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  • Shelby County eliminates constables’ salaries

    Shelby County Magistrates voted Tuesday to do something they had discussed for years: to eliminate as of 2015 the pay of the county’s seven constables.

    Acting during their meeting at Stratton Center on a motion made by District 2 Magistrate Michael Riggs, chair of the court’s Sheriff/Coroner Committee, magistrates voted, 6-2, to approve the measure.

    The court was considering salaries to be set for a 4-year period starting in 2015, and the decision about constables was something that had been discussed for several years.

  • Freed Wills has lower restitution schedule

    Jody Wills, jailed for failing to make timely restitution payments for the $720,000 she stole from her employer, now is not only out of prison but has been given a much-reduced payback schedule.

    Wills had been sitting in prison for more than a year, serving out her 10-year sentence for embezzlement after having her probation revoked for not paying $600 per week to attorney Mark Dean, from whose escrow count she admitted stealing that amount.

  • Bruner’s new trial date: Sept. 30

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, will face those charges Sept. 30 in a trial in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Bruner was to have stood trial for assault March 11, but that was postponed because some needed paperwork was not in place, said Shelby County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll, who is handling the case.

  • Mistrial in double murder case in which Waddy man died

    BARDSTOWN – Improper discussion by jurors was the reason given in Nelson Circuit Court on Wednesday, when a mistrial was declared in a double murder case involving the death of a Shelby County man.

    Circuit Court Judge Jack Seay ruled that jurors had violated the prohibition against discussing a case before all of the evidence was presented against John T. Hilbert, who was on trial for killing Danny Elmore of Waddy and Joe Stump Jr. of Nelson County in 1999.

  • News Digest: March 20, 2013

    Massie cosponsors bill

    to address drone issue


    U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg), whose district includes Shelby County, Wednesday announced that he had cosponsored a bill with Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) and Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) to prevent the executive branch from authorizing military strikes upon American citizens on American soil.  

  • Hesse takes over for McDowell on Simpsonville Commission

    Michael Hesse will be sworn in this morning as a city commissioner in Simpsonville, replacing longtime commissioner Scott McDowell, who resigned because of a job change that forced him to move out of state.

    Hesse, former chair of the city’s sewer board and a candidate for the commission in November, was approved by a unanimous vote of Mayor Steve Eden and Commissioners Sharon Cummins and Cary Vowels during a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon. He will assume his role at the commission’s official meeting at 8:30 a.m. today.

  • Want to learn how to fight fires?

    Shelbyville Fire Department’s Firefighter for a Day program is scheduled for March 23, and Assistant Chief Chris Spaulding said the event promises to be very exciting.

    “We have ten [people] signed up right now, and most of them are women,” he said. “I have six women and four guys; that’s more women than last year.”

    Last year was the pilot year for the program, which had 10 participants as well, including three women.

  • Backpack program needs food

    The Shelby County Backpack Project is once again in need of food, and the latest drive to help is being held by Kentucky Farm Bureau during an event on Saturday.

    Agent Mary Jo Newton said the KFB trailer would be parked at Shelby County High School Saturday during the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Showcase to take donations for the organization.

    The project, began in 2006 by Cristy Meredith, furnishes food for underprivileged elementary school children to eat on the weekends, when they are not able to have access to meals at school.

  • Shelby’s lawmakers hopeful for final days

    As the Kentucky General Assembly goes into its late-session recess, most of the issues that legislators came into the session looking to resolve remain unresolved.

    Of the biggest topics coming into the session, only the revamping of how special taxing districts are handled was converted into a bill about which both House and Senate members could agree, but issues such as state pension reform, redistricting, the legalization of industrial hemp and tax reform remain with just a 2-day action period remaining.

  • EARLIER: Paragon president: We will ‘wait and see’

    With Horizon Group Properties on the verge of presenting its final development plan to the Triple S Planning Commission, Paragon Outlet Partners, which has been planning a competing outlet mall in the same area, has backed off its plans – at least for now.

    Paragon had received a zone change for an 80-acre parcel just on the east side of Buck Creek Road, just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, but Robert Brvenik, the principal with Paragon, said his company has slowed down.