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  • Storm blows tree down, knocks out power

    Residents of Kentucky Street peered anxiously out their windows Tuesday as they watched fire and utility crews working to clear away a huge maple tree blown down by a powerful, early afternoon thunderstorm that blew across Shelby County.

    During a day of intense storms that inundated Southern Indiana, Louisville and surrounding counties, there were no serious problems in Shelby.

    A power line also was reported down in Simpsonville, and some stoplights went out in the high winds and torrential rains, but the outage on Kentucky Street was the most major situation.

  • Shelbyville City Council to look at 2009 property tax rate

    The Shelbyville City Council will have a full plate when it meets Thursday evening.

    After starting the meeting by welcoming new city engineer Jennifer Herrell, the council will hear a presentation by Norris Beckley regarding the Stepping Stone Youth Enrichment Program.

    The council then will have first readings on three different ordinances. The first ordinance repeals the existing flood damage prevention ordinance and adopts a new ordinance that better follows FEMA guidelines.

  • Back to school: Discounts dominate shopping

    Breaking news: Polka dots are in! Repeating: Polka dots are popular once again -- on folders at least.

    And, with soon-to-be 7th-grader Kaitlyn Hudgens, so are any school supplies that are colorful.

    “I like orange or lime green,” she reports.

    Only the holiday shopping season outdoes this time of year, as Kaitlyn, 12, and her mother, Gayla, join the masses, checking out back-to-school sales on binders, pencils, folders, and paper during the last few days before schools open for another year.

  • County approves address and flood ordinances, ambulance bids

    At Tuesday night's meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates approved the second reading of an ordinance to provide for the establishment and displaying of addresses, residential, commercial and agricultural.

    A second reading was also approved for an ordinance relating to flood damage prevention.

    Magistrates also gave Shelby County EMS the go-ahead to purchase four new ambulances at a price of $437,156, to replace and supplement an aging fleet.

  • Back to school: Final preparations under way for arrival of students

    Though most families wait until the last couple weeks of summer break before getting ready for the new school year, the schools and the people who work in them have long been preparing to accommodate the students in a better way.

    The normal summer routines of waxing floors, adding fresh paint here and there and thoroughly cleaning facilities were seen around the county, but some major changes are also are taking place.

  • Johnson named principal in Cropper

    He’s lost a word from his title but gained responsibility.

    Jeff Johnson is no longer the assistant principal at the Shelby County Education Center @ Cropper. He has been named the center’s new principal, filling the spot left open when Donald Harding resigned a few weeks ago.

    Johnson spent the early 1980s working full-time in law enforcement down in Clearwater, Fla. Around that time he also started to explore part-time work in the education field.

  • Simpsonville promotes discount Rx card

    Simpsonville residents looking for a little discount on their prescription drugs only will need to go to Simpsonville City Hall.

    The Simpsonville City Commission voted Tuesday night to endorse the Kentucky Rx Card program.

    Any Kentuckian is eligible to apply for the free card and use it for discounts on prescription drugs at almost any pharmacy in the country, said Ron McClish, pharmacist-in-charge at the Smith-McKenney Pharmacy in Simpsonville.

  • EARLIER: State says bypass progress unsatisfactory

    State Transportation Cabinet officials admit that progress on the construction of the Shelbyville Bypass has not been satisfactory and that the project has been hampered by the "excessive number of working days" in the contract.

    Those admissions came in a letter from Transportation Cabinet Secretary Joe Prather to state Sen. Brad Montell, who had sought explanations about why the project to build a 4.5-mile bypass around Shelbyville was going to push into 2010.

  • New rules for your street addresses

    It's official: Every resident must make sure his or her house number can be identified easily by emergency vehicles.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the second reading of the Addressing Ordinance, which specifies how addresses must be posted and makes compliance mandatory.

    The ordinance went into effect immediately after the second reading and pertains to all addresses in Shelby County, including residential, commercial and agricultural.

  • News Briefs: Aug. 5, 2009

     I-64 roadwork could

    lower speed limits

     

    Two sections of I-64 in Shelby County may cause drivers to have to slow down this week.

    Lane closures and delays are possible between the Simpsonville and Taylorsville Road exits (28 and 32) because of road resurfacing. The work will be conducted between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and speed limits will be reduced to 55 during those hours. Double speeding fines will be enforced.