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  • Public hearings on bridge, Southside are Tuesday

    Two important public hearings will take place Tuesday night in Shelbyville.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court will hear public response about its plan to close the Who Da Thot It Bridge over Clear Creek near downtown Shelbyville. This is the bridge that connects 5th Street to Jail Hill Road.

    That bridge currently is closed because it is in disrepair and the state changed its plans to have it repaired this year. Magistrates voted to close it permanently, pending the required public hearing.

    Those comments may be made at 6 p.m. at Stratton Center.

  • Why did gas prices jump?

    Although the nearly 50-cent increase in gas prices Thursday at stations on the west side of Shelbyville was dramatic, it didn’t come without explanation.

    Patrick DeHann, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, said the instability in the gas futures market made the conditions ripe for a large move.

  • News briefs: Sept. 9, 2011

    State touts growth

    in higher ed statistics

    Kentucky has improved faster than any state in the nation on key higher education performance measures, according to a report issued by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

  • Shelby County School Board: Plans for Southside open for public view

    The public will get its first chance to critique, comment and opine on the new Southside Elementary School at a public forum Tuesday.

    The forum, which will be at 7 p.m. at Southside, will begin with the presentation of the draft plan, which likely will have been fine-tuned by the board at yesterday's meeting in their workshop.

    After that, those members of the public that have signed in will be allowed to speak on the project.

  • Teacher facing sex charges has resigned

    Shannon Hirchert, the Collins high school teacher who has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving two students, resigned from her position as a special needs teacher last month.

    Despite Superintendent James Neihof's statement at the school district's press conference when Hirchert was arrested that "charges are not conclusive of guilt," Hirchert resigned on Aug. 5, just two days after her arrest.

    Neihof confirmed the resignation and added that it was "voluntary" and not asked for by the district.

  • Shelby is hot stop on tourists’ maps

    Visitors have spent a lot of tourism dollars in Shelby County this  past year, tourism officials say, but not for the primary reason you might think.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau, said that more than 500 more tourists stayed in town during 2011 but not necessarily to see the county’s attractions, although the Shelbyville Horse Show always draws a lot of visitors.

  • County passes 1st OK for new district plan

    Magistrates expressed satisfaction Tuesday night with the way their districts have been re-aligned to balance out the population growth of the past 10 years and passed a first reading on an ordinance to set those new boundaries.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County says no to further input on zoning decision

    A crowd of about 30 showed up at the Stratton Center on Tuesday night to see how county officials would handle a proposed zone change for Kentucky Street.

    But those residents left the Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting without getting a chance to voice their opinions about a proposed zone change that would allow a scrap metal business to locate next to Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street.

  • Simpsonville City Commission accepts bids for sewer project, building repairs

    With city officials and volunteers wrapping up final plans and thinking about the setup for the 22nd annual Simpsonville Fall Festival on Saturday, commissioners took time at their meeting Tuesday night to consider costs of a couple of key projects.

    First they voted to accept a bid from Salmon Construction for its Cardinal Club Force Main Extension Project, which builds a force main line from the pump station at Cardinal Club to the main pump station near the Purnell’s factory.

  • News briefs: Sept. 7, 2011

    30-degree swing

    makes 70s cool