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  • Recycling on the rise; local schools pitch in

    With a 20 percent increase in recycling in the county this year, Shelby County experts say that local recycling efforts are helping protect the environment and are allowing the county to save thousands of dollars.

    Russell Thomas, Shelby County solid waste director, said the recycling center has seen a steady increase in traffic this year.

    Last year the facility recycled 232 tons of plastic, metal, glass and paper. This year the amount grew to 270 tons.

    Thomas credits the change to an increased awareness about the center and the services it provides.

  • City wants to tap into pipeline

    Shelbyville City Council endorsed a proposed pipeline Thursday that would route Louisville Water Co. lines to Frankfort, via a Shelby County extension.

    Tom Doyle, manager of the Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission, said the pipe could provide local relief in times of drought and offer alternative water supplies to the region.

    "The commission would like to see Louisville water reach Shelbyville," Doyle said. "We feel like this is a good plan to bring Louisville water through Shelby County and hopefully bring it to Frankfort."

  • Band marches new governor into office

    The Shelby County High School marching band was one of 120 bands across the state that welcomed Gov. Steve Beshear to his first day in the governor's office during the inaugural parade Tuesday morning.

    Bryan Ellis, SCHS band director, said that the band was excited to have the privilege of playing in the parade. He said that the band has been performing at a high level this year.

    "Shelby County will definitely be well represented," he said.

  • School board may act on building plans Thursday

    The Shelby County Board of Education will discuss and possibly take action on the new school construction plans at their meeting this Thursday night at Shelby County High School.

    Board members discussed a wide variety of possible timelines and building functions for planned construction on the new west campus off U.S. 60, at a work session on Monday night.

    Interim Superintendent Susan Cook said the board discussed the different plans during the session in an effort to explore all of the options before the board voted on the matter.

  • Superintendent search begins

    Applications have started to come in for the position of superintendent of the Shelby County school system.

    The Kentucky School Board Association, which is helping the district process the applications, has received five applications since the position was publicly advertised at the beginning of the month. KSBA expects to receive 15 to 20 total applications before the cutoff date on Feb. 25.

    Mike Oder, KSBA superintendent search consultant, said that he is pleased with the initial response to the position.

  • Woman injured in I-64 wreck

    A Louisville woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on I-64 that left traffic backed up for several hours.

    Lauren Walter, 19, was traveling east on I-64 near Waddy just after 2 p.m. when she apparently lost control of her vehicle and went off the road. Her 2001 Nissan ended up back in the middle of the interstate flipped on its top. According to a sheriff's report, Walter apparently crawled out of the vehicle to search for a cat that had been in the car with her.

    Walter was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

  • JHS breaks ground on ER expansion

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville marked the beginning of construction on the second phase of its emergency room expansion at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday. When completed, the work will double the capacity of the hospital's emergency room.

    JHS President and CEO Michael Collins and ER Director Tina Ethington thanked volunteers and donors to the project at the groundbreaking ceremony.

  • Voters give OK to winery

    Talon Winery and Vineyards of Lexington got the go-ahead to open a second location in Shelby County. Voters in a special election Tuesday said yes by a margin of five to one, 55 to 11.

    "We are just absolutely delighted," Talon co-owner Harriett Allen said. "We have been on pins and needles all day. We feared if there was a very small turnout, we might lose. We had to go out and purchase the land not knowing what would happen, and that was kind of scary."

  • Economists: Ag sector is booming

    Record high grain prices, record cash receipts, record net farm income and new opportunities to market farm products here and abroad spelled a booming agriculture economy for 2007, University of Kentucky ag economists told farmers and the press gathered at the annual Farm Bureau meeting in Louisville.

    And the outlook for 2008 is more of the same... if, if and if. If the weather is favorable. If export markets continue strong. If demand for ethanol continues to spiral. If the economy does not slip into recession as a result of the credit crunch.

  • High-speed chase ends in Simpsonville

    A Lexington man accused of being involved in an armed robbery fled Fayette County and led police on a high-speed chase through Shelby County before it finally ended in Simpsonville.

    The suspect was initially being pursued by Versailles/Woodford County police who asked Frankfort police for assistance when he crossed into Franklin County.