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  • EARLIER: Burglary spree targets insurance agencies

    As many as a dozen businesses, primarily insurance agencies, have been the targets of a recent series of break-ins spanning a four-county area that has motivated some of the victims to offer their help to law enforcement.

    Little information is available from Shelby County's police agencies, but the business community is abuzz about what some see as a carefully planned series of burglaries in which the perpetrators smash windows, cut communications and power lines and carry away safes that they later open.

  • CUB to help build homes for New Orleans

    Twenty dollars an hour to wash dishes in a restaurant in New Orleans sounds like a good thing.

    But Billie Wade, chief executive officer of Citizens Union Bank, said that wage points to the reality of a city that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With fewer residents and less available housing, wages and housing costs have gone up.

    "There's primarily no affordable housing to bring people back to do that type of work,” he said.

  • Collins' athletic facilities topic for board's work session

    The Shelby County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for tonight to discuss the specifics of the athletic facilities proposed for the new Martha Layne Collins High School, which is under construction.

    The board was set last Thursday night to vote on a proposal for which had been submitted by Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, the architectural firm that is building the facility, when board member Sam Hinkle began to object strenuously to the proposal.

  • News briefs: July 15, 2009

     Daycare Registration

    Because of state regulatory changes, Shelby County Public Schools’ after-school programs were required to become licensed daycare facilities during the 2008-2009 school year.  Changes have been implemented for the 2009-2010 school year, stemming from visits to nearby daycare programs by and input from a group of parents representing each elementary school.

  • EARLIER: Burglary suspect gets more charges

    A man police believe is responsible for as many as 30 burglaries around the state will be incurring more charges, they say.

    Maj. Danny Goodwin of the Shelbyville Police Department said that police would be charging Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, of Springfield in connection with three more local burglaries.

    Weathers was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center last Wednesday after being arrested and charged with break-ins at Big O Tires and a Dollar General Store in Shelbyville.

  • Some Crusade money comes back

    Shelby County Public Schools have used money from the WHAS Crusade for Children organization for years to buy software, laptops, preschool equipment, handicap playground equipment and other various items to help special needs children in the county.

    Duanne Puckett, community relations coordinator for the schools, though some might not understand the importance of providing a swing to a child, a handicapped child may never know what it feels like.

    “That Crusade money has brought that thrill to the child,” she said.

  • News Briefs: July 10, 2009

     Guthrie’s ‘help desk’

    in Shelby on July 20

    District 2 Congressman Brett Guthrie’s traveling help desk will visit Shelby County on July 20 at 10 a.m.  The traveling help desk will be at the Stratton Community Center at 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville.

    Field Representative Steve Miller will be available to meet with constituents personally and help with constituent concerns.  No appointments are necessary.  

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  • EARLIER: Board delays approval of Collins athletic facilities

    The Shelby County Board of Education decided Thursday night to postpone a decision on the proposed athletic facilities for the new Martha Layne Collins High School because of the objections of one of the members.

    Board member Sam Hinkle said he did not like the plan as presented because the athletic facilities deviated from what had been originally proposed by Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, the architectural firm building the new high school.

  • Harrell to become Shelbyville's official city engineer

    In the past, the City of Shelbyville had to contract out much of its engineering work, leading to some expensive bills and grueling lag times on getting results.

    That way of doing business will change on Aug. 3, when Jennifer Harrell takes her position as the city's first official full-time city engineer and public works director.

    "She'll be able do our engineering duties, to look over development plans. In the past we'd have to contract all that out. Now we'll have a full time person on staff to do it," Mayor Tom Hardesty said.