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  • News Digest: May 24, 2013

    Shelby’s unemployment falls, ranks 4th best in state

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate for April 2013 improved to the fourth best in the state.

    New claims for the county showed a 6 percent rate, down from 7 percent in March but up slightly from 5.8 percent in April 2012, based on data released Thursday by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • Odyssey ends with trip to World Finals

    It’s not every day you hear the question, “Does Jonathan have garbage bag pants?” that pointing and laughing or at least some giggling does not follow it.

    But that question came up at Odyssey of the Mind practices at two different schools recently.

  • SCHS seniors earn more $1 million in scholarships

    Shelby County High School students earned $41,400 through 48 local scholarships for education and a little more than $1 million in total scholarships, as reported to the school’s guidance counselors.

    About 100 of the graduating seniors filled the school’s auditorium along with their friends and family on Thursday night to celebrate the achievements at the annual Senior Awards Night.

    SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley noted how he and this group started at Shelby County together four years ago.

  • Shelby County School Board: Next budget step gets review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will have its say Thursday on the newest version of the district’s 2013-14 budget.

    The tentative budget, which will be the document the district uses as it goes into the school year, will present the state funding amounts and the recommendations from the district’s budget committee, which were approved by board vote in February.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: First reading of county budget postponed until next week

    The first reading of Shelby County’s budget was postponed because magistrates have not had a chance to review it, county officials said.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court that since magistrates have not conducted a budget workshop, the first reading, which was supposed to have been Tuesday, would be moved to a special called meeting next week.

  • Monroe gets new court date on manslaughter charges

    A man charged with manslaughter in a 2011 crash received a new court date of July 1 during a disposition hearing Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Lonnie Monroe, 45, of Shelbyville originally was arrested Sept. 24 by Kentucky State Police and charged with murder in a tractor-trailer accident from November 2011 in which a passenger in his truck was killed. On Oct. 4, that charge was amended to second-degree manslaughter, which is a Class C felony that carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

  • News Digest: May 22, 2013

    Collins awards night set;

    graduation to be streamed

    Collins High School will have its Senior Awards Night at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. That’s when scholarships and other honors will be presented.

    Following that on Saturday is commencement exercises at the two high schools.

    Shelby County High School’s program will be at 1 p.m. in Mike Casey Gymnasium, and Collins will have graduation at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym.

  • Shelby watching steps in joint regional sewer concept

    LOUISVILLE – It is an issue that will not go away for local communities – and the environmental standards are only going to get more strict – but should communities such as Shelby County decide to be part of a regional waste-water program?

    That is a question posed to local officials during a recent meeting of possible participants in a program approved by the General Assembly in 2011.

  • 2 children transported in wreck

    Two children were transported to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Monday afternoon after a 2-vehicle crash on Taylorsville Road.

    A pickup truck, driven by Jeffrey S. Sweasy, 47, of Bardstown rear-ended a passenger car in heavy traffic shortly before 4:30 p.m. near the Interstate 64 interchange.

  • Storm-water runoff could be drain on Shelbyville

    The city of Shelbyville is under the microscope for the rainwater that bounces off the pavement in your driveway, skitters across your fertilized lawn and disappears untreated into the storm drain at the low point of your cul de sac.

    And City Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell is tasked with making darn sure you know that every drop of runoff water is being monitored by the federal and state governments and the city is liable for how clean it might be.