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  • EARLIER: Ethington faces new charge

    Four months after pleading guilty to failing to give titles to people who bought cars from him, dealer Donnie Ethington has been cited again for the same offense, police said.

    On Thursday Kentucky State Police cited Ethington for failing to give a motor vehicle title to a customer.

  • Police to businesses: Watch for counterfeits

    Is there a counterfeit money ring in Shelbyville?

    Police say no but add that bills are circulating in the area, which is not an uncommon problem in most communities the size of Shelby County.

    Shelbyville Police Det. Jessie Paulley said that he has seen counterfeit money in Shelby during the past year.

    “We have had three counterfeit bills in the last six to eight months,” he said.

    That’s not counting six counterfeit $100 bills found recently in the coat of a man arrested for robbery and assault, Paulley said.

  • Hours to be reduced at Bagdad Post Office

    A crowd of about 50 people came away from a meeting Thursday with postal officials in Bagdad as satisfied as they could be under the circumstances.

    Their post office will not be closed, but it will be operating in a shorter business day.

    Effective in May, the post office will go from an 8-hour business day to 6 hours, a measure that already has been put into place at Pleasureville and Finchville, where hours were cut from 8 to 4. All post offices will continue to be open six days a week.

  • Shelby 911 dispatcher talks man into dropping weapon, surrendering

    A tense police standoff in Finchville early Saturday morning ended peacefully, thanks to the heroic efforts of a Shelby County 911 dispatcher.

    Supervisor Tony Kent, who was on duty that night with dispatcher Bobbi Richardson, said the last thing he expected was to be on the phone, talking an unstable person surrounded by armed police officers into laying down his shotgun and giving himself up.

    “I expected any minute to hear shots over the phone,” Kent said.

  • Some homeowners to see slight decrease in insurance premiums

    Nearly a quarter of Shelby County homeowners can expect a slight decrease in their insurance premiums as a result of a new insurance rating for the county’s largest fire district.

    On March 1, the Shelby County Suburban Fire District went from a Class 9 rating to an 8B rating. The Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating scale extends from Class 1 through class 10, with Class 1 being the highest rating a fire department can receive.

  • Squire Boone statue moving forward

    The movement to raise funds for a Squire Boone Statue to be placed at the East End entrance to Shelbyville is gaining steam again.

    The group, led by Joe Ruble, has already commissioned Louisville-sculptor Raymond Graf to create the statue of Shelby County’s most noted first resident, and now Ruble and his group have something to show.

    “We just got these small statues in, and they’re real bronze,” he said. “This is what we’ll give individuals or businesses that donate seventy-five hundred or more.”

  • Kentucky Legislature: Pension reform, hemp salvaged

    Kentucky lawmakers rushed a bevy of bills through just under the wire on Tuesday, including a plan to resolve the $33 billion in unfunded liability for the state pension system.

    “I think this is a very good compromise, and in the end we got a better bill,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), who sits on the House State Government committee, which oversees the retirement system. “

    The plan combines key components from House Bill 440, a funding bill, and Senate Bill 2, which created changes in the pension plan.

  • Simpsonville fire claims goats and barn

    Still-smoking, charred remnants of a barn are the horrible aftermath of a blaze in which dozens of prize dairy goats died Wednesday morning, their terrified bleating echoing through the darkness when the structure went up in flames.

    “It was so pitiful. You should have seen them. It was a nightmare, just a nightmare,” said Joann Shelburne in a trembling voice as she looked out at the ruins where half of her prize-winning Alpine dairy goats perished in the predawn hours.

    She said 25 goats died, and five more had to be put down.

  • Spring cleaning time in Shelby

    With Earth Day still three weeks away, several organizations are pushing ahead with spring cleanings in Shelby County.

    For instance, if you didn’t get to participate in the statewide Commonwealth Cleanup program last week, there’s still time. Kathy Ranard, Shelby County’s Clean Community director, has extended Shelby’s program until May 1.

  • Prison guard’s trial postponed

    The trial of James Johnson, a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley charged with sexual abuse of inmates last summer, was postponded Wednesday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Johnson  has been rescheduled for a status hearing on April 15.

    Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll had said last fall that she expected Johnson to make a plea agreement with her office, but that arrangement never materialized.