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  • Thieves new target: Cities’ sewer grates

    Thieves have been working under the cover of darkness to steal sewer grates from city streets.
    Ten were stolen recently from industrial parks in Simpsonville, and two more were taken in Shelbyville.
    The thefts in Simpsonville were reported Tuesday when Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton received a phone call. The grates were taken after businesses had closed for the day.
    “We had no idea,” he said. “We went out there and put cones out, because it could be dangerous for cars with open holes.

  • City council meeting postponed until Monday

    Thursday’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council has been cancelled due to the approaching winter storm.

    “We just wanted to err on the side of safety,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

    The council will now have a special called meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

    On the agenda is a request from Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer for a rate increase of 3.85 percent, and a presentation of the 2009-2010 audit.

  • Shelby schools dismissing early because of winter storm warning

    Shelby County Public Schools has announced a 2-hour early dismissal due to the inclement weather forecasted to hit the area this afternoon. The cancellation includes afternoon preschool and HeadStart classes.

    All after-school events also will be cancelled, as well as after-school childcare.

    Shelby County is part of a winter storm warning that has been issued for Thursday.

  • Sewer problem In Simpsonville is fixed – mostly

    The sewer break that had caused problems in Simpsonville has been repaired – except for some property improvements.
    The break on the eastern end of the Rolling Ridge development had caused the city significant problems because it was a very difficult repair, spared only by the fact that the line was downhill, which meant no backup.

  • EARLIER: Trial in penis amputation case moved to August

    A jury trial in Shelby Circuit Court involving the case of a Shelby County man who said his penis was amputated without his consent has been rescheduled for August.

    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman set jury selection for Aug. 19 and opening arguments for Aug. 22 in the trial of Waddy resident Phillip Seaton, who is suing the surgeon who in 2008 amputated his penis.

  • News Briefs: Jan.19. 2011

    Snow forecast Thursday;
    parks offer sledding options

    With three to six inches of snow forecast for Thursday, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks & Recreation has two options for sled riders.
    Sledders can use the hill located at Clear Creek Park off Burks Branch Road. Enter through Gate 2 and proceed back to the Colonel Sanders Shelter and Amphitheatre on the left.  The hill is located behind these two structures.  Cars may park in the parking lots by the shelter.

  • Shelbyville to hear water rate increase

    When the Shelbyville City Council meets Thursday, it face a short agenda but one item with some punch.

    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle will ask the council for a rate increase of 3.85 percent.

    This will be the first reading of the rate increase, and if it passes both readings, it would go into affect on April 1.

    "It's the first time in two years we've asked for a rate increase," Doyle said. The last time, the increase was 3.5 percent.

  • Shelby EMA rates high on review

    The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has scored among the state’s best for its 2010 evaluation.

    Shelby EMA scored 94 out of a possible 96 and was the best in the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management’s Region 5, which encompasses Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Henry, Marion, Mercer, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington counties.

  • Brenda R. Thomas: 1939 - 2011

    Brenda Thomas, known to many as a vibrant member of the business community, was also a quiet champion of the poor and needy.

    Thomas, who had owned Jamison’s Sales and Rental  Inc. since 1980, died Thursday after taking a fall at her sister’s home in Lady Lake, Fla. She was 71.

  • Earlier: State to correct intersection's problems

    Improvements are on the way for the problematic intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 55.

    State transportation officials approved Friday a plan to add turn signals to the intersection, which had been seen as a problem ever since the Shelbyville Bypass opened late last year.

    But now the improvements – which should clear up dangerous turns and long backups – will  be even greater than had been expected.