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  • Mount Eden Post Office to close on Friday

    MOUNT EDEN – Another link in the Mount Eden community chain will be removed Friday when the post office closes its doors.

    A notice has been posted on the office doors for some time and United States Post Office officials confirmed Monday that the office will close at the end of business Friday.

  • Shelbyville City Council gives final OK to keep property taxes flat

    If you’re a resident of Shelbyville, your property taxes won’t be changing this fall.

    That’s probably not really news to you, because this is the sixth consecutive year that the rates have remained the same, but the Shelbyville City Council made that official at a special called meeting Thursday night, passing on second reading of an ordinance that sets the ad valorem rate for 2011.

  • Shelby County Fire Chief: Fire may have started with child, lighter

    A fire that destroyed a barn on Taylorsville Road on Saturday could be the result of a child playing with a lighter, fire officials say.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said a call came in at 10:34 a.m. Saturday of a barn fire at 2471 Taylorsville Road. While firefighters were on their way, they received another call that there was an apartment attached to the barn.

    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire throughout the barn, Cowherd said.

  • Public hearings on bridge, Southside are Tuesday

    Two important public hearings will take place Tuesday night in Shelbyville.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court will hear public response about its plan to close the Who Da Thot It Bridge over Clear Creek near downtown Shelbyville. This is the bridge that connects 5th Street to Jail Hill Road.

    That bridge currently is closed because it is in disrepair and the state changed its plans to have it repaired this year. Magistrates voted to close it permanently, pending the required public hearing.

    Those comments may be made at 6 p.m. at Stratton Center.

  • Why did gas prices jump?

    Although the nearly 50-cent increase in gas prices Thursday at stations on the west side of Shelbyville was dramatic, it didn’t come without explanation.

    Patrick DeHann, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, said the instability in the gas futures market made the conditions ripe for a large move.

  • News briefs: Sept. 9, 2011

    State touts growth

    in higher ed statistics

    Kentucky has improved faster than any state in the nation on key higher education performance measures, according to a report issued by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

  • Shelby County School Board: Plans for Southside open for public view

    The public will get its first chance to critique, comment and opine on the new Southside Elementary School at a public forum Tuesday.

    The forum, which will be at 7 p.m. at Southside, will begin with the presentation of the draft plan, which likely will have been fine-tuned by the board at yesterday's meeting in their workshop.

    After that, those members of the public that have signed in will be allowed to speak on the project.

  • Teacher facing sex charges has resigned

    Shannon Hirchert, the Collins high school teacher who has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving two students, resigned from her position as a special needs teacher last month.

    Despite Superintendent James Neihof's statement at the school district's press conference when Hirchert was arrested that "charges are not conclusive of guilt," Hirchert resigned on Aug. 5, just two days after her arrest.

    Neihof confirmed the resignation and added that it was "voluntary" and not asked for by the district.

  • Shelby is hot stop on tourists’ maps

    Visitors have spent a lot of tourism dollars in Shelby County this  past year, tourism officials say, but not for the primary reason you might think.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau, said that more than 500 more tourists stayed in town during 2011 but not necessarily to see the county’s attractions, although the Shelbyville Horse Show always draws a lot of visitors.

  • County passes 1st OK for new district plan

    Magistrates expressed satisfaction Tuesday night with the way their districts have been re-aligned to balance out the population growth of the past 10 years and passed a first reading on an ordinance to set those new boundaries.