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  • Shelby honors National Preservation Month

    With May marking the second official National Preservation Month nationwide, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historic District Commission are sponsoring activities to show the public why "this place matters."

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty read a proclamation naming May 2009 as National Historic Preservation Month at last Thursday's City Council meeting.

  • Jailer's stepson fatally shot

    The stepson of Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits was found shot to death early Saturday morning.

    Metro Louisville Police said Gregory Lynn Miller, 29, of Pendleton was killed in an altercation in eastern Jefferson County.

    The incident happened at about 2 a.m., when Louisville Metro Police responded to a call of shots fired.

    When officers arrived at the apartment on Charter Oaks Drive, they found Miller dead at the scene and two others wounded.

  • Heavy rains create mud slide

    Shelby Countians reported no problems with the heavy thunderstorms that blew through the area on Friday – except for a heavy mound of dirt.

    Already well-saturated soil could not contain the heavy storms that arrived around 4 p.m., dumping about 1.26 inches on the area.

    Creeks and drainage ditches surged outside their banks and into fields, parking lots and yards, but at the site of the new Judicial Center in downtown Shelbyville, the runoff took some property with it.

  • Simpsonville sets budget for next year

    The 2009-2010 fiscal year budget for the city of Simpsonville projects relatively flat growth in income and expenses, but a carryover of $450,000 from the current fiscal year makes the bottom line numbers rosier.

    The city commission unanimously passed Tuesday a budget that projects revenues of just more than $1.3 million in 2009-2010 an increase of just less than 2 percent from 2008-09.

  • Paramedics use masks to help ward off swine flu

    Local paramedics have joined the ranks of those in the medical profession who have began wearing protective masks when dealing with possible swine flu exposure.

    Todd Early, assistant EMS director, said the N-95 masks filter out small particles of contagion, which could carry harmful germs and viruses.

    "It's good for about two hours," he said.

    He added that the masks may be purchased by the public at medical supply companies and drugstores, but that he considers them "overkill" to be worn by everyone.

  • Dunbar assistant to be SCHS principal

    Eddie Oakley, an assistant principal at Dunbar High School in Lexington has been named the new principal at Shelby County High School, the school system announced Thursday.

    Shelby County’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council chose Oakley this week. He will take over on July 1 from Michael Rowe, who had been serving as interim principal.

  • County roads clear, state road cleanup slow going

    In the last year Shelby County has been hit by nasty wind and ice storms that left limbs and debris all over its roads.

    Now after months of labor the Shelby County Roads Department has finished clearing its roads.

    “We finished last week, a week and a half ago,” Shelby County Road Department Supervisor Carl Henry said. “We got over every single county road.”

  • Inmate commits suicide in jail

    A Pleasureville man incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center committed suicide Tuesday afternoon, jail officials say.

    Larry Begley, 56, was discovered by another inmate at about 3:30 p.m., Jailer Bobby Waits said.

    "The inmates became concerned because he had been in the shower for a long time, and when they went to check on him, that's when they found him," he said.

  • Jail inmate commits suicide

    A Pleasureville man incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center committed suicide Tuesday afternoon, jail officials say.

    Larry Begley, 56, was discovered by another inmate at about 3:30 p.m., Jailer Bobby Waits said.

    "The inmates became concerned because he had been in the shower for a long time, and when they went to check on him, that's when they found him," he said.

  • Simpsons-files have new treat at Simpsonville

    If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, that long-running television cartoon, you might want to mail your letters and buy your stamps at the Simpsonville Post Office.

    That’s because for the next month, a letter you mail through that post office will carry a special Simpsons cancellation, and you also can buy stamps bearing the likenesses of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.