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  • Fair’s horse show could be biggest ever

    The Shelby County Fair Horse Show, which gets under way tonight at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, is shaping up to be one of the biggest in a long time.

    “For the number of years I’ve been manager, I think this will be the biggest one we’ve seen,” R.H. Bennett said on Tuesday while he was trying to juggle stalls to fit all the need for boarding horses overnight. “We have people coming in from Georgia, Chicago, Evansville and other places. Of course, ninety percent of our competitors come from here in the county.”

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to test maintenance service from North Carolina based company

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court agreed at its meeting on Tuesday to try out a new way to tackle its management needs, with a little help from a national company with a local presence.

    County maintenance supervisor Denny Bailey told magistrates that a North Carolina-based company, Facility Dude, established in 2007, offers a new approach to helping both governments and businesses manage maintenance issues and save money.

    It costs $2,057 per year to use the company’s service, but the first year will be free for the fiscal court, courtesy of Johnson Controls,

  • EARLIER: 2 bone marrow donors found for Addison Miles

    There may at last be hope for 7-month-old Addison Miles in her battle against cancer.

    Just days before a bone marrow donor drive on Sunday at Shelby Christian Church – which drew more than 400 people for the bone-marrow registry – her family learned the fantastic news that there are two near-perfect matches for Miles, who has a form of leukemia.

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP reading scores hit 75 percent for end of year

    This school year ended with three-fourths of Shelby County grade school students reading on or above grade level – or you might say that 25 percent left school for the summer lagging behind.

    That was the gist of the latest MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) report by Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith told members of the Shelby County School Board at their meeting Thursday night.

    The board, including Superintendent James Neihof, expressed disappointment that those numbers were not higher.

  • U.S. 60, bypass to be closed for big move

    ‘Super load’ move to require temporary route closures
    275,500-pound machine headed to plant at Harrodsburg

    Movement of an overweight/overdimensional “super load” of equipment from a dock in Louisville to a plant outside Harrodsburg will require temporary closure of some traffic routes in Shelby County starting tonight.

  • Former Collins teacher gets probation on sex charges

    A former Collins High School special needs teacher received probation Monday after pleading guilty in May to having sex with students.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, received a 7-year sentence, but Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman probated her sentence for a period of 5 years.

    He also ordered her to register as a sex offender and prohibited her from being around minors. She is prohibited from teaching school anywhere in the United States.

    Hirchert had pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter.

  • New law tightens up auto insurance

    A new state law that went into effect last week makes it mandatory for drivers to keep their auto insurance up to date – and be able to prove it.

    The Department of Insurance in Frankfort now are requiring insurance companies to report policies that have been terminated by drivers.

    State officials say that notices will be sent to owners of vehicles for which continuous coverage is not verified, and those owners will be given 30 days to establish coverage or to present proof of coverage.

  • Sheriff’s office, county clerk receive good audits

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the county clerk’s office have been shown to have excellent bookkeeping methods, the annual audit reports released from State Auditor Adam H. Edelen said.

    The reports found those offices to be in conformity with the state’s accounting standards and found nothing that state auditors considered to be weakness in their bookkeeping systems.

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong said the good report reflects on his staff.

  • Squire Boone Day fundraiser Saturday at Clear Creek Park

    The Squire Boone Committee is taking the next step in trying to raise the money for a statue to be placed at the eastern entrance to the city of Shelbyville.

    The committee will celebrate Squire Boone Day on Saturday at the Clear Creek Park amphitheater and Col. Sanders Pavilion.

    The daylong event will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a proclamation from Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty to establish the first Squire Boone Day, and entertainment will go throughout the day and into the night.

  • News briefs, June 15, 2012

    Bone marrow registration

    drive for Adisson Miles

    A bone marrow donation registration drive will be held Sunday to try to find a match for 7-month-oild Addison Miles.

    She’s the daughter of Daniel and Rachel Miles of Finchville, and she needs a transplant to overcome her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. So far, a match has not been found.

    The registration event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shelby Christian Church.