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  • LG&E, KU settles rate cases, typical bill to decrease

    The proposed rate changes that Kentucky Utilities filed last summer would've raised the average residential electricity bill by 7.3 percent.

    Now it looks like customers won't have to pay quite as much.

    A settlement announced Tuesday in the Louisville Gas and Electric/Kentucky Utilities Company rate cases would mean slightly higher rates for customers starting as soon as next month, but the rates would be a bit less than .

  • Coleman to receive posthumous

    The late Rev. Louis Coleman will be honored on Thursday as the 2009 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award.

    The annual award ceremony will be hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission at 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

    The award is given to an individual within the Commonwealth of Kentucky who embodies the spirit and energy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • SCHS changes cell phone policy

    Shelby County High School has changed its student cell-phone policy in order to tackle a growing problem of cellular usage during class.

    Though the policy change stops short of completely banning cellular devices, it does absolutely prohibit their usage during the school day.

  • 8 teachers pass National Boards

    Students aren’t the only ones who are glad when they pass a test.

    Last Thursday night the Shelby County School Board celebrated with eight local teachers who passed the National Board Certified Teachers exam this year.

    The exam, which is administered by the National Board Professional Teaching Standards, is a benchmark for excellence in education.

    Superintendent James Neihof said the teachers in the district who have passed the national board exam are “among some of the best we have.”

  • Road department gets ready for bad weather

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger announced that crews from the Shelby County Road Department will be out in force on Monday,  pre-treating the county roadways with de-icing material in preparation of the Canadian Clipper System that is due to arrive in the Ohio Valley on Tuesday.

    With the possibility of the frigid cold temperatures and mild-to-moderate snow accumulations, Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry will get a jump start in anticipation of the potentially hazardous weather conditions.

  • 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.