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  • A chorus of praise for top teacher

    Frances Fonza loves music.

    “I just love to share music,” she said. “I want the students to love it as much as I do.”

    That love of music obviously has spilled over to her students, based on the successes the different choirs in events ranging from Atlanta to Nashville and Cincinnati to Indianapolis to Chicago.

  • News Briefs: May 13, 2011

    Gold Wing riders host

    motorcycle safety event

    The Honda Gold Wing Road Riders Association, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts that has a chapter in Shelby County, will be attending to one of its primary goals on Saturday: promoting motorcycle Saturday.

    Members will gather from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the rest area on Interstate 64 eastbound, just east of the Simpsonville exit, to hand out pamphlets and discuss how to be safer on the roads.

  • Election 2011: Rob Rothenburger’s 1st statewide run nears finish line

    Rob Rothenburger’s first foray into statewide politics hits its final days this weekend.
    Shelby County’s judge-executive, locked in the Republican primary for state commissioner of agriculture, presents the biggest draw for voters in what is expected to be a small turnout for Tuesday’s Primary Election.

  • Shelby gas prices reach all-time, painful high

    Gas prices hit an all time high in Shelbyville this week when the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded went up to $ 4.15.
    It was such a striking leap to the heights of the peaks during the fall of 2008  in what has been a volatile gasoline market this spring that it moved residents to call and E-mail the newspaper asking why there was such a climb when news reports had been describing a decline in international oil prices.

  • Weather causes delay for U.S. 60/KY 55 intersection

    One impact of the recent spate of weather and sometimes dangerous weather is that the repairs to the oft-discussed and much-maligned intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 55 have been postponed.

    The original plan to complete the work on May 16 had been delayed a week by weather, and now, wiht a heavy chance of rain and perhaps worse tonight, those final touches again have been delayed.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford said Tuesday that she was not sure of a new target date to make the repairs.

  • SCPS to students: Graduation seating will not change

    Officials of Shelby County Public Schools say they have no interest in reverting to class-rank seating for this June's graduations at Collins and Shelby County high schools.

    Despite a written appeal by a large group of seniors from Collins and public requests some of their parents, Superintendent James Neihof and Collins Principal Anthony Hatchell said there will not be any return to the old system.

  • Shelbyville’s proposed budget has $700K gap

    The Shelbyville City Council heard the first reading of the projected 2011-12 budget on Thursday, and for the first time in at least three years the projected revenue did not cover the city’s expenses.

    “Our appropriations [expenses] are up because we had to budget quite a bit more for retirement and insurance,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

  • School board may choose architects

    The Shelbyville Board of Education should finally choose at this week’s meeting the architects for the two new construction projects it has planned.

    The selections for the new buildings at the Southside and Northside locations are the only action items on agenda for the meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Simpsonville Elementary.

    However, the board will recognize the Shelby County High School Marine Corps JROTC air rifle team for its national championship and Heritage Elementary for its School to Career video.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks info on fraud case

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in apprehending those responsible in perpetuating a case of fraud and theft that happened May 2 at the Walmart in Shelbyville.

    Deputies want to identify two people captured by closed-circuit cameras when they were entering the store on May 2.

    In another photograph, detectives have circled a vehicle of interest in a photo of the parking lot taken by the store’s security cameras as being the car they believe these suspects were driving that day.

  • EARLIER: Ethington Auto’s attorney surprised at number of charges

    An attorney representing Ethington Auto of Shelbyville expressed surprise Tuesday when he was told that his clients had been charged with more than a hundred counts instead of a handful.

    Owners of Ethington Auto were arraigned Tuesday morning in Shelby County District Court on 107 charges – including two felonies – of illegal business practices.

    Louisville attorney Sam Carl sounded flustered when he learned of the number of charges from a reporter.