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  • Party chairs see different election outcome

    Not surprisingly, the county's Republican and Democratic party chairs are predicting different outcomes when the votes are counted in the Nov. 6 election for governor and other statewide offices.

    Democrat party chair Nathan Riggs forecasts a big win in the county for his party's nominee, Steve Beshear.

    "I'm going to call it 55 to 45 for Beshear," Riggs said. "We've seen people at rallies this year we've never seen before."

  • Child facing second mountain

    Ashton "Beanie" Flanagan was sitting on the couch hugging his teddy bear and smiling Tuesday morning. It was a rare moment - Beanie does not smile very often.

    "This is the best he's been in over two week," his mom, Buffy Flanagan said.

  • House of history

    Joe Ruble's house just may be one of the oldest standing houses in Shelby County. And if more information was known about the building and the property around it, Ruble believes that historians may be able to solve one of the biggest mysteries in the county's history.

  • City rejects plan to track illegal workers

    City officials agreed Tuesday to forego greater scrutiny of employers who hire undocumented workers, after critics said the plan could be redundant, unenforceable and unfriendly to businesses.

    At a public workshop Tuesday Shelbyville City Council rejected the merits of a plan to crack down on I-9 enforcement by ensuring that all employers verify legal status of their workers. The plan had initially been considered as a "legal" means to curtail what some claim is a growing problem with illegal immigration here.

  • Carriss wants zoning proposal studied, amended

    Magistrate Tony Carriss hasn't given up on finding some way to allow land-locked farmers to give as many as three tracts of land to their adult children.

    Carriss and the other members of fiscal court's legislative committee met earlier this week to discuss amending an earlier zoning proposal that drew heavy criticism from planning and zoning officials as well as from Magistrate Betty Curtsinger.

  • District sees record attendance

    Although there are days when he feels like sleeping in, West middle eighth grader Evan Clare hasn't missed a day of school so far this, or any, school year. He hopes that by having perfect attendance throughout his school career he will earn scholarships for college and, eventually, a good job.

    "I'm tired in the mornings some times," he said. "But I don't want to miss class."

  • Residents protest subdivision ruling

    About a dozen residents from a west side subdivision Tuesday protested a decision by Triple S commissioners to allow five new lots in their Majestic Oaks Equestrian Estates, just off Buck Creek Road.

    Residents contend the ruling could allow developers to deviate from the gated-community's master plan -- especially its landscape regulations -- which provide all homeowners access to the neighborhood's equestrian riding trails.

    Those trails are a major selling point for horse lovers in the neighborhood, according to some.

  • Auditor: Simpsonville 'strong financial position'

    Auditor Bill Talley told the Simpsonville City Commission Wednesday the city is in good financial condition.

    "You have enough cash to fund operations for a year even if there were no income," Talley said.

    The auditor's report found the city had current assets of $1.5 million and total net assets of $5.7 million with about $113,000 in liabilities and $2.1 million in notes payable.

    Talley noted the city had 13 times as much cash as liabilities.

    "That puts you in a very strong financial position," Talley said.

  • District deals with tardies

    While the district's attendance rates have improved from last year, this year some elementary schools have seen the number of tardies increase dramatically. Although the district had 134 fewer tardies for the first two months of school this year, Heritage Elementary saw the number of students late to class triple from 75 to 267 this year. Similarly, at Clear Creek elementary saw their tardies nearly double from 170 to 281.

  • Hospital opens wound center

    Until yesterday, Dr. Heiko Adams had to refer patients with chronic wounds to medical facilities in Louisville in order to dress their wounds. Some had to make the drive once a week, some more than that.

    But now that a local wound treatment center has opened in Shelbyville, Adams said his patents can spend less time on the road and more time resting and healing.