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  • County to chip storm debris

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to spend $22,100 to hire Horizon Opportunities, LLD to turn a 10,000-cubic-foot-pile of brush from the ice storm into 1-inch chips.

    Magistrates had approved the measure previously at the request of County Road Superintendent Carl Henry, who told them that having the job contracted was much less expensive than the county buying its own chipper to get rid of the pile of debris at the county road facility on Kentucky Street.

    Besides that, the operator needs special training to operate it, he said.

  • EARLIER: Police car approval doesn't cruise through council

    The Shelbyville City Council had its foot on the accelerator Thursday night for the police department to purchase two new cruisers from the lower of two bidders, Countryside Motors out of Lawrenceburg.

    But the one council member who was stuck in park over the selection of the two Ford Crown Victoriaw was Shane Suttor.

    Suttor stood in opposition, suggesting that another option could be worth considering.

  • Sheriff Department buys new cruisers locally

    Shelby County Sheriff's department put in orders for two new Ford Police Interceptors last week, and they were purchased locally at O'Brien Ford Mercury.

    "We've got several people in the county that work out there, and we hope it's a dealership that stays in business," Sheriff Mike Armstrong said. "We wanted to stay local and try help out business here. That does put money back in the local economy." 

  • EARLIER: SCHS student is arrested after threats

    A Shelby County High School student has been arrested for making a school-related death threat.

    Thomas Lee Wenz, 18, of 4481 Zaring Mill Road was arrested Monday night -- the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre -- and charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, said Gene Witt, chief deputy at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

    He added that the sheriff's office got a report from the high school Monday afternoon that a threat had been made.

  • Pools conform to new law

    A new regulation designed to protect children swimming in pubic pools has caused some facilities to struggle to meet its requirements in time for the summer season.

    The tragic death of a 7-year-old girl who was sucked into a pool drainpipe spawned the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which became law. After some extensions, pools now must pass an inspection before they can open for their summer seasons, typically around Memorial Day.

  • Relay for Life starts tonight

    The 2009 Shelby County Relay For Life gets under way tonight with the survivor walk at 7 o'cock, finishing at 7 a.m. Saturday at Shelby County High School's Doyle Stadium.

    Teams of eight to 15 representatives from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, churches, schools and service organizations camp out at the local high school to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

    Throughout the night, team members take turns walking on the track to raise at least $100.

  • School board to review salaries, funding needs

    At its next regular meeting on Thursday, the Shelby County School Board will discuss a number of topics, including funding needs for three items.

    The items that will be under consideration are salaries for the 2009-10 school year, unmet needs for the district and Section 7 allocation for the next school year.

    Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for the school system, said that unmet needs include $50,000 for the recently approved Elementary Foreign Language Pilot Program at Southside Elementary.

  • Wiche to speak at Home Expo

    Gardening expert Jeneen Wiche will be a featured presenter Saturday at the second annual Shelbyville Home Expo.

    The Home Expo runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Floral Hall at Shelby County Fair Grounds and features exhibits from businesses that support home building and remodeling industries.

  • A 'sand-breaking' for new center

     In an emotional moment Thursday afternoon, several officials, including the state's chief justice, each flung a shovel-full of sand to the heavens.

    The gesture was in honor of the official ground-breaking for the county's new judicial center, but the ceremony only was symbolic however, because the "ground" at the site of the construction was a complete mess.

  • Shelbyville Chrysler not on company's hit list

    Shelbyville Chrysler Jeep received good news from the Chrysler Corp. on Thursday: The company is keeping the store open.

    As a direct result of the ongoing financial struggles of the U.S. auto industry, Chrysler informed 789 dealerships nationwide on Thursday that they would be closing. That's a quarter of the 3,181 stores it was operating when the automaker filed for bankruptcy on April 30.