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  • Shelby County Crime, 2013, Part 2: Drug use continues to increase

    A newborn baby screams in pain, feverish, vomiting and barely able to eat.

    Then comes tremors – even seizures – diarrhea, sleeplessness. The suffering begins shortly after birth and may last for more than a week – 7 days in which the child is unable to tell anyone what he or she is going through. Even more terrible, voicing that misery would make no difference.

  • Dutton seeks re-election

    An incumbent district judge is seeking re-election in Division 2 in the 53rd Judicial District.

    Donna Dutton, 49, is vying against attorney Emily Farrar-Crockett to keep the seat she has held since being elected in 2006.

    She said being a judge is important to her because she provides a source of stability in the district court arena.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION Distillery development is strutting along

    The Triple S Planning Commission has a brief agenda for their meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville.

    The commission will hear a preliminary plat for a subdivision of Rut ‘N’ Strut Distillery on Gordon Lane.

    The plat proposes two tracts and the extension of Gordon Lane, which is currently a gravel strip of road.

    The property is a total of 128 acres, but is to be divided into two tracts, both larger than 60 acres, said Joyce Nethery, who owns the property along with her husband Bruce Nethery.

  • A hero’s welcome

     

    Richard “June” Phillips hung up his dog tags more than 60 years ago, but like so many others that have served our nation, he never stopped being a hero.

    And Shelby Energy, part of Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, showed its respect to those heroes earlier this month by sending Phillips and twenty-one other Kentucky veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

    Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives began offering the Honor Flight in 2011 and have since taken 101 veterans to Washington, D.C.

  • Myles seeking second term

    Circuit Judge John David Myles is seeking a second term in the Family Court Division in the 53rd Judicial Circuit representing Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties. 

    Myles was elected in November 2006 as the circuit’s first family court judge and took the bench is 2007. He is being challenged by attorney Marie Hellard.

  • Shelby County Crime: 2013: Assaults down, domestic violence on the rise

    A chilling suicide and attempted murder by a crazed husband, a string of vicious armed robberies – some at knife point – and a rash of bizarre thefts characterized last year's violent crimes in Shelby County.

    The county saw a 17 percent spike in thefts during 2013, but other areas remained largely flat from 2012.

  • Passing the buck

    “I know you don’t want to hit one, just try to slow down and steer as straight as you can; you don’t want to end up in a ditch or worse.”

    That is the advice of Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong to motorists as the “deer rut” draws near.

    “I’ve seen more deer in the past ten days than I have all year,” he said.

    Kentucky State and Wildlife Deer Biologist David Yancy that deer collisions normally peak in November, but they’re starting now.

  • Sheriff runs for 4th term

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong is running for his fourth term in that office.

    Originally elected in 2003, Armstrong, 57, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Stewart Shirley, and not for the first time.

    Armstrong defeated Shirley, a former Shelbyville Police Chief, in 2010.

    Armstrong, who was chief deputy for 13 years before being elected sheriff, credits his father, the late Cordy Armstrong, with inspiring him to seek a career in law enforcement.

  • Former city councilman runs for magistrate

    A former 5-term Shelbyville City Councilman is running for an open seat in magisterial District 3 being vacated by longtime Magistrate Allen Ruble, who announced last year that he would not be seeking a 4th term.

    Mike Miller, a Republican, is a Shelby County real estate agent, who served on the Shelbyville City Council from 1998 to 2008,

    Matt Samples, a Democrat, is also vying for the seat.

  • Lumber manager and coach vying for magisterial seat

    A newcomer to the political arena is running for an open magisterial seat in District 3 being vacated by longtime Magistrate Allen Ruble, who announced last year that he would not be seeking a 4th term.

    Matt Samples, 30, a Democrat, is estimator and job manager at Penrod Lumber and Fence Company. He is also head football coach at East Middle School.

    Mike Miller, a Republican, is also vying for the seat.