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  • Skate park to get surveillance system

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court has approved funding for a security system for the skate park.

    Magistrates voted Tuesday night to approve funding for a video surveillance system for the park.

    "This is funding that comes through our area government district and those funds are available and this was the amount that was appropriated this year," said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger of the $7,795 to go for the security system.

  • Beshear signs order allowing electric cars

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday that will permit low-speed electric cars on Kentucky's roadways.

    Beshear's order directs the state Transportation Cabinet to develop and implement the standards for using the electric cars on Kentucky highways. The cabinet is charged with defining what is an allowable electric vehicle and the rules under which a person may operate those vehicles. Transportation Cabinet Secretary Joe Prather is directed to have those recommendations to the Governor by Dec. 1 of this year.

  • Couple charged after robbery, beating

    A Waddy couple has been charged in connection with robbing an Hispanic man after beating him in the head with a wrench, according to Shelbyville Police.

    Carl L. Barnes, 29, and Johna Hoskins, 33, both of Waddy Road, are charged with first-degree robbery in an incident that happened in mid-May.

    Shelbyville Detective Stacy Bruce said the pair worked together to rob the victim, Mario Chavez, of Shelbyville. He added that allegedly, Hoskins, using the promise of sex, enticed the man into the shadow of a building where Barnes waited to attack him.

  • Six schools make the grade

    All six elementary schools in the district made the required academic progress on the No Child Left Behind assessment this past year; however, all three of the local secondary schools fell behind.

    According to data released Tuesday morning by the Kentucky Department of Education, Shelby County Public Schools reached 17 out of 22 educational goals, or 77.3 percent, that were set for it by the federal government.

  • Going for gold: Local woman tried again for American Idol

    While she may not have received the "golden ticket," one Shelbyville resident recently attempted to make her singing dreams come true.

    The "golden ticket" is a yellow piece of paper signifying advancement to the next round of auditions of the hit television show, American Idol.

    Lisa Vest, a 23-year-old Commonwealth Bank employee, packed her bags (well maybe just her purse and singing essentials) for a 5 a.m. trip to Louisville.

  • Bank robbery suspects nabbed in Shelbyville

    Two suspects in a bank robbery were arrested in Shelbyville Monday night after being located hiding in an apartment by police.

    When Shelbyville Police Officer Jeff McClellan heard the description of the person that had allegedly robbed the Peoples Bank in Spencer County that day, he had an idea he could be hiding out here, said

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte.

    "Jeff heard the name of Norton, and he had previously participated in an investigation involving him, and he thought he might be able to find him at Hi Point Apartments," Schutte said.

  • Interstate crash injures seven

    Seven people were hospitalized Tuesday after a single vehicle car crash on the interstate at the Shelby-Franklin County line.

    The accident happened at about 5 p.m. in the eastbound lane of I-64. Victims were taken to the University of Louisville and Frankfort Regional Medical Center by Shelby County EMS, and air-lifted to the University of Kentucky.

  • Class reunions revive memories of cross-county battles

    A cross-town rivalry was rekindled on July 26 when two local high school classes held their 40-year reunions on the same night.

    The 1968 graduating classes from Shelbyville High School and Shelby County High School did not intend to schedule their reunions on the same night.

    Reunion organizers from both schools admitted that getting that many Rockets and Red Devils in close proximity is still a risky venture.

    Thankfully, the reunions were held 5 miles apart and those who had too much to drink weren't allowed to drive.

  • Ice cream social

    The Simpsonville Lions Club is having an ice cream social Saturday from 4 p.m. until ? at First Christian Church on U. S. 60.

    All you can eat ice cream. Adults $5. Children $2.50. Sugar-free desserts are available.

  • Food for thought: Inspectors keep an eye on eateries

    Whether it's an anniversary, birthday, promotion, graduation or just about any special occasion, how do most people celebrate?

    That's right -- by dining out.

    Everyone knows what's on the menu at their favorite restaurant. But do they know if they're risking their health by eating there?

    The most popular way to gage an establishment's suitability is by their most recent health inspection score, which all restaurants must display.