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  • Holiday Inn closed, may reopen soon

    A spokesperson for the new owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville said his company expects to clear up a tax problem that forced the state to shut down that hotel this week.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue had closed the hotel Tuesday because JMG LLC of Modesto, Calif.,  its former owner, owed the state $58,388.83 in unpaid taxes. A permanent injunction was obtained through Franklin Circuit Court, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office worked with state officials to enforce that order.

  • Holiday Inn reopens

    An official of the company that owns the Holiday Inn Express in Shelbyville says the hotel will reopen this afternoon.

    Scott Nadel, regional vice president for marketing for AMC Hotels, said all issues with the tax bill had been resolved.

    “We will be open by 5 p.m. tomorrow [today],” Nadel said. “We will be up and running. All the matters with the state have been resolved.”

  • Free showing of Twilight at library Thursday night

    The Shelby County Public Library will have a free showing of the hit movie Twilight on Thursday at 5 p.m.

    The movie, which just came out in DVD form last Friday, was a huge hit at the box office when it came out last year.

    Sherry Bogard, with children's services at the library, said she is glad to be able to offer the free showing to the public because she feels the film is suitable for young viewers, even though the movie's theme centers around a vampire romance.

    "Everybody I know loved the books and the movie," she said.

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  • City Council approves moratorium in Shelbyville

    Shelbyville City Council has approved an ordinance declaring a building and zoning moratorium on the east end of Shelbyville.

  • New test could replace CATS

    While Shelby County School officials are waiting for the governor to sign a bill that would eliminate CATS testing, they say they will continue do things the way they have been.

    “Should the governor choose to sign the bill into law, KDE will develop policies and practices that follow the “spirit of the law,” said Kerry Fanine, assistant superintendent, student achievement division of Shelby County Schools. “Only at that time can the district begin to advise our stakeholders on how we will proceed with educational policy and practice.”

  • Our Lady student to compete in state contest

    An 8th-grade student at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville is set to compete in a statewide geographic contest next month.

    Maria Cozzens has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists who have been selected to compete in the 2009 Kentucky Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.

    Bees were held with 4th-through 8th-grade students throughout the state to determine each school's geographic bee winner.

  • Shipley named principal at Painted Stone


    The job won't officially be hers until July 1, but that isn't stopping Michelle Shipley from forging right ahead as the new principal at Painted Stone Elementary.

    Shipley, who has severed several months serving as that school's interim principal, this week was given the job permanently by the school's Site-Based Decision Making Council.

    Shipley said she already has drafted a letter to parents sharing her excitement and goals for the school and its students.

  • Shelbyville approves moratorium on east end of downtown

    In a special called meeting Tuesday, Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance declaring a moratorium on the east end of Shelbyville from Fourth Street to the Mt. Eden Road, also including the initial burst of Frankfort Road, where the Hilltop Produce property is located.

    The moratorium will become effective pending the approval of its second reading, held Thursday, and would encompass all building permits, demolition permits, zoning map amendments, planned unit developments, and development plans within the area.