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  • Horse trainer spurred on by challenge

    Editor's note: Read more stories about Shelby County's horse industry in today's special section insert.

    Michael Tomlinson has a way with horses.

    The Shelbyville resident has been training horses ever since he was a small boy, training horses for shows.

    But it wasn't until he struck out at a baseball career in college that he turned to horses as a way to earn a living.

    "After I hurt my arm pitching, I transferred my competitiveness over to rodeos," he said with a grin.

  • Simpsonville man arrested after high speed chase

    A Simpsonville man was arrested after fleeing from Kentucky State Police who clocked him at 123 miles per hour.

    Eric S. Nichols, 21, of Simpsonville, was arrested April 25 at 11:17 p.m. after leading KSP trooper Hunter Martin on a chase down I-64 eastbound. According to a KSP report, the incident began when Martin clocked Nichols doing 123 mph at the 33 mile marker on I-64.

  • Sheriff's office makes drug busts

    The Shelby County Sheriff's Office made several significant drug arrests during the month of April, including one on April 12 and another on April 24.

    On April 12, sheriff's deputy Frank Jeffcoat, assisted by deputy Mike Beckley, pulled over a car for speeding 17 miles an hour over the limit at 1:10 a.m. just prior to Exit 32 on I-64 eastbound.

  • Prom is Saturday

    For more than 500 local students April 26 is not just another Saturday night: It's prom night.

    Girls and boys across Shelby County will getting gussied up and heading toward Louisville to dance the night away - or at least sit and watch other people who are.

  • Tapp, Montell back special session...if

    Both state Sen. Gary Tapp and state Rep. Brad Montell said they would support a special called session of the state legislature -- if the Senate and House first work out a deal to address the state pension plan before the lawmakers reconvened in Frankfort.

    A week and a half after the end of the regular legislative session, Gov. Steve Beshear and state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have voiced a need for a special session to address the $26 billion deficit in the state's retirement system.

  • Scratching the surface of allergies

    "It is the season for sure," Dr. Damon Coyle, of Family Allergy & Asthma, said.

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says more Americans suffer from allergies than any other health problem, and each season brings new causes of itching and sneezing.

    A person's sensitivity to allergies depends on the genetics passed from their parents and the amount of exposure to the allergens.

    Allergens are foreign to the body, so when they are eaten, breathed, injected or touched, the immune system reacts with some of the many symptoms associated with allergies.

  • Battling the beast

    He's got his hat and chaps, and he's ready to ride. He can't wait for Derby weekend, when he'll get to compete against other riders. He sums up his favorite part of riding with a single word - "adrenaline."

    As thousands head to Louisville next weekend for the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby, nine-year-old Ethan Young is excited to do some riding of his own at the Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association event at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

  • Woman sentenced for embezzlement of thousands

    A former employee of a local non-profit organization has received a prison sentence of four years for stealing thousands of dollars from the company, according to Shelby County Circuit Court records.

    Kimberly Stevenson Pappas, 51, of Louisville, was granted supervised felony diversion after entering a guilty plea to the charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300, a class D felony.

  • Bus driver accused of assault

    A local school bus driver has recently been accused of assaulting a student who was riding on his bus.

    James Neihof, director of student accounting and support services, said on April 4 a driver carrying high school students stopped the bus in response to a disturbance among the students.

    Neihof said the driver, whose name has not been released, considered one of the students to be in physical danger. He then proceeded to detain the other student involved in the disturbance.

    "The bus driver took action in the interest of student's safety," Neihof said.

  • Mapping out history

    A grant from the Kentucky African American Heritage brought The Kentucky Archaeological Survey to Lincoln Ridge cemetery to search for the mass grave that is said to hold the bodies of the black cavalry soldiers that were brutally murdered in the Simpsonville massacre of 1865.

    Because only a few graves are still marked, the archaeologists have had to use a number of methods to learn more about the cemetery, located off U. S. 60 between Simpsonville and the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center.