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  • Best foot forward

    George R. Best said he filed for his first term on Shelbyville City Council to repay a debt to the city that he has lived in all his life.

    Best, a Democrat, has been active in city planning, having spent 47 years serving on the Transportation Cabinet before retiring. He remains a commissioner on the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission.

    Best said it is important that the council members look at issues closely so the right decisions are made, because when addressing a problem each member has only one vote, and it is the group's outlook that matters.

  • Primary forecast: Cloudy and dull?

    While other states as small or smaller than Kentucky have played a large role in the presidential candidate winnowing process, it does not look like local voters will have much to pick from in the state's May 20 primary.

    "It's watered down because our primary is so late," said Shelby County Republican party chair Charles Bates. "Still, what the voters do here in Kentucky they will want to see nationally. But I don't know how much that will stimulate the vote."

  • Teacher pleads on obscenity charge

    Former Shelby County High School teacher Scott Stumbo entered an Alford plea Wednesday in Shelby County District Court on two counts of harassment and one count of distributing obscene material to a minor.

    Under an Alford plea, Stumbo, 47, does not admit guilt but acknowledges there could be enough evidence to find him guilty if he went to trial.

  • Steer mauls local man

    A local man was sent to the emergency room on Wednesday after being attacked by his steer.

    Around noon, Paul Eisenback was tending to his animal when it mauled him.

    Shelby County EMS and rescue workers were dispatched to 1633 Veechdale Road to aid Eisenback.

    EMS workers took him to University of Louisville Hospital.

    Kay Eisenback, his wife, said Paul was in intensive care and seems to be recovering.

  • Cranes make it to Florida

    Editor's Note: The Operation Migration whooping cranes spent two days in Shelby County on their way to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

    His favorite bird is number 706.

    That's who Miami third-grader Logan Carter was scanning the Sunday morning skies for as a group of endangered birds made their way into Marion County.

    Logan and his family were just a few in a crowd of hundreds that gathered at the Marion County/Dunnellon Airport to watch Operation Migration's newest flock of whooping cranes learn the migration path to their winter home.

  • Zoeller files for third term

    Mike Zoeller has filed for a third term on Shelbyville City Council. He said he hopes to keep his role in the city he is happy to call home.

    "I've enjoyed being on the city council," Zoeller said, "and when I meet new people I'm proud to tell them I'm on it."

    In his time on city council, Zoeller, a Democrat, said he has a record of improving public safety in Shelbyville. In recent years, he saw the number of city policemen jump from 16 to 23. The number of firemen increased as well.

    City growth is something Zoeller wants to continue working for.

  • Storms barely scrape county

    Winds that tore through the Midwest and hit Louisville and southern Indiana hard did relatively little damage here Tuesday night.

    In Shelbyville, two large trees came down, said City Public Works Director Al Minnis. His crew was sawing up a part of a large ash tree that came down on utility wires, split a telephone pole and landed on the roof of a building on Bradshaw Street. Another large tree came down on a fence near Daniel Field.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said a tree fell on a house in Bagdad but did only minor damage.

  • Young will challenge Montell

    Bill Young wants another shot at the state House seat now held by state Rep. Brad Montell.

    "Issues are the reason I'm getting into the race again," Young said. "The values that are important to me are not getting addressed."

  • Cemetery sues couple in land deal

    Members of the Grove Hill Cemetery Board want Barbara Porter and her husband Bill to pay damages the board incurred in filing an eminent domain action against the couple.

    Last fall, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman granted the cemetery board eminent domain to seize 13 acres located across the street from Grove Hill that Bill and Barbara Porter currently own and use to raise cattle.

    The Grove Hill Cemetery Board said it needed the property to expand the cemetery.

  • Bottom seeks first term on city council

    Looking for his first term on the Shelbyville City Council, long time Shelbyville resident Dudley Bottom Jr. said he is ready to give back to the city.

    Bottom, 59, spent 36 years with Shelby Energy Cooperative, eventually rising to the position of CEO. Having retired in 2007, Bottom, a Democrat, said his experiences with planning could be used to benefit the city.

    "I feel I could help the city with economics," he said. "Everybody is concerned with tax dollars, and I'd like to see city services improve in efficiency."