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  • Vowels named Simpsonville mayor pro tem

    The resignation last month of longtime Commissioner Scott McDowell left a gap in the city’s hierarchy that Mayor Steve Eden moved Wednesday to plug.

    McDowell, whose job forced him to relocate to Florida and Eden to appoint Michael Hesse to fill his seat, had been the city’s mayor pro tem, and Eden nominated Commissioner Cary Vowels to be his substitute. Commissioners approved unanimously, although Vicky Wise was absent.

  • Shelbyville's big grants require position upgrade

    A series of grants totaling nearly $1 million has moved the city of Shelbyville to add a full-time administrative position to its fire department.

    Council members approved on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would expand a part-time position to full-time to accommodate a series of grants that total $894,686. The grants will pay for the position for four years.

  • Man arrested in beating of Shelby woman


    Shelbyville Police have arrested Geremiah Woods, a suspect they had sought since March 12 in connection with the  severe beating and robbing of a woman in the parking lot of Berea Summit apartments.

    Woods, 20, is charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault of Amy E. Douglas of Shelbyville.

    Woods was arrested Sunday on Mack Walters Road without incident, Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said.

  • Shelby County School Board: Cropper student finishes 2 grades in 1 year

    A student at the Education Center at Cropper has accomplished something unique to earn his high school diploma.

    Marco Osorio Sapon used a new online learning tool called COMPASS to complete his final two years of high school in one.

    That was the highlight Thursday, when the Shelby County Board of Education met at Cropper and heard a report from Principal Steve Coleman about progress at the school, which accommodates students who are having difficulties in the classroom.

    “We have some really good things going on out here,” Coleman said.

  • Garbage meetings continue this week

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court Legislative Committee will reconvene tonight and then again Thursday with Shelbyville city officials to continue the talks on city/county curbside garbage pickup.

    Last week officials met to discuss the topic – and it appears that they have reached a consensus on moving forward as a single entity – but not yet how they’ll move forward.

    County Magistrate and head of the legislative committee Tony Carriss said the county still has several issues be worked out.

  • Updated: Parent questions principal’s actions, files formal complaint

    The parent of a Shelby County student has now filed a formal complaint with the school district after going public with her outrage about treatment she said her son received at Heritage Elementary.

    In a copy of the complaint forwarded to The Sentinel-News, Whitis reiterated her claims that Black berated her son in the hallway after pulling him from music class and “proceeded to scream at him [that] her school needed his test scores.”

  • Buck Creek Road widening is under way

    Simpsonville residents will be seeing more road construction around the city’s Interstate 64 interchange.

    State contractors began Monday the widening of KY 1848, Buck Creek Road, extending from about a third of a mile south of I-64 to the entrance of the Shelby County Flea Market.

    “They’re going to start putting signs up this week to let people know about the project, but the actual work won’t begin until the twenty-second,” said Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Department of Highways District 5 office.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Road projects get OK

    One county road is scheduled to be repaved and three others will receive box culverts this summer, projects that have been needed for a while, officials say.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates on Tuesday accepted a bid of $60.80 per ton from Louisville Paving for the resurfacing project for Mill Circle Road, located in a subdivision off Harrington Mill Road.

    County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said he expects the $42,000 project, slated for mid-June, to take only one day, because the road is only three-quarters of a mile long.

  • KY 55 Yard Sale starts Thursday

    The KY 55 Yard Sale will get under way Thursday, and this annual event’s organizers in Finchville say this year’s sale – the fifth – promises to be better than ever.

    How do they know?

    Well, if the merchandise piling up at Finchville Baptist Church is any indicator, it ought to be a recorder-breaker, said Jay Tigner, pastor of the church.

    “We have just tons of stuff here already, and I do mean tons,” he said.

  • Shelbyville takes no action on zone change

    Shelbyville City Council member Shane Suttor, moving quickly, decisively and perhaps to some surprisingly, brought a quick final answer to the question that Desilets LLC had been asking officials for months: No, the city would not grant the company a zone change for its plant.