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  • Shelby County Public Schools: Reaction minimal at Simpsonville

    There was a very small turnout Tuesday night for a meeting at Simpsonville Elementary where parents learned more about the impact of the school’s falling into the No Child Left Behind School Improvement Plan, Year 1 category.

    After sending letters to every student's home, explaining that this evaluation would allow students to transfer to Painted Stone or Wright elementaries, if they so chose, the school’s administrators saw just two parents show up for the meeting.

  • Midwest Metals could revisit Shelby

    A move to Shelby County may not be out of the question for Midwest Metals after all.

    The recycling company, with locations in Louisville and Frankfort, was turned down for a zone change Oct. 4, when Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates voted unanimously to deny a change from light to heavy industrial on the property located near Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street.

    But now, company officials may have a second go at trying to locate in the county, only in another area, said Jeff Wence, president of Midwest Metals.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: 2 more zone changes to get 1st consideration

    Already having faced a summer of significant and controversial zoning decisions, the Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday night will entertain two more requests for zone changes, along with some other adjustments in plans.

    The zoning requests are for businesses at opposite ends of the county and concern familiar pieces of property.

    The first is for Purnell Sausage in Simpsonville, which seeks to change a parcel it owns adjacent to its main plant from commercial to light industrial.

  • Deadly stretch of I-64 gets fix

    A highway construction project to correct a deadly stretch of Interstate 64 is nearing an end.

    Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Transportation Cabinet’s District 5, said the construction in the westbound lane in the vicinity of Mile Marker 38, which began Oct. 3, is expected to be completed next week.

  • Businesses, organizations team up to present anti-bully program

    TAYLORSVILLE – Jaime Evans knows what it's like to be bullied.

    As a high school freshman, she was bullied by a group of six girls who would often start fist fights.

    "I would be walking down the hallway and a girl would literally come up and push me," Evans said.

    Once, the group even called her mother and said they had Evans in their custody and planned to fatally attack her.

    Evans actually wasn't with those girls, but she wasn't home, so her mother didn't know what was going on.

  • ‘Road rage’ cited in death on I-64

    Law enforcement officials continue to search for the cause of an accident on Interstate 64 that killed a Waddy man just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

    Matthew Hensley, 34, of Waddy was left dead at the scene after his 1998 Ford Explorer flipped several times and ejected him just east of Exit 32 in Shelbyville.

    According to witnesses, Hensley allegedly was engaged in a “road rage” altercation with another eastbound driver in a red pickup truck.

  • News Briefs: Oct. 11, 2011

    Mobile app provides parents with info on the go

  • Blackburn escapees are suspects in Finchville burglary

    Police are still searching for two men who escaped from Blackburn Correctional Complex in Fayette County on Oct. 2.

    Shelby County Sheriff Detective Jason Rice said Tuesday that the pair are suspected in a burglary that occurred last Wednesday at a residence on Fisherville Road in Finchville.

    He added that although there’s a strong possibility the pair have left the area, that it’s not a certainty, so he is urging people to remain on the lookout for them.

  • News briefs: Oct. 7, 2011

    Bridge on Benson needs

    repairs, to be limited

    A bridge on Benson Road is about to have a new load limit and lane restrictions because it has some shown some deterioration.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Friday it would limit the bridge over North Benson Creek, at Mile Marker 9.73 on KY 1779 to 15-ton loads.

    In addition, the roadway is being reduced to one lane on the bridge to restrict loads on the upstream side beams.

  • County buys property to merge waste facilities

    The Shelby County Convenience Center may become more convenient for Shelbyville residents.

    The Shelby County 109 Taxing District, listed on county tax bills as the landfill, spent nearly $655,000 last month on a little more than 25 acres on Windhurst Way, a parcel that is across from Ryerson Inc. at 920 Old Brunerstown Road.

    Director of Solid Waste Russell Thomas said Thursday that the new location will provide room to combine the two locations - the 7th Street Recycling Center and the Shelby County Convenience Center in Waddy - plus leave room for growth.