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  • 'Mrs. Mary' retires from Dorman

    She's Mary Simmons, executive director of the Dorman Preschool Center, but to the kids, she's "Mrs. Mary."

    Those who have worked with Simmons over the years said she has served as the kids' mother, grandmother - and friend. Her relationships with the children have been easy and unruffled, they said. And on the front porch of her house on Main Street Wednesday afternoon, Simmons told a story that proved their point.

  • March of Dimes to return to Shelby - Fundraising efforts to benefit baby health

    As the leading nonprofit organization in the fight for pregnancy and baby health, the March of Dimes will hold the Shelby County March for Babies fundraiser at the First Baptist Church on Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m.

    March of Dimes works to spread awareness on serious threats to infant health, as well as raise money to research those issues and provide comfort and information to families affected by them.

  • County officials welcome future data center

    Magistrates enthusiastically approved an application Tuesday night by the Eaton Corporation to apply for an industrial revenue bond.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the Cleveland, Ohio-based corporation's data center planned for Simpsonville will be a "unique, exciting opportunity for Shelby County."

    "It will be a tremendous economic stimulus to our region and give us national recognition," he said.

    Magistrate Michael Riggs agreed, saying, "I want to thank the Eaton Corporation for coming to Shelby County."

  • School board raises taxes

    The Shelby County School Board levied a tax increase last Thursday night that could give the district an additional $1.4 million in revenue.

    The tax increase, which imposes a .5 percent increase on real property and .2 percent increase on personal property, will be used to offset the increased costs of personnel and transportation.

    In total, local taxes are expected to generate $18,385,781 for the district. That's an increase of $1,416,880 from last year's tax revenues of $16,968,901.

  • Woman's death in jail stuns family

    Ana Romero's death in August at the Frankfort Regional Jail has her grieving family members concerned about the circumstances surrounding her demise, according to the family's attorney.

    Shelbyville attorney Matthew Pippin said that though her death is being investigated as a suicide, nothing about Romero's actions or state of mind indicated that she was suicidal.

  • North to Alaska: Shelby teens trek the 'last frontier'

    Laura and Ben Kelley, ages 15 and 14 respectively, were not sure what to expect when they signed on for a two-week trip to Alaska, but one thing they weren't counting on was rain, lots of rain.

    "We had like maybe 24 hours of sunshine total the whole time," Ben said.

  • County lands Fortune 500 company

    Cleveland, Ohio-based Eaton Corporation announced plans to build an $80 million data center in the Kingbrook Commerce Park in Simpsonville, the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation announced Tuesday.

    "It's not everyday we get a Fortune 500 company," said Libby Adams, executive director of the industrial foundation.

  • Parkinson support group set to start

    "Everyone has a thorn in the side," said Shelbyville resident Alton Webb. "Parkinson happens to be mine."

    What Webb describes as a "thorn" in his side is Parkinson's Disease--a chronic, progressive, neurological disorder, symptoms of which include hand tremor, slowness of movement, limb stiffness, and difficulty with gait and balance.

    A thorn indeed.

    Even though there is no cure for this disease, there is medication that can help somewhat with treating some of the symptoms of the disease, which can be very debilitating.

  • Two named to Heritage Council

    Two local residents have been named to the most prominent cultural preservation council in the state.

    Stephen L. Collins and Darlene J. Brown, both of Shelbyville, have been appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Heritage Council.

    The council, which is tasked with identifying, preserving and protecting the cultural resources of Kentucky, is made up of 16 members from across the state.

    The council members work to preserve the buildings, structures, farms and landmarks in Kentucky that are historically significant.

  • Young challenges Montell to debates

    Bill Young, democratic candidate for Kentucky's House District 58, held a press conference Wednesday to challenge incumbent Brad Montell to a series of four debates.

    Two of the debates would be in Shelby County and two would be held in Spencer County, Young said, with one in each county being an open-ended forum allowing the audience to ask questions, which is something he thinks people want to be able to do.