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  • EARLIER: Shelby County says Who Da Thot It Bridge to remained closed

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to keep the Who Da Thot It Bridge closed.

    City and county crews erected barricades to close the bridge temporarily after it was declared unsafe by state bridge inspectors, and a public hearing was held last week, as required by KRS, before closing the bridge.

    Magistrates did not discuss the issue Tuesday, only to agree that if funding did become available in the future, the bridge could possibly be restored to function as a pedestrian walkway and bicycle path, a desire that was expressed by many at the public hearing.

  • Sleep-over fundraiser is big success

    A sea of huge cardboard boxes, most with blankets and pillows hanging out of them, covering the parking lot of the public library Friday night, testified to the success of a charity event to benefit the homeless.

    The fundraiser for the Open Door of Hope, a men’s shelter located on 8th Street, run by Lee Bean, former minister of Dover Baptist Church, raised more than $10,000 for the shelter, Bean said.

    “We did really well; better than I could have hoped for,” he said on Monday when the total pledges were tallied.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 1: She was a model inmate, a ‘compliant client’

    Sentencing in homicide-related cases typically takes from two to three years, and many offenders are usually in custody most of that time.

    Tonya Nicole Brown gave birth and disposed of her child in April 2008, was charged with murder within a week, and sentencing did not take place until July 8, 2010.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 1: Lexington woman who left her baby to die now out of prison

    On a cool spring day, April 6, 2008,Tonya Nicole Brown, nine months pregnant and feeling labor pains, entered the restroom of the White Castle Restaurant on Mount Eden Road and gave birth in a stall to a baby girl with dark, curly hair.

    She placed that healthy baby inside a plastic garbage bag, tied that bag at the top, placed it in a trash can and walked out of that public restroom, less than 200 feet from the safe haven of a fire station.

  • Waddy man dies when Jeep flips in field

    A Waddy man was left dead at the scene early Sunday morning when his Jeep flipped and ejected him and two passengers joy riding in a field.

    Ricky Sean Temple, 22, was celebrating his birthday on Saturday, and the party extended into the early hours Sunday. At about 4 a.m. Temple and six others decided to take three vehicles into a nearby field on a large farm about half mile north of the Waddy Fire Station.

  • Maryland man dies on I-64

    A single-car accident on Interstate 64 early Sunday morning left one man dead.

    Edward Horn Sr., 60, of Rising Sun, Md., was traveling eastbound at 5:34 a.m. when his 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier ended up in the median, slid sideways and flipped, according to police reports, at mile marker 33. At that point, Horn, who was traveling alone, was ejected from the car and into the westbound lanes. No other cars were involved in the accident, and Horn was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • 2 die in early morning accidents

    Two people are dead in separate but nearly simultaneous accidents early Sunday morning.

    Both accidents happened around 4:30 a.m., but details are sketchy because Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies have not provided the accident reports.

    Ricky Sean Temple, 22, of Waddy died in an accident in a field near Waddy.

    In the other, an unidentified westbound driver on Interstate 64 near Mile Marker 33 apparently crossed the median and crashed on the eastbound side.

  • News briefs: Sept. 16, 2011

    Webb Road closed for

    repairs for up to 2 weeks

    Webb Road was closed beginning Thursday so county road workers can install a box culvert, according to Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry.

    Henry said two different detours have been set up for residents who live on Webb Road, which connects U.S. 60 to KY 362 (Aiken Road) west of Simpsonville.

    Those with addresses through the 790 block should use U.S. 60, and those with addresses of 912 and greater should travel north to Aiken Road.

  • School helps remove gluten to the maximum

    Middle school is a crazy time.

    It's all about doing the right thing with the right people and fitting in.

    And that's all Melissa Baralt wanted for her daughter Kelly, a sixth-grader at West Middle.

    For years Melissa Baralt had been trying to get the school system to offer some gluten-free alternatives to work with her daughter's Celiac disease.

  • Ag-to-industrial plan to get hearing

    The Triple S Planning Commission will have a public hearing Tuesday on a zoning request from the Shelbyville City Council, the third consecutive meeting that the commission has faced a zone change request.

    The commission will hear feedback for the 73-acre farm on the southeast corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way during its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.