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  • Shelby County schools name King, Peake to key posts

    Shelby County Public Schools named two near leaders for the coming school year.

    Brenda King, since 2009 the county’s director of special education, will be the principal of the new Northside Early Childhood Center that  is scheduled to open in January 2014.

    And Ayanna Peake, a native of Louisville with an extensive background in psychology, will served as the Reading and Math Proficiency Coordinator (affectionately known as RAMP).

  • News Digest, June 5, 2013

    State will bump gas tax again on July 1

    Kentucky state law will kick in on July 1 and automatically raise the state's gas tax 2.4 cents a gallon. The law has raised the state's gas tax in nine of the last 10 years.

    The state will collect an additional $72 million in tax revenue as Kentucky's tax on a gallon of gasoline goes to 32.3 cents, almost twice the gas tax we were paying a decade ago.

    The law partly ties the gas tax rate to the average wholesale price of gasoline.

  • Shelby's Brown: Open berth is a 'dream come true'

    Brandon Brown is U.S. Open-bound.

    Brown, a professional golfer from Shelbyville, earned a place in next week’s Open – one of the sport’s four major championships – by finishing second Monday in a United States Golf Association Sectional Qualifying event in Springfield, Ohio.

    Brown shot 5-under-par for 36 holes at Springfield Country Club to garner a spot in the 156-player field that will converge on Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., on June 13-16.

  • Brandon Brown qualifies for U.S. Open

    Shelbyville professional golfer Brandon Brown has qualified to play in next week’s U.S. Open.

    Brown finished second at a Sectional Qualifying event – one of 11 nationally – in Springfield, Ohio, on Monday to earn a spot in the 156-player field that will converge on Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., July 13-16 in one of golf's four "majors."

  • Four sent to hospital after accident on Midland Trail

    Four people were hospitalized and traffic was backed up for hours Monday afternoon following a multivehicle collision at the intersection of Midland Trail and Old Finchville Road.

    Three persons were transported to University of Louisville Medical Center and the fourth to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

    The accident involving the driver of a red Ford Explorer and a family of three in a navy Scion occurred around 4 p.m.

  • Horizon to break ground Tuesday

    The Outlet Shoppes of Louisville officially will break ground in Simpsonville with a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Although work has been moving at a steady rate at the site on the corner of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads, just south of Interstate 64, this will be the final official step before the mall opens in late summer of 2014.

    Officials from Horizon Group Properties will join Simpsonville city officials and others for the ceremonial dirt turning, which has been a long time coming for the planned 365,000-square-foot retail center.

  • Collins beats Tates Creek in opening round of State Tournament

    Collins High School used a 6-run second inning to build all the cushion it would need to defeat Tates Creek, 6-4, in the first round of the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament  at Whitaker Park in Lexington.

    Collins (33-6), playing in its first State Tournament, will play Henderson County on Wednesday night in teh quarterfinals.

    Tates Creek (32-7) had won 19 games in a row, but a rally that included big hits by Logan Bailey, Nate Clifton and Buddy Johnson put the Commodores in too deep of a hole.

  • EARLIER: ‘A community treasure’ of Shelby County is retiring

    On Monday, things finally will slow down for Duanne Puckett.

    For the past 44 years she has gotten up and gone to work, first at The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News, where she finished as editor and in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, and then for Shelby County Public Schools, where she spent more than a decade as the district’s public relations coordinator, but next week she can sleep in.

  • Crusade collections in full swing this weekend

    Although collection efforts for the WHAS Crusade for Children began last weekend the Shelby County Fire Department, firefighters around the county say that activity will be in full swing by today.

    “We had a roadblock last Saturday [on Taylorsville Road], and we started our door-to-door collections last night, and I think some of the other fire departments did, too,” Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said.

    He said he had positive feedback from his volunteers about the generosity of the public this year.

  • Ethington pays $25 fine for lost title

    Donnie Ethington, a longtime Shelbyville auto dealer who has continued to be the focus of legal assault for the way he has operated his business, agreed to pay a $25 fine for his latest and perhaps final offense.

    Ethington paid the fine in Shelby District Court on Thursday for an offense he incurred in March of not having provided a title to a customer in a timely manner.