School at 7 p.m.

    The board will recognize students that have met qualifications for the Duke University Talent Identification Program and hear a presentation from the Shelby County High School Talented and Gifted students.

    The board will also take action on acquiring several parcels of land for the access road to Southside Elementary.

  • Shelby’s drug concerns spike in 2011

    The illegal use of drugs and drug-related activities – including the availability startling new drugs that can be found at the corner grocery – have spiked significantly in Shelby County, mirroring the statewide problem that has drawn the attention of lawmakers.

    Drug-related arrests were made on 884 people in 2011, a rise of an alarming 28.5 percent, with arrests by the Kentucky State Police showing a staggering 49 percent increase in the county.

  • News briefs: May 9, 2012

    Family getting votes to win

    wheelchair-accessible van

    A Shelby County family trying win a wheelchair-accessible van to transport their disabled 14-year-old son is mounting a charge.

    Voters have rallied behind the family of Margaret Hall, voting for them 7,600 times in a competition through www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com to win the van for Glenn, who was born with a rare chromosomal disease, partial trisomy 6Q, and is confined to a wheelchair.

  • Probation recommended for former Collins teacher’s sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students likely will serve no jail time for those offenses.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11,

    pleaded guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter, an agreement that recommends probation of a 7-year sentence, a decision that will be up to Judge Charles Hickman when she is sentenced on June 18.

  • Probation recommended for former Collins teacher’s sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students likely will serve no jail time for those offenses.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11,

    pleaded guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter, an agreement that recommends probation of a 7-year sentence, a decision that will be up to Judge Charles Hickman when she is sentenced on June 18.

  • Inmate found dead at Shelby County Detention Center

    Glenn Burger, 39, was a found on his bottom bunk by his fellow inmates. Chief Deputy Corner Jeff Ivers said a full autopsy and toxicology report has been ordered.

    “Everything points toward natural causes,” he said. “But we won’t know for sure for at least six weeks when the reports come back.”

    Burger was serving 120 days for a second DUI offense, jail officials said. He was doing a work release in Anderson County.

    Burger was about 5 feet 9 inches and between 320 and 330 pounds, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said.

  • News briefs: May 4, 2012

    Judicial center to be closed

    3 days for budget reductions

    Employees of Kentucky’s judicial branch learned Wednesday that they will be furloughed for three days in the first half of fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, meaning the Shelby County Judicial Center will be closed for those three days.

  • Case of Waddy man charged with trying to run down woman with motorcycle goes to grand jury

    TAYLORSVILLE – The case of a Waddy man accused of trying to run over a Mount Eden woman with his motorcycle is on its way to a Spencer County grand jury.

    Sammy “Frankie” Mobley, 36, faces a first-degree wanton endangerment charge in connection with a March 16 incident in which Benjamin W. Mobley, 58, of Murphy Lane allegedly attempted to shoot at and pistol-whip his girlfriend, who is from Mount Eden.

  • Collins High School an energy star

    Collins High School has joined the ranks of Kentucky’s Energy Star-rated schools, which was noted by a brief presentation on Thursday morning in Collins’ Project Lead the Way engineering classroom.

    Shelby County Energy Manager Sherman Adams presented the framed certification to Principal Anthony Hatchell, and Jeff Riggs, an engineer with Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, and Mike Smith, from architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart, both spoke about the project.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Projected 2013 budget not much changed

    The county’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year of 2013 is very similar to last year’s, in fact, it is only $82,138 more than the 2012 budget.

    In his budget presentation at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger told magistrates and the court that his proposal contains no tax increases and mirror’s last year’s budget very closely, at $17,432,138, compared to last year’s $17.35 million.