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Today's News

  • Simpsonville uses grant to repair some uneven sidewalks

    Some residents in Simpsonville who have sidewalks in need of repair are getting those repairs – but not the bills for them that they might have expected.

    Because of a $6,000 grant the city of Simpsonville received from the Kentucky League of Cities, some of those sidewalks are being squared, leveled and neatened at no cost to the homeowners who by ordinance are responsible for that cost.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments April 18, 2012

    Charles E. Hawkins, 50, of 804 Sycamore Terrace was indicted for first-degree illegal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to produce a registration receipt and operating a motor vehicle on an expired license plate.

    Jeff Schroader, 45, of 1644 West Drive in Murray was indicted for theft by unlawful taking over $500 and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Anderson man rejects plea offer on porn charges

    A Lawrenceburg man who told police he had “sexual desires for children” has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors on child pornography charges.

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell said her office has been working on a plea agreement for Mark Hawks, which he turned down Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    “We’ve extended an offer, but he hasn’t accepted it,” Donnell said during a break in court proceedings. “That’s why he asked for a continuance.”

  • Earth Day at Red Orchard Park

    The scene at Red Orchard Park on Saturday was jovial, with a steady stream of people lugging electronic castoffs to a recycling truck and kids running and playing, or trying to play, on wet playground equipment.

    Although rain and cool temperatures limited the crowd to a few hundred people at the Earth Day festivities, those who did attend appeared to have a great time, and Parks and Recreation Director Clay Cottongim said he considered the event a success.

  • Murder suspect faces new charge

    A man facing murder charges in the stabbing of a man in downtown Shelbyville now faces additional charges.

    Shelby County resident Marcus Goldsmith was arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence connected with an incident that happened before the deadly altercation March 16 in downtown Shelbyville.

    Police say Goldsmith, 53, had gone to the apartment of Keith A. Jackson at 901 Main St. in the early morning hours and gotten into an argument with him, police say.

  • WICHE: No-till philosophy easy on the soil

    One of the most anticipated rites of spring is dusting off the tiller and heading out to the vegetable garden for a little soil play. It is one of those things you can’t plan for, though.

    It becomes a waiting game because we can’t do it if the soil is too wet, we don’t want to do it if it is too cold, and we only have the time to do it when the weekend rolls around.

    Well, what would you say if I told you that you were off the hook when it comes to spring tilling?

  • News briefs: April 18, 2012

    Hosparus recruiting

    volunteers, sets training
    Hosparus needs volunteers in Shelby and surrounding counties and will host a free volunteer training at 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27 at Hosparus’ Shelbyville office, 540 Main St.

    To pre-register, contact Denise Stemm at 502-719-4153 or dstemm@hosparus.org by April 24.  Those unable to attend on April 27 are encouraged to contact Stemm about future training dates.

  • Shelby motorcycle club rallies community to help member’s family

    Stacey Babb’s son, Alex, is 5 years old. When he was about 6 months old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and went through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

    While the cancer seemed to be gone, her medical bills were overwhelming. She was unable to work, and her husband, Tim, had to work from home to care for her and her son.

  • EARLIER: White pride group has links to Shelby County

    The member of a white pride group planning a rally in Frankfort this weekend manages a business in Shelby County and used that business’s address to file for a permit with the state.

    The group, the National Socialist Movement, based in Detroit, gives 703 3rd St. in Shelbyville as the address for one of its Kentucky chapters.

    That’s the address of Bob's Hay Barn.

    The NSM’s contact there is listed on the permit filed with the state is Sandra Coy, manager of the business.

  • NEIHOF: Here’s how to prepare for K-PREP

    We are preparing for the annual state assessments in May – but it’s out with the old and in with the new.

    The new state system is called Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Readiness for All. It takes into account all areas of a school’s work and even replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements because of a federal waiver. That means Shelby County Public Schools will have a single set of goals to meet.

    I am excited – and anxious – about the changes.