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Today's News

  • Simpsonville law would speed up nuisance enforcement

    The Simpsonville City Commission Wednesday passed an ordinance that would speed up the city's ability to deal with environmental nuisances.

    The ordinance amends a 1986 measure that required a letter to a homeowner followed by a certified letter before the city could take action to require a property to be mowed or cleaned up. The new rule allows the city to take action after it has informed the property owner by certified letter or by a personal visit.

    City public works director Brian Romine said the new rule would make his job easier.

  • Family court will stay put for time being

    Family Court Judge John David Myles will have to wait for the new judicial center to be built before he gets to move his office.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) had been in negotiations with New Mount Zion Church to lease the Mulberry Building at 7th and Main streets to renovate that building into office space and a courtroom. But renovating the space would be cost-prohibitive given that the court will be moving into the new judicial center when it is built.

  • Lady Rockets game time against Notre Dame Friday moved

    The Shelby County girls' basketball game scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, was rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, and the time has been moved up half an hour.

    The Lady Rockets will now face Notre Dame in the regular season finale Friday at 7 p.m. The JV game will begin at 5:30 p.m.

  • A dog's life

    "I love it. Absolutely love it!" is the sentiment Christine Swartz, of Shepherdsville, has of the SuperDog Sports Center in Simpsonville.

    She drives an hour at least once a week to get to the SuperDog Sports Center in Simpsonville to train her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chase. The dog, a handsome male and show winner, participates in the center's classes to improve and maintain his show presentation.

  • Council repents 'sin tax'

    The Shelbyville City Council came to a consensus last Thursday night that they would move to rescind the five percent tax on local alcohol sales.

    After a workshop on Feb. 14 concerning the tax, five of the six council members said they were in favor of getting rid of the tax and giving the close to $50,000 that the tax has earned back to the businesses that sold the alcohol.

    During the workshop, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty told council members the city took in twice as much in alcohol taxes as it had anticipated.

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Feb. 21 -- Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Ln., #118, Louisville. For additional information call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Feb. 25 -- An ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease) support group meets 6 p.m. at Cardinal Hill Rehab Center on Bluegrass Parkway (Bluegrass Industrial Park, I-64 and Hurstbourne Lane) in Louisville. For more information, call 800-406-7702.

    Public can attend

  • County reviews weather warnings

    Why did the tornado sirens go off after the tornado had already passed through some areas of the county?

    Why didn't the Bagdad and Cropper areas hear anything on TV weather reports about the tornado in their area until after it had already hit?

    Magistrates raised questions such as these about the way tornado sirens are activated at its regular Tuesday morning meeting.

  • Free throws sink Lady Rockets

    The Shelby County girls' basketball team let a chance to beat No. 4-ranked Butler slip through their hands Monday.

    "We had them. If we hit our free throws we have a shot to beat one of the best teams in the state," SCHS head coach Sally Zimmerman said after the game. "I thought we played well enough to win, we just didn't hit our free throws."

    The Lady Rockets (18-8)had several chances to make up ground on the Bearettes (24-3), but 10 of 23 shooting from the free throw line led to a 59-51 Butler win.

  • District tournament will be a tight fit

    The 30th district tournament will be Feb. 25 through March 1 at Spencer County High School. And although there will be just one game each night, fans could have trouble watching their teams play.

    Spencer County changed the format to one game a night because of the size of the gym. Two games a night would tax the capacity of 1,100.

    Doors will open for the first round games at 6 p.m. with tickets being sold at the door and fans are encouraged to arrive early. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold as the school holds 100 tickets for people with passes.

  • USDA recalls beef at local schools

    Workers for the Shelby County public school system collected close to 130 cases of ground beef from areas schools on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture deemed the meat "unfit for human food."

    The beef that was recalled locally was part of a nationwide recall of meat that was processed at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company in Chino, California. In total, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall of close to 37 million pounds of beef on Sunday.