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  • 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.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County Christmas Parade set for Saturday

    Time to grab your coats and watch some floats.

    The Shelby County Christmas Parade will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m. along Main Street. There is no fee to enter the parade, and all Shelby County organizations and businesses can register a float or group up until Friday.

    Charlie Kramer was selected to be Grand Marshall of the parade. Kramer has been the Shelby County Tourism Director for 16 years and lives in Simpsonville. He said being selected Grand Marshall is something he never imagined.

  • School plans might change

    Next month the Shelby County Public School System is hoping to start construction on a new $40 million school building.

    That much is certain.

    But the grade-level of the students who initially go to school there when it opens in 2010 might be changing.

    This Thursday night the Shelby County School Board will consider forming a Transition Planning Committee for the proposed secondary school building.

  • Teen missing since Thursday

    Police are asking for the public's help in locating a teenaged girl who has been missing from her home in Shelbyville since Thursday.

    Amber Dawn McKinney, 16, was last seen leaving her home on Jonathan Circle on  Thursday morning to go to school, according to Shelbyville Police.