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  • Sneaker lines sign of final holiday push

    As the last day of shopping winds down today only the biggest of procrastinators will be out marking off their holiday lists, but as a whole the season was bigger than retailers and shippers first thought it might be.

    The National Retail Federation had predicted a slow down starting with Black Friday, but experts are a bit more bullish now with holiday sales expected to top 2012’s totals by 3.9 percent, for a total of a little more than $602 billion.

  • Shelbyville City Council: County’s distillery ideas spark review of concepts

    As Shelby County Fiscal Court has started the process to broaden the availability of land for potential distilleries to locate in the county, the Shelbyville City Council had a brief discussion about following suit during Thursday’s regular meeting.

    “Is this something that we need to be thinking about?” council member Mike Zoeller asked.

  • Candlelight services abound Christmas Eve

    Flickering candlelight from a multitude candles will fill sanctuaries throughout the county as churches celebrate Christmas Eve tonight.

    The tradition of holding such candlelight services goes back so far that some pastors say they don’t recall how long it’s been done.

    “It predates me, and I’ve been here for five years,” said Dave Charlton, pastor of First Christian Church on Eminence Pike. And he added that the services are always crowded.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: New alcohol ordinance gets final OK

    Shelby County’s revised alcohol ordinance received its official stamp of approval Monday with the passage of the document’s second reading.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court, during a special called meeting on Monday morning, voted unanimously with no further changes from the ordinance it first head read early last week.

    The county’s existing ordinance was amended to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Election Day when the polls are open.

  • Monroe wants interview suppressed

    Lonnie Monroe, 45, of Shelbyville, charged with manslaughter in a deadly crash, is asking a judge to toss out as evidence a conversation a conversation he had with investigators.

    His attorney, Nathan Riggs, filed that motion Friday in Shelby Circuit Court, telling Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman that a conversation that Monroe had with Kentucky State Police investigators before he was charged with vehicular manslaughter should be inadmissible because Monroe was not read his Miranda Rights at that time.

  • Power outage affects more than 2,000

    A transmission line that feeds into a substation at Clay Village went down about 3 p.m. Monday, knocking out power to more than 2,000 customers around Shelby County, some lingering into the evening, officials said.

    About 1,900 Shelby Energy customers saw their power restored by about 4:30 p.m., but some 600 customers of Kentucky Utilities also were affected.

  • News Digest: Dec. 24, 2013

    Health plan enrollment jumped 18% statewide

    Enrollment in private health plans through the state’s benefit exchange jumped nearly 18 percent last week as Kentuckians tried to sign up for coverage by Monday, the deadline for plans to take effect Jan. 1, state health officials said.

  • Missing Fisherville teen found safe

    TAYLORSVILLE – A 15-year-old Fisherville teen who had been missing for more than two weeks has been found and is safe, his father confirmed Sunday evening.

    Trey Rickner, 15, returned this weekend to the Louisville location from which he had disappeared on Dec. 7.

    Trey's parents, Steve and Gina Rickner, contacted The Spencer Magnet last Wednesday to ask for help in spreading information about their missing son.

  • Police say Shelbyville pair tried to extort Taylorsville policeman

    TAYLORSVILLE – Two Shelbyville residents are facing multiple charges including allegedly extorting money from a man with Taylorsville ties.

    Baker Drive residents Joshua T. Phillips, 30, and Dee A. Bowman, 27 – who also is identified in court documents as Dee A. Phillips – were arrested Dec. 10 in Shelbyville by Kentucky State Police and charged with theft by extortion, first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense, buy/possess drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.

  • Holiday burglaries up from last year

    This past month law enforcement officials say there have been a rash of burglaries around the county, which they say is typical for this time of year.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice said that the 15 or so residential burglaries that have taken place since late November, a total he said is a bit higher than the same time last year.

    The locations of the burglaries is not confined to any specific area, he said.