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  • County buys property to merge waste facilities

    The Shelby County Convenience Center may become more convenient for Shelbyville residents.

    The Shelby County 109 Taxing District, listed on county tax bills as the landfill, spent nearly $655,000 last month on a little more than 25 acres on Windhurst Way, a parcel that is across from Ryerson Inc. at 920 Old Brunerstown Road.

    Director of Solid Waste Russell Thomas said Thursday that the new location will provide room to combine the two locations - the 7th Street Recycling Center and the Shelby County Convenience Center in Waddy - plus leave room for growth.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville Elementary fails NCLB growth model

    After reading reports of increased scores and improvement across the board for the district in the Kentucky Core Content Tests, parents of students at Simpsonville Elementary School may have been surprised this week by what they read in a letter they received from the school.

    By only meeting nine of 10 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals this year and hitting only 10 of 12 in 2010, Simpsonville missed meeting the federal government's No Child Left Behind AYP goals two years in row, which means the school falls into the School Improvement Plan, Year 1 category.

  • Shelby woman gets diversion for embezzling

    A Shelby County woman sentenced in September in Jefferson Circuit Court to 5 years in prison for embezzling more than $70,000 from her employer will not have to serve any time.

    Andrea Nicole Murphy, 31, of 30 Lees Court in Shelbyville pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to fraudulent use of a credit card, theft by deception and misuse of electronic information.

  • New district lines get final approval from fiscal court

    Shelby County Fiscal Court rejected a zone change to allow a recyling facility to open on  Kentucky Street, but magistrates also addressed during their meeting Tuesday the new districts that they will serve starting in 2012.

    Those new magisterial district boundaries, redefined this past summer because of the 2010 census, are a done deal with the passing of a second reading of an ordinance that specified the changes.

  • Shelby woman hopes to raise enough money to regain her sight

    Savannah Sanders is much like other 21-year-olds, with many of the same hopes, fears and dreams.

    Except for one.

    She wishes fervently to be able to see the faces of her loved ones again someday soon.

    Blinded in a childhood accident 11 years ago and enveloped in darkness for past decade.

    But Sanders’ dream could become a reality, with a community-wide event scheduled this weekend to help raise money to pay for her corrective surgery.

  • Special judge named in Ethington case

    The appointment of a special judge in the case against the owners of Ethington Auto was confirmed Thursday at a hearing in Shelby District Court, in which yet anther date was set for a disposition hearing in the case.

    Special Judge Matthew Eckert, formerly of Jefferson County, will preside over the case because Shelby’s district judges had recused themselves because they know Ethington personally and one of them goes to church with him, Ethington’s attorney said Sam Carl.

  • Craig pleads guilty to theft at Tracy’s

    A long-time employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing thousands from Tracy’s Home Furnishings in Shelbyville.

    Kelly Craig, 45, of Shelbyville agreed with prosecutors to plead guilty to the five original charges for which she was indicted – five counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, all Class C felonies.

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell has recommended seven years for each count, to run concurrently, for a total sentence of seven years, to be probated for that amount of time.

  • News briefs: Oct. 7, 2011

    Simpsonville, Shelbyville

    cancel this week’s meetings

    Because of the Kentucky League of Cities’ annual meeting in Lexington, the city governments of Shelbyville and Simpsonville will not have their regular meetings this week.

    The Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting for Tuesday was canceled. The commission next will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

    The Shelbyville City Council will not meet on Thursday and will meet next at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

     

  • Shelby County's tax bill is flat -- again

    Those county real estate tax forms hitting mailboxes may look awful familiar.

    Most of the 2011 real estate tax rates look just like last year's rates, as many government agencies are tightening belts to get by with the same income or only moving to the compensating rate.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court is one of those agencies that are trimming its budget as opposed to raising taxes. Magistrates voted last month to keep the county tax rate at .11, or 11 cents per $100 of assessed real property.

  • Leadership Shelby class launches aid for Dorman

    On Saturday, the Dorman Center and Leadership Shelby are hoping to start an annual tradition at Daniel Field.

    The Leadership Shelby class of 2011 is sponsoring the first Dorman Center Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community field on Washington Street, and this unique event will send all proceeds to Dorman Center.