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  • Simpsonville implements zoning plan

    Simpsonville commissioners didn’t take long to perform the city’s business Tuesday night.

    In a 20-minute meeting, they gave final approval to an ordinance placing properties along U.S. 60 under the city’s new Village Center Form District. The ordinance will be published and become official as soon as today.

  • Mount Eden Fire Department gets huge grant

    The Mount Eden Fire Department soon will be getting a new fire truck, thanks to a $165,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    The money, which will come from the FY 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, will supply most of the cost of the new truck, Mount Eden Fire Chief Doug Herndon said.

    "The new truck will cost $190,000, and the grant will pay for $165,000 of that, and we will have to come up with the rest of it," he said.

  • County gets money back from KACo

    Shelby County Fiscal Court received $31,000 Tuesday night from the Kentucky Association of Counties for an upcoming dividend payment, which was presented in check form by KACo insurance agent Larry Denney.

    Joe Greathouse, KACo director of insurance, said the dividend represents an achievement by county governments across Kentucky above and beyond "simply being good" and that the money represented KACo's successful and stable financial position.

  • Shelby falls in close one

    Ballard 90, Shelby 80, final. The Rockets are knocked from the State Tournament by a team that's quickness and athleticism overcomes sometimes sloppy play. Ballard advances to play Warren Central Friday at noon.

    Ballard 86, Shelby 78, 1:02 to play in the fourth. Shelby's pressing, but it hasn't produced a turnover and neither has the offense.

    Ballard 80, Shelby 75, 2:00 to play in the fourth. Johnson fouled out, sending Jones to the line for three free throws, which he hit.

  • News Briefs: March 17, 2010

    Simpsonville cancels meeting

    The Simpsonville Commission canceled its regularly scheduled meeting for this morning, citing no issues that needed immediate attention. The commission next will meet April 6 at city hall.


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  • County gets ready for storm season

    Shelby County may not quite have Chicago's reputation of being a "Windy City," but when asked what the biggest severe weather hazard is here, local officials named wind as a major problem.

    "We've had quite a bit of damage from windstorms, especially the last few years," Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee said.

  • Triple S grants fourth 1-year extension to Copperfield Place

    The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission made quick work of a short agenda at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

    The Commission approved an extension on the Copperfield Place land behind Jefferson Community College with frontage on Benson Pike.

    The 18.59-acre, 51-lot subdivision was approved in 2005, but the owner, Donald Hamilton, Inc., has not moved on the property since then.

    Citing the continued down turn in the economy, the commission was asked for a year-extension for fourth time.

  • Tower horses didn't run away

    In case you were wondering, those horses on the water tower at Weissinger Hills were not put in the barn for the winter.

    No, the mural being painted on that water tower didn’t quite meet original expectations, so it’s being redone.

  • Montell looking out for student-athletes

    If the Rockets or Lady Rockets advance to the Sweet 16, hopefully they’ll have one fewer thing to worry about  - attendance.

    Several State Tournaments have competitions during weekdays to assure all the games are played and that the competitors have time to finish. When student-athletes attend these games that the school and state sponsor, they are counted absent at school. The absence is excused, but it is also counted against a student’s perfect attendance.

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) introduced House Bill 22, to try and right that wrong.

  • Weekday graduation a possibility

    After the Shelby County School Board voted last week to extend the school calendar because of snow days, the conversation hasn’t stopped.

    The Sentinel-News' Facebook page has been abuzz with the topic, with mostly parents complaining about the late ending-date and the late graduation date, tentatively scheduled for June 12.

    To try to please a growing number, SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley said he has decided to look at the last day of school -- a Tuesday -- as a possible graduation date.