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  • Shelby woman hopes to raise enough money to regain her sight

    Savannah Sanders is much like other 21-year-olds, with many of the same hopes, fears and dreams.

    Except for one.

    She wishes fervently to be able to see the faces of her loved ones again someday soon.

    Blinded in a childhood accident 11 years ago and enveloped in darkness for past decade.

    But Sanders’ dream could become a reality, with a community-wide event scheduled this weekend to help raise money to pay for her corrective surgery.

  • Special judge named in Ethington case

    The appointment of a special judge in the case against the owners of Ethington Auto was confirmed Thursday at a hearing in Shelby District Court, in which yet anther date was set for a disposition hearing in the case.

    Special Judge Matthew Eckert, formerly of Jefferson County, will preside over the case because Shelby’s district judges had recused themselves because they know Ethington personally and one of them goes to church with him, Ethington’s attorney said Sam Carl.

  • Craig pleads guilty to theft at Tracy’s

    A long-time employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing thousands from Tracy’s Home Furnishings in Shelbyville.

    Kelly Craig, 45, of Shelbyville agreed with prosecutors to plead guilty to the five original charges for which she was indicted – five counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, all Class C felonies.

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell has recommended seven years for each count, to run concurrently, for a total sentence of seven years, to be probated for that amount of time.

  • News briefs: Oct. 7, 2011

    Simpsonville, Shelbyville

    cancel this week’s meetings

    Because of the Kentucky League of Cities’ annual meeting in Lexington, the city governments of Shelbyville and Simpsonville will not have their regular meetings this week.

    The Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting for Tuesday was canceled. The commission next will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

    The Shelbyville City Council will not meet on Thursday and will meet next at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.


  • Shelby County's tax bill is flat -- again

    Those county real estate tax forms hitting mailboxes may look awful familiar.

    Most of the 2011 real estate tax rates look just like last year's rates, as many government agencies are tightening belts to get by with the same income or only moving to the compensating rate.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court is one of those agencies that are trimming its budget as opposed to raising taxes. Magistrates voted last month to keep the county tax rate at .11, or 11 cents per $100 of assessed real property.

  • Leadership Shelby class launches aid for Dorman

    On Saturday, the Dorman Center and Leadership Shelby are hoping to start an annual tradition at Daniel Field.

    The Leadership Shelby class of 2011 is sponsoring the first Dorman Center Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community field on Washington Street, and this unique event will send all proceeds to Dorman Center.

  • Ex-prosecutor Ballard suspended for handling of several key cases

    Shelbyville attorney Fielding Ballard III has been suspended from practicing law for a period of four months as punishment for cases he handled when he was commonwealth attorney in Shelby County.

    His suspension, which went into effect Sept. 22, was based on several charges of misconduct and with mishandling three cases in which he was appointed a special prosecutor by the Attorney General.

  • New hearing Dec. 15 in case of disabled boy

    A new hearing date of Dec. 15  was set last week in Shelby County Family Court to determine custody for a little boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital five months ago.

    Dustin Splittgerber, 11, has been at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, awaiting a judge’s decision on whether he will be allowed to go home with his grandparents, Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville.

  • Shelby County School Board approves footprint for new Southside

    Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent for operations, presented for approval Thursday the schematic design for the new Southside Elementary School, and the board voted its approval.

    The schematic consisted of the basic framework of the building.

    “The reddish portion you see on [on a graphic submitted] is the initial schematic design, and all the other colors remain to be put together,” he told the board about a color-coded diagram of the new school.

  • Shelby County schools to get more students, but less funding

    The second review of the 2010-11 budget for Shelby County Public Schools showed two opposing trends: growing enrollment and declining state funding.
    SCPS Finance Director Greg Murphy told the school board at its meeting Thursday that state funding may be more than $300,000 less than had been anticipated in the original budget.

    That tentative budget, presented in May, called for a $329,000 shortfall in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding from the state, but now Murphy says that number could double.