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  • 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.

  • Shelbyville takes stand against non-stormwater discharges

    With the second reading approval of an ordinance Thursday, the city of Shelbyville has taken a stiffer stance against non-stormwater discharges.

    In general, the ordinance prohibits discharges of "substances that, either by their chemical makeup or by the quantity of it, just don't belong out on the surface of the ground, or in the streams, or in the storm sewer system," engineer Kerry Magan said.

    This ordinance has four objectives:

  • Boards may get more members

    Two boards of appointed Shelbyville leaders may soon need to pull up a few extra seats.

    Separate ordinances were brought before the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday, one calling to increase the number of code enforcement board members from three to five, and the other to bump the Historic District Commission from five to seven members.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said the same reasoning justifies increasing the size of both groups.

  • Tapp: Adoption bill's chances 'slim'

     Senate Bill 68, a measure that would prohibit unmarried couples from becoming adoptive or foster parents, is running out of time to make it through this session of the legislature, said the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Gary Tapp.

    “The chances of it going anywhere in the House are slim,” Tapp said. “It's just a little late in the session.”

    Tapp said the bill would have strong support in both houses of the legislature if it could make it to the floor for a vote in both chambers.

  • County says yes to Sunday liquor sales

    The ongoing battle about Sunday alcohol sales in the county finally has come to an end.

    With a full house in attendance, the Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night in favor of an ordinance allowing liquor to be sold in county restaurants on Sunday.

  • Simpsonville residents offer ideas for city's future

    Simpsonville residents went to an old place Thursday night to discuss ideas for something entirely new.

    More than two dozen of them gathered around tables on the floor of the old Simpsonville Gym to brainstorm ideas on how the city might plan to develop a new downtown district along the U.S. 60 corridor.

    Simpsonville’s Town Council voted last fall to hire a consulting firm – HTNB of Louisville --- to pursue this concept, and Thursday’s session was the public’s first involvement, other than comments in town council meetings.

  • Black history presentation set for Thursday at library

    In recognition of Black History Month, a program will be held at the Shelby County Public Library this Thursday night spotlighting the Black 43rd Aviation Squadron at Bowman Field during World War II.

    The program will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hudson Room.

    The program will be presented by Dr. Bruce Tyler, professor of history at the University of Louisville.

    Photos of the squadron are already on display at the library on the main floor at the circulation desk.

  • EARLIER: Bell has been treated for AIDs

     A Shelbyville minister jailed on charges of  sodomizing and sexually abusing a juvenile has AIDS, family sources said.

    James H. Bell, 47, pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, was arrested and charged with third-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree wanton endangerment after confessing to police that he had unprotected deviant sex with a 15-year-old while knowing that he was infected with the HIV virus.

  • Fiscal court revises ordinances, makes new appointment

    Shelby County Fiscal Court attended to a variety of housekeeping items at its meeting on Tuesday night, including revisions to several ordinances.

    Magistrates approved a first reading of an ordinance declaring a moratorium on zoning map amendments in part of unincorporated Shelby County.

    They also voted in favor of a first reading for an ordinance repealing an existing ordinance concerning solid waste, favoring a revised document.