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  • Bids, easements mean Simpsonville sidewalk project moving

    In the air there’s feeling of Christmas, and the Simpsonville City Commission was busy with sidewalks at its meeting on Wednesday.

    That would be the long-delayed and longer-awaited Village Center sidewalk project, to be built on the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road to Fairview Drive, which is about to clear some major hurdles toward actual construction.

    City Administrator David Eaton told commissioners that bids will close next Friday on the contract to move the water and sewer lines and clear the area for construction.

  • Tandem trailer crash backs up I-64 in Shelby County for hours

    One lane of westbound Interstate 64 near Simpsonville was closed for nearly 11 hours Thursday after tractor-trailer pulling loaded tandem trailers crashed through a guardrail and nearly upside.

    The driver, whose name had not been released, escaped uninjured when his rig left the roadway at Mild Marker 29, in the construction zone at the Bullskin Creek bridge east of Simpsonville, sometime around 4 a.m.

  • How schools are protecting our students

    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday in which left 26 dead, including 20 students, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof was quick to let parents know that SCPS has been and is continuing to do it all it can to keep students safe.

    “We sent an E-mail to parents last night [Sunday] and to staff,” he said. “We also put a statement on our Web site.”

  • Shelbyville City Council: Water rate increase gets 2nd reading

    The Shelbyville City Council will wrap up 2012 with a meeting on Thursday by hearing the second reading of two ordinances and beginning the process of updating the book of ordinances.

    The council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance that will increase water and sewer rates for customers of Shelbyville Municipal Water by 3.85 percent. The increase was approved on first reading at the meeting on Dec. 6. The proposed increase would change a typical residential bill from $19.80 to $20.57.

  • EARLIER: Waddy meeting spreads word of animal attacks

    WADDY – Residents seem convinced that the recent brutal maulings of several animals in southeast Shelby County were the blood-thirsty attacks of nothing more than a dog.

    Most of more than 100 residents and community who attended a meeting Monday night at the Waddy Ruritan Club, expressed certainty that a rogue dog, or dogs, is responsible for the mauled calves and goats, at least five of which have had to be euthanized, which were found between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6.

    And now there could be confirmation coming.

  • Trial date set for murder suspect

    Marcus Goldsmith, charged with murder and other offenses in the March 16 stabbing death of Keith Jackson, will get his day in court.

    After delaying several times, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman set Sept. 3 as the trial date for Goldsmith, with pretrial on Aug. 19.

    Goldsmith is charged with murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault–domestic violence and tampering with physical evidence following the stabbing death of Jackson at his apartment at 901 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    Goldsmith has pleaded not guilty.

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  • Louisville company hired to build Southside Elementary

    The Shelby County School Board Thursday voted night to award the construction project for Southside Elementary School to a Louisville company with which the board has worked on previous projects.

  • News briefs, Dec. 19, 2012

    Christmas Eve luncheon

    needs donations, volunteers

    Optimist Club officials still are looking for donations and volunteers to help prepare a Christmas Eve meal for needy adults.

    The group will serve its lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Multi-Purpose Community Action Center, 2017 Washington St. in Shelbyville, and all that wish to join are invited.

  • Simpsonville OKs second outlet mall site

    Simpsonville City Commissioiners on Wednesday gave unanimous final approval to the plans for a second outlet mall in the city.

    They supported on second reading an ordinance that approves zone changes and the plans for a mall submitted by Trio Property and Paragon Outlet Partners to build a mall on the southeast corner of Interstate 64 and Buck Creek Road.

    Commissioners passed the ordinance’s first reading on Dec. 4 after nearly an hour of public comment by property owners who live near the mall site and at least one resident of the city.