Victim in fatal Taylorsville Rd. crash ID’d Friday, Dec 9 2016 

Sharon Curtsinger, 58, was killed Wednesday morning in a crash in eastern Jefferson County.

      
 
 

1 injured in Shawnee shooting Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

Authorities said one person was injured in a shooting just before 10 p.m. Thursday night

      
 
 

Metro Council overturns landmark designation Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

After unprecedented action, owners say they can move forward with plans for Highlands home, which they wanted to raze

      
 
 

Metro Council Overturns Controversial Highlands Landmark Case Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

Preservationists’ efforts to prevent a couple from demolishing their Highlands home may have reached their conclusion Thursday night.

The Metro Council voted 22-3 to overturn a local landmark designation recently put on the house that sits on a large, wooded lot on Tremont Drive.

The vote comes after months of back-and-forth between attorneys, preservationists and the landowners. It marks the first time the city council has overturned a ruling from the Landmarks Commission since it was established in 2012.

“I don’t think this is a precedent that will happen continuously,” said council president David Yates, countering a central claim by preservationists that the decision would create a precedent.

The owners, Sean and Genny Clifford, bought the home in 2015 for more than $600,000 with plans to renovate the antiquated structure into their “dream home,” according to an op-ed they wrote in The Courier-Journal in October.

Plans changed, however, when they learned the renovation they envisioned would be too costly on the young family’s budget. So they developed another plan: Demolish the existing home, split the large lot in half and build a new home on one half while selling off the other side.

That plan didn’t sit well with neighbor Ted Stone.

He’s lived in the neighborhood some two decades and said the house is “a genuine historic site.” He led the petitioning effort to place a landmark designation on the house. Stone helped gather more than 800 signatures and presented the case to the city’s Landmarks Commission, which voted to designate the house as a landmark earlier this year.

“The sensibility at the council level is just different,” he said after the vote Thursday night.

Couple Will Proceed With Demolition Plans

A landmark designation “establishes a local oversight process for design review of all exterior alterations, demolition and new construction,” according to the city’s website. Violating the ordinance can lead to fines.

More than 80 houses, schools and cemeteries have been slated as landmarks since the commission was established by the council in 2012.

Councilman Tom Owen, a District 8 Democrat, voted in favor of keeping the landmark designation. The house is in his district. Council members Bill Hollander and Dan Johnson also voted against overturning the designation.

Owen is a historian and said there’s no shame in wanting to see an old, local “farmhouse” remain for future generations.

“I think there is some significance, I think there is some pedigree on the house and I think, generally speaking, the neighborhood knew, from the beginning, the value of that house and its history,” he said before the votes were cast.

Once the votes were tallied, the Cliffords stepped out of the council chambers and told reporters they felt relieved the “nightmare” was over.

“We can move forward with our lives,” Genny Clifford said.

She said the family would proceed with their plan to demolish the house.

Sean Clifford said the couple is not “anti-history” or against preservation; it would have just cost too much to renovate the house. He said they even put the house on the market to give someone else the chance to breathe new life into it, but they got no takers.

“Nobody stepped up to the plate,” he said.

Preservationists will have 30 days to appeal the decision. Randy Strobo, an attorney for Stone, said he was unsure whether his client would appeal.

Tim Longmeyer pleads guilty to state felony Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

Given sentence of five years, but can serve those years concurrent with federal sentence

      
 
 

KentuckyOne deal to buy Village 8 collapses Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

When is the last picture show? Now it's sometime next year after KentuckyOne backs off plans to buy center

      
 
 

Santa and Mrs. Claus collect toys for children in need Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

Santa and Mrs Claus were hard at work today, gathering toys for children in need. 

Danish manufacturer plans $33M expansion Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

LINAK U.S., which makes electric lifts for health care, plans to double sales, add 413 jobs in the next decade

      
 
 

John Glenn, astronaut and senator, dead at age 95 Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

Over the long arc of John Glenn’s life, it proved impossible to ever ask him to do something for his country. No matter the mission, no matter the risk, he had already stepped forward, his hand raised, his jaw set, ready to go.

      
 
 

Mayor Fischer visits local business, promotes shopping locally Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

Louisville mayor Greg Fischer is urging citizens to shop local this holiday season. 

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