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  • Sen. Rand Paul breaks bread with Farm Bureau members

    At Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday night, state Sen. Paul Hornback (right) reads a proclamation to the family of the late Roy Catlett in honor of his achievements. Peggy Catlett (second from right) and her daughter, Nancy Smith (second from left), and grandson Andrew (left) accepted.

     

    Joe Lipps (right) presents U.S. Sen. Rand Paul with a basket of Kentucky farm products at Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday at Red Orchard Park.

     

  • Sen. Rand Paul breaks bread with Farm Bureau members

    Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was a distinguished guest at Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday night, but he did more eating than talking.

    Paul chatted briefly with some of the 150 people who attended the event, held in the barn at Red Orchard Park, before sharing a meal with them and making a very brief speech.

    Paul took about five minutes to touch upon the topics of national debt, foreign aid and the role of government, but he chose a less serious approach in keeping with the casual air of the picnic.

  • New court fees used across state

    Shelby County magistrates passed on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would add to the costs you pay for court proceedings.

    The extra fees would be $25 or less for such things as filing civil cases, court costs, filing appeals, traffic offenses, misdemeanor cases, filing small claims cases and serving subpoenas and civil summons.

    If the ordinance passes its second reading, scheduled for July 17, Shelby would join several surrounding counties that already have such fees in place.

  • County to pursue grant To upgrade 9111 center

    Shelby County wants to upgrade its 911 call center, and at their meeting Tuesday night, magistrates gave Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman the go ahead to apply for a Homeland Security grant for that purpose.

    Whitman said will use the money to update the 911 center’s CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system, as well as the record management system because it hasn’t been updated since 2002.

  • 2nd bout of cancer keeping Simpsonville commissioner away

    If you have followed the activities of the Simpsonville City Commission in recent months, you may have noticed an empty chair on the podium for meetings.

    Commissioner Vicky Wise has been missing from numerous meetings this year, and at the commission’s meeting Tuesday night, City Administrator David Eaton explained why.

  • Zaring named teacher of the Year

    Sally Zaring (center), of Shelbyville, a first-grade teacher at Painted Stone Elementary, is presented with the Teacher of the Year Award by WKYT-TV personnel Amber Philpott (left) and Chris Bailey, after being nominated for the award by Lynn Whitaker, the grandmother of one of her students. The award is given each year by Morehead State University. Teachers do not have to be an alumnus.

  • County to consider adding court fees

    Shelby County magistrates will consider at their meeting tonight an ordinance that will add to the costs you pay for court proceedings.
    Shelby County Fiscal Court, which meets at 7 p.m. at Stratton Center, will consider first reading on significant fee increases on filings in circuit and district courts for both civil and criminal proceedings.

    If passed, the ordinance would add:

    §       $25 to file civil cases.

    §       $25 to court costs in circuit court.

  • Sen. Rand Paul clarifies health-care comments

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul spent almost all of a 20-minute press conference at Stratton Center Monday clarifying his position on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled as constitutionally valid.

    Paul, a freshman Republican from Bowling Green, had come under criticism for saying after the decision that “just because a couple of people on the Supreme Court declare something to be constitutional does not make it so.”

  • Shelby County School Board: Neihof receives nearly outstanding evaluation

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved its 2012 evaluation of Superintendent James Neihof, for the third consecutive year giving Neihof an evaluation with an average rating of Excellent.

    The evaluation, which had been delivered in closed meeting on June 14 but were required to be approved in Thursday’s public meeting of the board, focused on 10 professional standards and considered the goals for the district agreed upon by Neihof and the board last year. The rating range is Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

  • Some hot tips on your fireworks use

    Shelby County will get 4th of July celebrations started Wednesday morning with a parade in Mount Eden and then end the holiday with fireworks that evening at Clear Creek Park, but others will opt to celebrate at home.

    However, remember to use some common sense and make sure you’re following the local ordinances.