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  • Walker to talk poetry at library

    Shelby County Public Library officials say they are excited about tonight’s speaker, Frank X. Walker, who was named poet laureate for 2013-14.

    “He is a poet laureate, so we wanted to invite him, especially since he is the first African-American to receive the award, so that’s very exciting,” said Linda Mahone, the library’s marketing director.

  • Police called to Painted Stone in altercation


  • SCHS student to be arraigned on felonies

    A Shelby County High Student will be arraigned today in juvenile court on charges connected with taking a knife to school Monday, making threats, and holding another student hostage, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said.

    A male student, who is 14, was taken to Lincoln Village, a juvenile detention center in Elizabethtown. He was charged with wanton-endangerment, terroristic threatening, unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, disorderly conduct and unlawful imprisonment for taking a fellow student hostage.

  • Outlet mall name no longer includes Louisville

    Much to the delight and surprise of many area residents, Horizon Group Properties and partner CBL & Associates announced a name change to the outlet mall being built in Simpsonville.

    The retail center will go by The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, which was announced late Friday afternoon, marking the second time the retail center’s name has been changed.

  • No injuries in school bus crash

    No children were injured in a collision Friday morning between a car and a school bus.

    Shelbyville Police said the accident happened at 7 a.m. when a car rear-ended a school bus on Old Mill Road near the intersection of Old Finchville Road.

    Police said the driver was stopping behind Bus 2930, which was stopped to let children on the bus, when the driver's foot slipped off the brake.

  • Shelby County school receives maximum donation of minis

    What started as a wish-list item for teachers and administrators at Painted Stone Elementary turned into a reality this year – and much quicker than anyone expected.

    After raising nearly $10,000, the Painted Stone Parent Teacher Organization in January donated 30 iPad Minis to the school, beating its goal by nearly half the school year.

  • County to begin search for 911 director

    After two years without a director at the helm Shelby County’s 911 service, the search is on to fill that position.

    Rusty Newton, chair of the Shelby County 911 Board, called a special meeting Wednesday to ask the board to authorize hiring a director, a move that they approved unanimously.

    Newton, who is also deputy county judge-executive, said the move was prompted by the upcoming retirement of a 911 supervisor.

  • County approves zoning to allow distilleries

    Shelby County magistrates put their stamp of approval Tuesday night on a text amendment in the agricultural zoning regulations that allows distilleries in such zones provided they meet certain criteria.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to approve the second reading of an ordinance to amend the regulations to allow distilleries to locate in agricultural zones if the property involved is at least 100 acres, and at least 25 percent will be used for agriculture or green space.

  • Shelby County pulls new plan from the trash

    After a 9-month hiatus on the issue of a curbside trash collection and recycling plan, county officials are proposing a new concept for provide service to residents.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates voted to accept a proposal from the county’s Legislative Committee to ask for price quotes from the handful of trash haulers that serve Shelby County.

    The quotes would be for trash collection services for individuals and businesses located in the county jurisdiction only.

  • Republicans flocking to Lincoln Day Dinner

    Shelby County Republicans are gearing up for their annual fundraiser and gala event in a big way, if registrations for their Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday are any indication.
    Debbie Riggs, who is chair of the Lincoln Day Committee, said that 300 guests are registered to attend at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    "And that's not counting walk-ins," she said. "I was working on table arrangements today, and I thought, 'My gosh, we're going to have to add more tables!'"