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  • EARLIER: Tenant: I’m living without plumbing

    A man renting a trailer in Waddy is being evicted from his home after complaining to the Sheriff’s Department and The Sentinel-News about not having running water for nearly a month.

    Fred Harrington, who lives at 2071 Waddy Road, received a note from his landlord, Allen Murphy, this morning, dated Feb. 5, stating “You have three days to move out of my house.”

    Harrington received the notice apparently shortly after Murphy had been contacted by a reporter seeking comment on Harrington’s situation.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City to address Clifton Court request

    The Shelbyville City Council will revisit at its meeting Thursday a request made just before Christmas that would add Clifton Court to the city road system,

    The council is expected to receive a recommendation on the request made by the development’s owner, Robert French. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Shelbyville City Hall.

    Although the city often absorbs neighborhood roads into its care, what makes this one different is the neighborhood’s four green-space common areas and the fact that the road is 15 years old.

  • Jail's inmate population sees great growth in 15 years

    Where can you find the largest hotel, the largest laundry mat and the largest restaurant in Shelby County, all housed in the same building?

    “Truthfully, a lot of people don’t look at the jail that way, but we are keeping more people than any hotel and we’re feeding more people than any restaurant, 900 meals a day, and most people don’t realize that,” Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said. “They think we put people in jail, and that’s the end of it.”

  • Weather officials predict warmer, drier days ahead

    Most Shelby Countians could do without a repeat of last weekend’s brief but furious snowstorm that dumped a few inches of snow around the county.

    Officials at the National Weather Service in Louisville say that former dismal scenario shouldn’t be in the picture this week and maybe not for the rest of February.

    “We’re looking at relatively benign conditions tonight and tomorrow,” NWS Meteorologist Linda Gilbert said Tuesday.

  • Shelbyville PD gets 2 new officers

    The Shelbyville Police Department became two officers stronger on Friday, when its newest officers  were sworn in by Shelby Circuit Judge Donna Dutton.

    Brandon Pennington, 28, and Joshua Housely, 29, took the oath of office only a couple of  hours after graduating from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Police Academy in Richmond.

    The officers left after the ceremony for the Shelbyville PD, and Dutton swore them in shortly before 3 p.m.

  • Super Bowl veteran talks about coaches in the family

    Last summer when the 2012 National Football League schedules were released, one resident of Shelbyville was positive that we would see brothers coaching against each other in a Super Bowl.

    And Buddy Ryan was right. He just had the brothers wrong.

    “When the schedule came out, I really though the Ryan brothers were going to be playing each other,” he said on Thursday morning from a farm off Scott Station Road.

  • EARLIER: Hemp issue continues to fire up

    The economy-driven concept that Kentucky farmers should be allowed to grow and sell and industrial form of hemp continues to gain momentum, even as law enforcement officers question its impact on illegal drugs.

    Bills to that effect have been filed in the state House and the Senate in past years, but they never have been successful.

    But this year such legislation might have a fighting chance, said Sen. Paul Hornback, (R-Shelbyville), a supporter of Senate Bill 50 that proposes to license industrial hemp growers in Kentucky.

  • EARLIER: Shelby residents get chance to talk about garbage plan

    Solid waste officials are ready to take their plan for a new facility to the public.

    Kerry Magan, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty’s appointee for the 109 Board, said in the upcoming series of five public meetings scheduled for Tuesday through Feb. 12, government officials won’t be running the show.

     “Instead of the magistrates and the mayor, it will be citizens who show up to offer opinions and criticism who will be heard,” Magan said.

    That first meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Simpsonville City Hall.

  • Will almanac or groundhog get it right?

    Will it be a long cold winter?

    Are we in for another month (or more!) of ice, snow, slush and just general nasty weather?

    Almanacs have been traditional sources of information for people who want to get a long-term picture of the winter season, especially for farmers, who have to schedule their activities and their lives around the weather.

    But how accurate are those sources, really?

    Horticulture Agent Walt Reichert of the Shelby County Extension Office said you have to take those long-term weather predictions with a grain of salt.

  • News briefs: Feb. 1, 2013

    State test scores show overall gains from 2011

    Kentucky students scored higher on EXPLORE and PLAN tests in 2012, registering gains in every subject tested, according to data released Wednesday by the Kentucky Department of Education. The data also show more students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.

    School district-specific results won’t be released until next month, but this first broad release shows a better performance statewide.