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  • Heating costs expected to scorch consumers

    Rusty Newton is worried.

    Newton, executive director of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, is concerned about the prediction of rising heating costs this winter.

    He's worried because heating costs are going to be higher, but no extra money has been appropriated to help people pay higher heating bills.

    "I mean, I'm just being honest with you; I'm real concerned about the families, especially our elderly and disabled," he said.

  • Congressional candidate speaks at Rotary club

    Last week's Rotary speaker, State Sen. Brett Guthrie, Republican candidate for Congress in Kentucky's Second District, spoke of issues he would like to address if elected.

    He began with saying that he didn't intend to give a partisan speech, but just wanted to "talk about myself and why I'm running and what I believe in."

    He opened with saying that his main concern was what he was going to bring to Washington.

    "We need to quit worrying about petty politics and focus on prosperity and the future of our children," he said.

  • Five arrested at SCHS

    Five Shelby County High School students were taken into custody Wednesday morning following an altercation which resulted in an assault on a Shelby County sheriff's deputy.

    Deputies arrested four juveniles - three female, one male - and one adult male in the school's cafeteria.

    Charges include third degree assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

    Three of the juveniles have been released to their parents. One juvenile has been taken to a youth detention center. The adult student, Derek Richmond, remains at the Shelby County Detention Center.

  • Weapons scare at SCHS proves false

    Local law enforcement officers responded to Shelby County High School Tuesday morning after receiving an anonymous tip that two students might be bringing weapons to school.

    The unidentified caller told Interim Principal Michael Rowe that a quarrel between two students could turn into violence on the school grounds.

    After receiving the call, four Shelby County sheriff's deputies came to the school and took the two students into custody as they exited their school buses.

  • New video store on Triple S agenda

    When the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission meet again at the Stratton Community Center on August 19, commission members will address plans for a new video store in Shelbyville.

    The development plan with sign waivers is for a Family Video at 1729 and 1733 Midland Trail. The plan is for a 6,000 sq. ft. video store as well as two lease spaces with a total of 3,590 sq. ft.

    A white building currently sits on the location, which is located beside Carol & Co. Fine Jewelry and across from American Founders Bank.

  • Six running for Simpsonville City Commission

    Six candidates, including the four incumbents, have filed to run for the Simpsonville City Commission.

    The filing deadline for non-partisan races was Tuesday.

    The four incumbents on the commission - Vicky Wise, Scott McDowell, Dottie Shelburne and Cary Vowels - all signed up for another term. Joining them in the race are political newcomers Sharon Cummins and Andy Rushing.

  • Llama rescued by fire fighters

    Local firefighters proved recently that they don't just rescue cats in trees.

    Sometimes the animal is much bigger, and in this case, much more unusual.

    Zuma the llama had fallen into a hole and couldn't get out. The 400-pound animal was exhausted from trying repeatedly to get out of the three-foot hole it was trapped in, said Simpsonville Fire Chief Walter Jones.

  • Local woman charged with embezzlement

    A local woman is under investigation for embezzling money from her employer, according to Shelby County Commonwealth's Attorney Laura Donnell.

    Jody Wills of Shelby County is being investigated by Kentucky State Police, Donnell said.

    "As a result of her job duties, she is under investigation for embezzling funds from a previous employer who happens to be a local attorney," Donnell said.

    Wills is being investigated for possibly embezzling $600,000 from her former employer, attorney Mark Dean, according to a source with knowledge of the case.

  • City traffic: Frenzied but not fatal

    Traffic accidents in the city are less severe, but more frequent, than on county roads, according to Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte.

    An article in Wednesday's paper reported that there were seven fatalities on county roads both in 2007 and 2006, compared with none in the city. However, there were many more "fender benders" in the city than on roads in the county. Schutte said this is only to be expected, because city roads are more heavily traveled. He added that most of the accidents in the city occur in the downtown area, on Main Street and on Midland Trail.

  • Race for school board set

    Two of the three open seats on the Shelby County School Board will be contested this November.

    Brenda Jackson, who represents division 5, is the only member of the school board up for election who will be unopposed this election cycle.

    Jackson, who has been on the board for 20 years, has not been opposed since the first year she was elected.

    Incumbents Sam Hinkle and Allen H. Phillips will have to beat out some new candidates to retain their seats on the board.

    Division 2

    Sam Hinkle - Incumbent