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  • Father, son struck by lightning in Bagdad

    A lightning strike sent a father and his young son to the hospital Sunday evening as storms rolled through Shelby County.

    Shad Hinkley, 40, and his 11-year-old son, who are from the Pleasureville area, were fishing at the farm of Gene Wilder at 7248 Bagdad Road when the incident happened, said Dora Wilder, the mother of Gene Wilder.

    The two were fine by Monday, and Hinkley’s son had already been released from the hospital.

    Hinkley said they were preparing to leave the pond as the lightning started, but they hadn’t been there too long.

  • Injury accident shuts down I-64 at Simpsonville for 3 hours

    A three-car pile up between mile markers 27 and 28 on the interstate involving three cars and 13 people Friday afternoon shut the interstate down in the westbound lane for hours.

    Miraculously, no one was injured, said Kentucky State Trooper  Kenny Stewart, although one man  did say he was considering going to the hospital.

    The crash itself was an odd spectacle, with one car sitting on top of another at a very unusual angle.

    Steward said the accident happened shortly before noon, in the construction zone, which precipitated the crash.

  • News briefs: July 15, 2011

    Traffic signal at Collins HS

    to be activated Wednesday

    The newly installed traffic signal at Discovery Boulevard and U.S. 60 – in front of Collins High School – will become active on Wednesday, if weather permits.

    The signal was installed at the request of Shelby County Public Schools officials because of long backups of cars exiting Discover Blvd. on school days. There is no other access road to the school.

  • Scrap metal company asks for zoning change

    A scrap metal recycling company will stand before the Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday, asking for a zone change to build a facility on Kentucky Street.

    Midwest Metal Corporation, a privately owned metal processing company that accepts aluminum, scrap metal, copper and brass, is asking for the zoning change from light industrial (I-1) to heavy industrial (I-2) on a roughly 10-acre parcel of land at 478 Kentucky Street.

  • Helping Robbie Phillips 'break through that wall'

    On Nov. 6, 2008, members of the Phillips family saw their lives changed tragically, and now they're hoping for a change just as big to start on Aug. 10.

    On that November morning, Robbie Phillips, then 14, was found hanging in his grandparents' home after having tried to commit suicide. He was revived after being found with no pulse but received a severe anoxic brain injury.

    Phillips is now in good health, but he is confined to a bed or wheel chair and still has a feeding tube.

  • Sales, entries good for Jubilee

    Economic gaps had seemed to have been plaguing the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee in previous weeks, but as of midweek, 23 tables have been sold for the kickoff breakfast and event sponsors haven’t been difficult to find.

    Shelby Development Corporation Executive Director Eileen Collins, who oversees the Jubilee, said a seat is $20 and a table is $120 for the breakfast, and within the past week people have been reserving them.

  • Multi-Purpose has $400K for weatherization program

    By TOM BARR

    Landmark News Service

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – Not often is there a surplus of federal funds to assist those in need.

    However, the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, which serves Shelby, Bullitt and Spencer counties, has money appropriated for its weatherization program.

    Now, Kim Embry-Hill, the agency’s executive director, is looking for applicants to take advantage of the funding.

  • New officer joins Shelbyville PD

    The atmosphere was both somber and exciting as Circuit Judge Charles Hickman intoned the words of the police officer’s oath Wednesday to Shelbyville Police Department’s newest officer, Joe Hess, who responded as family and community members looked on.

    The swearing in, which took place in the community room of the police station, returns SPD to full capacity at 23 officers strong.

    Hess, 46, brings more than two decades of law enforcement experience with him, having served 24 years on the Lexington PD as a patrol officer and detective.

  • New officer joins Shelbyville PD

    The atmosphere was both somber and exciting as Circuit Judge Charles Hickman intoned the words of the police officer’s oath Wednesday to Shelbyville Police Department’s newest officer, Joe Hess, who responded as family and community members looked on.

    The swearing in, which took place in the community room of the police station, returns SPD to full capacity at 23 officers strong.

    Hess, 46, brings more than two decades of law enforcement experience with him, having served 24 years on the Lexington PD as a patrol officer and detective.

  • KY 395 repair project slightly behind schedule

    A state road construction project in Waddy will continue just a little longer than originally planned, officials say.

    Jim Isaman, spokesperson for the Transportation Cabinet, said the realignment of KY 395 near the exchange with Interstate 64 is about 10 days behind schedule due to inclement weather.

    Workers are removing a severe bump and turn at the entrance to the Flying J Truck Stop that has proven hazardous for several years. KY 395 is closed between I-64 and U.S. 60 to accommodate the significant work.