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  • Legislators review pension, hemp bills at chamber breakfast

    Pension reform and the legalization of hemp, two issued addressed in the recent state Legislative session, were the key topics discussed Thursday by state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) and state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) at a meeting in Shelbyville.

    Montell told a crowd of about 50 people in Stratton Center for a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce that he was pleased with the pension reform bill, Senate Bill 2, that passed near the end of the session in mid-March.

  • Suit against Robert Myles dismissed in Anderson

    A lawsuit filed against Shelby County resident and part-time City of Lawrenceburg attorney Robert W. Myles was dismissed Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court but is expected to be refiled in Shelby Circuit Court.

    The lawsuit claimed that a security agreement created in 2004 by Myles for a Shelby County couple was inadequate for the couple to recoup more than $100,000 from the sale of livestock and other items on a 3-year balloon payment.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County officials decide against mandatory trash pickup

    Shelby County officials, under fire from three residents at a meeting Wednesday night, appear to have softened their position on whether to implement mandatory curbside garbage/recycling pickup for county residents.

    Members of the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, who have been spearheading aggressive plans for such a system, said after the gathering at Stratton Center that they have dropped the idea of a mandatory service, citing concerns with billing issues and a burden on senior citizens.

  • News Digest: April 19, 2013

    Kentucky’s unemployment

    bumps to 8 percent in March

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8 percent in March from 7.9 percent in February 2013, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The preliminary March 2013 jobless rate was .2 percentage points below the 8.2 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2012.

  • Vowels named Simpsonville mayor pro tem

    The resignation last month of longtime Commissioner Scott McDowell left a gap in the city’s hierarchy that Mayor Steve Eden moved Wednesday to plug.

    McDowell, whose job forced him to relocate to Florida and Eden to appoint Michael Hesse to fill his seat, had been the city’s mayor pro tem, and Eden nominated Commissioner Cary Vowels to be his substitute. Commissioners approved unanimously, although Vicky Wise was absent.

  • Shelbyville's big grants require position upgrade

    A series of grants totaling nearly $1 million has moved the city of Shelbyville to add a full-time administrative position to its fire department.

    Council members approved on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would expand a part-time position to full-time to accommodate a series of grants that total $894,686. The grants will pay for the position for four years.

  • Man arrested in beating of Shelby woman


    Shelbyville Police have arrested Geremiah Woods, a suspect they had sought since March 12 in connection with the  severe beating and robbing of a woman in the parking lot of Berea Summit apartments.

    Woods, 20, is charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault of Amy E. Douglas of Shelbyville.

    Woods was arrested Sunday on Mack Walters Road without incident, Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said.

  • Shelby County School Board: Cropper student finishes 2 grades in 1 year

    A student at the Education Center at Cropper has accomplished something unique to earn his high school diploma.

    Marco Osorio Sapon used a new online learning tool called COMPASS to complete his final two years of high school in one.

    That was the highlight Thursday, when the Shelby County Board of Education met at Cropper and heard a report from Principal Steve Coleman about progress at the school, which accommodates students who are having difficulties in the classroom.

    “We have some really good things going on out here,” Coleman said.

  • Garbage meetings continue this week

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court Legislative Committee will reconvene tonight and then again Thursday with Shelbyville city officials to continue the talks on city/county curbside garbage pickup.

    Last week officials met to discuss the topic – and it appears that they have reached a consensus on moving forward as a single entity – but not yet how they’ll move forward.

    County Magistrate and head of the legislative committee Tony Carriss said the county still has several issues be worked out.

  • Updated: Parent questions principal’s actions, files formal complaint

    The parent of a Shelby County student has now filed a formal complaint with the school district after going public with her outrage about treatment she said her son received at Heritage Elementary.

    In a copy of the complaint forwarded to The Sentinel-News, Whitis reiterated her claims that Black berated her son in the hallway after pulling him from music class and “proceeded to scream at him [that] her school needed his test scores.”