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  • News Briefs: April 22, 2011

    Optimist Oratorical Contest seeking competitors

    The Shelby County Optimist Club has rescheduled its Oratorical Contest because it is looking for more entrants who are interested in earning scholarship money for college.

    This is a 4-to-5- minute speech on the topic "If I were leader of the free world, the first issue I would address would be…"

  • Annexation of bowling alley property passes with protest

    The Shelbyville City Council met Tuesday for a brief special called meeting.

    The council's only agenda item was the annexation of the property on Midland Trail where the former Bluegrass Bowling Center formerly was located.

    Council members voted unanimously on both readings to annex the property, which had been requested so that a yet-to-be-identified new tenant could operate the bowling lanes and serve alcohol. County ordinances would not have allowed that.

  • 7th Street concept gets sneak peak

    A plan to enhance the area connecting downtown Shelbyville and Clear Creek Park may someday become a reality if it's incorporated into the county's comprehensive plan.

    That's a concept that Triple S Planning Commission Director Ryan Libke was really excited about Tuesday night as he presented the concepts of a planning company at the Triple S meeting.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty also was caught up in his enthusiasm, as was the small crowd of about 20, who attended the meeting at the Stratton Center.

  • Sirens sounded but Shelby safe

    Tornado sirens blared across Shelby County just after midnight today, but officials say it appears that the powerful storm that did damage in southern Indiana spared the county.

    Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Charlie Frazee said the storm blew in to town early, with the tornado warning lifted by 1:30 a.m.

  • Ten Commandments come down in courthouse, still remain in annex

    A plaque bearing the Ten Commandments has been taken down from the wall of the public area of the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in the Shelby County Courthouse.

    The plaque  which has been on display in the driver’s license office for years, came down only recently after a commentary from Linda Allewalt of Shelbyville appeared in The Sentinel-NewsWednesday.

  • EARLIER: KSP investigating ‘carloads’ of records from Ethington

    A Kentucky State Police detective said Monday that investigators are continuing to review documents they seized last month while executing a search warrant at Ethington Auto Sales in Shelbyville

    On March 31, KSP detectives converged on Ethington’s lot on Midland Trail  and seized what KSP detective Kevin Calhoun called “carloads” of papers and computers from the dealership because of complaints that officials at Ethington had failed to  file titles  for vehicles bought and sold at their dealership.

  • Repairs for Exit 32 could start in ‘12

    Those repairs for the deadly merge ramp from KY 55 onto eastbound Interstate 64 are scheduled to begin next year.

    That’s what Transportation Cabinet Chief District Engineer Matt Bullock told Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning.

    He said adjustments to the ramp and its frighteningly short, 295-foot merge lane at Exit 32, where two people died in 2010, are in Phase I, which is when the ramp alignment is determined.

  • Simpsonville may increase sewer rates 1st time in 18 years

    Simpsonville residents could be getting their first increase in sewer rates in 18 years.

    The Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday morning approved the first reading of an ordinance that would raise rates 2.5 percent, an increase officials said was needed to cover rising costs during a time when new construction has declined.

    Rates would rise from $10.15 for the first 2,000 gallons of usage to $10.40 and from 5.075 to 5.202 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.

  • Elmburg, Buck Creek approved for repairs

    Two secondary county roads in Shelby County will be getting facelifts this summer.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Chief Engineer Matt Bullock told Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday that sections of KY 395 (Elmburg Road) and KY 1848 (Buck Creek Road) were in line for annual repairs.

    He said 3.2 miles of Elmburg Road between the railroad crossing and Jacksonville Road would be resurfaced, as would Buck Creek from Clark Station Road to Taylor Wood Road.

    Magistrates approved the plan, which will cost the state $310,000.

  • Hundreds touched by clinic