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  • Martinrea to remain open

    Martinrea Heavy Stamping and its employees have reached an agreement to remain open.

    UAW members voted last week to make adjustments to its agreement with the company that will keep its doors open. Last month, the union had rejected a proposal, and officials had announced a closing date for July.

    Although the company’s 200 union employees were split on the issue, with a 55 percent vote in favor of the negotiations, both sides seem hopeful.

  • Martinrea to remain open

    Martinrea Heavy Stamping and its employees have reached an agreement to remain open.

    UAW members voted last week to make adjustments to its agreement with the company that will keep its doors open. Last month, the union had rejected a proposal, and officials had announced a closing date for July.

    Although the company’s 200 union employees were split on the issue, with a 55 percent vote in favor of the negotiations, both sides seem hopeful.

  • News briefs: June 17, 2009

     4th Street closed

    starting today  

    Effective today 4th Street in Shelbyville will close indefinitely because of the construction of the new Shelby County Judicial Center.

    The street had been partially closed for several months. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2010.

    Customers now only will be able to access the Shelbyville Post Office from Main Street. There will be no access from Washington Street.

  • Fair starts 10-day run on Thursday

    Fans of loud music and screaming kids brace yourselves: the Himalaya is back.

    Crews from Drew Exposition were setting up the crowd favorite, which has been missing in action for the past couple of years, on the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Monday.

    It will join other carnival rides at the 147th Shelby County Fair, which opens Thursday and runs through June 27.

  • Southside chooses Rowe

    Michael Rowe, who served as interim principal at Shelby County High School for 2008-09, has been chosen as the new principal at Southside Elementary, and Lisa Waller, principal at Silver Creek Elementary in Berea, will be the new Elementary Instructional Supervisor for Shelby County Public Schools.

    Their appointments were announced Tuesday by Shelby County Public Schools.

    Rowe will replace Sue Ellen Caldwell, who is retiring, and Waller fills the vacancy created by the move of B.J. Martin to a job with the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Shelbyville OKs new standards for commercial areas

    A new zoning district soon may set stricter standards for the quality of construction in some areas of Shelbyville.

    City Council approved on first reading Thursday a new ordinance proposed by Ryan Libke, Executive Director of the Triple S Planning Commission, to create a zoning district aimed at promoting high quality development along commercial corridors.

    Libke’s measure cites commercial corridors that have been developed haphazardly and others that have deteriorated and are in need of visual improvements.

  • Martinrea's closing is 'big blow' in community

    The demise of one of Shelby County's industrial giants was, in the end, quick, but it won't be painless.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, who received the official letter Tuesday of the closing of Martinrea Heavy Stamping, called that shutdown "a big blow to this community."

    County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger agreed.

  • Memorial fund created for lightning victim

    A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Brian Larsh, a Shelby Industries employee who died June 12, two days after being struck by lightning outside the company's plant on McDaniels Road.

    Larsh, a resident of Springfield, was struck just before noon on June 10, when he left the building to stand under a tree during a thunderstorm when he saw his daughter approaching to pick him up.

    Vivek Sarin, president and CEO of Shelby Industries, said Larsh, 44, had worked for the company for two years as a press operator and was well liked by everyone.

  • News briefs: June 19, 2009

     Sower to address Rotary

    Phyllis Sower, the principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville, will be the Shelbyville Rotary’s guest speaker at noon Tuesday at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shelbyville.

    Sower, who resides in Shelbyville with her husband, John, is an attorney who formerly practiced in Frankfort. Sower will present an update of the year at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  • EARLIER: Lightning victim dies

    Brian Larsh, who was struck by lightning while standing place of employment in Shelbyville last Wednesday, has died.

    Larsh, 44, of Springfield died Friday at Jewish Hospital in Louisville after his family made the decision to have him removed from life support, said Wayne Allen, vice president of Shelby Industries.