• ELECTION 2014: Court of Appeals: Allison Jones

    Only since July Allison Jones has been sitting on the bench for the 6th Appellate District, Division 1 of the state Court of Appeals, but she already is out campaigning to keep that job.

    Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Jones, 38, a resident of Oldham County, to fulfill the unexpired term of Justice Michelle M. Keller, who in April had moved up to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

  • ELECTION 2014: Slow start in Shelby in filings for many big races

    The 2014 election slate includes nearly every office locally and statewide, but that lineup is going to take a while to shape up.

    Wednesday was the first day that candidates could file papers to declare their candidacy to run for office, and Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said it was pretty quiet in her office.

    “We’ve only had four so far,” she said late Wednesday afternoon, not long before the office closed at 4:30 p.m.

  • ELECTION 2014: The races

    2014 Elections

    Primary: May 20

    General Election:Nov. 4


    There are 26 local and statewide elections this year; the races with some incumbents are noted.


    U.S. Senator: Mitch McConnell (R)

    U.S. House District 4: Thomas Massie (R)

    State Senate:Paul Hornback (R)

    State House:Brad Montell (R)

  • Election 2014: Many incumbents sitting on go

    Shelby County election officials say they expect today’s first formal day to file to run in 2014 to go pretty much as it has in the past, with many people already in office expected to file for re-election.

     “Only one person beside incumbents has picked up paperwork so far, but I expect many of our incumbents will be ready today,” Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said.

  • Few show to meet, greet legislators

    A steady, chilly rain kept many people indoors Saturday, and a few dozen people who visited the Shelby County Public Library that morning drifted over to talk to Shelby County’s legislators who were on hand just for that purpose.

    "This is Friends of the Library Week, so we have this meet-and-greet as an opportunity to highlight the Friends and the needs of the library throughout the whole state," said Pam Federspiel, the facility’s executive director.

  • House District 53: James Allen Tipton

    TAYLORSVILLE – The first candidate to throw his name into the ring for the newly created 53rd District of the Kentucky House of Representatives is Spencer County’s own James Allen Tipton, who also has roots and connections in Shelby County.

  • Family Court Judge: Marie Hellard

    Lawrenceburg attorney Marie Hellard has spent the better part of the past two decades representing clients in Family Court. Now she wants to preside over it.

    Hellard last week filed a letter of intent to run for Family Court judge in the 53rd Judicial Circuit, which includes Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties.

    Judge John David Myles is the incumbent and has held the position since Jan. 1, 2007.

  • Republicans rally in rare, joint event

    SLIGO – Buoyed by clear skies and cool, autumn-like weather, a boisterous crowd gathered Friday at a Multi-County GOP rally, calling from Republicans from Shelby, Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties to rally for their causes.

    It was a rare event for this part of rural Kentucky – both of the state’s senators were on hand, stumping for one another and against President Barrack Obama and his policies.

  • Shelby County School Board: Local planning group to be reconvened

    Superintendent James Neihof and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Whitehouse informed the Shelby County School Board on Thursday that they want to reinitiate the process of forming a Local Planning Committee to set future building and renovation plans.

    That committee consists of district personnel, student’s parents selected by the Site-based Decision Making Councils from each school, teachers and three members of the community. It is charged with putting together a 4-year plan for the district’s new construction and renovations.

  • Shelby County School Board: Superintendent’s review may use new standards

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof wants to get ahead of the curve in how the district judges his performance.

    Neihof asked the Shelby County Board of Education at Thursday’s meeting to adjust his annual performance review to the pilot program of the state’s NextGen standards. The standards are set up through the same process as the school and teacher standards that are being implemented and the standards that will be coming for administration, as well.