Local News

  • Spirited family business is taking shape

    Dirt is moving, corn is growing, and lifelong plans are finally coming into fruition for Bruce Nethery, as he and his wife Joyce are building their family distillery from the ground up, literally.

    Plans are underway for the 128-acre Gordon Lane property that will soon include a distillery, a livestock barn, five barrel aging barns, a rental barn, a gazebo and land with crops and livestock.

    Development of the property will come in multiple phases.

  • Bevin earns GOP nod

    A day that started out hectic for election officials in Shelby County with technical issues abounding, ended up more smoothly, including a predicted slim voter turnout.

    “We had five different [voting] machines that wouldn’t work, and you know, I was just bragging the other day how lucky we’ve been that we haven’t had problems,” said Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry.

    But those machines counted plenty of votes for GOP candidate Matt Bevin who carried Shelby County and went on to earn the Republican nomination for Governor.

  • Man charged in fatal accident

    A Lexington man has been arrested in connection with a fatal crash on I-64 in Simpsonville Saturday.

    Rosendo Rodriquez-Fuentes, 23, is charged with DUI, first-degree wanton endangerment, no operator's license and no insurance.

    His passenger, Luis Espinoza Carranza, 27, was killed.

    The three-vehicle accident happened at 4:45 am. Saturday morning at mile marker 30 on I-64 in Simpsonville, when Rodriquez-Fuentes hit an abandoned car that was parked in the emergency lane, said Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Ivers.

  • Former finance officer arrested for theft

    A longtime county employee has been charged with embezzling more than $23,000, police say.

    Jenny King of Bagdad was arrested Friday and charged with theft by unlawful taking and 74 counts of forgery, said Maj. Jason Rice with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

    Rice said that King is charged with and confessed to stealing the money from the county’s general fund over an 18-month period from April 2013 to December 2014.

    He said her confession doesn’t automatically seal the case, however, though it does facilitate it.

  • Property tax revenues up slightly from last year


  • Curtis turns attention to November election

        Saturday morning Drew Curtis visited Sixth and Main Coffeehouse for a meet and greet that marked the start of his active campaign in the Kentucky Gubernatorial Race for 2015.

    “I tried to get the ball rolling earlier, but the primary took over everyone’s mind,” he said.

  • BLAKE HUNDLEY, JAN. 16, 2006 – MAY 15, 2015

    For three years the young Blake Hundley inspired the community with his strength and positive attitude during his courageous battle with brain cancer.

    Friday evening, Blake traded his hero cape for a pair of wings as he passed away peacefully in his home with his family and friends.

    “We knew it was going to happen, they told us it was going to happen we just thought he was going to pull through it like he always did,” said Adam Hundley, Blake’s father.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board approves athlete drug testing

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved Thursday a one-year pilot program for random drug testing of student athletes.

    David Weedman, director student achievement, said there has not been a decision made yet on how the program will be carried out but he anticipates it will begin this fall.

    “It will begin next year,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get everything in place by the fall.”

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Budget up for second reading

    The Shelbyville City Council will convene ten minutes earlier than usual at 6:20 Thursday evening to hold a public hearing for the proposed use of Municipal Road Aid and Local Government Economic Assistance Program funds for the upcoming fiscal year. 

    Following the hearing, at city hall, 315 Washington Street in Shelbyville, the council will open their regular meeting and hear a second reading on the 2015-16 budget.

  • Former county employee arrested for embezzlement

    A former county employee has been arrested and charged with embezzling $23,000 over a year and a half.

    Jenny King of Bagdad, a former county finance officer, was terminated from her position in December for reasons unconnected with the theft, discrepancies were later found in the county's books, officials said.

    An investigation led to King being charged Friday with felony theft by unlawful taking and 74 counts of forgery. More charges could be forthcoming, said Maj. Jason Rice with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.