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  • EARLIER: Elusive Henry couple facing hundreds of animal-cruelty charges

    EMINENCE – Warrants have been issued for Terri and Ken Smith of Campbellsburg on 218 counts of animal cruelty each, said Dan Flinkfelt, animal control officer for Henry and Trimble counties.

    The couple’s whereabouts have been unknown since Monday evening, when Flinkfelt and local law enforcement officials raided their alleged puppy mill at 25 Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg.

    It is believed that the Smiths were selling some of the animals at the Shelby County Flea Market in Simpsonville.

  • News briefs: Dec. 14, 2011

    Shelby has finalists for

    top equestrian awards

    Shelby County has finalists for two of the most prestigious honors in equestrian sports.

    Janice Giles of Pleasureville is one of eight horse people contending for Equestrian of the Year, and CHThe Daily Lottery of High Hickory Farm in Simpsonville is one of six vying for Horse of the Year in voting by the United States Equestrian Federation.

  • Ethington must wait to learn license’s fate

    The owners of Ethington Auto will have to wait for a month before finding out whether their license to operate their dealership on Midland Trail could suffer because of numerous charges they face concerning their business practices.
    Donnie Ethington, 70, was on hand with his attorney Sam Carl but minus his business partner, William Ledford, 84, who was under the weather, on Thursday at the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission headquarters for hearing to determine whether the owners would be fined, their dealership’s license revoked, they would be put on probation or face no punishment at all.

  • Building Shelby Part II: Big changes afoot when judicial center opens

    There is a lot of buzz about the opening Monday of the Shelby County Judicial Center and the opportunity of doing business in a new, hi-tech environment when the brand new Shelby County Judicial Center opens Monday.

    But many people who frequent the courthouse also say they are feeling a little nostalgic about leaving a familiar environment behind for a new one, and some are even a little nervous about new procedures they are not sure they are going to be completely comfortable with.

  • Woman files suit against Masonic Home for negligence against mother

    A Shelbyville woman, Darlene Eberle, filed suit No. 30 against Masonic Home Shelbyville, claiming that her mother, Helen McCarthy, was injured while a resident at the home.
    The suit filed in Shelby Circuit Court claims that McCarthy fell on Dec. 16, 2010, receiving a laceration to her forehead, and also on Jan. 10, 2011, when she fractured her hip and left wrist.

  • EARLIER: Some of animals found in Henry may have been sold in Shelby

    CAMPBELLSBURG – Henry County Animal Control officials on Monday seized more than 100 dogs and as many as 100 other animals from buildings on a property located at 25 Allison Lane in rural Campbellsburg.

    The animals were being kept in crates and cages in a single-wide trailer, a camper, outdoor kennels and a large outbuilding.

    The stench emanating from the property could be detected from the road.

  • Shelby County School Board: Shelby dropouts now have new way to finish

    Shelby County Public Schools is hoping to jumpstart the careers of students who jumped out of school a little too early.

    The district will begin a pilot program on Jan. 3 that will help students who dropped out of school before graduating finally earn their diplomas.

    This program differs from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program in that students actually earn Shelby County diplomas instead of an equivalency.

  • Building Shelby Part 1: New judicial center is no cheap facility

    The new Shelby County Judicial Center is designed to last 100 years, and at a little more than $220,000 per year, taxpayers have to hope that the facility holds up.

    The calculator on that debt service begins Monday, when the first gavel will fall at this 58,000-square-foot, federal-styled, brick facility at the corner of Main and 4th streets in Shelbyville.

  • Building Shelby Part 1: State is building new centers

    Since its judicial center construction program began in 2000, the AOC has had such projects approved for half of the commonwealth’s 120 counties. Many projects have been for new, standalone buildings, but some have been for courthouse additions and renovations.

    Of the 40 projects approved since 2005, only seven were done in counties larger than Shelby. And of those 24 have been completed, and 16 remain in various stages of construction.

    The seven larger projects, their counties, costs, square footage and date of completion are:

  • News briefs: Dec. 14, 2011

    School districts receive bad news
    about $57.5 million educational shortfall

    Local school officials around Kentucky will soon find out how much money they stand to lose in a $57.5 million shortfall to state education funding.
    Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told superintendents in an E-mail Friday that the Kentucky Department of Education would announce mid-year cuts later this month, The State-Journal reported.