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  • Shelby County School board: Student tells board about time as McConnell’s page

    The Shelby County Board of Education was treated to an unusual presentation at Thursday’s meeting.

    Along with hearing from teachers and administration on instructional work and opportunities, the board members also heard a presentation from Shawn Allen Jr., a junior at Shelby County High School, about his time as a page for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

  • Election 2012: Republicans continue to gain in registration

    Shelby County picked up an extra 680 voters this year.

    The deadline to register to vote in the May 22 Primary Election passed Monday, and Democrats still hold a lead on Republicans in the county, but the margin is ever-shrinking.

    According to the latest report from County Clerk Sue Carole Perry’s office, Republicans have increased their total voters by 511 from last year to 10,855 this year. The Republican Party surpassed 10,000 registered voters for the first time in 2010.

  • Deadly I-64 ramp makes the cut

    Shelby County’s dangerous merge ramp at Exit 32 on Interstate 64 survived the final budget negotiations during the special legislative session in Frankfort.

    That’s the good news, because the county lost about $37 million to reallocations in the state’s road budget, leaving $14.57 million for replacement and expansion projects in the next two years.

  • Shelbyville City Council: County residents deter city’s meeting storm-water goals

    How the county is handling storm-water runoff is inhibiting what the city of Shelbyville does with its runoff.

    That was the report City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell delivered to the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday night.

    Herrell was updating council members on the city’s MS4 system (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System), a network of ditches, culverts, streets, curbs and inlets that collects storm water and discharges it to creeks, streams, rivers, lakes, wetland and other bodies of water.

  • Election 2012: District 4 U.S. Congress: Thomas Massie

    Thomas Massie is looking to trade his job as Lewis County judge-executive, a position he has held since 2010, for the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by a 4-term incumbent.

    Massie, an engineer, inventor and farmer, is a Republican who lives on a cattle farm in Lewis County with his wife of 18 years, Rhonda, and their four children, ages 8, 11, 14 and 16.

  • White pride rally goes on peacefully

    A rally in Frankfort on Saturday by a Michigan-based white pride group was relatively peaceful, Frankfort Police said.
     

    Frankfort Police Maj. Fred Deaton said that about 150 people, some carrying signs, gathered Saturday afternoon to watch a rally by about 40 members of the National Socialist Movement.

    Some protestors turned out with signs along to protest the protestors.

    The march had been organized by Sandra Coy, who used the address for Bob’s Hay Barn in Shelbyville on the application.

  • Ethington Auto to stay open pending appeal

    Ethington Auto is still open for business after having its dealership license was revoked by the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission.

    Sam Carl, the attorney for the dealership’s owners, Donnie Ethington of Shelbyville and William Ledford of Somerset, said that their appeal is pending in Franklin Circuit Court.

    He added that Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate is currently considering whether to allow the dealership to remain open for the remainder of the appeal process.

    “We have not gotten his decision back on that yet,” Carl said.

  • More lane closures on I-64 this week

    Lane closures are scheduled on Interstate 64 between the Jefferson/Shelby County line and the Simpsonville exit (mile points 23.2 to 28.1) because of installation of raised pavement markers. Lane closures are planned for Monday–Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. each day until 6 the following morning. The roadway could be reduced

    to one lane during the evenings. The speed limit is reduced to 55 MPH in the construction zone.

  • SCPS losing 2 more principals: Downs, Rucker stepping down

    Shelby County Public Schools is going to have a lot of hiring to do this summer.

    Karen Downs and Steven Rucker, principals of Clear Creek and Heritage elementary schools, respectively, have told administrators they will not return next year.

    Adding them to the three principals — Collins High School’s Anthony Hatchell, East Middle’s Christine Powell and Wright Elementary’s Lynn Gottbrath — who announced their retirements earlier this year, it means the district will be searching for new principals at five of its nine schools.

  • Equestrian competition comes to Walnut Way

    Shelby County finds itself at the forefront of the saddle seat discipline once again.

    Walnut Way and Cattail Creek farms will co-host an International Equestrian Association saddle seat competition with three other teams on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Walnut Way.