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  • Martinrea to cut 84 workers

    Martinrea Heavy Stamping, continuing to battle the struggling automotive economy, will eliminate one-third of its workforce during the next two months.

    And if the situation there doesn't improve, local union leaders say they believe the plant might be shut down entirely.

    Local 2383 President Dwayne Gilbert said that 37 union workers would be let go on Wednesday and 47 more on Nov. 10, leaving 147 employees at the company that in 2000 had about 1,100 in 2000.

  • Bypass construction on schedule

    Carl Henry was smiling big because he good news to report about the progress with construction of the Shelbyville Bypass.

    "Burks Branch is back open again," he said. "And it's about time."

    State officials said no further delays are anticipated and that the entire, $26.1million project is on schedule to be completed by August 2009.

    "Right now, the excavation work is done, and almost all the bridge road work is also done, said Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. We have one more concrete pour coming up on Tuesday.

  • Myles: Cops can't carry into court

    Like most judges, John David Myles doesn't want guns to be brought into his courtroom. But, unlike most judges, Myles has even prohibited law-enforcement officers from packing heat in his courtroom.

    And the decision has caused several local police officers to be up in arms.

    Myles, who is the Family Court judge, said his decision is for the safety of those in the court.

  • Police beat

    Editor's note: Sentinel-News police beat items are written from reports from local fire departments, Shelbyville Police, Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police.

    Drunken Driving

    David W. Tindall, 41, of Waddy, was arrested Sept. 11 on Midland Boulevard and charged with DUI, first offense and expired registration plates.

    Bruno Lara, 19, of Shelbyville, was arrested Sept. 14 at Fairway Crossing and Highway 53 and charged with DUI, first offense, criminal littering, no operator's license and no insurance.

  • Ryder Cup a winner - Local businesses have big week

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    Staff Sgt. James Marsh of Shelbyville raised the American flag at the opening ceremonies at the 37th Ryder Cup last Thursday.

    Shelbyville's proximity to Louisville enabled local businesses to benefit from the 37th Ryder Cup Golf Tournament concluded Sunday at Valhalla.

    Though no official numbers are available, local hotels and restaurants reported high-volume business during the tournament's weeklong run that may have left them feeling as much like winners as the United States team that upset the Europeans.

  • A heroic departure - Local National Guard heads to Iraq

    Sacrifice.

    Whether by risking their lives for another on the battlefield or by having to leave behind those they care about most, soldiers make many sacrifices that require courage.

    That's why there weren't enough seats in the Clay Street Baptist Church on Monday evening.

    A multitude of family and friends filed in to honor the men and women of the Shelbyville-based Kentucky Army National Guard's 1163rd Medical Company, which is being deployed to Iraq.

  • Dry spell resistance - Alternative water could head through Shelby

    Shelby County is one step closer to forming a Shelby-Franklin Regional Water Commission and developing a water pipeline that could provide water in times of need.

  • Man sues after genital amputation

    A Waddy man and his wife are suing two doctors who they say amputated the man's penis without his consent.

    Phillip and Deborah Seaton filed a malpractice suit in Shelby County Circuit Court last week against Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort, who performed the surgery, and Dr. Oliver James of Shelbyville, who administered anesthetic to Seaton.

  • Clear Creek gets rehab, still closed to the public

    Officials have a partial answer about what has happened to Clear Creek and are in the process of devising a plan to correct the situation, according to state environmental inspector Clark Dorman.

    "We are working on that as we speak," he said.

    Dorman said the fill kill in the creek was determined to be caused from a lack of oxygen in the water, in addition to some other things.

  • Drug search turns up 20 pot plants

    Officers found an unusually large number of marijuana plants at a residence during a drug bust just north of Finchville last week.

    According to Shelby County Sheriff's detective Jason Rice, when deputies arrived at the residence at 3121 Veechdale Road, they discovered 20 plants of what Rice described as being of "very high quality."

    "Each plant was worth at least the normal value of what is usually grown around here," he said.

    Rice said the marijuana contained a high THC content, and he estimated the street value of the plants at about $50,000.