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  • Election 2011: Beshear powers Democrats to victory in Shelby

    After big Republican victories in 2008 and 2010, Shelby County reversed that course in 2011, picking Democrats in four of six statewide races Tuesday.

    Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. candidate Jerry Abramson, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Jack Conway and Adam Edelen all carried Shelby County.

  • Election 2011: Shelby’s turnout – 39% – nearly same as 2007

    Almost as many Shelby Countians showed up at the polls to send Gov. Steve Beshear back to office as helped elect him four years ago.

    More than a third of the registered voters turned out – 39 percent – falling short of Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry’s prediction of 50 percent but surpassing the 30 percent statewide and nearly equaling the 40 percent of Shelby Countians who voted in 2007.

  • News briefs: Nov. 9, 2011

    Guthrie scheduled

    to visit on Thursday

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) will be in Shelby County on Thursday to meet with residents and community leaders to discuss the challenges facing local businesses.

    Guthrie is scheduled to appear at 10:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Farm Bureau office at 1201 Mount Eden Road. He later is slated to make a brief address at the regular meeting of the Kiwanis Club.

  • Election Day: Polls open until 6 p.m.

    A steady flow of voters poured through some of Shelby County's precincts this morning.

    With the governor's race and other cabinet positions to be decided, voters were lined up at some polling places before the doors opened at 6 a.m.

    The polls will remain open until 6 p.m.

    State election sofficials had been predicting a very low turnout -- between 25 and 30 percent -- but Shelby County has had a record of turning out at 50 percent to vote for governor.

  • EARLIER: No suspect in beating of woman found on Mount Eden Road

    A Shelbyville woman remains in critical condition at the University of Louisville Hospital after being found viciously beaten and lying beside Mount Eden Road on Saturday.

    Police determined that Denisse Escareno, 24, had been assaulted brutally, said Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice. Her assailant remains at large.

    Escareno was found by passersby shortly before 3 p.m., near Lisby Lane, about two miles south of Interstate 64. She was taken by Shelby County EMS to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and airlifted from there to UofL.

  • EARLIER: Tentative deal in place to repair Collins High School field

    The Shelby County Board of Education had thrown a “Hail Mary pass” on coming to an agreement with Whittenberg Construction on the repair/replacement of the unusable multipurpose athletic field at Collins High School.

    The district had given the contractors until Thursday afternoon to begin work, and, in the waning seconds of the day, Whittenberg finally hauled in the pass, stating in an E-mail to Superintendent James Neihof that it in fact would repair the field

  • Beashear cashes in with county’s donors

    If campaign contributions are any indication, Gov. Steve Beshear could be re-elected by bigger margins than predicted.

    Beshear, the Democratic incumbent, and his running mate, Jerry Abramson, the former mayor of Louisville, have raised more than $6.8 million since May this year – more than six times the a $1.08 million raised by Republican challenger, state Sen. President David Williams, and his campaign partner, outgoing Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.

  • It’s not just in the cards

    It doesn’t matter if you like Uncle Mo, Havre De Grace or even Ice Box, there’s one sure bet for the Breeders Cup this weekend: You’ll be able to get some swag at ReDoIt Sports on Washington Street.
    The store has more than 1,000 Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Breeders Cup glasses to go along with collectibles and golf equipment that will meet any need.
    The idea started separately and formed into a partnership between Bill Reidy and Tony Carriss.

  • REMINDER: Emergency alert system to have 1st national test on Wednesday

    The federal government on Wednesday will conduct its first nationwide test of emergency alert system.

    The 3-minute test, which will begin at 2 p.m., and will be broadcast simultaneously over all television, radio, cable and satellite channels.

  • Grant shortfall forces plans for animal shelter to be cut

    An addition planned for the Shelby County Animal Shelter’s facility on Kentucky Street can proceed now that funding is in place – just a bit smaller scale than officials had hoped.

    That’s because the county didn’t receive as much grant money as it had hoped, Animal Control Director Rusty Newton said.

    “We applied for a grant for one-hundred-and-eighty-thousand, but only got seventy-thousand,” Newton told Shelby County Fiscal Court during its meeting at Stratton Center Tuesday night.