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  • EARLIER: Pleasureville gives 1st OK to Fairness Ordinance

    PLEASUREVILLE – The city of Pleasureville could become the first city in Henry County to pass a Fairness Ordinance.

    Introduced during Monday night’s city commission meeting, the ordinance would bar discrimination in real estate rental or sale, or in employment, based on race, color or national origin; sex and/or gender, including gender identity; religion; age; and/or sexual orientation, either real or perceived.

  • Ex-Shelbyville officer joins Simpsonville Police Department

    Terry Putnam said he itched to be back in uniform, and now he has a new one – as the newest officer of the Simpsonville Police Department.

    Putnam, a veteran law enforcement officer who formerly was part of the Shelbyville Police Department, was sworn in Tuesday morning by Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden. The hiring was announced at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission.

    Putnam replaces veteran officer and former chief Scott Chappell, who retired Sept. 30, on Chief Chip Minnis’ 5-person department.

  • News Digest: Oct. 9, 2013

    Bridge repairs could cause

    closings, delays on I-64

    Some overnight lane closures are possible because of construction work on Interstate 64 in Shelby and Franklin counties to perform concrete overlays on four bridges, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced.

    The work, which begins Monday, will include the westbound bridge over Bardstown Trail (at Mile Marker 45.5).

  • Shelby County School Board: Map, state tests provide 2 answers for 1 question

    After Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will have a much better understanding of the academic progress of the county’s students.

    The board will hear a staff report on the on the fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test and review of the district’s results in the 2012-13 Unbridled Learning state test and see how those results aligned with the 2012-13 Board Goals.

    The Unbridled Learning results were made public on Sept. 27, and Shelby County Public Schools showed positive growth, earning a Proficient score as a district.

  • Bookfest to benefit literacy

    Stratton Center could be mistaken for an eastern branch of the Shelby County Library through the rest of the week as the annual Bookfest gets under way tonight.

    The event raises money for the local chapter of the Friends of the Library and Newspapers in Education program of The Sentinel-News, which started helping with the annual sale last year.

  • Science standards measure thinking

    Teachers and administrators are hard at work studying how best to implement the new and somewhat controversial Next Generation Science Standards in Shelby County.

    However, Superintendent James Neihof has noted that the changes will not be as difficult in Shelby County as they may be elsewhere, where they have been debated somewhat heatedly.

    “Really, we were really already doing many of these things,” he said.

  • Family Court Judge: Marie Hellard

    Lawrenceburg attorney Marie Hellard has spent the better part of the past two decades representing clients in Family Court. Now she wants to preside over it.

    Hellard last week filed a letter of intent to run for Family Court judge in the 53rd Judicial Circuit, which includes Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties.

    Judge John David Myles is the incumbent and has held the position since Jan. 1, 2007.

  • Shelby Countians finding success in signing up for Kynect

    Phyllis and Calvin Peyton showed up Friday to learn more about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky in need of help and not having many answers. They left with insurance.

    The Peytons don’t have health insurance because he has Multiple Sclerosis and she lost her job in June.

    “He has a very expensive medication that he has to take,” Phyllis Peyton said, as her husband nodded. “So we came down here to check and see what options are available.”

  • EARLIER: Poole gets 7 years for embezzlement

    After an impassioned plea for leniency from her attorney, a Shelby Circuit Court Judge refused a request Friday for probation for a Bagdad woman in a high profile embezzlement case and sentenced her to 7 years in prison.

    Linda Poole had pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to stealing more than $110,000 from her employer, and at her sentencing hearing Friday, Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell told Circuit Judge Charles Hickman the total amount of the theft was $213,744.

  • Christmas gift program returns in Simpsonville

    For a dozen years, the community of Simpsonville has banded together to do everything possible to ensure that each child has a toy under the tree at Christmas.

    In 2013, Simpsonville’s 12th annual No Child Left Behind holiday program, created by former Simpsonville Christian Church pastor Jim Robinson, got under way last week when application forms were placed in various locations.