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  • 2012 Legislative preview: Choosing top issues is no huge gamble for legislators

    The 2012 Kentucky Legislative session begins on Tuesday, and lawmakers from around the state already have lined up a lot to talk about.

    Talks already have started on redistricting, which is mandated every 10 years by the census, and some 200 bills have been pre-filed, not to mention that Gov. Steve Beshear has suggested several topics that he thinks should be considered.

  • Shelby’ rain falls short of record

    It looks like Shelbyville will come up just short of its record rainfall, despite cities all around it surpassing their wettest years.

    On Dec. 6 Shelbyville Municipal Water Manager Tom Doyle had the city with 72.3 inches of rain. Although that number was 7 inches more than Louisville’s record rainfall for the year, it was still short of Shelbyville’s record of 75.3 inches set in 2004.

    But the rain hasn’t stopped.

  • Unpaid property taxes can escalate

    If you haven’t paid your property taxes this year, time is running out to avoid issues associated with delinquent bills – including the possibility that a complete stranger could secure an interest on your home.

    To avoid any late charges, property taxes must be paid by Saturday. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, which is charged with collecting the revenue, is open today for walk-in customers, but Sheriff Mike Armstrong said mailed payments postmarked no later than Dec. 31 will be also be honored.

  • Marriages on the rise, but so are divorces

    More people are tying the knot each year in Shelby County, but more people are also untying it as well.

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said that tracking a 3-year marriage trend, her office has issued 268 marriage licenses from Jan. 1 through Dec. 29 this year, 252 in 2010 and 249 in 2009.

    But Bruce Graham in the Shelby County Circuit Clerk’s office said that in 2011, there were 179 divorces filed, up from 166 in 2010, 187 in 2009 and 158 in 2008.

  • Woman in police chase jailed after hospital release

    A Frankfort woman involved in a high-speed police chase through three counties has been released from the hospital.

    Rebecca Manley, 31, had stabbed herself six times in the neck with a knife before being taken into custody by Kentucky State Police on Tuesday, but her injuries were not that serious, said Hunter Martin, the trooper who initiated the traffic stop that led to the pursuit.

    Manley is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center under a $5,000 cash bond, charged with DUI, fleeing and evading police and having no insurance.

  • EARLIER: Questions about merger involving JHS lingering

    While citizens and hospital personnel alike wait for a decision from Gov. Steve Beshear on whether to allow the proposed merger among Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare – the parent of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville – University Hospital in Louisville and Lexington-based St. Joseph Health System, which is owned by Catholic Health Initiatives of Denver, much of the debate has surrounded the changes that would occur at UofL’s hospital.

  • Legislature 2012: Shelby faces big changes in districts

    With the release of the U.S. census last year, states across the nation are reworking congressional and state legislative and judicial boundaries.

    Each state is charged with redrawing those lines every 10 years to coincide with the federal mandate and population growth.

  • Vet's aide coaches man into saving dog from choking

    If dogs can have heroes, then “Angel,” a small white West Highland terrier, has two of them – her owner and her vet, who worked together recently to save her from certain death.

    Terry Kays said that he had just given Angel a dog treat when he noticed that the other dog he had was starting to run around nervously.

    “I looked, and Angel was just sort of gagging,” he said. “I looked in her mouth and didn’t see anything. So I called my wife, Pat, to ask her what to do, and I couldn’t get hold of her.”

  • Christmas Day miracle: Brain-dead beating victim moves

    Dennisse Escareno’s family members had said they were praying for a Christmas miracle to prove doctors were wrong about her being brain dead.

    And right on schedule, on Christmas Day, they got that miracle.

    Escareno, 24, who had been viciously beaten and left by the side of the road, moved her fingers and toes, her roommate Melody Riddle said Tuesday.

    “We went up to see her on Christmas Day, and Krissi took the kids,” she said.

  • Shelby merchants happy with sales

    Some Shelby County merchants report having a satisfactory Christmas season, and some say they really did well on their after-Christmas sales on Monday.

    “I don’t have the numbers available, but I know we did better than last year,” said Jason Shaw, assistant manager at Lowe’s.

    “We have sold a lot of merchandise yesterday [Monday], and that sale will be going on for another week,” he said.