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  • Ten Commandments come down in courthouse, still remain in annex

    A plaque bearing the Ten Commandments has been taken down from the wall of the public area of the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in the Shelby County Courthouse.

    The plaque  which has been on display in the driver’s license office for years, came down only recently after a commentary from Linda Allewalt of Shelbyville appeared in The Sentinel-NewsWednesday.

  • EARLIER: KSP investigating ‘carloads’ of records from Ethington

    A Kentucky State Police detective said Monday that investigators are continuing to review documents they seized last month while executing a search warrant at Ethington Auto Sales in Shelbyville

    On March 31, KSP detectives converged on Ethington’s lot on Midland Trail  and seized what KSP detective Kevin Calhoun called “carloads” of papers and computers from the dealership because of complaints that officials at Ethington had failed to  file titles  for vehicles bought and sold at their dealership.

  • Repairs for Exit 32 could start in ‘12

    Those repairs for the deadly merge ramp from KY 55 onto eastbound Interstate 64 are scheduled to begin next year.

    That’s what Transportation Cabinet Chief District Engineer Matt Bullock told Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning.

    He said adjustments to the ramp and its frighteningly short, 295-foot merge lane at Exit 32, where two people died in 2010, are in Phase I, which is when the ramp alignment is determined.

  • Simpsonville may increase sewer rates 1st time in 18 years

    Simpsonville residents could be getting their first increase in sewer rates in 18 years.

    The Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday morning approved the first reading of an ordinance that would raise rates 2.5 percent, an increase officials said was needed to cover rising costs during a time when new construction has declined.

    Rates would rise from $10.15 for the first 2,000 gallons of usage to $10.40 and from 5.075 to 5.202 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.

  • Elmburg, Buck Creek approved for repairs

    Two secondary county roads in Shelby County will be getting facelifts this summer.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Chief Engineer Matt Bullock told Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday that sections of KY 395 (Elmburg Road) and KY 1848 (Buck Creek Road) were in line for annual repairs.

    He said 3.2 miles of Elmburg Road between the railroad crossing and Jacksonville Road would be resurfaced, as would Buck Creek from Clark Station Road to Taylor Wood Road.

    Magistrates approved the plan, which will cost the state $310,000.

  • Hundreds touched by clinic


  • Shelby escapes major storm damage

    Tornado sirens blared across Shelby County just after midnight today, but officials say it appears that the powerful storm that did damage in southern Indiana spared the county.

    Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Charlie Frazee said the storm blew in to town early, with the tornado warning lifted by 1:30 a.m.

  • Shelby County schools staying ahead of new state testing process

    With the announcement on Friday that NCS Pearson Inc. will be one of the main vendors, the Kentucky Department of Education’s new accountability system is coming into focus.

    NCS Pearson will handle the content-area tests for students in grades 3-8 and writing assessments for high school students.

    However, the end-of-course assessments for algebra II, English II, U.S. history and biology to determine if students have mastered those subjects have not been awarded.

  • News Briefs: April 20, 2011

    Shelby’s unemployment dropped to 9.1% in 2010

    Shelby County’s unemployment dropped to 9.1 percent in 2010, which was tied for the 10th lowest rate in the state, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Shelby’s rate was well below the 9.7 percent recorded in 2009 and was among the 76 counties that posted lower unemployment. Thirty-eight counties had higher rates, and six were exactly the same.

  • Touched Twice touches down for 2nd clinic here

    For the second year in a row, a free clinic being offered by a national ministry is coming to Shelbyville.

    On Saturday, Touched Twice Ministries will conduct a clinic at First Baptist Church on Midland Trail and will offer everything from vision care to blood-pressure screening to skin care advice.

    Last year’s clinic, also held at First Baptist, included 500 local and area volunteers from 78 churches, mostly local, of all denominations throughout Kentucky who served 485 people and 203 families, and organizers expect more on Saturday.