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  • Looking back at 2008

    Revelers on this New Year's Eve may be tempted to sing "Hit the road, Jack," instead of "Auld Lang Syne" as they usher in 2009. For many - those who lost jobs or those who watched their 401(k)s shrink - 2008 was a trying year.

    The economy was the big newsmaker in 2008, and for much of the year, that news wasn't good. The election, of course, was the other big story in 2008, and, depending upon your perspective, the election news was good or bad - or maybe mixed.

  • Downtown study under way for Simpsonville

    Simpsonville has taken its first step toward creating a real downtown area, according to City Manager David Eaton.

    “The idea is for Simpsonville to eventually have a downtown district,” he said. “It's an extremely long-term vision; it could take 20 years or more, but it is very exciting.”

  • Board approves Transition Committee

    The next two years are going to be a time of transition for the Shelby County Public School System. At the top of the list of change agents is the opening of a $40 million dollar education facility that will alter where many local students go to school.

    To help with the transition, the Shelby County School Board recently approved the formation of a Transition Planning Committee which is designed to help the district successfully open the school by fall 2010.

  • Charity Christmas dinner feeds nearly 2,000

    A cold, bitter wind found its way under coats and scarves Sunday night, but inside Claudia Sanders Dinner House, laughter, mountains of food, and the spirit of goodwill warmed the hearts of those who enjoyed a sumptuous Christmas feast.

    For the fifth year in a row, Christmas @ Claudia's provided the underprivileged of Shelbyville with a good holiday meal and toys for the children, all presided over by Santa himself.

    The jolly old elf smiled every time a tiny tot crawled onto his lap and tugged at his beard.

  • Workers lose jobs, not hope

    In the last month, more than 300 local workers either lost their jobs or were notified they would soon be laid off - just in time for Christmas.

    While the holidays might be less than cheery for these workers, some are hoping next year will bring more to be merry about.  

    After Terry Gaines was laid off from Martinrea Heavy Stamping this year, she knew this would be the last year that a factory job paid for her Christmas.

  • Woman killed on Eminence Pike

    A Henry County woman died shortly after an automobile accident that occurred as she headed into Shelbyville Saturday morning, according to Jason Rice, a detective with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

    Karen Montgomery, 32, was traveling south on Ky. 55,  Eminence Pike just before 6:30 a.m. when her car was struck by a car traveling north.

  • Neihof receives positive evaluation

    Students aren’t the only ones who get report cards.

    After six months on the job, Superintendent James Neihof received a performance evaluation from the Shelby County School Board last Thursday night.

    He passed with flying colors.

    Neihof, who took office in June, received only positive marks on his evaluation and was noted for meeting or exceeding all of the board’s expectations.

  • Shelbyville City Council OKs raises

    The Shelbyville City Council approved the first readings of three separate ordinances Thursday night that increase the pay scales for the police department, fire department and city employees.

    Both the police ordinance and the fire ordinance show salary increases of 1.5 percent.

  • State police to crack down on drunk drivers during holidays

    Every year law enforcement officials make a plea to those who drink to stay off the roads.  Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said that though drunk driving is a horrible crime any day of the year, statistics show that the holiday season is by far the worst period for crashes involving alcohol.

    He added that 25 people died on Kentucky roadways between December 20 and December 31 last year.

  • Frozen pipe shuts off water to resident

    The combination of a low Guist Creek Lake and freezing temperatures shut down the water supply to a handful of Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer customers early Monday morning.

    The low lake levels left exposed about 80 feet of iron pipe that supplied water to four residences on Farm Lake Court. With air temperatures dropping into single digits and wind-chill readings below zero Sunday night and Monday morning, water in the pipe froze solid.