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  • Unhappy hour: Sunday alcohol sales nixed again

    The matter of Sunday alcohol sales failed yet again Tuesday to pass in Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The ordinance, which would have allowed liquor to be sold by the glass in county establishments that derive most of their sales from food, died on a 4-4 vote, the fourth time this year it has failed.

    Despite its prior failures, the matter did make it past a first reading on Sept. 5. The vote was tied then, too, but only a second to the motion is required to pass long an item.

    Nine businesses and golf courses outside Shelbyville would have been affected by the ordinance,

  • Water towers to get Saddlebred murals

    Two water towers in Shelbyville soon will showcase Shelby County's biggest tourist attraction -- the Saddlebred horse industry.

    The Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission voted Monday night to allow the Shelbyville Horse Show to paint Saddlebred murals on the water towers in downtown Shelbyville and at Weissinger Hills Golf course.

    The Horse Show will paint the murals on the towers at their own cost.

  • Boy dies in violent windstorm - 5,000 still without power

    A 10-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon when high winds broke off a large tree limb that fell and crushed him at his family's home near Simpsonville.

    Frederick Wilson, 10, is the only known fatality from Sunday's massive windstorm, which caused fires, knocked out power, interrupted cable service and knocked broadcast channels off the air.

    The storm, which was created by the breakup of Hurricane Ike, pummeled Western Kentucky and the Louisville Metro area with winds in excess of 70 mph.

  • Local scenes from Sunday's windstorm

    A large tree collapsed in the yard of a home on U.S. 60 in Simpsonville. You also can see how the wind at midafternoon Sunday was raising shingles.

    A large oak tree completely uprooted next to a house on U.S. 60 near Fields Lane. The root ball was more than 6 feet in diameter.

    A tree was split on Old Mount Eden Road late Sunday afternoon, blocking access to the intersection with Kentucky 53.

    A split oak tree sits near the entrance to the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville.

  • Scenes from Sunday windstorm

    A large tree collapsed in the yard of a home on U.S. 60 in Simpsonville. You also can see how the wind at midafternoon Sunday was raising shingles.

    A large oak tree completely uprooted next to a house on U.S. 60 near Fields Lane. The root ball was more than 6 feet in diameter.

    A tree was split on Old Mount Eden Road late Sunday afternoon, blocking access to the intersection with Kentucky 53.

    A split oak tree sits near the entrance to the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville.

  • Nappy Roots to play at Park

    One of the biggest hip-hop groups from Kentucky will be performing in Shelbyville next month.

    Nappy Roots, of Bowling Green, will headline a performance at the Clear Creek Park amphitheater on Oct. 11. The band will be touring on their new album "The Humdinger", released last month.

    Also performing during the show is Lexington-based rapper Cypher and local performers Vernon and Justin Tolbert. The performances will be from 6 to 10 p.m.

  • Ryder Cup set to tee off

    One of golf's signature events - and certainly the biggest in Kentucky's history -- will tee off next week just across the Metro Louisville Line, 13 miles from downtown Shelbyville.

    The Ryder Cup, which pits the elite professionals from the United States against a team from Europe, will be held Sept. 16-21 at Valhalla Golf Club in Eastwood.

    And it's generating a lot of excitement in Shelby County.

  • Newton set to retire from MPCAA

    Rusty Newton was raised tending to cows and crops on his family's dairy and tobacco farm in Shelby County, but he has spent the last 22 years tending to many other needs of Shelby Countians.

    And today, Newton, the executive director for the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, is retiring after spending the last seven of those years in the agency's top position.

    MPCAA works on behalf of elderly, low-income and at-risk individuals and families to help them improve and stabilize their daily living situations, and Newton has been dedicated to that mission.

  • EMS members go to Louisiana to help hurricane victims

    On Thursday morning a team of five rescue workers from Shelbyville arrived in Louisiana to help victims of Hurricane Gustav.

    EMS Director Steve Wortham said Shelbyville's Medical Special Response Team journeyed to Alexandria, La., by ambulance along with six other ambulances from around Kentucky.

    The five volunteers -- Jeff Ivers, John Trzcinski, Mike Swigert, Shawn Doty and Bobby Cravenz -- loaded the ambulance with medical supplies, food and tents in which to house themselves.

  • The paper trail: Agencies look at ways to trim paper consumption

    At the Shelby County Recycling Center, there are seven large metal bins that are used to collect and store various recyclable items: one for aluminum, one for cardboard, one for plastic and so on.

    But the item that has the biggest bin and takes up the most space at the center is also the one that is the easiest to reduce - paper.

    Val Shirley, who manages the center, spends the majority of his day making sure that the materials donated go in the right bins.