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  • Hardesty is back on limited basis

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty returned to his empty chair in the middle of the Shelbyville City Council for Thursday night’s meeting, resuming his role after missing three weeks following emergency surgery.

    And the meeting, which lasted less than 30 minutes, was more an emotional welcome back for Hardesty than it was about complicated civic matters.

  • Collapse of video store's roof storm related to weather

    Last week's heavy winds and rain caused the second roof collapse at the construction site of a building in Shelbyville that eventually would house Family Video.

    That's the determination of a field inspection report from the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction, Division of Building Code Enforcement, whose inspectors visited the ruins on Midland Trail.

  • Business owners concerned about Simpsonville plan

    The Simpsonville City Council addressed concerns raised by property owners Henry and Barbara Lee about the proposed Village Center during Tuesday night's meeting.

    The Lee's pointed out that Village Center plans show Cardinal Drive being straightened out as it meets U.S. 60 from the south and running right through the commercial building they own. This plan, they said, has the businesses currently renting there considering moving.

  • County seeks 'aesthetic' improvements

    Magistrates voted Tuesday night to propose a text amendment to local zoning regulations that would create a design standard for a scenic corridor along Mount Eden Road and U.S. 60 east.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the amendment – so called overlay districts – if approved, would establish some guidelines about the way that buildings would have to be designed in the eastern part of the county in the future.

  • EARLIER: Former police officer says firing range too near school

     

    A former Shelbyville policeman says officers are shooting high-powered weapons at an outdoor firing range that is dangerously close to an elementary school.

    John Wilson, an 8-year employee and former sergeant, resigned from the department in August after telling his superiors that the range was too near Clear Creek Elementary, he told The Sentinel-News.

  • Power restored after morning outage

    A power outage Friday morning knocked out electricity to nearly 4,000 residences and businesses – including Shelby County High School – for about an hour and a half.

    Bob Price, team leader for Kentucky Utilities, said 3,900 KU customers lost power between 8 and 9:30 a.m. because of an equipment failure at a main power station behind Kroger.

    "We had an equipment failure at our distribution substation at Shelbyville East," he said.

    Price said that although the problem is still not repaired, crews were able to restore power to everyone.

  • Police consider moving firearms training to summer

    The Shelbyville Police Department, whose firing range is under scrutiny because of its proximity to elementary schools, is considering moving all activities there to non-school hours, Police Major Danny Goodwin said.

      "We're flexible; we'll bend," Goodwin said. "The last thing we want to do is put someone's life in jeopardy.  

  • Hardesty could go home today

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty could go home today, just a week after emergency stomach surgery was required to save his life.

    “He is going to have some tests done today. If they all are OK, then he’ll possibly go home tomorrow,” said Peggy Thompson, the mayor's administrative assistant.

    The surgery last Wednesday was in response to a bleeding ulcer – a condition that his doctor said could have resulted in death if not repaired.

  • EARLIER: Bypass findings: Contract, delays with inspections key problems

    FRANKFORT - A meeting Friday between state officials and the contractors working on the Shelbyville Bypass revealed two key pieces of information:

    State transportation officials admitted they won't repeat the mistakes made in what they consider a lenient contract, and Kay and Kay Construction officials said in some cases the state inspectors have delayed progress on the roadway.

    Engineers also encouraged the contractors to put larger crews on the job, and weekly meetings were scheduled to monitor progress.

  • EARLIER: Hardesty 'doing fine' after surgery

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty is recovering at Jewish Hospital after emergency surgery Wednesday for a bleeding ulcer.

    Hardesty had a third of his stomach removed in the surgery and will be hospitalized for 7-10 days, his wife said.

    Hardesty's wife, Maxine, said that the doctor told her that, if Hardesty had not had the surgery when he did, he likely would have bled to death by morning.

    "I know there were numerous prayers for him, and we can't begin to thank each of you enough," she said.