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  • Board to decide on Collins athletic fields, honor namesake

    The Shelby County Board of Education will be making decisions about the new Martha Layne Collins High School at its meeting Thursday night while also honoring its namesake.

    The board is set to consider how to bid out the athletic facilities at the new school, which has been a topic of discussion in the past few weeks.

    Superintendent James Neihof said he expects board members to vote to seek bids for a multi-purpose stadium at Collins for football, soccer and track, as well as separately for softball and baseball game fields.

  • Horse Show Jubilee kicks off next week

    First Lady Jane Beshear will speak at the 13th annual Jubilee Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday at Undulata Farm, marking the beginning of the Jubilee celebrations leading up to the Shelbyville Horse Show, which opens July 29.

  • EARLIER: Hotel loses Holiday Inn franchise

    The former Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville no longer bears that familiar name. Instead, it's temporarily going by the Ritz Inn and Suites.

    Holiday Inn pulled the franchise from Shelby County's largest hotel because its owners hadn't been paying their franchise fees, said Charlie Kramer, executive director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission.

    “To my knowledge, there has been no change in ownership,” said Kramer, who met with the hotel's general manager earlier this week.

  • Former Holiday Inn closed

    The guest rooms and parking lot of Shelby County's largest hotel now share one thing in common — they are both empty after the former Holiday Inn Express was shut down last week.

    Hotel employees told Charlie Kramer, executive director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission, that the hotel was closed by the IRS late last week.

  • Board may OK fields for Collins High School

    Members of the Shelby County Board of Education said on Wednesday that they want to keep their options open for athletic facilities at the new Martha Layne Collins High School.

    But after a specially called work session to discuss those options, Superintendent James Neihof said he expects board members to vote next week to seek bids on a multipurpose stadium for football, soccer and track as well as game fields for softball and baseball for Shelby County’s new high school.

  • News briefs: July 17, 2009

    State unemployment rises again in June  

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2009 reached a near 26-year high of 10.9 percent from a revised 10.7 percent in May 2009, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reported. Local and regional figures are due out this morning.

  • County postpones approval of plan update

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates voted Tuesday to postpone a first reading to adopt the goals and objectives portion of the county's new Comprehensive Plan.

    The consensus of the court, sparked by Magistrate Michael Riggs, is that magistrates did not want to approve the plan because planners had not explained the variances of the document to them.

  • Tapp mum on plans for cash

    With no opponent in his last election, state Sen. Gary Tapp is sitting on a significant amount of campaign contributions, money  he no longer will need because he isn’t seeking re-election in 2010.

    Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Records show Tapp had just less than $69,000 in campaign funds as of the last reporting date, Nov. 7, 2008.

    State law does not allow a candidate to keep leftover funds but does allow the candidate some options for spending the money. By law, Tapp can:

  • EARLIER: Board to consider athletic facilities for new high school

    When  the Shelby County School Board meets Thursday night, it will consider approving outdoor athletic facilities for the Martha Layne Collins High School that is now under construction.

  • EARLIER: Police nab suspect in rash of burglaries

    Shelbyville Police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for numerous recent break-ins at businesses in Shelby and surrounding counties.

    Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, of Springfield was arrested Wednesday and could be charged with perhaps 30 burglaries in a six-county area.

    Weathers is on parole after being convicted in a similar spree of crimes in Nelson County six years ago, and police appear convinced he is responsible for the break-ins and thefts that hit 15 businesses in Shelby County during the past few weeks.