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  • Hornback’s 2 hot issues get 1st pass in legislative committees

    State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) found himself at the center of two of the most hotly debated topics in Frankfort on Monday.

    Hornback is the sponsor of an industrial hemp bill and a telecommunications bill that both earned committee approval and appear to be heading to the Senate floor for a vote. Although both passed the committee votes by large margins, they appear to face opposition in the House.

  • Shelby County School Board: Budget recommendations get 1st look

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will get its first chance to make changes and begin the process of trying to balance the 2013-14 budget by hearing recommendations from budget committee. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Wright Elementary School, 500 Rocket Lane.

    At its meeting on Jan. 24, the board was presented an unbalanced draft budget, a big departure from normal practice, with the promise of budget recommendations this month.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Clifton Court accepted into city system

    With a few conditions, the Shelbyville City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to add Clifton Court into the city’s road system.

    The committee accepted the recommendation from the Public Works Committee that had suggested the city ask the development’s owner to:

  • Landlord says dog the reason pipes not fixed

    Rental property owner Allen Murphy, who came under fire last week for allegedly refusing to fix frozen pipes in a trailer he owns in Waddy, said his refusal to fix the pipes wasn’t vindictive.

    “Did he [renter Fred Harrington] tell you he owns a vicious dog? I bet he didn’t tell you that,” Murphy said when came to offices of The Sentinel-News. “I told him I wouldn’t fix the pipes until he got rid of that dog.”

  • Shelby vet Kimbrough honored by cattlemen’s group

    It may have only just started, but already 2013 has been a huge year for retired Shelbyville veterinarian Dr. Jack Kimbrough.

    Following a lifetime of service to the farming community, he has been inducted into both the Shelby County Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame.

    The KCA induction took place in Lexington during January, at the association’s annual convention, where Kimbrough was one of five people honored.

  • EARLIER: Waste talk turns to home pickup

    In the midst of a series of community meetings to garner public input about a new convenience center proposal for solid waste, officials have been doing legwork on the concept of providing home garbage service for residents.

    Rusty Newton, Shelby County’s deputy-judge executive and chair of the 109 Board, the entity in charge of solid waste disposal in the county, said he met Friday with Magistrate Tony Carriss to prepare for a meeting Feb. 25 with the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee.

  • News briefs: Feb. 13, 2013

    Kentucky’s income rose 3.8% in January

    Kentucky's General Fund tax revenues grew by 3.8 percent in January compared to figures from January 2012. That's an increase of $30.4 million, according to the state Budget Director Jane Driskell.

    Total revenues for the month were nearly $839 million compared to $908 million during January 2012. Receipts, according to a state news release, have grown 3.8 percent for the first seven months of the fiscal year.

  • Michigan group looking to impeach Obama visits Shelbyville

    People tending to postal business Friday morning got a shock – or a laugh, depending on how they looked at it – when they pulled up in the parking lot of the Shelbyville Post Office and were greeted by a huge signs calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.

    About a half dozen people saying they were members of a Michigan group calling themselves the LaRouche Political Action Committee, had set the signs up on the sidewalk between the post office and the Judicial Center, and were waving to people coming and going from the post office.

  • Bruner's trial scheduled for March 11

    The next time that Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, appears in court it will be for his jury trial, scheduled for March 11.
    Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence against him in connection with the beating of Denisse Escareno on Nov. 5, 2011.
    Bruner was arrested 10 days after Escareno, 24, was found beaten, stabbed and barely alive by passersby on the side of Mount Eden Road about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.

  • Hornback will look for vote on hemp

    Kentucky’s legislators are priming themselves to take advantage of a big federal push to legalize industrial hemp.

    On Monday, state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) will welcome Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Reps. John Yarmouth (D-KY) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey to testify to the Ag Committee in support of his Senate Bill 50, which proposes administrative framework to allow growing industrial hemp in the state.