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  • EMS to launch special task force

    The county had a dream that Todd Early is working hard to make a reality.

    Almost as soon as he was hired a few months ago, Early, the new deputy Emergency Management Services director, began working to put together a Shelby Task Force, a multipurpose team of specialists that would handle  hazardous material cleanups and various types of complicated rescues, including animals, and water and trench rescues.

  • Leggett & Platt to close doors

    Leggett & Platt Corporation, part of Simpsonville for more than 50 years, will shut down by mid-January.

    Company officials said that by Jan. 18, all of the company's 240 current workers will lose their jobs. The first of those layoffs to begin on Dec. 14.

  • Police seek armed man

    Police are looking for a lone gunman who robbed two people in in two separate holdups on Friday, Nov. 21, according to Shelbyville Police Officer Istvan Kovacs.

    The man is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing between 190-200 pounds. He was wearing a pull-over sweat shirt, blue jeans and a bandana over his face.

  • CATS task force makes recommendations

    An education task force has recommended that the state expand arts programs for students and change some of the methods and standards with which students are assessed.

    The Task Force on Assessment and Accountability, which two women from Shelby County are a part of, made their recommendations to the state board earlier this week.

  • County finances in the red

    The bad news is that the county government is experiencing a budget deficit.

    The good news is that it's nothing they can't handle.

    At least, according to Shelby County Deputy Judge Executive Rusty Newton, who said that the exact amount of the shortfall has yet to be determined.

    "We have to examine that issue in a finance committee meeting that we are having next week,” he said. "We won't have those numbers until then, because it will depend upon the deficit of occupational taxes.”

  • Candlelight vigil held for local woman who died in jail

    More than 200 people braved frigid temperatures last Friday night to gather in front of the Frankfort Regional Jail, where a local woman died three months ago.

    Ana Romero, 44, of Shelbyville, was a native of El Salvador who was jailed and slated for deportation because she was in the country illegally. Although she was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center when she was arrested, she was transferred to the Frankfort facility where she was held for several months while awaiting deportation.

  • EARLIER: Murder suspect still at large

    Whoever murdered James Duckett remains at large today as police try to piece together a trail of evidence.

    Kentucky State Police officers continue to collect information in an attempt to locate the killer, who fled in Duckett’s truck and dumped it several miles away, just off Taylorsville Road west of Shelbyville.

  • Armed men at large

    Two armed men remain at large after holding up the Starting Gate food mart and Chevron station in Simpsonville Wednesday afternoon.

    The two men, described as young Hispanic males, held up the clerk at the store shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    “They did pull a weapon on the clerk,” said Shelby County Sheriff's detective Jason Rice.

    The two men got away with an undetermined amount of money and were last seen traveling toward Todds Point Road in a maroon SUV.

  • Board considers redistricting plan

    Laura Floyd isn't sure where her children will be sent to school next year.

    Floyd, who has a kindergartener and second-grader at Simpsonville Elementary School, is one of the 35 local parents who were notified last month that their child might be redistricted to Southside Elementary School because of overcrowding at Simpsonville.

    Floyd and many other parents were angered by the change and asked for alternative solutions.

  • Officers nearly killed in drug raid

    Three people are in jail for attempted murder after a drug raid in which a police officer narrowly escaped with his life.

    The near-deadly incident happened Thursday night when Shelbyville Police officers entered an apartment at 1427 Main Street in Shelbyville, SPD Maj. Danny Goodwin said.