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  • Shelbyville chooses firm to study east end

    To conduct the small area study on the east end of downtown Shelbyville, the city went with a firm already familiar with another part of the county.

    HNTB of Louisville, a firm providing architecture, engineering, planning and construction services, recently worked with the city of Simpsonville to help conceive its downtown "village" vision.

    The firm provided the city proposals, maps, drawings, and artist renderings of how it could look. The plan was approved at the Simpsonville City Commission's most recent meeting.

  • EARLIER: Teen killed in crash Tuesday night

    A Shelbyville teenager was killed Tuesday night in a car crash on Burks Branch Road just after 9 p.m.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Janet Morris said that Samantha Mathus-Cooper, 18, a senior at Shelby County High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A press release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said that Mathus-Cooper was a passenger in the front seat of a vehicle that carried three other occupants.

    Sheriff's detective Jason Rice said in the release that a preliminary investigation indicates that speed was a factor in the crash.

  • EARLIER: County to freeze salaries in proposed 2009-10 budget

    If Shelby County Fiscal Court is to balance its budget next fiscal year, there will have to be salary freezes across the county.

    That’s what magistrates learned Tuesday night when they got their first look at a budget that trims $600,000 from an already tight 2008-09 budget.

    The budget calls for operating expenses of just less than $17 million, a slice of about 3.6 percent.

  • EARLIER: Finalists named for Plughaupt Scholarship

    Shelby County Public Schools have announced the six finalists for the prestigious Pflughaupt Scholarship.

    This year's finalists are Lindsey Anderson, Nick Hamblen, Landri Tripp, Anne Bowersox, Kayla Pilcher and Chris Obermeyer.

    The winner will receive $5,000 every year for four years. The award is based on academic achievement, community involvement and other achievements. The winner will be named at the school's awards night on June 2.

  • School system to lose principal; administrator

      Carla Breeding, principal at Simpsonville Elementary, has submitted her resignation, and administrator BJ Martin, elementary curriculum coordinator for the school system, is headed to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Breeding, whose resignation will be effective June 30 is leaving to pursue other educational leadership positions, said Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for Shelby County Schools.

    Martin will become the state's District Achievement Gap Coordinator. She is leaving in July.

  • Simpsonville hits the Web

    Simpsonville now has its own true place in the world, the World Wide Web that is.

    And it has less to do with Saddlebred horses than it does technology.

    The city of Simpsonville has launched a new Web site at www.cityofsimpsonvilleky.com, joining Shelbyville and Shelby County with informational portals for residents.

  • County renews jail's healthcare program

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to renew the Health Services agreement with the detention center to provide health care to the inmates.

    Magistrate Michael Riggs said that Jailer Bobby Waits is pleased with the agreement with Southern Health Partners, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn.,  and so the motion to approve it had not trouble passing, at 6-0.

    "It's a good contract; especially with the discount they've given us," Waits said.

  • Simpsonville OKs town center plan

    The City of Simpsonville has a plan for a whole new future.

    Its City Commission on Tuesday approved formally the long-range plan for a new town center to be developed along the U.S. 60 corridor.

    HNTB, a planning firm from Louisville, has led the city through a planning process that has taken about nine months and produced a document that was approved last month by Triple S Planning & Zoning. The commission’s vote was the final step before the implementation phase.

  • Man in altercation: I just fought back

    A Shelbyville man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Shelby County District Court to several charges incurred during an altercation with a state trooper that sent both of them to the hospital.

    James L. Shuck, 23, was arrested Thursday night after an altercation with Kentucky State Police Trooper Hunter Martin on Village Lane in Shelbyville. The men scuffled, and the trooper twice used his Taser on Shuck and fired his revolver at him while trying to arrest him on charges he had violated his probation.

  • School board approves 2009-2010 budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved Thursday a slightly smaller budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Next year's expense budget is $40,332,325, down just more than 3 percent from 2008-09.

    The plan was presented to the board by Dr. Robert Arvin, a financial consultant who worked with Greg Murphy, director of finance for the school system.

    Murphy said that next year's budget is lower than this year's because of several revenue items.