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  • News Digest: Jan. 3, 2014

    Census data shows  growth

    has slowed, lags rest of South

    Kentucky’s growth has slowed to a crawl when compared to the rest of the South it’s lumped in with, according to information released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Kentucky’s population grew just 1.29 percent from the 2010 census, from 4,339,367 to 4,395,295 on July 1.

  • ELECTION 2014: Magistrate, District 4: Bill Hedges

    Incumbent Magistrate Bill Hedges has filed to run for a second term in District 4.

    A Republican, Hedges narrowly defeated Democrat John Lewis in 2010, when the two vied for the open seat vacated by retiring longtime Magistrate Cordy Armstrong. There had been several candidates in the primary, too.

  • EARLIER: Sub-zero temps, snow expected in winter storm

    Forecasters say a major winter storm that blew into Kentucky over the weekend could bring sub-zero low temperatures, single-digit highs and even some snow Monday night and Tuesday.

    Temperatures plunged to zero by noon Monday, and are expected to fall to minus 3 below zero Tuesday morning, with a high of 13 for Tuesday.

    It won't be as cold Tuesday night, forecasters say, with a low of 12 degrees predicted, and a warming trend of 33 degrees on Wednesday.

    School plans

  • Construction projects continue into the new year

    Several projects of note that arose this year – or were ongoing from 2012 – will continue into 2014, including major construction projects involving solid waste, highways, an outlet mall and even two new schools.

    Shelby County’s planned solid-waste facility is moving closer to becoming a reality, with the next phase coming up being the bidding phase, said Rusty Newton, chair of the 109 Board, the entity that handles solid waste issues for the county.

  • State budget will headline some recurring issues

    The 2014 Kentucky legislative session begins Tuesday, and although 137 bills already have been filed, some familiar story lines figure to be developed during this 60-day session.

    In extended, even-numbered years, the longer session always seems to be headlined by the setting of the state budget, but state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said he foresees that there also will be time for those old familiars: gambling, health care, educational and state pension reform.

  • Top issues for session

    State pension

  • Election 2014:Rothenburger, Hardesty may not be challenged

    With less than three weeks left before the deadline to file to run in the 2014 Primary Election, it is beginning to look as if the top people in city and county government may return to office without opposition.

    Neither Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, a Republican, nor Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, a Democrat, has opposition – at least so far.

    Hardesty, who has been mayor since 2003, said he has not had any competition since he was elected.

  • News Digest: Dec. 31, 2013

    Armstrong, Dutton study

    in judges college classes

    Shelby County District Judges Linda Armstrong and Donna Dutton participated in the 2013 District Judges Fall College that took place last month in Lexington.

  • 2013 headlines: Mall project takes shape

    The past year Shelby Countians have run a gamut of happenings from beneficial to tragic to controversial, from a new outlet mall in the works, to a long-awaited reconfigured I-64 ramp to a teen’s tragic death and a devastating down town fire.
    Early on in the year, plans for a major construction project – an outlet mall in Simpsonville – were taking on a definite shape, leading up to a summer ground-breaking ceremony. 

  • Shelby Countians celebrate births, health, weather, books in 2014

    New babies, mild weather and, of course, the promise of good health, are just some of the things that Shelby Countians say they are looking forward to in the coming year.
    “I have a grandson that will be having his first birthday January thirteen, and I am really looking forward to that,” said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger. “His name is Noah Smith, and he is one fine boy.”