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  • Rothenburger names members for Human Rights Commission

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger named five members to the county's newly formed Human Rights Commission.

    Rothenburger appointed Brenda Jackson, Brendan “Butch” Kinsella, James Butler, Darlene Brown and Hilda Plante to the panel.

    • Jackson is a retired employee of state government, a member of the Shelby County Board of Education and is president of the Kentucky School Boards Association.

  • Missing teen returns home

    A teenager missing since last Thursday is back home, according to Shelbyville Police Office Istvan Kovacs.

    Amber McKinney, 16, of Jonathan Circle, was last seen last Thursday when she left to go to school at Shelby County High School.

    Kovacs said that Wednesday night, Angela Peters, the girl's mother, got a phone call at about 10 p.m. from her daughter.

    “Her mother said she told her she was calling from Wal-Mart and wanted her to come and get her,” Kovacs said.

  • Alternative water source to come through Shelby?

    Studies are still underway on the potential costs and impact that the formation of the Shelby-Franklin Regional Water Commission would have on the county. As a result, the idea was met with some questions at Wednesday's public hearing at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, but it mostly received strong support by those in attendance.

  • The gasoline rollercoaster

    Last summer, county Road Supervisor Carl Henry was spending $150 just to fill up his personal pickup truck. And the diesel trucks his road department crew drove were chowing down on $5 a gallon diesel fuel.

    So he does not need grief counseling over gasoline prices that have seemed to be in free fall the last several months.

    “It's tickling me to death to spend, what, half what I did before,” Henry said.

  • Fuel prices fall back to $1.55

    Many people were dismayed to wake up last Friday and find that gas prices had skyrocketed again.

    But on Monday, Friday's 30-cent-a-gallon jump in gas prices -- from $1.45 to $1.75 at some outlets -- had fallen back to about $1.55 per gallon.

    Even though the price is back down again, the seesawing up and down was enough to make people nervous.

  • Triple S to look at satellite dish regulations

    When the Triple S Planning Commission meets May 20, it will address a text amendment to the Shelby County Zoning Regulation in the area of Satellite Dish Guidelines.

    Under the altered regulations, satellite dishes are broken down into two categories; those greater than three feet in diameter and those three feet or less in diameter.

    For dishes greater than three feet in diameter

    A Conditional Use Permit would be required under the new guidelines. The application fee would be determined by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals fee schedule.

  • Public hearing on new water commission tonight

    A public hearing will be held at 7 tonight at the Shelby County Extension Office building to allow the public to offer their thoughts regarding the creation of a new water commission that would work toward obtaining more water sources for Shelby County.

    County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger will lead the hearing on what would be called the "Shelby-Franklin Regional Water Commission."

  • EARLIER: Family of slain man appeals to public to help find killer

    At an emotional press conference on Tuesday, the family of a man who was brutally murdered recently appealed to the public to help find the killer.

    "On behalf of my family and myself, we are pleading for the public that if there is anyone out there with any information, please call the state police at 502-227-2221,” Catherine Nichols read from a written statement.

  • Duckett case: 5 weeks, no killer

    More than five weeks after James Duckett was found brutally murdered in an execution- style manner at his home on Rockbridge Road, his killer remains on the loose.

    Police have appealed to the public and offered a reward to help locate the killer, but so far, no useful information has surfaced.

    But admittedly, the public has had precious little information to go by.

    Duckett's death sometime before Nov. 10 remains a curious web of minimal information and wild public rumor about a type of crime seldom seen in Shelby County.

  • A Christmas blessing

    Even with the country officially in a recession, two large annual charitable events that feed the needy will help ensure that most people in Shelby County will not go hungry on Christmas Day.

    Christmas at Claudia's and the Annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency will be held Dec. 21 and Dec. 25, respectively.