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  • Election food drive inspires another

    A food drive held by two Shelby County teens during election week has proved to be very successful, according to Starla Martin, mother of Jacob Martin.

    “The food drive brought in 4,762 food items,” Martin said, adding that did not include a food collection box at W.J. Andriot's, located at 718 Main Street.

    Employees at that location said the box was not full but did contain a substantial amount of food.

  • Police still looking for suspect in death

    Police are still looking for the suspect in the death Monday of  a Shelby County man.

    The victim is James "Jim" Duckett, 43, a resident at 5300 Rockbridge Road in eastern Shelby County, which is where Kentucky State Police  said he died.

    A suspect is still at large, but police have found the victim's truck, which they believe the suspect used to flee.

    Police would not disclose the manner of death.

  • Ethington officially identified; funeral set for Saturday

    The body of a woman found in a wooded area on private property last weekend has been officially identified, her family said.

    When a member of the Heiner family found the body in a remote area of their property in Jefferson County on Sunday, the remains were believed to be those of Maxine Ethington, 87, who has been missing since May.

    That assumption was made because the body was found next to the missing woman's car, which had run out of gas, police said.

  • McCain, McConnell, Guthrie win in Shelby

    Shelby County stayed in the red.

    Though Sen. John McCain lost the national race, Shelby County gave him nearly the same majority the county gave George W. Bush four years ago. McCain took almost 62 percent of the votes here. He had 11,451 votes to Sen. Barack Obama's 6,871 votes.

    Jeff Mackey and his wife, Chrystal, have had many heated debates leading up to yesterday's election. In the end, they, like the majority of people in Shelby County, voted for the McCain/Palin ticket.

  • Council looks to limit temporary off-site vehicle sales

    Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance Thursday that limits temporary off-site vehicle sales.

    Under the ordinance, no sales of motor vehicles by a licensed motor vehicle dealer is permitted anywhere other than the dealer's permanent place of business.

    The ordinance only permits temporary sales for dealers who have temporary interruptions -- such as fire, flood, repairs or construction -- at their permanent location that prevent business as usual.

  • Obama's election shows how far we have come

    History was written just before midnight on Tuesday.

    There was Republican John McCain delivering his concession speech in Arizona, confirming what the television networks and wire services had been saying for hours if not days:

    Democrat Barack Obama, an African American, would be the 44th president of the United States.

  • Simpsonville election made final

    Cary Vowels will hold his peace.

    Two days after Vowels lost a tainted Simpsonville City Commission election by a single one vote, Vowels said he has decided to not ask for a recount.

    During the election on Tuesday, it has been confirmed that an unknown number of non-city residents were given ballots that allowed them to vote in the Simpsonville City Commission race.

    When the results were released that night, Vowels was beat out of the fourth and final seat by fellow incumbent, Dottie Shelburne, 440-439.

  • Events scheduled to honor veterans

    Its history falls back to when an armistice, or temporary pause of hostilities, went into effect between the Allied nations and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

    A year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, honoring those who had served in World War I.

  • Weekend celebration taking shape

    There are now more than 70 booths signed up for this year's Celebration of Lights in downtown Shelbyville, which will run 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

    Traffic will be blocked off at 8th Street and diverted to Henry Clay Street or over to Washington Street. Streets will be blocked for setup at 4 p.m.

    Court House steps entertainment schedule

    5 p.m. - Clear Creek Elementary performs, led by Stephanie Stevens

    5:20 - Shelby Christian Church's Sweet Spirit Chorus performs

    5:40 - Shelby Christian Church's Blue No More gospel group performs

  • All things considered, pretty smooth

    Jack Trumbo didn't get his nap.

    Trumbo, a long-time Simpsonville election official, said during some elections he is able to go up in the bleachers at the community center and doze for a while. Not this year.

    By 6 a.m., voters were lined outside the door to vote in one of two Simpsonville precincts. By just after 9 a.m., almost a third of the voters in the two precincts had cast ballots, according to Marc Rucker, a member of the county's board of elections who was traveling from precinct to precinct helping to solve problems.