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  • Crash leads to murder charge

    A man who crashed a tractor-trailer in which his passenger was killed last fall has been charged with that man’s murder.

    Kentucky State Police arrested Lonnie Monroe, 44, of Shelbyville on Monday and charged him in connection with the death of James Jacob, 38, who lived on Cherry Lane. Monroe is also charged with DUI.

    Kentucky State Police spokesperson Ron Turley said that Monroe was under the influence of methamphetamines when the crash occurred.

  • Shelbyville man in intensive care after shooting

    A Shelbyville man remains in the intensive care unit at the University of Louisville aftter being shot on Berea Street  Saturday afternoon in Shelbyville.

    Details are still sketchy about the incident at the 100 block of Berea Street, but what is known at this point is that Jeffery Riggins, 30, was taken to the Jewish Hospital Shelbyvillel by personal vehicle and then transferred to the University of Louisville Medical Center, Shelbyville Police say.

    The shooting occurred at about 3 p.m.

  • Shelbyville sets road repairs for fall

    The city of Shelbyville moved Thursday night to start the process of its annual fall road repairs.

    Acting on a recommendation from City Engineer Jennifer Herrell, the city council accepted a bid of $142,226.20 from Flynn Contracting of Louisville to repair about half a dozen streets in the city.

  • Exit 32 interchange gets immediate work

    Long-awaited construction has begun at Exit 32 on Interstate 64 in an effort to make that area a little safer until the interstate widening project begins in full force next spring.
    Ryan Watts, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said that Louisville Paving, the contractor for the project, started work Thursday.

  • News briefs: Sept. 21, 2012

    Owe back taxes to state? On Oct. 1 you get a break

     

    Kentucky is launching a tax amnesty program allowing people or businesses who owe back taxes to the state to pay with no fees or penalties. The threat of prosecution will be waived, and only half the interest owed will be due.

  • OVEC, schools to host arts center meeting

    Last month the city of Shelbyville received its second donation of property on the 800 block of Main and Washington streets to go toward the future of a downtown arts/convention project, the so-called City Center.

    And now, that concept could be growing even further.

    On Tuesday Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof and Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative CEO Leon Mooneyhan want to discuss the concept of an arts center with the public.

  • Library, Bogard continue fight

    Answers to two of the key questions at the center of the lawsuit former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard filed against the Shelby County Public Library may have become clearer this week.

    Did Bogard walk off the job or was she fired by library Director Pam Federspiel during a disagreement in June? And was there a physical altercation between the two?

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Sharon Cummins

    Sharon Cummins, who has spent most of her life as a resident of Simpsonville, is seeking a third term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

    Cummins is one of five candidates for the four spots on the commission, to which she was elected in 2008. Elections are non-partisan and are held every two years, with the mayor elected to a 4-year term.

  • Simpsonville continues condemnation process for sidewalks

    SIMPSONVILLE – Attorney Bill Brammell, a co-counsel for the city of Simpsonville, told the city commission on Wednesday that the process to condemn property for the city’s sidewalk project is continuing to move forward, albeit not as quickly as commissioners would prefer.

    At issue is the parcel at 7026 Shelbyville Road, which is the sole impediment to the city’s plan to construct sidewalks and other enhancements on the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road to Maplewood Drive, the first phase of its Village Center project.

  • EARLIER: Horizon gets unanimous OK for zone change for outlet mall in Simpsonville

    SIMPSONVILLE – Horizon Properties Group has the full go-ahead to use 50 acres of land in Simpsonville as the site for an outlet mall.

    The Simpsonville City Commission unanimously approved on Wednesday morning the second reading of an ordinance that allows zone changes for approximately 24 acres from Agriculture and Commercial to Limited Interchange on a parcel that is located south of Interstate 64 and on the west side of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads.