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  • Scenes from Sunday windstorm

    A large tree collapsed in the yard of a home on U.S. 60 in Simpsonville. You also can see how the wind at midafternoon Sunday was raising shingles.

    A large oak tree completely uprooted next to a house on U.S. 60 near Fields Lane. The root ball was more than 6 feet in diameter.

    A tree was split on Old Mount Eden Road late Sunday afternoon, blocking access to the intersection with Kentucky 53.

    A split oak tree sits near the entrance to the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville.

  • Nappy Roots to play at Park

    One of the biggest hip-hop groups from Kentucky will be performing in Shelbyville next month.

    Nappy Roots, of Bowling Green, will headline a performance at the Clear Creek Park amphitheater on Oct. 11. The band will be touring on their new album "The Humdinger", released last month.

    Also performing during the show is Lexington-based rapper Cypher and local performers Vernon and Justin Tolbert. The performances will be from 6 to 10 p.m.

  • Ryder Cup set to tee off

    One of golf's signature events - and certainly the biggest in Kentucky's history -- will tee off next week just across the Metro Louisville Line, 13 miles from downtown Shelbyville.

    The Ryder Cup, which pits the elite professionals from the United States against a team from Europe, will be held Sept. 16-21 at Valhalla Golf Club in Eastwood.

    And it's generating a lot of excitement in Shelby County.

  • Newton set to retire from MPCAA

    Rusty Newton was raised tending to cows and crops on his family's dairy and tobacco farm in Shelby County, but he has spent the last 22 years tending to many other needs of Shelby Countians.

    And today, Newton, the executive director for the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, is retiring after spending the last seven of those years in the agency's top position.

    MPCAA works on behalf of elderly, low-income and at-risk individuals and families to help them improve and stabilize their daily living situations, and Newton has been dedicated to that mission.

  • EMS members go to Louisiana to help hurricane victims

    On Thursday morning a team of five rescue workers from Shelbyville arrived in Louisiana to help victims of Hurricane Gustav.

    EMS Director Steve Wortham said Shelbyville's Medical Special Response Team journeyed to Alexandria, La., by ambulance along with six other ambulances from around Kentucky.

    The five volunteers -- Jeff Ivers, John Trzcinski, Mike Swigert, Shawn Doty and Bobby Cravenz -- loaded the ambulance with medical supplies, food and tents in which to house themselves.

  • The paper trail: Agencies look at ways to trim paper consumption

    At the Shelby County Recycling Center, there are seven large metal bins that are used to collect and store various recyclable items: one for aluminum, one for cardboard, one for plastic and so on.

    But the item that has the biggest bin and takes up the most space at the center is also the one that is the easiest to reduce - paper.

    Val Shirley, who manages the center, spends the majority of his day making sure that the materials donated go in the right bins.

  • Long Run Massacre festival this weekend

    Coonskin caps, muskets and tomahawks will abound this weekend at the annual Long Run Massacre Reenactment and Festival.

    Staged by the Painted Stone Settlers, this event commemorates the pioneering days of Shelby County and two bloody conflicts that occurred between a group of settlers and a tribe of Native Americans in the late 1700s.

    This year the festival will be held for the first time at Red Orchard Park at 704 Kentucky St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    The main reenactment will take place at 2 p.m. on both days.

  • Boswell promises to 'work hard for local people'

    State Sen. David Boswell promised the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday that if he is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, he will role up his shirt sleeves and "work hard for local people."

    Boswell, a Democrat, is running against State Sen. Brett Guthrie for Kentucky's Second Congressional District seat.

    During Boswell's address to the Rotary members, he touted his 30 years of political experience as the decisive factor in the race.

    "My experiences and background will allow me to hit the ground running in Washington," he said.

  • Local man pleads guilty to bank robbery

    A Shelbyville man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing seven banks throughout Kentucky.

    Kenneth Chandler, 47, was indicted in March by the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky for taking by force -- using a semi-automatic pistol -- a large amount of cash from Central Bank in Lexington, as well as Citizens Union Bank in Shelby County.

    The indictment said Chandler was accused of taking $11,817 from Central Bank and $22,796 from Citizens Union Bank.

  • Council keeps property tax steady - Personal property rate drops

    The Ad Valorem property taxes for the 2008 calendar year have been levied after the Shelbyville City Council approved a second reading.

    At its August 21 meeting, the council approved the first reading of the ordinance proposing a tax rate of 27.5 cents per $100.00 assessed real property this year. The rate is the same as last year, when it produced $1,855,368. This year it's expected to produce more than $1.9 million.

    The tax rate on personal property within the city was reduced from 46.8 cents on each $100.00 of assessed value last year, to 43.1 cents this year.