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  • EARLIER: City-county trash deal: Details to come

    An hour-long joint workshop by city and county officials Wednesday night to discuss the aspect of the two governments working together on the issue of curbside pickup ended up with a both sides hopeful that could happen.

    Magistrate Tony Carriss, chair of the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, led the discussion at the Stratton Center, attended by members of the Shelbyville City Council, Mayor Tom Hardesty, the legislative commission and two members of the 109 Board, the entity that is responsible for solid waste disposal for the county.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville Police officer rouses 4 from blaze

    Flames leapt high into the frigid predawn air Wednesday as dozens of firefighters from several departments struggled to combat both the flames and Mother Nature at a devastating blaze that destroyed three downtown businesses.
    But before firefighters even got on the scene, a heroic Shelbyville Police officer, who had spotted the flames while responding to a burglary alarm at the site – possibly triggered by the fire – rescued four men living in an apartment above a burning restaurant.

  • County wants to repair Vigo

    A large portion of a state road near Bagdad could be repaired this year if things go as anticipated, county officials say.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates voted to use $208,000 allocated for county road maintenance to pave a portion of Vigo Road that road officials say is in bad need of repairs.

  • Simpsoinville to return property to Leggett & Platt

    The city of Simpsonville is going to give back a piece of property it really never used to the company that deeded the property to the city.

    City Attorney Hite Hays informed the city commission at its meeting Tuesday night that Leggett & Platt Inc. wanted the city to deed back to it a parcel it owns on the north side of the railroad crossing at Todds Point Road. The company is marketing its several acres there for sale, and the title to a section of the property belongs to the city.

  • Simpsonville to power company: Build northeast of I-64

    Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden delighted about dozen onlookers Tuesday night at the city commission meeting by reading to them a letter he had sent to the East Kentucky Power Company, suggesting that a planned substation be built on the northeast side of Interstate 64 and away from their residences.

  • News Digest: March 6, 2013

    Parent academy for schools

    The Shelby County Public Schools Parent Academy is offering a free workshop, “What can I do to prepare my child for kindergarten,” from 6 to 7 p.m. March 19 at Painted Stone Elementary’s library.

  • Fire rekindles during demolition of 2nd building in Shelbyville

    Fire rekindled this afternoon when workers were starting to demolish a second building damaged by fire in downtown Shelbyville.

  • Shelby County School Board: Collins students will run for Beta Club national office

    The Shelby County Board of Education’s meeting on Thursday was the site of a national announcement.

    Collins junior Ryan Ruff, who was elected state Beta Club President and will serve his term next year, announced his intentions to run for president of the national organization.

    “I’m here today to formerly announce my intentions for the candidacy of the national president,” Ruff told the board.

    Ruff, the son of Dan and Liz Ruff, was actually at the meeting to talk about his candidacy for the state president.

  • Hemp bill may return

    What a difference a few days can make.

    After Rep. Tom McKee (D-Cynthiana) appeared to block the Senate’s bill on industrial hemp in the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee on Thursday and leave it for dead, the bill resurfaced on Monday and could be voted on when the committee meets today.

    Neither state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) nor McKee returned messages left seeking comment on Tuesday.

    But Hornback is likely letting out a sigh of relief that the bill could still have life.

  • Shelby County School Board: Growth will have district add teachers

    The budget changes made by Shelby County Public Schools in February won’t have nearly as much sting on staff as it appeared.

    Before the number of students was adjusted for growth, the district predicted changes to the student-teacher ratio would decrease the number of teachers in the district by 3.

    But because of the projected increase to 6,846 students next year, 140 more than this year, the district’s staff will continue to grow with its enrollment.