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  • 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.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County may close ‘unsafe’ bridge that had been tabbed for replacement

    A bridge that has been a landmark in Shelby County for decades could be closed temporarily in the next few days – perhaps as soon as Wednesday – because it has been declared unsafe by state bridge inspectors.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said a recent state inspection cited critical structural deficiencies with the Who Da Thot It Bridge, which links Whod A Thot It Hill Road  in Shelbyville with Jail Hill Road, and that it will either have to be repaired or closed.

  • News briefs: Aug. 12, 2011

    SCPS sets its policy

    for free meal programs

    Shelby County Public Schools announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for students under the national lunch and breakfast programs.

    Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. Interested households must complete the application and return it to the school to be reviewed to determine eligibility. That process can occur at any time during the year. Applications require full financial disclosure of gross income.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Webb developing offices, warehouse

    Shelby County could get a shot of good economic news in the midst of a rollercoaster week on Wall Street.

    Alton Webb Associates will present a development plan at Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. Triple S Planning Commission meeting at the Stratton Center.

    The plan, said Lee Webb, will call for a building with offices and a warehouse at the corner of Mount Vernon Drive and Hudson Boulevard in Hi-Point Industrial Park.

  • Wheeled backpacks banned at 3 Shelby elementary schools

    While many believe that backpacks with wheels are the best way for young students to combat heavy loads of homework, that’s not always the case.

    Several schools and school districts across the country have banned the backpacks because they clog up hallways, don't fit in lockers and cause general trouble when students run down the halls dragging them after they've tipped over from going too fast.

    And that’s also the case in Shelby County.

  • He wants to celebrate No. 21 on the water

    With a little help, Debbie and Joe Brewer are hoping to make their son's 21st birthday his best ever.

    The Brewers, who live in Columbus, Ohio, but are Shelby County natives, are bringing their middle son, Jacob, here to water ski at her parents’ home on Guist Creek Lake.

    "We all grew up on the water, and all of us started skiing at an early age," Debbie Brewer said. "My brother, John [Crush], when all the kids turned one, would put them on his lap and take them skiing, whether they liked it or not."