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Local News

  • It's still flu season

    Flu vaccine makers have to guess nearly a year in advance, which strains of flu viruses will hit before creating their formula.

    This year it appears they guessed wrong.

    The Center for Disease Control is blaming the severity of this year's flu outbreak in part on mutated strains of flu that were not anticipated when the flu vaccine was formulated last year. Officials said 40 percent to 50 percent of cases presenting with flu this year had taken the flu shot.

  • County gets new deputy sheriff

    After two days of being a Shelby County deputy sheriff, Gerald Wooldridge is amazed at how friendly local people are and how often they wave to him as he drives by.

    He said he has worked in communities before where the only hand gestures that law enforcement received were far less friendly.

    Wooldridge, who joined department on Tuesday, said what he looks forward to most about his new job is being apart of the community and getting to know folks.

    Wooldridge, 33, said he knew that he wanted to be in law enforcement since he was 5.

  • Historical society nets grant

    Three separate historical projects now have grant funding to help them follow through with their plans to remember local history.

    The Kentucky African American Heritage Commission Lincoln Preservation Grants total $20,000 and will go toward funding three projects that draw attention to African American heritage from the times of President Abraham Lincoln and the civil war.

  • Taking a bite out of crime

    Perps beware.

    The newest member of the Shelbyville Police Department is highly trained. If there are illegal drugs hidden in his surroundings, he'll probably find them.

    Then he'll sit.

    Borys, the German Shepherd, hails from Germany and brings a top-notch sniffer to the police department.

  • New zoning maps to get public hearing

    A public hearing will be held at the Triple S Planning And Zoning Commission meeting, Tuesday, March 18 in regards to the adoption of new Geographic Information System zoning maps to replace the commission's old paper maps.

    Michael L. Firkins, a planner with the Triple S Planning Commission, said the current paper zoning maps are old and can be hard to read.

    "They're the original from when they were adopted," Firkins said.

    Firkins said he took over the project of updating the maps when he started working for the commission in 2006.

  • Harassment suit alleges indecent exposure

    A Waddy woman who was an employee at Kentucky Air Center Inc. before quitting Dec. 31 has filed a sexual harassment suit in Shelby Circuit Court against her former employer, Roy Ferguson, and the company.

    According to records from the Secretary of State's Office, Ferguson is listed as the sole officer and a director of Kentucky Air Center Inc.

    Amy Gaines alleges in her lawsuit filed against Ferguson in Shelby Circuit Court that he exposed himself to her on two different occasions while she was an employee in shipping and receiving at Kentucky Air.

  • Simpsonville moves to annex 130 acres

    The city of Simpsonville called a special meeting Tuesday to annex 130 acres south of I-64 Tuesday. The rush was to beat another city to the punch even though that city does not yet exist.

  • Rockets grab 8th Region Title

    Coty Minnis scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Rockets rallied for a 49-48 win over Gallatin County in the 8th Region championship game Wednesday at Henry County High School.

    Shelby County trailed 47-46 with 19 seconds to play after Minnis converted an old fashioned three-point play. Gallatin County then hit just one of two free throws to hold a 48-46 lead with 14 seconds left.

  • Woman indicted for embezzling from Hysinger

    A Shelby County Grand Jury has indicted a Louisville woman on 22 counts of embezzling amounts greater than $300 at a time from William "Bill" Hysinger Sr., co-founder and partner in the real estate development firm Icon Properties LLC.

    According to a Shelby County Sheriff's report, Hysinger, who is also known for his Hooters restaurant chain, lost a total of $22,806.74 from a series of thefts made from his accounts from May 2007 through November 2007 by accountant/bookkeeper Bobby Robeson, 56.

  • Superintendent candidates submitted

    The local superintendent search committee has selected a handful of applicants for the district's top education position and will give their recommendations to the Shelby County Board of Education this Thursday night.

    For the past two weeks the seven-member search committee has been reviewing the 27 applications that the board received for the position.

    The committee will likely recommended up to five candidates to the board for further review. The recommendations will be made in closed session.