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  • World’s Championship Horse Show: Byers, Premier Stables dominate

    Rob and Sarah Byers completed a huge week for Premier Stables on Saturday when Rob Byers won the 5-Gaited World’s Grand Championship at the Kentucky State Fair’s World’s Championship Horse Show.

    Byers was aboard Bravo Blue, who is owned by B&T Vonderschmitt of Jasper, Ind., the same horse he rode to a third-place finish in the 5-Gaited event last year.

  • Crowding at Shelby County Animal Shelter has eased

    Shelby County Animal Control Officer Rusty Newton was excited Tuesday because the overcrowded situation at the shelter has eased to the point where he will not have to start euthanizing animals, something he had planned to begin Sept. 1.

    “Our animal control officers are breathing a sigh of relief today, but we need to stay on top of it, because our numbers could change in a day’s time,” he said.

  • Case of equine West Nile reported in Shelby

    Shelby is the sixth Kentucky County to experience a case of West Nile Virus in its equine population, but vets say there is no cause to panic.

    That is, if horses have been vaccinated.

    Dr. Richard Griffin, a vet with Equine Services in Simpsonville, said an Arabian yearling in eastern Shelby County, near Cropper, contracted the virus nearly two weeks ago.

    Despite not being able to eat because its lips and tongue were paralyzed from the disease, the animal survived, because he was able to feed it intravenously, Griffin said.

  • Election 2012: Pleasureville City Commission: Howard Roberts

    An automotive buyer in Pleasureville filed two weeks ago to run against four incumbents in the race for Pleasureville City Commission.

    Howard Lee Roberts, 61, who lives on Roberts Street in Pleasureville, said he is seeking a seat on the 4-member commission because he wants to make a difference.

    “I am a concerned citizen and would like to see accountability in any city government, and I feel it is not only my duty to vote, but also to get involved,” he said.

  • No one injured in 2 fires in Shelbyville

    No one was injured in either of two structure fires that broke out Saturday and Monday in Shelbyville, fire officials said.

    Assistant Shelbyville Fire Chief Chris Spaulding said on Saturday night at 6:30 he received notification of a fire at 106 Ada Ave. at the residence of Lori Jackson.

    “When crews arrived on scene, they found heavy black smoke pouring out from the eaves of the house,” he said.

    Spaulding said everyone was out of the house except for a dog that firefighters successfully rescued.

  • King awaits decision in Breeden case

    TAYLORSVILLE – Both sides in the case of a Mount Eden woman serving time for killing a Shelbyville man in 1998 have filed their post-hearing briefs and are awaiting a yet-to-be-determined court date or a ruling from Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman.

    Susan Jean King, 52, of the 2000 block of Van Buren Road was indicted on murder charges for the death of Kyle “Deanie” Breeden in April 2007.
Two months after the initial indictment, a grand jury also charged King with tampering with physical evidence.


  • News briefs: Aug. 29, 2012

    Judicial center to close

    for furlough on Tuesday

    Courthouses – including the Shelby County Judicial Center – will be closed Tuesday, and all court services will be unavailable as the Kentucky Judicial Branch shuts down for the second of three furlough days in 2012. The court system also will be closed on Monday to observe the Labor Day holiday.

  • Shelbyville's property taxes won’t be rising

    If you own property in the city of Shelbyville, your tax rates for real and personal property most likely won’t rise again this year.

    The city council in a special called meeting Thursday passed on first reading an ordinance that would hold firm with those tax rates this fall.

    The property tax would remain at 27.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, and the personal property tax will be 37.8 cents.

    The council will consider a second reading and likely approval of the ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

  • News briefs: Aug. 24, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    remains flat at 6.8 percent,

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate remained at 6.8 percent in July, which tied for the sixth-best rate in the state.

    Although Shelby’s rate was the same as it had been in June and slightly higher than in May, it was significantly better than the 9.6 percent of July 2011.

  • Shelby County schools answer surprising growth by hiring more teachers

    Because of enrollment much greater than predicted, Shelby County Public Schools is adding new teachers.

    The biggest need has come at the elementary level, where Painted Stone, Heritage and Wright each have added one full-time teacher. The schools’ Site-based Decision Making Councils have the charge of deciding where that teacher is most needed.

    Adding those teachers also has required that the schools reorganize some classes.