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Today's News

  • We congratulate: A local guy who did the right thing

    Much has been written recently about the spendthrift ways in which the Kentucky Association of Counties has taken care of taxpayers’ money.

    The Herald-Leader in Lexington has examined – exhaustively – the spending practices of many organizations funded by taxpayers, and KACo, as it is known, has been squarely under its lenses.

    That group, a coalition of county officials from across Kentucky, has spent thousands on such frivolous concepts as tickets for board members to the Kentucky Derby and the Ryder Cup.

  • News briefs: July 3, 2009

     Holiday closings

    Some local offices and businesses have changed schedules because of the Independence Day, holiday.

    The changed times are: U.S. post offices: Closed Saturday. Shelby County Court House and Annex: Closed today. Shelbyville City Hall: Closed today. Simpsonville Town Hall: Closed today.

    Banks: Citizens Union, American Founders, Chase, U.S. and Republic banks, closed Saturday; State Farm Bank, closed today and Saturday.

  • Fireworks business expected to boom this weekend

    Ryan Combs expects business to pick up today and tomorrow at his fireworks tent in the Shelbyville Walmart parking lot.

    But officials warn residents to be careful when celebrating Independence Day.

    Combs, who is from Lexington, said he's seen a lot of people come by to look at fireworks this week but expects them to come back this weekend to make their purchases.

  • EARLIER: Fireworks at Clear Creek Park set for July 5

    Fireworks will soon take to the skies of Shelby County in celebration of America's independence, but, unlike years past, you won't have the freedom to watch them from the luxury of your patio.

    "This year the fireworks will be a lot different," Shelbyville-Shelby Co. Parks & Recreation Director Clay Cottongim said. "We're not going to have some of the large shells that go way up in the air, but it's going to be a constant show. It'll be almost like a grand finale for twenty minutes."

  • 2 girls injured at fireworks show

    Two girls were slightly injured Sunday night at the Independence Day fireworks display at Clear Creek Park. The last explosion of the evening landed near the girls, burning one the arm of one and sending fragments into the eye of the other. They were transported to the emergency room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where they were treated and released.

  • State to cover Shelby's costs for ice-storm clean-up

    Shelby County, Shelbyville and Simpsonville paid thousands of dollars to clean up after January's ice storm, and now it appears that money will be coming back into those governments' pockets.

    Gov. Steve Beshear's office has announced that the state will do more to reimburse what many counties and cities spent in cleanup of the storm that downed so many trees and power lines while racking up 769,000 power outages across the Commonwealth. 

  • State police to hold checkpoints on July 4th weekend

    Kentucky State Police report that troopers will be conducting several checkpoints over the Fourth of July weekend, as part of the National Highway Transportation Safety Association's program.

    These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations. There will also be special traffic enforcement in high collision areas using radar, laser and saturation patrols.

  • Flags go up in a blaze of glory

    Noble Roberts, chaplain of VFW Post 1179, said that few funeral services are as stirring as those held for Old Glory.

    "There are several different versions of flag-burning ceremonies, but all are very patriotic," he said.

    Roberts, a Coast Guard veteran who said his job was to "patch the flags" on his ship, delivered the eulogy and served as narrator at a flag-retiring ceremony held last Tuesday at Clear Creek Park by the Sons of the American Revolution and the VFW.

  • Stivers new principal at West Middle

    Lorri Stivers, a longtime resident of Shelby County, is going to get to work closer to home this fall: On Monday, she was named the new principal at West Middle School.

    And Brenda King, a veteran educator from Eastern Kentucky, was named the special education coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools.

  • Foreclosures continue to rise in Shelby

    Foreclosures are continuing to increase dramatically in Shelby County, and Shelby County Fiscal Court is partnering with a non-profit agency to help curtail that trend.

    Through nearly six months of 2009, foreclosures in Shelby County total 114, which is rapidly approaching the 142 recorded in 2008 and almost equal to the 120 in 2007.

    Todd Davis, master commissioner for Shelby Circuit Court, reported those numbers for court-ordered "judgments and orders to sell."