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  • 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.

  • 3 Shelby teams make Odyssey world finals

    Shelby County schools had 15 teams qualify for the state Odyssey of the Mind competition last weekend at Northern Kentucky University, and three of them took home championships to advance to the world finals in May at Michigan State University.

    “It was great. We had one team at each level advance, and we had another five teams finish in third place, just missing qualifying for the world finals,” said Teresa Walther, the Talented and Gifted teacher for East and West middle schools.

  • What General Assembly accomplished

    Although most of the major topics – pension reform, redistricting, tax reform, industrialized hemp – were not among the bills passed on to Gov. Steve Beshear by the House and Senate, Kentucky’s legislators did move 107 bills looking to be signed into law, and more could be added in the session’s final two days, March 25-26.

    State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said he is optimistic that his two bills – on legalizing industrial hemp and on telecommunications restructuring – could be heard and voted on in the House.

  • News Digest: March 15, 2013

    Shelby unemployment rises

    but is 4th best in the state


    Shelby County’s unemployment rate rose in January but was still the fourth-best rate in the Kentucky.

    Unemployment figures for January, released Thursday by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, show Shelby with a 6.7 percent jobless rate, which trails only perennially No. 1 Woodford County (5.9), Fayette (6.5) and Oldham (6.6).

  • Bruner to have hearing Monday

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, is scheduled for a status hearing on Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Bruner was scheduled to have stood a jury trial this past Monday, 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.

    “I think everything we were waiting on is now available,” she said.

  • EARLIER: City, county forming garbage committees

    City and county officials are in the process of putting together committees to explore what actions to take – and how they might work together – concerning solid waste in Shelby County.

    Magistrate Hubie Pollett, who is one of four magistrates that comprise the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, said committee members should be in place by next week.

  • Shelbyville woman who escaped I-65 accident in rehab

    Natalie Mudd, a Shelbyville insurance adjuster who was seriously injured in a horrific six-car pile up in Hardin County March 4 that injured two others, is out of the hospital, and facing several months of rehabilitation, which will be especially grueling in the coming weeks, her husband said.

    “She’s been moved to the Masonic Home for rehab and will probably be there for about three weeks for some hard core rehab,” said Marcy Mudd.