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  • News briefs: Aug. 17, 2011

    Bagdad Ruritans holding dinner

    to try to keep the city’s lights on


    The Bagdad Ruritan Club is trying to keep the streetlights burning in the city, but its members are going to need some help.

    Bagdad has for about 50 years had a resident-pay system for its streetlights, and because of non-payment and rising costs, the fund for those lights has dried up.

  • SCPS in court on road dispute

    As Shelby County Public Schools welcomes students back to classes today, some members of the administration may be in court.

    The district's lawsuit against WAZE Development for breach of contract in an agreement to extend Discovery Boulevard to Midland Industrial – for an outlet to Freedom's Way – is scheduled to be heard in Shelby County Circuit Court.

  • Welcome back students: A primer to the school year in Shelby County

    As schools open today at 7:30 a.m. for elementary, 8:30 for high schools and 8:40 for middle schools, students, teachers and administrators will see a lot of new faces, some familiar faces in new places and some old places updated with new looks and a lot of new technology.

    So, here are few of the changes, upgrades, updates and policy changes this year for Shelby County Public Schools.

    Which schools have new principals?

  • Shelby County Board of Education: Split-level Southside gets its 1st look

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard its first update on the new Southside Elementary School project during Thursday’s meeting.

    Architects from K. Norman Berry outlined the school’s early footprint but noted that they will be back in the next few weeks with a more detailed development plan.

    Superintendent James Neihof was quick to remind the board that the proposals were just a start. “This is a beginning plan, not a final plan,” he said.

  • Shelby’s fair focus: Its parks system

    For 110 years the Kentucky State Fair has been bringing in the top agricultural, equine, crafts and attractions that the commonwealth has to offer. Add to that some world-class entertainment and rides, and the fair is one of the biggest draws of the year for Kentucky.

    With more than 600,000 descending on the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center starting Thursday and running through Aug. 28, the 11-day event will raise more than $13 million.

    And Shelby County will no doubt have its usual presence.

  • County decides to close old bridge

    Historic Who Da Thot It Bridge, shut down Monday for safety reasons, may now be closed to vehicle traffic forever.
    Magistrates voted Tuesday morning at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court to call a public hearing to close the bridge after discussing the merits of trying to get the structure repaired or replaced.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he got a call two weeks ago from state officials informing him that bridge inspectors judged the bridge was unsafe and that the county needed to either repair it, replace it or close it.

  • County will pave, service Trenton Court

    A housing development adjacent to the Hill ‘N Dale subdivision and in existence since 2005 will finally get its road paved, hopefully before winter sets in, county officials say.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to take Trenton Court into the county road system, which means the roadway would receive snow removal and other county services.

    Trenton Court, located off Hill N Dale Drive, must be paved first, however, a chore traditionally left to the developer.

  • Jury selection Thursday in penis amputation suit

    Jury selection is scheduled for Thursday in Shelby Circuit Court in  the trial of a Waddy man who is suing his surgeon for amputating his penis.

    Phillip Seaton sued Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort because Seaton says Patterson amputated his penis without his consent.

    The case was moved up by one day on the calendar during a pretrial hearing Aug. 3 before Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, who asked for the earlier start date. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday, and the trial could take most of next week.

  • Judicial Center set to open in late October

    Judges will have to wait a bit longer than anticipated to start pounding their gavels in the new Judicial Center.

    The last estimated completion date for the $18.4 million project had been Sept. 1, but officials now say an unexpected problem has arisen that bumps the opening of the facility to the latter part of October or even early November.

    “At a contractor’s meeting this week, engineers had a concern about the limestone [that will cover the front of the building],” Shelby County Judge Rob Rothenburger said.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville City Council advances zone change along bypass

    The proposal by Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty that the city should seek a zone change for the 74 acres of land it recently annexed along the Shelbyville Bypass came and went before the city council without a peep on Thursday night.

    The council voted unanimously – council member Mike Zoeller was absent – and without comment to ask the Triple S Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on changing the land at the southeast corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way from agriculture to I-1 – light industrial.