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  • Arsonist charged with setting nine fires

    James Aaron Clark, 27, of Shelbyville was arrested Wednesday and charged with nine arson-related charges, after admitting that he set the fires, according, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said.

    Detective Jason Rice said that Clark is charged with one count of first-degree arson, a felony which carries a penalty of 20 years to life, three counts of second-degree arson, also a felony, and seven counts of criminal mischief related to the fires.

  • Election tips, sites

    Election Day voting tips

    * Be sure you are properly registered to vote. Many voters who moved here recently think they are registered to vote in Shelby County because they registered to vote in another county. But you have to be registered to vote in Shelby County in order to vote here. However, if you moved within the county, you are still registered to vote here, but you may need to vote in a different precinct. Unfortunately, it is too late to register to vote now for this year's election.

  • Shelbyville names top citizen

    Sue Baker was at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in the Settle Gym Monday night to accept a plaque from the city of Shelbyville. It named her late husband, Don, as the Citizen of the Year.

  • Beshear endorses Young's candidacy

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that he will endorse Democrat Bill Young in his race to represent in the 58th district. in the state house.

    In announcing his endorsement, Beshear stressed his belief that the middle-class working families of the Commonwealth are struggling with the current economic situation and that Young will make a great representative in helping address those issues.

  • McConnell stumps at Old Stone Inn

    The Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville was crowded to capacity Wednesday night with people who turned out to show their support for Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    McConnell arrived on his bus as part of a campaign re-election tour around 8 p.m., received a warm welcome from at least 100 people, including numerous local officials as well as State Sen. Gary Tapp and Rep. Brad Montell, who also is running for re-election.

  • Starting the holiday season right

    "It's just a wonderful way to start the holiday season," Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

    Event coordinator Sharon Nichols said it's estimated that more than 10,000 people came out last year for the Celebration of Lights in downtown Shelbyville, and the city is making room for an even larger celebration on Nov. 8.

    There are already more than 60 tents signed up to offer food, crafts and other fun, with room for more.

  • Victims's family confused

    A shooting that left one man dead last Saturday has thrown his family into a turmoil of grief and confusion.

    David L. Fletcher, 28, of Shelbyville, was shot in what was thought to be an attempted burglary on Brown Avenue. He was accompanied by two men who were charged with burglary in that incident, Timothy Carpenter, 22, of La Grange, and Joshua Fast, 22, of Crestwood. Eric Reynolds, the resident who shot Fletcher, has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

  • New voting machines to be installed by election day

    This presidential election, Shelby County will be on the cutting edge, joining 33 other Kentucky counties in the latest in voting technology.

    The purchase of 33 new voting machines—one for each precinct—will be installed and ready to go by election day. The new E-Scan machines are aptly named, said Susan Curry with the Shelby County Clerk's office.

    “You just fill out the ballot, then feed it into the scanner, and you're done,” she said.

    “It's easy.”

  • Poll vaulting: Getting through the lines on Election Day

    "Vote early and often" is the standard joke on Election Day, but if the turnout Nov. 4 proves to be as large as predicted, voters may find themselves lucky to get through the lines to vote once.

    "We're psyching ourselves up for an 85 percent turnout," County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said. "So if it turns out to be just 75 percent, we will have a good day."

    With he presidential election, hotly contested Senate and Congressional seats, local legislative, city council and school board meetings, a record turnout would not be a surprise.

  • Shelbyville appoints commission members

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty announced Thursday the names of the four Shelbyville appointees to the Human Rights Commission board.

    Terms for the newly rejuvenated commission start Jan. 1, 2009. After randomly drawing to set the staggered terms, the terms were:

    1 yr. term - Gary Walls (Term expires Jan. 1, 2010)

    2 yr. term - Elaine Farris (Term expires Jan. 1, 2011)

    3 yr. term - Randy Brown (Term expires Jan. 1, 2012)

    4 yr. term - Ann Morris (Term expires Jan. 1, 2013)

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