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Today's News

  • Fuel prices fall back to $1.55

    Many people were dismayed to wake up last Friday and find that gas prices had skyrocketed again.

    But on Monday, Friday's 30-cent-a-gallon jump in gas prices -- from $1.45 to $1.75 at some outlets -- had fallen back to about $1.55 per gallon.

    Even though the price is back down again, the seesawing up and down was enough to make people nervous.

  • Triple S to look at satellite dish regulations

    When the Triple S Planning Commission meets May 20, it will address a text amendment to the Shelby County Zoning Regulation in the area of Satellite Dish Guidelines.

    Under the altered regulations, satellite dishes are broken down into two categories; those greater than three feet in diameter and those three feet or less in diameter.

    For dishes greater than three feet in diameter

    A Conditional Use Permit would be required under the new guidelines. The application fee would be determined by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals fee schedule.

  • Public hearing on new water commission tonight

    A public hearing will be held at 7 tonight at the Shelby County Extension Office building to allow the public to offer their thoughts regarding the creation of a new water commission that would work toward obtaining more water sources for Shelby County.

    County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger will lead the hearing on what would be called the "Shelby-Franklin Regional Water Commission."

  • EARLIER: Family of slain man appeals to public to help find killer

    At an emotional press conference on Tuesday, the family of a man who was brutally murdered recently appealed to the public to help find the killer.

    "On behalf of my family and myself, we are pleading for the public that if there is anyone out there with any information, please call the state police at 502-227-2221,” Catherine Nichols read from a written statement.

  • What we think: Beshear's ideas have some merit

     There are many arguments to be had and several votes to be taken, but we like the ideas for budget adjustments that Gov. Steve Beshear put on the table last week.

    Cutting expenses these days can be too quick and to the quick, but Beshear seems to have a reasoned and surgical approach to what is likely the hardest decision he will face in 2009.

    The economy of Kentucky is sagging along with the nation’s and operating under even greater threat of the possible failure by the automakers, which employ so many and contribute so much to the state’s coffers.

  • Duckett case: 5 weeks, no killer

    More than five weeks after James Duckett was found brutally murdered in an execution- style manner at his home on Rockbridge Road, his killer remains on the loose.

    Police have appealed to the public and offered a reward to help locate the killer, but so far, no useful information has surfaced.

    But admittedly, the public has had precious little information to go by.

    Duckett's death sometime before Nov. 10 remains a curious web of minimal information and wild public rumor about a type of crime seldom seen in Shelby County.

  • Shelby Energy workers unionize

    Local electrical workers are citing safety concerns as the reason they have voted to be represented by a labor union.

  • New Business

    New Business

    Who we are: Neutral One

    Owned by: Lin Fan

    Where: 132 Midland Trail, in the shopping center by Tractor Supply

  • Auto industry concerns continue

    The chief executives from the nation’s three largest automakers left Washington on Thursday empty-handed after spending three days pleading for a $25 billion bailout.

    With no government assistance, the companies and millions of U.S. jobs are in question, including close to 400 jobs here in Shelby County.

    The leaders of Ford, GM and Chrysler came before a Senate panel this week asking for funds to help the companies stay solvent during the current economic crisis.

  • EARLIER: County hit hard by job losses

    2008 has been a bear for local industries.

    By the end of the year, more than 10 percent of the industrial jobs that were here in January will have been gobbled up by economic issues that have plagued local employers.

    Shelby County began the year with nearly 5,400 industrial jobs, but by the end of December, 568 of those will be no more.

    And that's assuming that no more cuts are announced between now and then. Most recently announced were cutbacks at Leggett & Platt in Simpsonville, which will let 85 people go by December.