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  • Shooting for simplicity

    People interested in obtaining a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon can now take that first step in the comfort of his or her own home by submitting an application online.

    The administrative process is handled through the sheriff’s office and Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said that being able to submit an application online does not mean the course is altered in any way, only the process of dealing with paperwork.

  • Recycling center services

    The Shelby County Recycling Center expects to begin charging for its services next week, officials say.

    When the center opened Dec. 9, they had announced that there would be no cost to use the Shelby County Recycling facility for about a month, and now that timeframe has been extended for the third time.

    Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon had said in mid-January that the equipment would be installed soon, and on Monday, Rusty Newton, chair of the 109 Board, the county entity that oversees solid waste disposal, said that has been done.

  • Simpsonville City Commission

    This month, the Simpsonville City Commission implements its new meeting schedule, going from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

    Meetings are set by ordinance, and commissioners approved the second reading of the new date at the Jan. 21 meeting. The move not only changed the day that the Simpsonville City Commission meets, but also the time of the meeting, going from one morning and one evening meeting, to two nighttime meetings.

  • Back in cancer fight, Hundley wishes for treehouse

    After a new cancer diagnosis, Blake Hundley is back to fighting for his life.

    An aggressive reemergence of the cancer has the family taking it one day at a time, but another group is rallying together to make a wish come true for the 9-year-old.

    Originally Hundley made just one request to the Make-A-Wish foundation – he asked for a treehouse built by Pete Nelson, the star of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.

    When his parents learned that his wish had been denied, family friends decided not to take no for an answer.

  • The line between privacy and protection

    When it comes to student searches, at what point do school personnel cross the line between the school’s rights to protect and the student’s rights to privacy?

    While it is true that authorized school employees have the right to search students without consent, one Shelby County High School father believes the district crossed the line between protection and invasion and is performing random searches without justification.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Breighton Circle zone change gets 2nd reading

    A heated debate will make an encore at Shelbyville City Hall Thursday when council convenes for their regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30.

    Last month the council heard a first reading for an ordinance that would allow a zone change for 15-acres of property at the intersection of Breighton Circle and Brunerstown Road to be changed from General Interchange (X-2) to Multi-family Residential (R-4) to allow the development of a 216-unit apartment complex.

  • Biggest loser contest comes to Shelby

    A weight loss program that starts tonight at the Shelby County Health Department already has a good crowd signed up, officials say.

    People coming out to the department’s Biggest Loser contest won’t find a grueling program such as NBC’s fitness guru Jillian Michaels features, but they will find it very rewarding when they start to see the pounds rolling off, officials say.

  • Shelby 911 starts national upgrade

    Seconds count dearly, whether it’s firefighters racing to the scene of a devastating blaze; ambulance crews counting precious seconds responding to a heart attack victim or a police officer calling for help with a hostage situation. And now all these scenarios, and many others, will have a better chance of success in Shelby County.

    County officials Wednesday launched the Next Generation 911 (NG911) program.

  • Hornback: AT&T Bill should pass this year

    A bill that would allow telephone companies such as AT&T to abandon landlines in rural areas could pass the Kentucky General Assembly this year after a four-year effort, lawmakers say.

    “[In the beginning] everybody was against it when I first proposed it, and now I feel like everybody’s for it,” said State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville).

  • New survey lets seniors speak out KIPDA assessing needs of those over 50

    A new survey is circulating with the objective of gathering data for gauging needs for older citizens.

    The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) has contracted the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work to conduct a needs assessment for baby boomers and older adults in order to plan for future services, said Kim Embry-Hill, executive director of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency.