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  • EARLIER: New requirements for posting house numbers

    Most people probably never think about their number being up.

    But soon a county-wide ordinance could require that residents give the matter their utmost attention.

    No, county officials aren't asking people to start making burial arrangements. Rather, the revised ordinance requiring house numbers to be more visible is designed to avert a tragedy.

    "A lot of people don't understand the importance of proper addressing," said Shelbyville Police Maj. D. Goodwin, who is also vice chair of the E-911 Board.

  • New housing OKd next to Collins High School

    Triple S Planning & Zoning Commission gave its preliminary approval Tuesday for a new housing development on Discovery Boulevard, next to the new Martha Layne Collins High School.

    This 53-acre tract, to be called Catalpagreen, would consist of 95 lots for single-family homes and include more than 20 acres of open space.

    The property is owned by WAZE Development Company, LLC, of Louisville and is the first phase of is portion of the Arlington-Ardmore development project, which encompasses 440 acres.

  • News briefs: July 22, 2009

     Public meetings set

    in study of east end

    The City of Shelbyville and Triple S Planning Commission are working on a small area plan for Shelbyville's East End. Two public meetings are being held during the creation of this plan.

    A public workshop is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Community Center in Shelbyville. The meeting is to develop a vision and identify issues.

  • Simpsonville woman loses twins in car crash

    Mount Washington Police have released the names of the drivers involved in a tragic Wednesday afternoon accident that may have resulted in the death of unborn twins.

    The accident on KY-44 East involved pregnant mother Jennifer E. Smothers, 20, of Simpsonville. She sustained serious injuries, according to Mount Washington fire officials.

    The driver of the other vehicle involved was Melissa D. Caudill, 40, of Mount Washington. She sustained serious injuries but was later released from the University of Louisville Hospital, according to Mount Washington Police.

  • Board to decide on Collins athletic fields, honor namesake

    The Shelby County Board of Education will be making decisions about the new Martha Layne Collins High School at its meeting Thursday night while also honoring its namesake.

    The board is set to consider how to bid out the athletic facilities at the new school, which has been a topic of discussion in the past few weeks.

    Superintendent James Neihof said he expects board members to vote to seek bids for a multi-purpose stadium at Collins for football, soccer and track, as well as separately for softball and baseball game fields.

  • Horse Show Jubilee kicks off next week

    First Lady Jane Beshear will speak at the 13th annual Jubilee Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday at Undulata Farm, marking the beginning of the Jubilee celebrations leading up to the Shelbyville Horse Show, which opens July 29.

  • EARLIER: Hotel loses Holiday Inn franchise

    The former Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville no longer bears that familiar name. Instead, it's temporarily going by the Ritz Inn and Suites.

    Holiday Inn pulled the franchise from Shelby County's largest hotel because its owners hadn't been paying their franchise fees, said Charlie Kramer, executive director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission.

    “To my knowledge, there has been no change in ownership,” said Kramer, who met with the hotel's general manager earlier this week.

  • Former Holiday Inn closed

    The guest rooms and parking lot of Shelby County's largest hotel now share one thing in common — they are both empty after the former Holiday Inn Express was shut down last week.

    Hotel employees told Charlie Kramer, executive director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission, that the hotel was closed by the IRS late last week.

  • Board may OK fields for Collins High School

    Members of the Shelby County Board of Education said on Wednesday that they want to keep their options open for athletic facilities at the new Martha Layne Collins High School.

    But after a specially called work session to discuss those options, Superintendent James Neihof said he expects board members to vote next week to seek bids on a multipurpose stadium for football, soccer and track as well as game fields for softball and baseball for Shelby County’s new high school.

  • News briefs: July 17, 2009

    State unemployment rises again in June  

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2009 reached a near 26-year high of 10.9 percent from a revised 10.7 percent in May 2009, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reported. Local and regional figures are due out this morning.