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  • Vet's aide coaches man into saving dog from choking

    If dogs can have heroes, then “Angel,” a small white West Highland terrier, has two of them – her owner and her vet, who worked together recently to save her from certain death.

    Terry Kays said that he had just given Angel a dog treat when he noticed that the other dog he had was starting to run around nervously.

    “I looked, and Angel was just sort of gagging,” he said. “I looked in her mouth and didn’t see anything. So I called my wife, Pat, to ask her what to do, and I couldn’t get hold of her.”

  • Christmas Day miracle: Brain-dead beating victim moves

    Dennisse Escareno’s family members had said they were praying for a Christmas miracle to prove doctors were wrong about her being brain dead.

    And right on schedule, on Christmas Day, they got that miracle.

    Escareno, 24, who had been viciously beaten and left by the side of the road, moved her fingers and toes, her roommate Melody Riddle said Tuesday.

    “We went up to see her on Christmas Day, and Krissi took the kids,” she said.

  • Shelby merchants happy with sales

    Some Shelby County merchants report having a satisfactory Christmas season, and some say they really did well on their after-Christmas sales on Monday.

    “I don’t have the numbers available, but I know we did better than last year,” said Jason Shaw, assistant manager at Lowe’s.

    “We have sold a lot of merchandise yesterday [Monday], and that sale will be going on for another week,” he said.

  • Shelby's Jody Wills sent to prison for 10-year sentence

    Jody Wills, the Shelby County woman who admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer, entered Shelby Circuit Court on Tuesday morning to plead her case for why the court should not revoke her probation for failing to honor her restitution schedule.

    She departed in handcuffs to begin her 10-year sentence for embezzling.

  • Almost all animals from puppy mill adopted

    EMINENCE – The 240 animals confiscated Dec. 12 from a puppy mill/hoarding situation on Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg have all found refuge with foster homes, veterinarians and animal rescue groups in the region, Henry

    County Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt said.

    So far, the majority of the animals have survived. Two cats that were removed from the property died in transit; one was euthanatized after it tested positive for feline leukemia, a deadly, incurable and highly contagious disease.

  • News briefs: Dec. 28, 2011

    Guthrie sets ‘listening session’

    for Stratton Center next week

    State Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) will be returning to Shelby County next week to hear what you, his constituents in Congressional District 2, have on your minds.

    Guthrie will spend January visiting each of his 21 counties for what he calls “listening sessions.”

    That includes his stop at Stratton Center in Shelbyville at 5 p.m. Jan. 5.

  • EARLIER: KSP rams car to end 3-county chase

    A high-speed police chase through three counties Tuesday afternoon ended with a Franklin County woman stabbing herself and being forced off the road by police.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Hunter Martin said that when the call came in at about 2 p.m. about a female who was possibly suicidal and armed with a handgun, he just happened to be the one who spotted her vehicle.

    “I saw a car that matched that description, and I got behind her and started following her,” he said.

  • State road department says it's ready for snow

    Snow has arrived in Shelby County, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say their road crews in Louisville and the surrounding counties are ready for the area’s first snowfall.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Tucker says goodbye after 16 years

    The Triple S Planning Commission ended its 2011 schedule by saying farewell to a longtime member.

    Commission Chair Gil Tucker banged the gavel for the final time at Tuesday’s meeting. John Wills, who was appointed by Shelby County Fiscal Court, to fill his spot starting next month.

    “I made up my mind on this about a year ago,” Tucker said. “It’s been a pleasure working with everybody, but I wouldn’t make it four more years.”

    Tucker received a plaque from staff and well wishes from the other commission members.

  • Optimist’s Christmas dinner is on injured list this season

    A long tradition of holiday service will be interrupted this year: The Shelby County Optimist Club won’t be having its annual Christmas Day dinner delivery.

    Some physical problems with some core members of the organizing group waylaid the event this year, but club officials promise it will return in 2012.

    “It was a timing issue for us,” Optimist member Lise Sageser said. “Some of the core people were physically down, and we just weren’t able to get it all together this year.

    “But we intend to do it next year.”