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  • Presidential campaign donations: Shelby gives more to Obama

    Though polls suggest Sen. John McCain easily should beat Sen. Barack Obama locally on Nov. 4, his popularity has not led to big campaign contributions from the community.

    In fact, Obama has raked in a nearly a third more campaign contributions from Shelby Countians than has McCain.

    Through Thursday, compilations by the Federal Election Commission show that Obama's campaign had received $18,055 from Shelby Countians, compared to $12,265 for McCain.

  • Triple S to consider regulations on satellite dishes

    Triple S Planning and Zoning is considering new regulations that would dictate where homeowners can install satellite dishes.

    Amended regulations discussed at Tuesday’s meeting would require a new permit process for the installation of dishes greater than three feet in diameter and would create explicit language specifying where on a house a homeowner could place a dish that is three feet or smaller.

  • Resident kills intruder

    Eric Reynolds and a visitor were in his home on Brown Ave. in Shelbyville late Saturday night when three apparently unarmed men tried to enter the home.

    Reynolds, 23, opened fire at the intruders. David L. Fletcher, 28, of LaGrange was struck once before being helped away by his companions.

    Police say the three fled the scene in a pickup truck and tried to find a hospital to seek treatment for Fletcher's wounds, but they became lost and called police dispatch on a cell phone.

  • New voting machines to handle record turnout

    This presidential election, Shelby County will be on the cutting edge, joining 33 other Kentucky counties in using the latest in voting technology.

    There are 33 new voting machines - one for each precinct - being installed and expected to be ready to go by Nov. 4.

    These new E-Scan machines are aptly named, said Susan Curry of the Shelby County Clerk's office.

    "You just fill out the ballot, then feed it into the scanner, and you're done," she said. "It's easy."

  • Food banks worried: Shelves nearly bare

    The shelves are almost bare at local food banks, and officials are hoping that no one will have to go hungry.

    The Shelby Family Service Center, located at the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency on Washington Street, had only a few dozen cans of vegetables and a few loaves of bread as of Tuesday.

    And the problem is just as bad if not worse at two other free food-distribution centers in Shelby County. Centro Latino is awaiting a delivery, and Operation Care's food supply is the lowest it has been in its 20-year history.

  • Shelby Artists on Main anniversary event to benefit CASA

    Shelby Artists on Main will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a fund-raising event Thursday night to help troubled children.

    From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the gallery, located at 617 Main St. in Shelbyville, will donate a portion of all art sales to the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), which aids abused or neglected children in Shelby and Spencer counties.

    CASA volunteers help children who have been ordered to get help by a family court judge, actively participating in the children's lives.

  • Schools told to license daycare

    Because of changes in state regulations, all local after-school programs are being required to obtain state day-care licenses.

    Though it is uncertain how the new regulations will affect local programs, some parents fear that the changes will discontinue childcare during breaks from school.

    District personnel said jumping to such a conclusion is unwarranted at this time.

    In a press release from the district, Lisa Smith, director of Student Programs and Services said no immediate changes are planned for the programs being provided by Shelby County Public Schools.

  • Guthrie defends company's practice

    CLARKSON - Brett Guthrie continues to challenge the notion that his family's business was responsible for sending jobs to Mexico.

    The Republican's campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat brought him Thursday to Clarkson where he stopped at Mid-Park's Roadway Construction Products plant. Some equipment in that operation used to reside in his family's manufacturing plant in Warren County.

  • Food pantries low

    The shelves are almost bare at local food banks, and officials are hoping that no one will have to go hungry.

    The Shelby Family Service Center, located at the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency on Washington Street, had only a few dozen cans of vegetables and a few loaves of bread as of Tuesday.

  • Intruder shot dead in Shelbyville break-in attempt

    A man is dead after being shot by a homeowner during a burglary on Brown Avenue Saturday night, according to Kentucky State Police.

    A press release by KSP said that Timothy Carpenter, Joshua Fast and David L. Fletcher entered a home on Brown Avenue in Shelbyville Saturday night at about 11:30 p.m.

    Fletcher, 28, of La Grange, was shot once by the homeowner, Eric Reynolds, 23.