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  • Shelby County Fiscal Court approves refinancing plan, court fees

    Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that will allow the county to refinance the Family Activities Center at Clear Creek Park and the Shelby County Detention Center.

    This action, which clarifies the process of refinancing, would allow the county to get a better interest rate on the loans and end up having to pay back less money.

    The county also would be able to change the terms of the loan by extending it to 15 years, although some magistrates questioned whether they would want to do that.

  • Man charged with big pot bust to get 7 years

    A man who was charged with the largest marijuana bust ever in Shelby County, inexplicably set free by federal authorities and indicted again in Shelby on those same charges, pleaded guilty Thursday to trafficking in marijuana.

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, 51, who was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on April 18 for trafficking in marijuana over 5 pounds, stood stoically in court before Circuit Judge Charles Hickman as he made an Alford Plea.

  • Shelby man gets 22 years for incest, rape

    A Shelbyville man indicted on incest and rape charges last year has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Carlos Juan Sapon, 24, of Shepard Way, was to have gone to trial on June 25, but he pleaded guilty at the last moment.

  • Fundraiser to benefit man injured in ATV accident

    A fundraiser scheduled for Cropper Baptist Church on Saturday will benefit a Finchville man who was seriously injured in an ATV accident in June.

    When the vehicle flipped over and landed on top of him, Daniel Dempsey was left with a lacerated liver, several broken ribs, and two fractured vertebrae. Now he has developed partial kidney failure, said his wife, Crystal.

    Dempsey had been laid off shortly before the accident and was drawing unemployment, but that has been discontinued because he is unable to work, she said.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court barely OKs annexation for Speedway

    Shelby County magistrates agreed by the slimmest margin Tuesday night to allow the city of Shelbyville to take another piece of its property.

    They approved by a vote of 3-2 the request by Shelbyville to annex property at 1620 Mount Eden Road, a move that would allow a Speedway store to be built at the site of the former BP station, located on the northwest corner next to Interstate 64.

  • Anonymous donor provides outdoor movies for Simpsonville residents

    Simpsonville residents soon will be able to watch movies outdoors at the city’s park – for free, so to speak.

    The city commission approved unanimously at its meeting Tuesday to spend $25,899 to purchase a giant screen and audio/video projection system from Open Air Cinema.

    And the good news for that expense is that the cost is covered completely by an anonymous donation of $30,680.84 that the city’s parks department received in July.

  • News briefs: Aug. 8, 2012

    State retirees unhappy with new Medicare plan

    Public retirees on Medicare say the decision to privatize their supplemental health insurance coverage is premature and worry it could result in reduced benefits and denied claims down the road.
    The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees voted, 5-3, Monday to sign with Humana for a Medicare Advantage plan starting next year. Since 2006, KRS has self-insured its members over age 65.

  • Shelby County School Board: New school projects, college readiness up for discussion

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get the school year started with a busy agenda at Thursday’s meeting.

    The board will hear several reports, including an update on both the Northside and Southside new school projects.

    The board approved the submission of the Northside Early Childhood Center construction documents to the Kentucky Department of Education at its meeting July 26 but requested seeing a the exterior design again.

  • Shelby County schools fired up and ready to go

    Collins and Shelby County high school principals John Leeper and Eddie Oakley, respectively, got the district’s teachers fired up in the Collins gym Tuesday morning with a roller-coaster competition.

    Each principal led a side of the gym in roller-coaster-like movements, complete with cheers and screams, all getting them prepared for the opening day today, which will likely be filled with plenty of cheers and screams from students.

  • EARLIER: 2nd mall site ready to move forward

    The intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads in Simpsonville may continue to get even more crowded as Trio Property Development continues to move forward with its plans for an outlet mall on its east side.

    The development group has been in the planning stages with Water Street Development and in discussion with several outlet mall development companies on a 400,000-square-foot retail center facing Buck Creek Road, just south of Interstate 64 and west of the rest area.