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  • 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.

  • Simpsonville annexes interchange

    About 40 people showed up at the Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday to watch the panel unanimously and without comment approve an ordinance annexing 42 acres at the I-64 interchange into the city.

    The plan adds to the Simpsonville city limits about 35 acres of the interstate itself and surrounding land inside the cloverleafs as well as about 7 acres of land owned by Redline Properties, LLC. That 7 acres was the reason residents were at the meeting Tuesday night and most were not happy about the city's annexation.

  • Mt. Eden home destroyed in fire

    Firefighters were still battling an earlier morning fire Thursday afternoon that destroyed a home in a Mt. Eden subdivision.

    Doug Herndon, assistant chief of the Mt. Eden Volunteer Fire Department, said fire and rescue crews were dispatched to the residence at 10 Indian Springs sometime about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, where they found the two-story home already engulfed in flames.

    "Soon as I arrived on scene it was fully involved," Herndon said.

  • Laws in motion

    For Brandon Hughes, launching himself in the air off a bike ramp is not just recreation or a hobby, it is science. How far and how high he can go is determined by the universal laws of motion. And the more he understands and can use those laws, the more spectacular his jumps will be.

    Hughes, along with other seventh-graders at East middle school, have recently been introduced to Newton's laws of motion and were taught how they affect everyday life.

  • Internet campaign could save lives

    A campaign to bring greater Internet access to underserved residents in the county could provide more public technology resources and even save lives, according to program organizers.

    Representatives from the Kentucky Circuit Clerk's Trust For Life and Shelby County Public Library said the new collaborative program could give more people access to computers and enable them to sign-up for the state's organ donor registry. The registry records motorists' wishes to donate organ and tissue for transplantation in the event of a fatal accident.

  • Family, child coping with rare genetic disorder

    A three-year-old and her family are coping with a genetic disease that is rarer than their chances of hitting the Powerball jackpot.

  • District meets all federal goals

    Three months after the Shelby County public schools were reported to have narrowly missed meeting progress goals on a federal assessment, the state has recalculated the results and announced yesterday that the district has met all of its yearly goals.

    The Kentucky Department of Education's Office of Assessment and Accountability released statistics on Tuesday that show the district has met 19 out of 19 of its goals on the annual No Child Left Behind assessment. This is the first time that the district has met all of its goals since the NCLB Act was initiated in 2002.