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  • Shelby County Board of Education: Split-level Southside gets its 1st look

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard its first update on the new Southside Elementary School project during Thursday’s meeting.

    Architects from K. Norman Berry outlined the school’s early footprint but noted that they will be back in the next few weeks with a more detailed development plan.

    Superintendent James Neihof was quick to remind the board that the proposals were just a start. “This is a beginning plan, not a final plan,” he said.

  • Shelby’s fair focus: Its parks system

    For 110 years the Kentucky State Fair has been bringing in the top agricultural, equine, crafts and attractions that the commonwealth has to offer. Add to that some world-class entertainment and rides, and the fair is one of the biggest draws of the year for Kentucky.

    With more than 600,000 descending on the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center starting Thursday and running through Aug. 28, the 11-day event will raise more than $13 million.

    And Shelby County will no doubt have its usual presence.

  • County decides to close old bridge

    Historic Who Da Thot It Bridge, shut down Monday for safety reasons, may now be closed to vehicle traffic forever.
    Magistrates voted Tuesday morning at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court to call a public hearing to close the bridge after discussing the merits of trying to get the structure repaired or replaced.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he got a call two weeks ago from state officials informing him that bridge inspectors judged the bridge was unsafe and that the county needed to either repair it, replace it or close it.

  • County will pave, service Trenton Court

    A housing development adjacent to the Hill ‘N Dale subdivision and in existence since 2005 will finally get its road paved, hopefully before winter sets in, county officials say.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to take Trenton Court into the county road system, which means the roadway would receive snow removal and other county services.

    Trenton Court, located off Hill N Dale Drive, must be paved first, however, a chore traditionally left to the developer.

  • Jury selection Thursday in penis amputation suit

    Jury selection is scheduled for Thursday in Shelby Circuit Court in  the trial of a Waddy man who is suing his surgeon for amputating his penis.

    Phillip Seaton sued Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort because Seaton says Patterson amputated his penis without his consent.

    The case was moved up by one day on the calendar during a pretrial hearing Aug. 3 before Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, who asked for the earlier start date. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday, and the trial could take most of next week.

  • Judicial Center set to open in late October

    Judges will have to wait a bit longer than anticipated to start pounding their gavels in the new Judicial Center.

    The last estimated completion date for the $18.4 million project had been Sept. 1, but officials now say an unexpected problem has arisen that bumps the opening of the facility to the latter part of October or even early November.

    “At a contractor’s meeting this week, engineers had a concern about the limestone [that will cover the front of the building],” Shelby County Judge Rob Rothenburger said.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville City Council advances zone change along bypass

    The proposal by Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty that the city should seek a zone change for the 74 acres of land it recently annexed along the Shelbyville Bypass came and went before the city council without a peep on Thursday night.

    The council voted unanimously – council member Mike Zoeller was absent – and without comment to ask the Triple S Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on changing the land at the southeast corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way from agriculture to I-1 – light industrial.

  • Shelbyville City Counci advances zone change along bypass

    The proposal by Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty that the city should seek a zone change for the 74 acres of land it recently annexed along the Shelbyville Bypass came and went before the city council without a peep on Thursday night.

    The council voted unanimously – council member Mike Zoeller was absent – and without comment to ask the Triple S Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on changing the land at the southeast corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way from agriculture to I-1 – light industrial.

  • Weekend storm knocks out power to thousands

    A severe thunderstorm that roared through Shelby County Saturday night left downed trees everywhere and even completely destroyed several bay doors at the Simpsonville Fire Station.

    “Three of our bay doors can’t be repaired; they will have to replaced,” said Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder.

    The chief added that the damage was not the result of downed trees, but rather, wind damage.

    “The wind just buckled those doors,” he said.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County road, bridge plans get state OK

    A new highway plan just approved in Frankfort has Shelby County getting $17 million worth of highway projects funded in the next two years.

    Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Transportation Cabinet’s District 5, said the 2010-2012 Biennial Highway Construction Plan is so new that the governor hasn’t even signed it yet, though he is expected to do so by tomorrow.