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  • Black and White: The west side of the new judicial center shows the continuation of vertical windows.

    Judicial center design '99 percent' complete

    A new judicial center, which has been in the talking and planning stages for more than five years, is getting ever closer to reality. The Project Development Board Wednesday looked at a rendering the architectural firm designing the building called "99 percent complete."

    "It is in the last stages of design," said architect Dennis Arthur, with CMW firm, which is designing the building. "Of course, with a building like this it's never really done until it's built."

  • Wiley named head of tech school

    A little over 25 years ago, Susan Wiley was taking classes at the Shelby County Area Technology Center in order to prepare for her future career in business. Wiley credits her education there for putting her on a successful career path and for helping her to land her new job as the school's new principal.

    Wiley, who will take her position as head of the technical school in two weeks, said she is excited about her new position and the possibility it affords in influencing students' education.

  • Triple S approves digital zoning maps

    Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Tuesday on the subject of new zoning maps and approved the motion to suggest to the Shelby County, Shelbyville, and Simpsonville governing bodies that the new Geographic Information System zoning maps replace their current official zoning maps.

    Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S, explained that the new maps would be easier to both comprehend and work with than the old maps.

  • Court rejects water board nominee

    A usually routine appointment to a water board brought complaints of politics-as-usual at Tuesday's fiscal court meeting, rejection by the court, and a 'scolding' by county Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

    Rothenburger nominated Process Machinery President David Miles to a four-year term on the West Shelby Water District Board. He would replace Bob McDowell, of Simpsonville, who has sat on the board for 17 years. McDowell's term recently expired.

  • Local volunteer receives awards

    Dr. Teresa Gregory spent her day off Tuesday helping the Shelby County Humane Society spay or neuter over 50 cats.

    Gregory, who works full-time as a veterinarian at the Crestwood Veterinary Hospital, volunteers locally once a week in an effort to control the number of unwanted cats and dogs and reduce the number of animals that are euthanized in county.

    Last year Gregory spayed over 3,000 cats and dogs on her own time. And many weeks she will work seven days in a row.

  • Drug bust nets 15 pounds of pot

    Kentucky State Police, executing a search warrant, found 15 pounds of processed marijuana in a home in Simpsonville on Thursday, March 13.

    Troopers and detectives from Post 12 in Frankfort and Post 4 in Elizabethtown conducted the raid just before 1 p.m. at 191 Lincoln Station Drive. There they arrested Neftaly Aguilar Jr., 42. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds, tampering with physical evidence, identity theft and criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center where he is still in custody on $500 bond.

  • Drug bust nets 15 pounds of pot

    State police arrested a Simpsonville man last Thursday for possession of 15 pounds of marijuana.

    Kentucky State Trooper Ron Turley said police intercepted a package of marijuana at the FedEx hub in Louisville which was being shipped to Neftaly Aguilar Jr. in Simpsonville.

    State troopers then made a controlled delivery of the drugs to Aguilar's home at 191 Lincoln Station Drive about 1 p.m.

    After the goods were received, State Police then executed a search warrant and recovered the 15 pounds of marijuana and made the arrest.

  • The first test

    After completing a pre-kindergarten screening assessment on Monday, Luke Payne thanked Big Bird and the Count from Sesame Street for teaching him how to count.

    Luke said he was excited about moving to "big school" next year where he will have a real teacher and will get to make new friends.

    The screening that Luke received was part of a district-wide effort to assess students' preparedness for kindergarten.

  • New school design revealed

    The design for the building that will eventually be the second high school in the district will be revealed at the school board meeting this Thursday night.

    In December when the board approved the plan for the building, the design company, Sherman, Carter and Barnhart, released a basic outline of how the buildings will lie on the campus. On Thursday night the company is expected to reveal the layout of the secondary school.

    The building, which is set to be built on the new west campus off U.S. 60 near Ardmore Lane, is designed to hold 1,500 students.

  • Going to school for your dog

    The American Red Cross will hold a dog first-aid class at its 1201 Mt. Eden Road location Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Angela Disch, branch manager of the Shelby County Service Center, said the class is the first of its kind the Red Cross has held in Shelby County, and it will offer instruction on how to take care of pets in emergency situations.

    "We're going to cover basic care for dogs -- how to recognize emergencies and how to provide some basic emergency care until professional assistance can be obtained," Disch said.