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  • Martinrea plans more layoffs

    Because of a downturn in the automotive industry, one of the county's largest employers has laid off 35 employees since the beginning of the year and is planning to lay off 45 to 55 more next month.

    Holly Sum, human resources manager for Martinrea Heavy Stamping in Shelbyville, said the company has notified the United Auto Workers union, which represents the workers, about the upcoming cuts.

    Over the next few weeks a union committee will determine who is cut based on who has the least amount of seniority and which positions are most needed at the plant, she said.

  • Working as a team

    The Louisville Metro Police Mounted Unit (LMMPU) held a demonstration at the Equestrian Lakes covered arena on Saturday, then let spectators greet their horses.

    After trotting the horses around to warm up, the officers explained the ongoing training that the horses go through.

    Through training, the officers said it is important to desensitize the horses to unpredictable noises and human behavior. To do this, the officers use a trash bag full of cans, which they toss around wildly.

  • Shelby Singers and orchestra take top awards

    The Shelby County High School Orchestra and Choir earned the sweepstakes trophy and the most distinguished award in national competition at the Heritage Music Festival's National Competition Saturday, April 5 in Atlanta.

    The orchestra won a silver rating in the competition. The Shelby Singers placed second in Class 3A division (school size of 1,200 or more). The Blast Show Choir placed first in the Show Choir division.

  • Local woman injured in auto accident

    A Shelbyville woman is listed in satisfactory condition at the University of Louisville Hospital after being injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday.

    Audrea Stiles, 32, of 2024 Hearthside Circle, was injured when she was ejected from the sunroof of her 2008 Lexus.

    According to Shelby Couty Deputy Sheriff Mike Murphy, the accident happened at about 8 a.m. as Stiles was heading into a curve on Eminence Pike.

  • City puts liquor tax on ice

    The controversial liquor tax has reached its end in Shelbyville.

    With a 5-1 vote on its second reading, an ordinance repealing the alcohol sales regulatory license fee was approved by the Shelbyville City Council. Although the vote took place on Thursday, the ordinance actually cut off the alcohol tax at the end of last year.

    The ordinance states "the fee shall be canceled for all alcohol sales on or after January 1, 2008."

  • Interviews held for superintendent

    The Shelby County Board of Education conducted their first interview with a candidate for the vacant superintendent position last Thursday morning.

    In the next two weeks the board will have interviews with four more candidates. They are expected to announce the new superintendent by the end of April.

    The board received 27 applications for the position by the end of February and a search committee slimmed the field down to five last month.

  • Shelby native honored as Nurse of the Year at Norton Suburban

    Shelbyville native Pamela Mays has been awarded the honor of Norton Suburban Hospital's 2008 Nurse of the Year in Louisville.

    Mays, formerly Pamela Stucker, was nominated by a group of fellow nurses for her excellence as a labor and delivery nurse, her positive attitude and for her dedicated work training new hires.

    "I'm also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant," she said.

    "And that was one of the reasons why I got nominated, too. I helped bring a lactation program to Suburban."

  • Tests identify ham as likely source of foodbourne illness

    Tests by the Kentucky State Lab on food from Claudia Sanders appeared to confirm initial suspicions: The bacteria that sickened about 140 people at the restaurant Easter Sunday may have been from city ham.

  • A united purpose

    A coalition of community leaders and local elected officials gathered together last week to cast a vision of how they would like to see Shelby County improve in the future.

    The meeting, which was organized by Metro United Way, brought together bank presidents, school teachers, government officials, representatives from several local non-profit agencies and one local news reporter.

  • Local golf enthusiast/amputee dies in accident

    A local man, well-known locally for helping amputees lead productive lives, was killed Tuesday in an accident.

    Henry Brown, 70, of Waddy, was killed early Tuesday morning as he was trying to load a farm tractor onto a trailer at Miles Farm Service.

    Shelby County Deputy Sheriff Tim Gilbert said when he got to the scene of the accident that Brown was being loaded into an ambulance. He said it was his understanding that the tractor, which had a grass-seeder attached, turned over, fatally injuring Brown.