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  • News briefs: July 3, 2009

     Holiday closings

    Some local offices and businesses have changed schedules because of the Independence Day, holiday.

    The changed times are: U.S. post offices: Closed Saturday. Shelby County Court House and Annex: Closed today. Shelbyville City Hall: Closed today. Simpsonville Town Hall: Closed today.

    Banks: Citizens Union, American Founders, Chase, U.S. and Republic banks, closed Saturday; State Farm Bank, closed today and Saturday.

  • Fireworks business expected to boom this weekend

    Ryan Combs expects business to pick up today and tomorrow at his fireworks tent in the Shelbyville Walmart parking lot.

    But officials warn residents to be careful when celebrating Independence Day.

    Combs, who is from Lexington, said he's seen a lot of people come by to look at fireworks this week but expects them to come back this weekend to make their purchases.

  • EARLIER: Fireworks at Clear Creek Park set for July 5

    Fireworks will soon take to the skies of Shelby County in celebration of America's independence, but, unlike years past, you won't have the freedom to watch them from the luxury of your patio.

    "This year the fireworks will be a lot different," Shelbyville-Shelby Co. Parks & Recreation Director Clay Cottongim said. "We're not going to have some of the large shells that go way up in the air, but it's going to be a constant show. It'll be almost like a grand finale for twenty minutes."

  • 2 girls injured at fireworks show

    Two girls were slightly injured Sunday night at the Independence Day fireworks display at Clear Creek Park. The last explosion of the evening landed near the girls, burning one the arm of one and sending fragments into the eye of the other. They were transported to the emergency room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where they were treated and released.

  • State to cover Shelby's costs for ice-storm clean-up

    Shelby County, Shelbyville and Simpsonville paid thousands of dollars to clean up after January's ice storm, and now it appears that money will be coming back into those governments' pockets.

    Gov. Steve Beshear's office has announced that the state will do more to reimburse what many counties and cities spent in cleanup of the storm that downed so many trees and power lines while racking up 769,000 power outages across the Commonwealth. 

  • Stivers new principal at West Middle

    Lorri Stivers, a longtime resident of Shelby County, is going to get to work closer to home this fall: On Monday, she was named the new principal at West Middle School.

    And Brenda King, a veteran educator from Eastern Kentucky, was named the special education coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools.

  • Foreclosures continue to rise in Shelby

    Foreclosures are continuing to increase dramatically in Shelby County, and Shelby County Fiscal Court is partnering with a non-profit agency to help curtail that trend.

    Through nearly six months of 2009, foreclosures in Shelby County total 114, which is rapidly approaching the 142 recorded in 2008 and almost equal to the 120 in 2007.

    Todd Davis, master commissioner for Shelby Circuit Court, reported those numbers for court-ordered "judgments and orders to sell."

  • Finchville woman honored for online course at U of L

    When you're good at what you do, it doesn't take long for others to take notice.

    Wanda Lott Collins of Finchville is a tenured associate professor at the University of Louisville, where she has for the past six years taught in the Kent School of Social Work.

  • EARLIER: Session will tackle budget shortfall, slots

    Gov. Steve Beshear has called the General Assembly into special session next week, and legislators will be asked to do some fixing: fix a budget shortfall, fix the state's horse industry, fix bridges and fix the state's programs and incentives for attracting businesses.

    The Governor's office is estimating a budget deficit of nearly $1 billion, which he will propose to repair, at least in part, with just more than $700 million in federal stimulus dollars. The rest of the “fix” will come from budget cuts.

  • News briefs: July 1, 2009

     Holiday closings

    Some local offices and businesses have changed schedules because of the Independence Day, holiday.

    The changed times are: U.S. Post offices: Closed Saturday. Shelby County Court House and Annex: Closed Friday. Shelbyville City Hall: Closed Friday. Simpsonville Town Hall: closed Friday.

    Banks: Citizens Union, American Founders, Chase, U.S. and Republic banks, closed Saturday; State Farm Bank, closed Friday and Saturday.