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  • Bus driver sues school district

    A former Shelby County school bus driver is suing the school system for wrongful termination.

    Karen Butts of Bagdad, filed suit against the Shelby County Public School system on April 30 - almost a year after her contract was not renewed.

    According to the suit, Butts' termination came after her bus was involved in a one-vehicle accident in February of last year.

    In the complaint, Butts defends her driving record and her response to the accident.

  • Sunday liquor sales back on the table

    The county will once again tackle the issue of Sunday liquor sales.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will hear public comment at the Stratton Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.

    At the court's May 6 meeting, magistrates passed a first reading on an ordinance that would allow Sunday liquor sales by the glass at restaurants and golf courses which seat at least 100 people or derive a minimum of 70 percent of sales from food.

  • A time for vines

    The winds blew strong on the ridge above the Ferenc Vegh house and barn on Hempridge Road. That makes the hill a good place for grapes.

    "We'll see frost down in the valley but not very often up here on the hill," Vegh said at a ceremony Wednesday inaugurating a vineyard he plans to establish on his south Shelby County farm.

  • Kiosk offers information

    The Visitor's Center/Heritage Center on Main Street now sports an attractive new kiosk which displays upcoming local events of interest around the community.

  • Miller resigns

    Shelbyville City Council member Mike Miller handed the mayor his letter of resignation from his elected post May 8 after the council meeting ended.

    The resignation is necessary due to Miller's plans to move into a newly-built home on his family's farm just outside the city limits.

    He will finish out the month before his resignation is effective.

    In his letter, Miller said he has enjoyed serving the citizens of the city and working with the council.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury indictments

    On April 23, the grand jury indicted:

    Christopher E. Cole of West Lafayette, Ind., for trafficking in a controlled substance(schedule III Hydrocodone); trafficking in marijuana; trafficking in a controlled substance (Schedule IV Xanax); carrying a concealed deadly weapon; possession of drug paraphernalia; and speeding.

    Jason J. Bolin of Taylorsville, Ky., for flagrant nonsupport.

    Daniel L. Searcy of Louisville, for DUI fourth offense; operating on a suspended license; possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle.

  • Fire up that engine

    Shelbyville Fire and Rescue showed off the newest addition to the city's safety repertoire at the May 1 Shelbyville City Council meeting. Fire Chief Willard Tucker said the 2008 Ferrara Intruder 22 upgrades the fire department's capabilities, and as a result the city's safety.

  • Bagdad days are here again

    This weekend will mark the 16th annual celebration of Bagdad Days.

    Event organizers are hoping the rain will hold off in order to allow the community to enjoy the activities planned for the two-day event.

    The festivities, which will take place May 9 and 10 at Bagdad Baptist Church,

    will get started with a lunch and yard sale at noon on Friday.

    At 4 p.m. things will get bouncing with the start of the kids' rides and the inflatable "bouncies." A steak sandwich dinner with baked potatoes and cole slaw will be served at 5 p.m.

  • The other stroke victim

    May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Becky Carignan wants to get the word out - a stroke is not restricted by age.

    Carignan, of Simpsonville, has seen the effects that strokes have on young people first hand. Her daughter Cassidy survived a stroke 4 1/2 years ago - while still in the womb.

  • Teachers may get minimum salary jump

    It doesn't look like local teachers will be getting much of a raise next year.

    Due to budgetary restrictions, the Shelby County Board of Education is considering giving local teachers only the state mandated 1 percent salary increase for next year.