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  • Pleasureville leaders seek changes to downtown

    PLEASUREVILLE – Pleasureville City Commissioners Shawn Mertz and Diane Perry look to give the town a facelift.

    Enforcing local ordinances, funding for beautification projects and attracting new business owners while engaging local residents to get involved are hurdles for a town that once flourished. 

  • EARLIER: Pipeline worries hit Shelby County

    Concern about a pipeline being constructed from shale-drilling areas in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania has hit Shelby County.

    “I started getting phone calls on it about thirty days ago, and I was talking to Judge [Executive Rob] Rothenburger just last night and he said he got his first calls this week,” said Tony Carriss, the county magistrate for District 6, which is closest to the proposed pipeline construction.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Bids approved for repaving contracts

    Many areas of the county are slated for upcoming roadwork, which county officials set in motion Tuesday night by approving bids for construction.

    At the meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates approved a bid, submitted by County Road Supervisor Carl Henry, from contractor H.G. Mays Corporation, which had the lowest bid out of five contractors, at $58.57 per ton, to resurface Thoroughbred Acres, Knobview and Tower Heights subdivisions. That project will cost about $178,000 and is under way right now. That work should be completed Monday.

  • Simpsonville sidewalk renovations about to begin

    Simpsonville is full steam ahead on its downtown sidewalk project.

    City Administrator David Eaton during Tuesday’s Simpsonville City Commission meeting said meetings with the lowest bidding contractor, Bluegrass Contracting Corporation of Lexington, have taken place and that the state has given the city approval to sign the contract.

  • EARLIER: Horizon sues realtor, former rival

    Horizon Group Properties is firing back at the company with which it once was competing for outlet mall space in Simpsonville.

  • Neihof receives ‘Excellent’ review

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved and read its 2013 evaluation of Superintendent James Neihof during Thursday’s regular meeting at the board offices at 1155 Main Street.

    Of the nine professional standards used in the review, Neihof’s average grade was “Excellent.” National and state associations developed the standards, and the rating range is Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

  • Shelby County School Board: Districtwide accreditation will be pursued

    Shelby County Public Schools continues to advance in a working toward a district-wide accreditation through the AdvancED process.

    During Thursday’s regular meeting, the school board approved the participation in the process, and Superintendent James Neihof presented the board with a copy of the district’s self assessment, which was sent to AdvancED to begin the process.

    The board first heard of the process during a February meeting at which board chair Doug Butler questioned the process.

  • Bruner heads for trial date

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating in 2011 of a woman left by the side of the road, was given a new hearing date of Sept. 9 by Shelby Circuit Court on Monday.

    Bruner will face charges of first-degree assault in a trial scheduled for Sept. 30, but a series of preliminary hearings leading up to the trial are standard procedure as the date draws near.

    His trial, previously set for March, had been postponed because some needed paperwork was not in place, but that situation has been corrected.

  • State gives green light for traffic signal

    State officials confirmed Monday that a traffic signal is scheduled to be installed at what has been deemed to be an area of concern – the new exit ramp from Interstate 64 eastbound onto KY 55.

    “KYTC [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] has asked the contractor to accelerate the traffic signal installation on KY 55 at the I-64 off ramp,” said Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the transportation cabinet. “We hope to have a functional signal in operation in approximately four weeks.”

  • Updated: Simpsonville delays fireworks again

    Officials with Simpsonville Parks and Rec. have delayed their fireworks...for a second time.

    A rainy 4th of July pushed the celebration to Saturday, but with rain lingering in the forecast through the weekend Simpsonville Parks and Rec. Director Chris Truelock has pushed the event to Friday, July 12. The event, which will also include food service, inflatable bounce-houses and music, will still begin at its regularly scheduled time of 4 p.m.