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  • Paul greeted by large crowd in Shelby

    A large crowd filled Harvest Coffee and Caféon Wednesday afternoon to great Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) as he stopped through the county after visiting Frankfort.

    Before speaking, Paul took time to shake hands with nearly everyone in attendance and even stopped to take a few pictures with voters and children.

    Paul had been visiting the Kentucky legislature to urge state senators to restore the voting rights of felons who had committed non-violent crimes.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Feb. 21, 2014

    Controversial pipeline will be delayed a year

    Wednesday’s announcement that the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline will be delayed a year is a victory in “round one” for Kentuckians, a leading opponent to the project said.

    Chris Schimmoeller, president of Envision Franklin County, said the company’s decision gives respite to landowners.

    “I look forward to solving some of these issues without the pipeline breathing down our necks,” Schimmoeller told the State Journal.

  • Mount Eden woman gets new heart on Valentine's Day

    LAWRENCEBURG – Not everyone can say they received a new heart for Valentine’s Day.

    Alisha Stamper, a Lawrenceburg native and Mount Eden resident, can.

  • Johnson's trial postponed again

    A court date for James Johnson, a former correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley charged with sexually abusing inmates and related offenses, has been moved to next month.

    Johnson, 54, of Louisville, was to have had a jury trial starting Monday in Shelby Circuit Court, but he is scheduled for a disposition hearing for March 17.

  • Shelby man back in jail for an evaluation

    LA GRANGE – A Shelbyville man charged with recruiting for the Southside Crips gang in Oldham County has been taken back into custody and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

    Thomas L. Wenz, 22, was indicted in December on charges of criminal gang recruitment, engaging in organized crime, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

    Wenz pleaded not guilty to those charges on Dec. 19 and bailed out of the Oldham County Jail shortly after that court hearing.

  • Simpsonville sets new course for its for parks board

    SIMPSONVILLE – City commissioners on Wednesday approved broad changes to the bylaws that govern the city’s parks board and asked for an ordinance to be developed to make those changes formal.

    This came after a presentation of those changes by Parks Director Chris Truelock, who, since coming aboard in 2012 as the city’s first, full-time parks director, has turned a previously all-volunteer army into a more formal organization.

  • EARLIER: City’s trash plan won’t be mandatory

    A very small crowd turned out Thursday to talk to the Shelbyville City Council about a proposed ordinance for franchised trash and recycling pick-up in the city, but those in attendance heard one big change.

    The six residents, joined by three representatives from trash companies, heard officially for the first time that the new ordinance would not stipulate mandatory garbage pickup and recycling but would create a franchise service for the city.

  • Election 2014: State Senator: Hornback seeking return to Frankfort

    Paul Hornback has spent the past four years figuring out how to work around and fix inefficiencies in Frankfort, and he said he believes he’s just getting started.

    That’s why the Republican incumbent has filed for a second term as the state senator for District 20, which includes Shelby, Henry, Carroll and Trimble counties along with a small portion of the east end of Jefferson County.

  • Calvary Cemetery: A family business that carries on

    For nearly 100 years, Calvary Cemetery just north of the railroad tracks on 7th Street in Shelbyville, has been the final resting place of more than 1,000 African-Americans.

    Dozens of notable African-American residents are buried in the cemetery, including T.S. Baxter, Shelbyville’s first black city council member.

    George W. Saffell Jr. originally started the cemetery, which is now an incorporated business, after his first wife, Daisy Saffell, died in 1918.

  • Mount Eden ‘puppy mill:’ ‘No real issues’

    TAYLORSVILLE – Several concerned residents attended the Spencer County Fiscal Court meeting Monday night to express their concerns about an alleged Mount Eden puppy mill, asking Judge-Executive Bill Carr and the magistrates what the county is doing about the issue.

    “This is a black eye for Spencer County,” Taylorsville resident Sarah Bauer said during the public comment portion of the meeting.