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  • 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.  

  • Stumbo sues school board

    A former Shelby County High School teacher is suing the school district in Shelby County Circuit Court for banning him from attending his daughters' school functions.

    Scott Stumbo, who was accused of sexually harassing two students in 2006, has not been allowed to be on school property since February 2007. Stumbo’s ban from local schools came four months after he was fired from his job at SCHS by Elaine Farris, a former Superintendent who said she believed the charges against him to be true.

  • Candlelight vigil to be held for Ana Romero

    Candlelight vigil to be held for Ana Romero

    A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Ana Romero on Friday, Nov. 21, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Franklin County Regional Jail, located at 400 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort.

    It has been three months since Romero died while incarcerated at the jail. Romero's family and friends are holding the vigil to remember her and other immigrants being held in jails. They have also established a website, www.anaromero.org.

  • Triple S approves new satellite dish guidelines

    Picking up where the discussion left off at its October meeting, the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new text amendment Tuesday for the Shelby County Zoning Regulations in regards to satellite dishes.