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  • EARLIER: County landfill will not accept dead animals

    Farmers with dead livestock on their hands will not be able to get rid of them by sending them to the convenience center in Waddy.

    The 109 (solid waste) Board voted Monday no longer to accept dead livestock at its facility on Kings Highway near Waddy. Citing costs to the county and uncertainty about how to deal with potentially diseased animals, the board voted unanimously to bar farmers from bringing in dead livestock.

    “I just don't think we should go there,” board chair Don Cubert said.

  • Schools using new programs

    At Thursday night's monthly school board meeting, principals of the middle schools, the high school and Cropper gave an accounting of their school's “five main things.”

    They focused on the topics of curriculum alignment, professional learning, structure, enrichment and intervention.

  • Here's what to know about severe weather season

    A woman struggling to escape from her car before it sank into a whirling, muddy current.

    A man frantically searching for shelter from a deadly tornado rushing toward him.

    Shouts, screams, the electrifying sight of lightning as it struck the earth in jagged bolts.

  • Are we looking at James Duckett's killer?

    Photos from a video surveillance camera show a person police believe may have been involved in the murder of James Duckett.

    Duckett was found Nov. 10 at his home on Rockbridge Road, where he had been bound and killed execution style in the prior days.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Mitch Harris released Tuesday the images from a camera on the ATM at the Fifth-Third Bank on Taylorsville Road in Shelbyville.

  • EARLIER: Senate bill wold tighten adoption pool

    A bill sponsored by state Sen. Gary Tapp of Shelbyville would prohibit unmarried couples from becoming adoptive or foster care parents.

    Senate Bill 68 would “prohibit the approval of foster care, relative caregiver services or adoption of a child by an applicant who is cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is valid in the state of Kentucky.” The bill would exempt children placed for adoption before the effective date of the legislation.

  • Simpsonville citizens get a glimpse of future

     A larger and somewhat different group of Simpsonville residents turned out Monday night at the Simpsonville Gym to review plans for a new downtown district in the city.

    The second of two public workshops conducted by consultants from NTNB in Louisville drew the curious and the informed, including members of the Simpsonville Town Council, to refine ideas and offer additional input.

    “We had a larger crowd than we had at the first meeting, and we had a lot of new faces, maybe 70 percent,” Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton said.

  • Earlier: New ordinance aims to keep streams, ponds clean

    The Shelbyville City Council approved a first reading Thursday of an ordinance designed to regulate non-storm water discharges into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System .

    The ordinance satisfies a state requirement the city previously had not met. It aims to prevent non-storm water discharges that could negatively impact receiving waters and affect public health, safety, the quality of aquatic life, and property values.

  • Simpsonville residents to review new concepts

     Residents of Simpsonville will convene again Monday to see what a consulting company has done with their input on a plan to build a downtown district for the city.

    A few dozen residents and city officials brainstormed in February with HTNB, a consulting firm from Louisville, to come up with an outline for a plan for the Simpsonville of the future.

    HTNB will report back Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Simpsonville Gym, and residents are invited to help narrow that original list of ideas and set next steps for the project.

  • Local minister indicted on sodomy, pornogaphy charges

       A Shelbyville minister who has been incarcerated since the first week of January on sexual-related offenses now has been indicted on additional charges.

    In addition to four counts of third-degree sodomy on a juvenile, first-degree sexual abuse, and first-degree wanton endangerment, James H. Bell, 47, former pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, has been charged with distribution of obscene material to a minor.

  • EARLIER: Casey to join Kentucky's Hall of Fame

    Shelby County basketball legend Mike Casey is headed to Kentucky’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Casey, who in 1966 led Shelby County to its first basketball championship before going on to star at the University of Kentucky, will be inducted along with seven others on April 29 in Louisville.

    Casey, a native of Simpsonville, is continuing to battle health problems and was unavailable for comment. He first learned of his selection late last year and indicated then that he was extremely honored to be part of this shrine.