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  • Deportations up, ICE activity down

    A record-number of illegal immigrants were deported from here this year, despite reported drops in some immigration enforcement activity during the last quarter.

    At least 204 people have been deported from Shelbyville/Shelby County since March, according to a report released last week by Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty. About 31 other undocumented immigrants are being held on federal detainers at the Shelby County Regional Detention Center, where they await transfer to a facility in Grayson County, Ky.

  • The Lunch Club

    In 1937, when gas was 18 cents a gallon, a poor farming family of seven nightly gathered at a house on Fields Lane for a meal, laughter and conversation.

    Now, 70 years later - although they have married and their parents and one of the siblings have passed away - the family continues the mealtime tradition they started in that five-bedroom farmhouse at local restaurants throughout Shelby County.

  • 4-H celebrates successful year

    Shelby County 4-H celebrated another successful year on Dec. 4 at the annual 4-H Achievement night.

    Jennifer Hormell served as host for the evening. Each club and project group updated everyone on their activities and accomplishments for 2007. Each member in attendance was recognized. We also recognized our outstanding seniors, "I Dare You" award winners and the Matt Edwards Outstanding 4-H Citizen award recipient.

  • Ready to roll - Road departments ready for bad weather

    When the weather is bad, clearing ice and snow from the roads is a job of critical importance.

    Veteran road department employees know the routine.

    They follow the weather forecasts and get the trucks and snowplows ready to roll.

    This year, thanks to the purchase of a new salt brine mixer, county roads will have an added weapon in their winter weather arsenal -- all the brine they can use.

    Salt brine is typically applied to the roadways before a snow storm arrives because it prevents snow from bonding to the road. That makes it easier to remove the snow.

  • Armed robber strikes again

    Police and sheriff's deputies reported a white male wearing a hoodie and partial face mask hit at least three local businesses over the pre-holiday weekend.

    Sunday night, Pizza Hut was robbed at gunpoint, according to Shelbyville police.

    Saturday, an armed robber hit Arby's on Taylorsville Road and then a Mexican grocery store in Simpsonville, according to a sheriff's report.

    According to both reports, the suspect showed clerks he had a handgun and asked for cash in all of the weekend robberies.

  • Meals on Wheels: delivering food and friendship

    A cluster of women scrambled in the kitchen of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Center on Washington Street last week. They bumped elbows as they packed warm, foil-wrapped meals in vinyl thermal packs. Volunteers Jackie McClain and Marjorie Gash gave the packs a quick inspection, before Wanda Adams, site manager of the Shelbyville center, gave a final thumbs-up.

  • In need, indeed

    There will be no tinsel, ribbons or presents in Paul and Marsha Myers' apartment on Christmas day. There will not be any heat either. Paul, who has been out of work for months, said he is glad that they at least have a place to stay - something that may not always be true.

    "No Christmas this year," he said. "No tree. No ornaments - nothing."

    Judy Roberts, executive director of Operation Care, said that, sadly, stories such as Paul's and Marsha's are increasingly common in Shelby County.

  • Burglars target northwest part of county

    Sheriff's deputies reported that at least three homes and two garages have been burglarized in the past ten days in the Long Run and Floydsburg Road areas.

    All of the burglaries have occurred despite the homes having alarm systems, according to Jason Rice, detective for the sheriff's office. That's a bit unusual, he said, and could indicate police are looking at the same perpetrator committing the burglaries.

  • Planners won't exempt Centro Latino

    Non-profit agencies are subject to the same regulations as industries, businesses and private citizens, Triple S Planning and Zoning commissioners agreed Tuesday, in a ruling that offered no exemptions to a local Hispanic advocacy group.

    Zoning commissioners denied a fee waiver request by Centro Latino, which seeks to construct office and classroom space on East Main Street near the Coca-Cola Commons complex.

    Harold Huber, Centro Latino's executive director, sought a waiver for what he expected to be at least $4,500 in planning and construction fees for the project.

  • Commission delays landscape, buffer vote

    Triple S Planning and Zoning will spend more time looking at possible amendments to the county's landscape and buffer requirements. The commission agreed Tuesday to hold another public hearing on the issue.

    Developers and Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation members convinced commissioners Tuesday to postpone action on the regulations. The critics did not offer specifics for wanting to delay the 14-page text amendment, which has been ongoing since October.

    "Some of it is still so wrong," said developer Jerry Karem, of Karem Properties.