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  • EARLIER: Outlet mall: Simpsonville misses grant for sewers

    The City of Simpsonville has missed out on a $970,000 Community Development Block Grant that was intended to help Horizon Group Properties with needed sewer and water work for its 364,000-square-foot outlet mall.

    City officials applied in November for the grant – which is funded by the federal government but administered by state to aid small cities with development needs – and received its rejection on Friday.

  • Shelby County School Board: Goals workshop to shape 2013-14

    After reviewing the 2012-13 board goals and progress toward reaching them during its meeting March 14, the Shelby County Board of Education will look past the present and toward the future at Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices in Shelbyville.

    This week the board will hold a workshop at 1155 Main Street to discuss the options and plans for the 2013-14 board goals.

  • News Digest: March 27, 2013

    Hornback steps away

    from talks on hemp bill

    Supporters of legislation to license Kentucky farmers to grow hemp said the latest proposal by House Democratic leaders contains troubling provisions that could be deal-breakers. A fourth version of the amendment proposed by House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook) and Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly (D-Paris) would move much of the oversight for hemp to the Kentucky State Police, who have opposed hemp production.

  • Bagdad residents to discuss post office

    Thursday most likely will see a large crowd crossing the street from the Bagdad Post Office to Bagdad Baptist Church, if officials are correct about the community’s interest in the future of the post office there.
    “We do expect a good turnout,” said Michelle Games, officer in charge of the Bagdad Post Office.

    The community meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m., will permit postal service officials to gain public input on whether or not people want to see the post office shut down or begin operating on reduced hours.

  • Walk of compassion, ministry of faith

    This Easter, one Shelby County church will practice an old tradition and another something new.

    The Church of the Annunciation on Friday will continue with its decade-long tradition of its Walk of Compassion, a 6-block (roundtrip) journey of a group of about 100 people, one of them carrying a larger-than-life-sized wooden cross down Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The group will stop to meditate and pray 14 times along the way, for the Stations of the Cross. The walk never is canceled because of inclement weather.

  • Learning to fight fires

    Shelby's second annual Firefighter for a Day event was held Saturday at the Emergency Managment Agency headquarters on 7th Street with 16 people participating.

  • I-64 to be closed 2 nights for Joyes Station Bridge demolition

    The widening of Interstate 64 in Shelby County will take a dramatic step today and Thursday, when the demolition of the Joyes Station Road overpass will require one section of the interstate to be closed to traffic each night.

    Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said lanes between the Simpsonville exit (Exit 28) and KY 55 (Exit 32) will be closed in one direction each night, and traffic will be rerouted between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

  • Fugitive sex offender sought

    A sex-offender compliance sweep last week that involved 168 offenders from five counties culminated in several arrests and warrants, including a woman from Henry County who is a fugitive and thought to be hiding out in Shelby County.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Ben Wolcott, who covers sex abuse cases in Shelby County, said that police across the state are on the lookout for Jamie Nash.

    “She could be arrested by any officer across the commonwealth,” he said.

  • Man arrested in Simpsonville shooting

    A Shelbyville man wanted in connection with a shooting last summer has been arrested after eluding several police agencies and even federal marshals.
    James Anthony Watkins, 41, was arrested Friday after he was identified in August as a suspect in the shooting of an Hispanic man, who was shot twice in the stomach at an apartment complex in Simpsonville.

    Watkins is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • I-64 to be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists that Interstate 64 in Shelby County will be closed for demolition of the Joyes Station Road bridges.  This work is part of the I-64 widening project from the welcome center to ∏ mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8).