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  • 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.”

  • One burned property in downtown Shelbyville appears to be emerging from ashes

    The spring of 2013 was a tough one for Shelbyville’s downtown.

    What was a hub of evening commerce on Main Street with Fiesta Mexicana, a burgeoning computer store, a counseling center and a recently renovated storefront were reduced to ruble in a just a few hours as fire ripped through three buildings and damaged two more.

    Shelbyville and Shelby County fire departments were on the scene before daybreak and battled through freezing temperatures to contain the fire, but a hole still remains in one of the city’s most historic blocks.

  • Northern Kentucky business leader may run against Massie in GOP primary

    COVINGTON – When the top business leader in the most populated part of your district says he might run against you, you’ve got a problem.

    That’s the situation in which Republican Congressman Thomas Massie, whose District 4 includes Shelby County now finds himself.

    Last week, longtime Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Steve Stevens said he’s exploring a run against Massie in the May primary.

  • News Digest: Dec. 27, 2013

    Unemployment up for November

    Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between November 2012 and November 2013, while 16 county rates decreased and eight stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • Painted Stone students pig out on reading tests

    Teachers and educators go to great lengths to encourage children to read, but the December reading challenge at Painted Stone Elementary came with a unique twist:

    If students read 100 books and passed 100 Accelerated Reader tests, one of their school leaders would kiss a pig. Literally.

    The challenge was the brainchild of Gigi Wheeler, PTO member and Accelerated Reader coordinator for the school.

  • Cabinet fined for ‘mockery’ of records

    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, currently pursuing a lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court to block the release of records related to the death of teenager Jackleen Lane, was hit Monday with a major fine for blocking similar records.

    Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd fined the Cabinet $756,000 fine for making "a mockery" of the state's Open Records Act and repeatedly withholding information in its files about abused and neglected children.

  • Easing out of the holiday

    Now that the holiday season is almost behind us people throughout Shelby County spent the day after Christmas in a variety of ways, most of which included catching up on errands and, of course, taking advantage of those after Christmas sales.

    Large retailers such as Walmart enjoyed large crowds shopping for bargains in every area, especially holiday decorations.

    “These fifty-cent bags are a great buy,” said Charlotte Grisby of Henry County, grabbing several gift bags to add to the growing stash in her shopping cart.

  • Fire that destroyed old house is ‘suspicious’

    Fire investigators have several questions about a blaze that destroyed an old, abandoned house on Mount Eden Road Thursday night.
    “It does appear to be suspicious; we found enough [evidence] to lead us to believe it was in fact, set,” said Shelbyville Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker.

    However, Tucker said his department would not continue the investigation.