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  • Shelby County man indicted on charges he raped 2 juveniles

    Police are looking for a Shelby County man who has been been indicted on two counts of first-degree rape of minors.

    Christopher Broughton of Fisherville Road was charged by a Shelby County Grand Jury with “engaging in sexual intercourse through the use of forcible compulsion” involving two different victims. He also is charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

  • Shelbyville, Triple S discuss comprehensive plan

    The Shelbyville City Council and the Triple S Planning Commission held a workshop Wednesday evening to discuss some of the early goals and objectives of the 2010 Shelby County Comprehensive Plan.

    “It was an opportunity to review the goals and objectives that Triple S proposed and get the council’s input,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said. “I thought it was a very good workshop.”

  • Schools closed again on Wednesday

    The power is not yet on for all.

    Both Shelby Energy and Kentucky Utilities report they are dealing with nagging problem areas in restoring electricity to all their customers in Shelby County.

    As of Tuesday, Shelby Energy still had more than 500 homes in Shelby County, most of them in confined areas.

  • EARLIER: Shelby under winter weather advisory

    Just as officials have begun to make progress on power outages in the county, it's looking like more snow could be on the horizon for this week.

    The National Weather Service is predicting highs in the 30s and 40s for this weekend but warns of  snow blowing back in again Sunday night and lingering throughout the week, with temperatures plunging once more.

    How will more snow affect the power situation?

    Officials are trying to clear the roads and power lines as much as possible before new snow and ice cover them again.

  • Satellite dish ordinance reaches Simpsonville

    The Simpsonville Town Council approved a first reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would alter the city’s satellite dish regulations.

    The regulation changes are the same that were approved by the Shelbyville City Council in January.

    The regulation breaks satellite dishes into two categories, dishes greater than one meter in diameter and dishes smaller than one meter in diameter.

    For dishes greater than one meter in diameter, there are several updates.

  • Simpsonville to conduct hearings on downtown plan

    Simpsonville, intent on developing a new downtown corridor, is going to ask for its citizens' help in creating that vision.

    The Simpsonville Town Council will conduct two public hearings to seek input on the project in sessions on Feb. 12 and March 9 at the Simpsonville Gym.

  • Dangers of alternative heating

    Battling power outages across the Commonwealth, many residents are resorting to alternative heating sources to stay warm. But there are some serious dangers associated with alternative heating.

    The National Fire Protection Association says heating equipment was involved in an estimated 64,100 U.S. home structure fires, 540 civilian deaths, 1,400 civilian injuries, and $943 million in property damage in 2006. Winter months are the peak times for these dangers.

  • Magistrates praise efforts to deal with storm

    At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Shelby County Fiscal Court received updates from several department heads and agencies on the status of storm-related repairs and clean-ups.

    Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee reported that the shelter at Clear Creek Elementary has been closed, but that the North Central District Health Department is now taking people displaced by the ice storm. At this time, four people are being housed there.

  • EARLIER: State, county in state of emergency

    Gov. Steve Beshear has declared Kentucky to be in a state of emergency because of  the winter storm that continues to rage across Shelby County throughout the state.

    Beshear held a press conference to make his announcement and said in a statement that

    his declaring the emergency will assure assistance and protection by mobilizing state resources to assist cities and counties, doing everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.

    "We are prepared to use every available resource to help Kentuckians make it

  • Local retailers pleased with holiday sales

    Staff photos by Nathan L. McBroom

    Katie Habberfield played a Nintendo DS game a Game Stop on Tuesday afternoon. Habberfield and her brother Tyler got a  Wii game system from their parents for Christmas.

    Game Stop Manager Mark Tamburo, left, and a sales associate stocked video games at the Shelbyville location on Wednesday.

    Local retailers pleased with holiday sales

    By Nathan L. McBroom/Sentinel-News Staff Writer