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  • Crime Stoppers seeks info on bullets that struck house

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis is working with Crime Stoppers to solve the mystery of who shot through a house in the Todds Station subdivision on Sunday.

    The incident happened at about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, when someone apparently fired three rounds from a .22 caliber rifle, striking a house at 122 Lincoln Station Dr.

    No one was hit inside the house, and Minnis said the family did not realize that shots had been fired until later that evening, when they found bullet holes.

  • Shelbyville man charged with sodomy

    A Shelbyville man is out on bond, charged with first-degree sodomy that police say allegedly occurred while the victim was sleeping.

    A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Leroy Blackburn, 63, of Rockbridge Road of first-degree sodomy, a Class B felony, on June 29.

    The sheriff’s report on the incident said that on May 11 Blackburn initiated the sexual encounter on his friend, Rebecca Hawkins, 49, while she was in a deep sleep because of some prescription medication she had taken.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside floor plans set for preview

    Shelby County Public Schools will get the ball rolling with the new building project at the site of Southside Elementary at Thursday's regular meeting at Wright Elementary at 7 p.m.

    K. Norman Berry Architects will be on hand to provide the board with an early look at some floor plan possibilities.

    "These are very, very, very preliminary ideas because nothing is finalized yet," said Kerry Whitehouse, the district assistant superintendent for operations. "The board had asked to see where we are, so we've put together some early looks."

  • Teacher not likely to face more charges

    A Collins High School teacher charged with six counts of first degree sexual abuse will be arraigned in Shelby County District Court on Aug. 30.

    And it does not appear that Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange will face additional charges.

    "I think we have a pretty good grasp as far as what took place and didn't take place," Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said. "I don't anticipate any further charges."

  • Shelby County gives back to those who gave

    Scholarship winners spanning five decades joined together Sunday at Shelby County High School Sunday to celebrate the Moore and Pflughaupt families.

    The ceremony dedicated two newly planted willow trees outside the school to the families, which have for the past four decades awarded students in Shelby County with about $500,000 in scholarships.

  • Well-known author to speak at library

    A longtime author who was named the 2009-2010 Kentucky Poet Laureate will speak at the Shelby County Public Library on Thursday night.

    Gurney Norman has been a key figure in the literature of Appalachia and the south for the past 30 years and was instrumental in the founding of the Appalachian Poetry Project and the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.

  • Local advisors cautiously optimistic about stocks

    After the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 600 points on Monday and rebounded more than 400 points on Tuesday, financial advisors in Shelby County say they are being cautiously optimistic about the state of the stock market.

    And they say for the most part their customers share that optimism.

    “My clients certainly are not going off the deep end,” said Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kamron Terry.

  • Lawsuit filed against The-Sentinel News, others

    A Simpsonville resident, Bruce Irvin, has filed two separate lawsuits in Shelby Circuit Court Aug. 2 against The Sentinel-News, as well as some residents, alleging libel, slander and defamation of character.

    The suits were filed in connection with concerns that residents of Rolling Ridge in Simpsonville had last fall about how annual dues they were paying to their homeowners association were being spent, and with the responses that Irvin, as the association’s president, had provided to them in meetings held on the topic.

  • News briefs: Aug. 10, 2011

    Clerk adds 3rd day

    for drivers’ tests

    The Kentucky State Police and Shelby County Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller are adding a third day for written and road testing for a driver’s license, which should allow more potential drivers to test in Shelby County.

  • Shelbyville City Council to consider zoning change on bypass

    The Shelbyville City Council will consider at its meeting Thursday a zoning change for 73 acres on the corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way that it recently annexed into the city.

    The zoning for the parcel, owned by Shelby County Magistrate Allen Ruble and his brother, Tom, could  be approved to change from agriculture to I-1, or light industrial, when the council meets at 6:30 Thursday, a meeting delayed a week because of the Shelbyville Horse Show.