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  • Farris named Interim Commissioner

    A former Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent has temporarily been named to the highest education post in the state.

    Elaine Farris has named as the interim commissioner of education as the Kentucky Board of Education looks for a permanent commissioner.

    During a specially-called meeting on Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education agreed to accept the resignation of Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon E. Draud.

  • HIV still very alive in attacking humans

    Although the HIV virus has been around for a while, health officials say the public still knows very little about how it is contracted or how to avoid coming into contact with the disease.

    Debra Wade, director of the WINGS Clinic in Louisville, which that with infectious diseases, says that the number of persons infected with the Human Immuno Deficiency Virus increases each year.

  • EARLIER: Shelburne steps down from commission

    After winning her seat on the Simpsonville City Commission by one vote, Dottie Shelburne has decided to step down from office.

    Shelburne beat out fellow incumbent Cary Vowels 339 to 340 votes this past November in an election that was tainted when non-city residents voted in the race.

    Shelburne said she has informed the commission of her decision to step down.

    But her resignation has some string attached.

    She told the commission that she would only step down if they promised her that they would appoint Cary Vowels to her seat.

  • Shelburne steps down from Simpsonville Commission

     After winning her seat on the Simpsonville City Commission by one vote, Dottie Shelburne has decided to step down from office.

    Shelburne beat out fellow incumbent Cary Vowels 339 to 340 votes this past November in an election that was tainted when non-city residents voted in the race.

    Shelburne said she has informed the commission of her decision to step down.

    But her resignation has some string attached.

    She told the commission that she would only step down if they promised her that they would appoint Cary Vowels to her seat.

  • Simpsonville Commission chooses Vowels

    Simpsonville voters will never know who actually won the 2008 race for the city commission.

    But as of Tuesday night, the four seats on the city's governing body have been completed, and the commissioners have been sworn in.

    At Tuesday's commission meeting, Mayor Steve Eden announced that Dottie Shelburne had resigned from her seat on the commission.

    In November, Shelburne beat out fellow incumbent Cary Vowels by one vote, 340-339, in an election that was tainted when non-city residents voted in the race.

  • Animal shelter to get new truck

    Shelby County Animal Shelter officials were elated to learn they were getting a new truck, because the shelter's two existing vehicle's have gone to the dogs.

    “Both of them have almost 150,000 miles on them,” Animal Control Officer James Collins said.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the purchase of the new F-150 Ford pickup truck at $16,304, which includes a bed liner and topper, from O'Brian Ford Mercury.

    Rusty Newton, acting Animal Control Director, said the new truck will be an asset to the shelter.

  • Farmers say cigarette tax not best way to cover budget shortfall

    With the state facing a budget shortfall of $456 million by the end of June, Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to raise the cigarette tax is getting a better reception among lawmakers this year than it did last year.

    But local farmers and farm organizations said the plan to raise the state tax on cigarettes to a buck a pack will not yield the revenue stream the Governor envisions and will hurt a critical ag industry.

  • Homeowner awaits variance before moving house

    Eyesore. Public safety problem. Unsafe Structure.

    These are a few of the complaints that have been called in by citizens of Shelbyville to the Triple S Planning Commission in regards to the house at the corner of Webbmont Circle and US 60.

    For several months, the house has been resting several feet in the air on wooden timbers and leaning against phone lines.

  • Pea Ridge fire destroys home

    No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a home near Mount Eden last Friday afternoon.

    Robert and Susan Jackey and their two children were not at home when the fire broke out at their residence at 2709 Pea Ridge Road, near Mount Eden.

    State Fire Marshall Rob Goodwin, who is heading up the investigation into what caused the fire, said he doesn't expect to have any answers until the end of the week at least.

  • ESPN covers rivalry from Waddy

    ESPN The Magazine came to Heritage Elementary School on Monday to ask students the question that has caused bar-room brawls and split homes across Kentucky since basketball became the state's official religion: Do you cheer for the Cats or the Cards?

     Heritage, which is located in Waddy, was chosen for the segment because of its central location between Lexington and Louisville.