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  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Karen Sams

    Karen Sams said she looks at the Shelby County Board of Education and sees a lack of efficiency.

    “The biggest issue facing our school system today is how to provide quality education efficiently,” she said. “I feel this is a shortfall with our current school board, and I chose to run to ensure that change will do us a good.”

    That’s why Sams has again entered the race for the school board’s 2nd District. She ran against incumbent Sam Hinkle in 2008 and lost by 17 votes.

  • Election 2012:Soil board’s mission is to help farmers

    When you go to the polls on Nov. 6 and see seven names seeking four spots on something called the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Shelby County, you might be wondering exactly what you are electing these people to do.

    Of all the agencies and taxing districts in the county – such as fire districts, solid waste, the library – why would you have to vote on people who seem to be in charge of dirt?

  • EARLIER: Both sides OK with outlet mall delay

    Developers and a representative of at least some residents say they are satisfied with what otherwise was an otherwise anticlimactic conclusion Tuesday night when the Triple S Planning Commission considered a zone change request for a second outlet mall in Simpsonville.

    For two hours Trio Property Development and its partner, Paragon Outlet Development presented plans for an outlet mall and requested a zone change for its 64-acre property east of Buck Creek Road and south of Interstate 64.

  • Candidates meet at forum Monday

    An election year tradition returns to the campaign trail on Monday night when the Shelby County Organized for Preservation and Enhancement and The Sentinel-News conduct their 2012 Candidate Forum.

    The questioning of candidates in key races will be at 6:30 p.m. at Stratton Center in Shelbyville, continuing a partnership that SCOPE and The Sentinel-News began in 1988.

  • Shelby County has bucketfuls of Halloween treats

    Shelby County friends have no shortage of activities to mark the Halloween season.

    There are family events at local farms and at the library, scary haunts on Main Street and at Red Orchard Park, a costume party fundraiser for local animal-rescue agencies and the usual candy gathering around trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating sites.

  • Burry withdraws from Shelbyville City Council race

    Bob Burry said Friday that he is removing his name from the race for Shelbyville City Council because of illnesses in his family.

    Burry, a Republican who was attempting his second run for city council, said it just wasn’t fair to the city or the other candidates to stay in the race.

    “I can’t emotionally do this [run for the council],” he said. “I don’t want to draw votes that would go to someone else. It wouldn’t be fair to the voters or the other candidates.”

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Kurt Smith

    Kurt Smith is taking his first shot at public office as a candidate for the Shelby County Board of Education, District 5, and he said his biggest goal is retention.

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Brenda Jackson

    With 24 years served on the Shelby County Board of Education, Brenda Jackson certainly has more experience than anyone associated with the board, but she said she still sees more and more room for growth in the district’s abilities and expectations.

  • Amendment would guarantee you can always hunt and fish

    If voters are still be deciding between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or which of the 10 Shelbyville City Council candidates to choose on Nov. 6, they might also be surprised to see a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

    And the amendment might strike them as odd, as well.

    It seems the proposed Personal Right To Hunt and Fish amendment was quietly passed through the state House and Senate, right to the ballot for voters to decide.

    “There was really no debate at all, that I recall,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

  • EARLIER: Shelby County officials worried about KY 55 jam

    Traffic concerns around the Interstate 64 construction at Exit 32 surfaced at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, an issue that magistrates and department heads agreed is of paramount importance.

    The main problem, County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said, is that big trucks are having trouble negotiating turns from KY 55 onto Old Brunerstown Road because of the construction that has restricted to two lanes some parts of the road north of I-64.