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  • Promotion key to Recycling Center's growth

    Word of mouth has been the best advertisement when it comes to getting Shelby County residents to recycle.

    Shelby County Solid Waste Coordinator Russell Thomas credits promoting the Recycling Center's mission to the public for much of the increase in the county's 2007 recycling totals.

    "Getting the word out is important," Thomas said. "I think our efforts -- and it is a team effort -- in getting out in community and spreading the word has helped tremendously."

  • Simpsonville law would speed up nuisance enforcement

    The Simpsonville City Commission Wednesday passed an ordinance that would speed up the city's ability to deal with environmental nuisances.

    The ordinance amends a 1986 measure that required a letter to a homeowner followed by a certified letter before the city could take action to require a property to be mowed or cleaned up. The new rule allows the city to take action after it has informed the property owner by certified letter or by a personal visit.

    City public works director Brian Romine said the new rule would make his job easier.

  • Family court will stay put for time being

    Family Court Judge John David Myles will have to wait for the new judicial center to be built before he gets to move his office.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) had been in negotiations with New Mount Zion Church to lease the Mulberry Building at 7th and Main streets to renovate that building into office space and a courtroom. But renovating the space would be cost-prohibitive given that the court will be moving into the new judicial center when it is built.

  • A dog's life

    "I love it. Absolutely love it!" is the sentiment Christine Swartz, of Shepherdsville, has of the SuperDog Sports Center in Simpsonville.

    She drives an hour at least once a week to get to the SuperDog Sports Center in Simpsonville to train her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chase. The dog, a handsome male and show winner, participates in the center's classes to improve and maintain his show presentation.

  • Council repents 'sin tax'

    The Shelbyville City Council came to a consensus last Thursday night that they would move to rescind the five percent tax on local alcohol sales.

    After a workshop on Feb. 14 concerning the tax, five of the six council members said they were in favor of getting rid of the tax and giving the close to $50,000 that the tax has earned back to the businesses that sold the alcohol.

    During the workshop, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty told council members the city took in twice as much in alcohol taxes as it had anticipated.

  • County reviews weather warnings

    Why did the tornado sirens go off after the tornado had already passed through some areas of the county?

    Why didn't the Bagdad and Cropper areas hear anything on TV weather reports about the tornado in their area until after it had already hit?

    Magistrates raised questions such as these about the way tornado sirens are activated at its regular Tuesday morning meeting.

  • USDA recalls beef at local schools

    Workers for the Shelby County public school system collected close to 130 cases of ground beef from areas schools on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture deemed the meat "unfit for human food."

    The beef that was recalled locally was part of a nationwide recall of meat that was processed at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company in Chino, California. In total, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall of close to 37 million pounds of beef on Sunday.

  • 'Hoodie bandit' indicted

    A Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted a local man accused of robbing retail outlets in both Shelby and Jefferson counties at gunpoint during the month of December.

    Kenneth Wayne Chandler, 25, of Shelbyville, was arrested Jan. 4 at his Hill N Dale home following an investigation involving Louisville Metro Police, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Shelbyville Police.

  • House bill aimed at illegal immigrants

    A bill before the General Assembly would toughen penalties for illegal immigrants who use false IDs to obtain employment, require local law enforcement to enforce customs and immigration laws and force at least some employers to verify citizenship before hiring.

  • Chairman named for World Games 2010

    Shelbyville's John Long has been selected as chair of the World Games 2010 Foundation's Board of Directors.

    "I am looking forward to being a very active chairman," Long said in a press release. "The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games provide an unprecedented opportunity to showcase both Kentucky and U.S. horse sport, and I know that by working together, we can be sure these Games leave a lasting legacy for many stakeholders."

    Long replaces Tandy Patrick, who will remain an active board member.