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  • Shelbyville City Council: City to look into fireworks ordinance

    The Shelbyville City Council briefly discussed the possibility of a fireworks ordinance during Thursday’s meeting at city hall.

    Council member Donna Eaton brought up the idea after being contacted by a constituent complaining of fireworks being shot late at night.

  • Shelby ACT scores rise, but more work needed

    Shelby County Public Schools got some good news this week with the release of their 2012 junior class ACT scores.

    The district saw improvements in three of four testing categories — English 17.7, math 18.8 and reading 19.1 — with students falling short only in science, from 19.2 in 2011 to 19 in 2012.

    The district still lags the state’s averages in English, 18.4, and science, 19.1, but surpassed the state in reading, 19, and was even with the state in Math at 18.8.

  • Shelby’s burn ban is lifted

    Shelby joined 49 other counties Monday in dropping a countywide burn ban that had been place for the past two weeks.

    On July 11, when Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger imposed the ban, Shelby joined 82 other counties with such a ban.

    On Monday, when he announced he had lifted that restriction on outdoor burning, only 35 counties remained. Of the northeastern and southeastern counties, only Boyd County still had ban in place on Monday, according to a map by the Kentucky Department of Forestry.

  • Social worker convicted of faking child-abuse records

    LAWRENCEBURG – Margaret “Geri” Murphy was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court for falsifying child welfare investigations.

    Murphy, 61, a former social services worker, pleaded guilty to nine felony counts and was taken into custody, shackled and placed among about a dozen other inmates as families affected by her actions looked on in delight.

  • Long-tangled Breeden murder case continues to grow in Spencer County

    TAYLORSVILLE – Two inmates sit in two separate prisons in two separate cities in Kentucky.

    One of them admitted to committing a heinous crime, then recanted his story.

    The other has been serving time for that crime since 2008.

    The crime? The murder of Kyle "Deanie" Breeden of Shelbyville in 1998.

    Breeden's body was found in the Kentucky River near the Owen-Henry county line in November of that year.

  • Shelby circuit judge to consider Wills' bid for shock probation

    Jody Wills did not get to make a court appearance Monday to ask for shock probation for a 10-year prison sentence she is serving for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer.

    Her attorney, Bill Stewart, stood in for her as she remained incarcerated at Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia.

    Stewart asked Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman if he would set a date to allow Wills to ask for shock probation, and Hickman said he would take the request under advisement.

  • News briefs: July 25, 2012

    Shelby among counties to share

    in efforts to improve flood info

    Shelby is one of the counties in Kentucky that will benefit from the more than $2.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that will be awarded to the Kentucky Division of Water in support of its floodplain mapping program.

  • I-64 lane closed tonight near Exit 32

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 office announces temporary closure of the right lane on eastbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County at mile point 32 from 6 p.n. until midnight tonight for pavement repairs.

    The work is a small section of pavement just west of Exit 32.

  • Shelby escapes severe storm damage

    A thunderstorm that blew though Kentucky Thursday night ripping the roof off the Crowne Plaza Hotel and leaving two dead in a house fire started by a lightning strike in Louisville, also caused some minor damage in Shelby County

    “We have had calls right and left this morning, but only two calls from Shelby County,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sullivan.

    Other areas, including Louisville, were hit much harder than Shelby County, he said, citing four barns down in Metcalfe County, he said.

  • EARLIER: Triple S Planning Commission: Outlet mall decision will come in August

    After the Triple S Planning Commission tabled its vote on the zone change request for the proposed outlet mall on the west side of Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville south of Interstate 64, Horizon Group officials were left undeterred.

    “There was a lot of information presented tonight and a lot of comments, so we respect the commission’s decision to take their time and evaluate it,” said Tom Rumptz, Horizon’s senior vice president in charge of the development. “But we’ll continue to move forward with the development process.”