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  • Bad weather predicted for midweek

    After a prediction of really nasty weather for Monday night by the National Weather Service fizzled out, Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said Tuesday he still planned to have road crews on standby.

    “They're saying we've got some snow moving in, not a big deal, but if the temperature drops the way they say it's going to, the roads could get really slick,” he said.

    The road crew had put spread 4,500 gallons on brine over county roads and the inner city on Monday night, about $500 worth, Henry said.

  • EARLIER: Beshear proposes cigarette tax

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to fix the $456.1 million hole in the state's budget includes raising taxes on tobacco, imposing a 3-day furlough on state workers and cutting 2 percent out of state education funds.

    Beshear announced his proposal at a press conference on Thursday, and the plan could be adopted at the legislative session in January.

    The cut in the budget for schools is significant, but it's about half of what each district had been told to expect.

  • EARLIER: Jailed minister admits he is HIV positive

    A minister of a Shelbyville church who was arraigned Tuesday on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse of a juvenile confessed to having unprotected sex with a 15-year-old while knowing that he was HIV positive.

     

    In addition to third-degree sodomy, James H. Bell, 47, pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, has been charged with second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree wanton endangerment, which could be in conjunction with the HIV situation.

     

  • Farris named Interim Commissioner

    A former Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent has temporarily been named to the highest education post in the state.

    Elaine Farris has named as the interim commissioner of education as the Kentucky Board of Education looks for a permanent commissioner.

    During a specially-called meeting on Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education agreed to accept the resignation of Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon E. Draud.

  • HIV still very alive in attacking humans

    Although the HIV virus has been around for a while, health officials say the public still knows very little about how it is contracted or how to avoid coming into contact with the disease.

    Debra Wade, director of the WINGS Clinic in Louisville, which that with infectious diseases, says that the number of persons infected with the Human Immuno Deficiency Virus increases each year.

  • EARLIER: Shelburne steps down from commission

    After winning her seat on the Simpsonville City Commission by one vote, Dottie Shelburne has decided to step down from office.

    Shelburne beat out fellow incumbent Cary Vowels 339 to 340 votes this past November in an election that was tainted when non-city residents voted in the race.

    Shelburne said she has informed the commission of her decision to step down.

    But her resignation has some string attached.

    She told the commission that she would only step down if they promised her that they would appoint Cary Vowels to her seat.

  • Shelburne steps down from Simpsonville Commission

     After winning her seat on the Simpsonville City Commission by one vote, Dottie Shelburne has decided to step down from office.

    Shelburne beat out fellow incumbent Cary Vowels 339 to 340 votes this past November in an election that was tainted when non-city residents voted in the race.

    Shelburne said she has informed the commission of her decision to step down.

    But her resignation has some string attached.

    She told the commission that she would only step down if they promised her that they would appoint Cary Vowels to her seat.

  • Simpsonville Commission chooses Vowels

    Simpsonville voters will never know who actually won the 2008 race for the city commission.

    But as of Tuesday night, the four seats on the city's governing body have been completed, and the commissioners have been sworn in.

    At Tuesday's commission meeting, Mayor Steve Eden announced that Dottie Shelburne had resigned from her seat on the commission.

    In November, Shelburne beat out fellow incumbent Cary Vowels by one vote, 340-339, in an election that was tainted when non-city residents voted in the race.

  • Animal shelter to get new truck

    Shelby County Animal Shelter officials were elated to learn they were getting a new truck, because the shelter's two existing vehicle's have gone to the dogs.

    “Both of them have almost 150,000 miles on them,” Animal Control Officer James Collins said.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the purchase of the new F-150 Ford pickup truck at $16,304, which includes a bed liner and topper, from O'Brian Ford Mercury.

    Rusty Newton, acting Animal Control Director, said the new truck will be an asset to the shelter.

  • Farmers say cigarette tax not best way to cover budget shortfall

    With the state facing a budget shortfall of $456 million by the end of June, Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to raise the cigarette tax is getting a better reception among lawmakers this year than it did last year.

    But local farmers and farm organizations said the plan to raise the state tax on cigarettes to a buck a pack will not yield the revenue stream the Governor envisions and will hurt a critical ag industry.