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  • Centro Latino will ask Triple S for waivers

    Centro Latino will come before the Triple S Planning And Zoning Tuesday, Feb. 19 to seek approval for a new building on Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The proposed construction is for a 4,800-square-foot office/storage building on the approximately 2-acre site just east of Clear Creek. Centro Latino also plans to build a 1,500-square-foot pavilion and a storage shed.

    The plans call for a 95-foot side yard setback waiver along the east property line and a 50-foot side yard setback waiver on the west property line.

  • Code Enforcement gets high ratings

    Shelbyville Code Enforcement has been awarded some of the state's best scores by Insurance Services Office.

    Using the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule, ISO examines information regarding how building codes are enforced in the community. On a scale that goes from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best rating and 10 being the worst, Shelbyville Code Enforcement received a rating of Class 3 for both personal and commercial construction.

  • Louisville Cemetery to locate in Shelby County

    Denise Johnson doesn't understand how local zoning regulations can allow a 39.5-acre cemetery complete with mausoleums to be built next door to her agriculturally zoned property.

    "I just think being zoned agriculture should mean something," Jones said. "This is a commercial development, and it will ruin the rural atmosphere and the rural character here."

  • Lewis apologizes, London drops out

    After receiving heavy criticism for questionable campaigning practices, U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis publicly apologized last week for waiting until minutes before the filing deadline to withdraw his bid for Congress.

    Just before the filing deadline on Jan. 29, Lewis withdrew from the race to represent the Second Congressional District, which includes Shelby County, in the U.S. House of Representatives. His withdrawal came just seconds after his chief of staff, Daniel London, entered the race.

    Some criticized Lewis for trying to set up London to win the nomination.

  • Teen girls in custody over threats

    Two Shelby County teen-agers remain in custody at Lincoln Village Detention Center in Hardin County after making written threats against a school teacher.The teens, two 14-year-old females, were arrested at Shelby County High School Thursday after school officials confiscated notes passed between the two that outlined specific threats to at least one teacher.

    School officials alerted the school resource officer who in turn contacted the sheriff's office.

  • Store owner says 'sin tax' is unfair, destructive

    Bobby Vest, owner of Spirit Shoppe, said he came before the Shelbyville City Council Thursday night to voice his and other local liquor business owners' disagreement with the city of Shelbyville's "sin tax" of five percent on alcohol.

    Since the tax became effective in October 2007, Vest said it has been destroying local liquor businesses, as people in the city are traveling to buy alcohol in surrounding counties that do not have the tax.

    "We're not getting the volume customers," he said.

  • Weather service says two tornadoes hit county

    Residents on the east side of the county who said they heard what sounded like a freight train in the early morning hours of Feb. 6 were not just hearing the wind. The National Weather Service on Saturday said the county was hit by two tornadoes, one in the Bagdad/Cropper area, and another near Waddy.

  • New voting machines on hold till next year

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry has $148,500 to buy new voting machines but the money's not burning a hole in her pocket yet.

    Because Congress could still decide to alter the type of electronic voting machines currently used in Kentucky and other states, Perry said it would be best to wait until next year to purchases any new voting machines.

    If approved by Congress, the Holt bill would require voting jurisdictions to use opti-scan voting machines equipped with printers rather than touch screen electronic machines to ensure votes from each machine are verifiable.

  • A different storm: Wintry mix ices roads

    Last week it was tornadoes. This week it's snow and ice.

    A fierce, steady snow started falling at about 5 p.m. Monday, a bit earlier than weather reports predicted and just in time for rush hour.

    Traffic moved slow and steady on I-64 throughout the night but the number of weather-related accidents grew to the point where Shelbyville Police Major Danny Goodwin said his officers had so many calls at once they were forced to hand out the state forms you fill out yourself if it wasn't an injury accident and the vehicles were moveable.

  • Working to better Shelbyville

    Shane Suttor has filed for a second term on Shelbyville City Council.

    Suttor said several important issues were addressed in his first term serving the city - issues that will continue to need to be watched.

    "We sought to keep property taxes low," he said. According to Suttor, keeping taxes low depends on the progressive growth of the city.

    "I still feel that smart growth, development, is a big issue," he said. "We need to maintain services and grow a proper way."