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Today's News

  • What we think: Recyled idea works better

    The saga involving Midwest Metals’ desire to open a facility in Shelby County seems to be on the road to an appropriate conclusion, which leaves us to ponder why there was such an unnecessary detour along the way.

    Midwest Metals, the recycling company, earned approval from the Triple S Board of Appeals on Thursday night to construct its collection complex on Windhurst Way, basically across the street from the acreage set aside for the new Shelby County Convenience Center adjacent to the Shelby County Industrial Park.

  • We congratulate: Shawn Allen’s U.S. Senate role

    Shawn Allen Jr., a junior at Shelby County High School, has spent these past few months getting to understand a process that most of us in the senior classes of life only barely can grasp.

    Mr. Allen since September has been a page for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as part of the Senate Page School program.

  • MY WORD: Why attack those health-care professionals who are trying to help?

    The price of a full-page ad in a local county paper costs an average exceeding $500. The Kentucky Medical Association has placed ads regarding “Identify Medical Doctors” in many local papers statewide. The total money spent by this organization on their recent smear campaign targeting non-medically degreed health-care providers probably totals thousands.

  • News briefs: Feb. 1, 2012

    Shelbyville resident admits ethics

    violations with ag department

    Shelbyville resident Danita Fentress-Laird, former director of personnel and budget for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, has admitted that she violated the state’s ethics code by using her position for personal gain.

    In an agreement with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Fentress-Laird said that she used her position to create a full-time position for herself as an assistant director of her own division.

  • Here are a few points to debate

    Unless you are a devotee of the man himself, you probably had to giggle a bit as I did when I heard Newt Gingrich say recently that he wanted to be nominated for president and challenge Barack Obama to a series of 3-hour, Lincoln-Douglas-style debates on the issues facing our country.

    Unless I miss my guess: Honest Abe, the founding Republican, and Short Steve got off a good guffaw from the Great Peanut Gallery in the sky as well.

  • Telles pleads guilty on sex charges

    A Shelby County man has pleaded guilty on multiple counts of sexually abusing two girls for whom his wife was caring.

    Henry Telles, 25, accepted a plea agreement on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child over 12 years old and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    Prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 10 years on the charges to run concurrently.

  • Woman sees childhood home go up in smoke

    No one was injured in a house fire on Woodlawn Road late Sunday night that completely destroyed the residence.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said the resident, Linda Casey, was not at home when the fire broke out at 3094 Woodlawn Road, which connects Hempridge and Hooper Station roads in southeast Shelby County.

     “We got a call at eleven-twenty-three p.m. from the owner’s daughter, who lives next door,” he said.

    Laura Hawkins said her mother was away visiting relatives in another state.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Feb. 1, 2012

    Tyrann M. Harris was indicted for being a persistent felony offender.

    James Denton, 23, of 1653 Juniper Drive, was indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, menacing, alcohol intoxication in a public place and first-degree disorderly conduct.

    Jesse A. Loving, 22, of 7609 Hempridge Road was indicted for tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Election 2012: Donnell unopposed for 2nd term

    Laura Donnell will be the commonwealth attorney for Judicial District 53 – including Shelby County – for another six years.

    Donnell, a Republican, was the only person to file for that office by the deadline Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    She joins Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller, another Republican, who will be unopposed because no other candidate had taken and passed the test to be circuit court clerk.

  • Court report: February 1, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew Eckert:

    Marcella Jackson, theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting – plead guilty – 180-day sentence, serve 8 days, balance conditionally discharged for 2 years and $143 costs.

    Mohamad Kadah, careless driving and first-offense DUI – plead guilty – operator's license suspended for 30 days and $828 fine and costs and $400 to SCDIF.

    Larry D. Moscoe, possession of marijuana – diversion completed – dismissed.