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  • Restaurant tax meeting in Simpsonville now Thursday

    EDITOR's NOTE: Because of weather forecasts, this meeting was rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Simpsonville City Hall.


    The city of Simpsonville on Thursday could become the first governmental body in Shelby County to adopt a restaurant tax.

    The city commission will consider on second reading an ordinance that would add 3 percent to the bills at all places that serve food in the city, including restaurants and lunch counters.

  • Election 2014: Armstrong’s exit draws criticism

    Longtime District Court Judge Linda Armstrong surprisingly withdrew late Tuesday as a candidate for re-election, and the process she used to declare that has come under scrutiny.

    Armstrong, who since 1998 has sat the bench in District 53 Division 1, cited health and personal reasons for deciding to withdraw her name as a candidate in the 2014 election, a decision she said she made on Sunday evening.

    But on Monday, during a meeting of the Shelby County bar association, Armstrong made no announcement to area lawyers that she would not run.

  • Election 2014: The candidates

    The list is compiled from information on the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov

    U.S. Senator:Mitch McConnell (R), Matt Bevin (R), James Copas (R), Charles Farmsley (D), Alison Grimes (D), Gregory Leichty (D), Tom Recktenwald (D)

    U.S. House District 4:Thomas Massie (R), Peter Newberry (D)

    State Senate District 20:Paul Hornback (R), Tony McCurdy (R)

    State House District 58:Brad Montell (R)

  • Election 2014: Mayor’s race contested for 1st time since 2002

    When the ballots are cast for the 2014 General Election, there will be a few new names to be considered, and voters will be asked to make some choices where they haven’t had to in recent years.

    Incumbent Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty will for the first time since 2002 have some company on the campaign trail this year. Hardesty, a Democrat, will square off against Jeff Tennill.

    Tennill, a former chief code enforcement officer for the city, is running as a Republican and cited his time at city hall as his reason for running.

  • Election 2014: Several winners crowned as election deadline passes

    Ten 2014 races were decided on Tuesday at 4 p.m. as the deadline to file for the 2014 Election passed.

    Incumbents Brad Montell, state representative; Rob Rothenburger, Shelby County judge-executive; Sue Carole Perry, Shelby County clerk; Hart Megibben, county attorney; Charles Hickman, circuit court Judge; Bobby Waits, jailer; Rob Waldridge, coroner; George Best, county surveyor; and Brad McDowell, Property Value Administrator all won countywide races by being unopposed.

  • Group’s goal: Save wetlands

    Ducks Unlimited isn’t limited to ducks.

    “We’re primarily a conservation group,” said Chris Cottongim, area chairman for the Shelby County chapter. “We put money into preserving land forever [Chris’ emphasis] for ducks to breed in, live in and migrate through.”

  • Montell files bill to ban e-cigarette for minors

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) is proposing that Kentucky regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes and forbid the sale of the nicotine-containing device to those under the age of 18.

    Currently no Kentucky law regulates the sale of e-cigarettes, and on Monday Montell filed a bill in the House of Representatives to address that issue.

    Montell said that the bill he’s proposing would set guidelines for the sale of e-cigarettes that would put Kentucky in line with efforts across the country.

  • WINTER 2014: Latest winter blast knocks out mail for some

    Another surge of severe winter weather was heralded by a near blizzard early Saturday morning, which caused numerous problems, such as closed roads and fires, and also interfered with one of the most time-honored activities in U.S. history – mail delivery.

    Schools did reopen on Monday despite subzero temperatures and chill factors Monday and Tuesday, and Atmos Energy announced it was adding a rate increase to the misery caused by the persistent winter.

  • School board reviews draft budget

    Shelby County Public schools offered on Thursday night what Superintendent James Neihof called a “very conservative” early budget for the 2014-15 school year.

    The draft budget is a state-mandated review of projected receipts and expenses, and the school system’s director of finance, Greg Murphy, reminded board members that even though the state requires school boards to review it in January, a lot could change later.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Jan. 29, 2014

    Comer praises farm bill

    for its pro-hemp language

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Tuesday issued a statement that applauded news that the proposed federal farm bill contains language that would take a giant step toward restoring industrial hemp production to Kentucky and the nation.