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  • 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

  • Dangerous roads or dangerous drivers?

    This is the first of a two-part series on accidents on city and county roads. Part one covers roads in the county. Part two will look at roads in the city.

    Are roads in Shelby County dangerous?

    Bob Elmore sighed as he recalled watching an ambulance carry off a woman who flipped her car and landed upside down in his yard last week.

    "Usually, they get my yard going the other way," he said. "Usually, coming north, they'll misjudge that curve and they're going too fast. There's been at least a half dozen wrecks and I've been here for about 14 years. It's dangerous."

  • Board could reject diesel bids

    Unlike the typical commuter, if the Shelby County Board of Education feels like they are getting ripped off at the pump, they can just say no.

    And that is exactly what the board will consider doing at their meeting this Thursday night.

    Every year the board bids out their diesel service to fuel providers.

    Usually, the lowest bidder will get the job.

  • Father, son and wife all charged with robbery

    A third member of the Chandler family is now up on charges related to robbery.

    Two out of three of them are charged in connection with bank robbery.

    Carol Chandler, 26, appeared in Shelby District Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing on charges of second-degree robbery.

    Chandler was arrested July 28 in connection with the robbery of the Peoples Bank in Spencer County, along with Charles Norton, 37.

  • Brakes hit on golf cart alternative

    After several weeks of debate and research by the Shelbyville City Council, the golf cart alternative now seems to be running on fumes.

    Ever since it was first brought before the council for discussion, the primary concern with allowing golf carts on Shelbyville streets has been public safety.

    At the meeting Thursday, council member Shane Suttor shared some safety statistics he found during his research. Suttor told the council that far fewer people are injured in golf carts than automobiles, and most reported golf cart injuries take place on the golf course, not the road.

  • Library holds reading program

    Shelby County librarians are hoping that a new reading program will promote literacy locally and give the community a common story to discuss.

    Pam Federspiel, director of the library, said the library's "One Book, One Community" program is an effort to encourage the entire community to read the same book, at the same time.

    Federspiel said books have a strange power of bringing people together and giving them a shared experience and story.