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  • EARLIER: Bypass contractor loaded with jobs

    State officials’ dissatisfaction with the contractors working on the Shelbyville Bypass hasn’t stopped that company from winning and beginning nearly $142 million in state contracts since 2005. Kay and Kay Contracting, which began construction on the bypass in May 2006, has 11 other open contracts with the Transportation Cabinet and since May 1 has started seven more projects to build highways and related structures. Kay and Kay has completed just 56 percent of the 4.5-mile road that would connect Kentucky 55

  • Shelby Energy ‘improving safety practices’

    Audit results are in, and it appears electricity and gas provider Shelby Energy Cooperative is making strides in improving work safety. The co-op underwent a state audit in 2008 after Cosby Carroll, an employee of Dobson Power, a former contractor of Shelby Energy, fell to his death from an bucket truck on Nov. 12, 2007.

  • EARLIER: Bypass construction stalled by weather

    Construction on the Shelbyville Bypass has all but come to a standstill, and state officials say it's because the county had such a rainy spring.

    "It's been raining, and even when it stops, they've got to wait for the ground to dry out," said Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

  • EARLIER: First day at new school just another challenge for Patterson

    Seventeen-year-old Brittany Patterson has moved to Finchville to be with family and become a senior at Shelby County High School. Like any teen in that situation, she's nervous. She won't know anybody at school and isn't familiar with the facility. She's the new kid.

    But the adventure is also one Patterson is eager to embark. After all, she has spent her life facing challenges that most teens never could imagine.

  • Meeting with contractors set for Friday

    State officials and the contractors for the Shelbyville Bypass will meet this morning in Frankfort to discuss the progress of construction of the bypass.

    Mike Hancock, who was appointed as interim head the Transportation Cabinet after Joe Prather resigned this week, will attend the meeting, as will Chief District Engineer Matt Bullock, Kay and Kay officials and Shelby County's two state legislators, Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) and state Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville).

  • ‘Good reports’ for first day of school

    At 7 a.m. Thursday, parents and their children were lined up outside Southside Elementary as the sun began to peak over the nearby tree line and welcome them to the first day of school. It was quiet, a cool 72 degrees, and the mood was relaxed.

    School faculty watched out the front doors, waiting for 7:15 a.m. – the time when the doors would open and the kids could be directed to the classrooms they’d come to know very well over the next year.

  • Local EMS response time above national average

    Steve Wortham works with people who stare life and death in the face every day.

    His staff of 45 paramedics and EMTs work to save lives, and they do it more efficiently than just about any other  unit in the country.

    That's not just his opinion - its backed up by statistics, he says.

    Shelby County EMS, headed by Wortham, its director, enjoys a response time two minutes faster than the national average, based on statistics compiled by the American Ambulance Association.

  • CASA raising funds, awareness

    The work of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) may be the best kept secret in Shelby County, but Beverly Hilger wishes it weren't.

    Hilger is the director of CASA for Shelby and Spencer counties. CASA volunteers work with children who have been placed out of their homes because of abuse or neglect. Their work saves the state hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, Hilger said.

  • Tingle named new Simpsonville Elementary principal

    Simpsonville Elementary -- meet the Tingles.

    When its Site-Based Decision-Making Council unanimously agreed last Wednesday that Jill Tingle was a perfect fit for the position of Simpsonville Elementary Principal, that group may not have realized that she'll be heading to work with half of her family by her side.

  • 'We're living in poop'

    Monthly rent and water bill: $420

    Cleaning gloves and bleach: $20

    Scrubbing the bathtub clean only to have it once again fill up with raw sewage five minutes later: Disgusting.

    If something smells off at Wesley Apartments, check the plumbing.

    "We're living in poop," said resident Kristy Griffith. "There's no other way of saying it."

    For the last two weeks, Griffith said toilets have been burping and bathtubs have been backing up with sewage in many of the C-apartments at Wesley Apartments off of Midland Trail.