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  • EARLIER: Shelby County says no to further input on zoning decision

    A crowd of about 30 showed up at the Stratton Center on Tuesday night to see how county officials would handle a proposed zone change for Kentucky Street.

    But those residents left the Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting without getting a chance to voice their opinions about a proposed zone change that would allow a scrap metal business to locate next to Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street.

  • Simpsonville City Commission accepts bids for sewer project, building repairs

    With city officials and volunteers wrapping up final plans and thinking about the setup for the 22nd annual Simpsonville Fall Festival on Saturday, commissioners took time at their meeting Tuesday night to consider costs of a couple of key projects.

    First they voted to accept a bid from Salmon Construction for its Cardinal Club Force Main Extension Project, which builds a force main line from the pump station at Cardinal Club to the main pump station near the Purnell’s factory.

  • News briefs: Sept. 7, 2011

    30-degree swing

    makes 70s cool

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside plan gets 2 reviews

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get its first chance to chime in on the new Southside Elementary school project at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at Painted Stone Elementary.

    The agenda is centered on a work session for board members to discuss the project with the architects from K. Norman Berry.

    The district will then hold a public forum for members of the community to discuss the needs, wants and features they’d like to see in the new building on at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Southside.

  • Suit against ICON back in circuit court – maybe

    The wandering lawsuit between developer William Hysinger’s ICON Properties LLC and a group of landowners in Shelbyville has continued its winding course from Shelby County to Oldham County through Frankfort and then apparently back to Oldham County.

    At issue is a dispute filed in 2009 by Frank and Judy Kees, Randall and Freda Stivers, Samuel and Jennifer Carl and Richard and Stephanie Head, who contend that ICON did not uphold its agreement to purchase 72 acres west of Shelbyville.

  • Bagdad man dies in 3-vehicle pile-up

    An early morning accident on Elmburg Road Tuesday claimed the life of a Bagdad man and injured another when three vehicles collided on a rain-slick road.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers pronounced George W. Downs, 74, dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at 7:33 a.m.

  • Ohio truck driver dies on I-64 in Shelby County

    The driver of a tractor-trailer truck was killed Tuesday morning when he drove his rig through a guardrail and ended up in a ravine on westbound Interstate 64.

    Randall Thornton, 50, of Ohio, the truck’s only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene by Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers.

  • 2 dead on Shelby roads

    Two are dead in separate collisions Tuesday morning on Shelby County roadways.

    Randall Thornton of Ohio died when the tanker truck he was driving ran off I-64 westbound and into a ravine. He was dead at the scene.

    Thornton’s rig struck a parked vehicle just east of Shelbyville near the 35-mile marker. The spilled products and recovery of the mangled rig forced state employees to shut down one lane of the road, which continued into the evening.

    A 3-vehicle crash on Elmburg Road claimed the life of George W. Downs, 74, of Bagdad.

  • Shelbyville City Council: How about a ‘hotspot’ downtown?

    Many larger cities have cafés, restaurants, bars and libraries that provide wireless Internet hotspots, but Shelbyville has only a few – for now.

    During Thursday's city council meeting, Mayor Tom Hardesty noted that he and council member Jon Swindler had been talking to a company in Carrollton about making the city of Shelbyville a Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • News briefs: Sept. 2, 2011

    Conner Station to be closed

    for I-64 widening project

    Conner Station Road in Simpsonville is headed for closure at Interstate 64 until the end of September.

    The state Transportation Cabinet announced the road would be closed starting Tuesday to allow for impact of the I-64 widening. The expectation is that work will last through Sept.30.

    Motorists should follow the signed detour via U.S. 60 and Clark Station Road (in Jefferson County) for a thoroughfare to Fisherville Road.