Local News

  • William E. Matthews: April 30, 1930 – May 13, 2017

    The community has lost a true friend with the passing of William E. Matthews on Saturday.

    “Bill was a good man and it’s a loss for the community,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty. “I’ve known the Matthews family since I was a child.”

  • Halfway house on Main?

    Plans to open a halfway house in Shelbyville are underway, say officials with the Department of Corrections, who Monday disclosed the location as 630 Main St.

    Lisa Lamb, director of communications for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, said those proceedings are still not finalized.

    “The Finance Cabinet has not received the signed contract from the vendor as of yet,” she said.

  • Bagdad Days celebrates 25 years

    Organizers of the Bagdad Days Festival are buzzing with excitement about the 25th anniversary of the event, which will mean even more fun than usual.

    “We just want to emphasize that it’s going to be a little bit bigger and better this year,” said Parade Chair Carol Hance.

    Her husband, Jimmy, chuckled as he described her role in the event.

    “Actually, she’s done ninety percent of the work,” he said.

  • King arrested for shoplifting

    Jenny King of Shelby County, a former longtime finance officer for Shelby County Fiscal Court who pleaded guilty in April to embezzling more than $23,000, has been arrested for shoplifting.

    King’s situation is uncertain, said Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt.

    “She’s plead guilty but not been sentenced, and now committed a new offense pending sentencing,” she said.

  • Halfway house could come to Shelby

    Details are still developing about the possibility of a halfway house being established in Shelby County, but the concept is being explored, officials say.

    “We are under discussion with someone about opening a halfway house there in Shelbyville, yes,” said William Knight, Kentucky halfway house coordinator. “It has to go to the Department of Corrections.”

    Corrections officials did not respond to a request for more information on the matter by the press time Thursday afternoon.

  • Battle of the burgers

    Perched eagerly on their barstools, 10 competitors lined the perimeter of the counter at Johnny Rockets Wednesday hungry for more than just a few burgers – they were craving a big win.  Decked out in his fifties-style diner attire, a Johnny Rockets employee wiped his brow as he rapidly stacked sliders ten-high on ten plates and contenders looked on waiting for the countdown to begin.



  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Budget gets positive 1st reading

    The Shelbyville City Council Thursday gave its approval on the first reading of a 2017-2018 balanced budget.

    “We plan that our revenue will keep up with our expenditures this year... in order to provide the services that our citizens have come to expect from us,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty explained.

    City administrator Fred Rogers gave the first reading of the budget, which included revenues of $9.437 million and total estimated appropriations of $9.408 million.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Board to consider P-8 school plans

    The Shelby County Board of Education will discuss further expansion at its regularly meeting Thursdat at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 W. Main Street in Shelbyville.

    But Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan says the board moving forward with a BG 1 for a new preschool through eighth-grade center on Discovery Boulevard near Collins High School doesn’t mean construction is starting soon.

    This step, he said, clarifies how the district plans to fund a project and is necessary per Kentucky Department of Education regulations.

  • Budget gets approval on 2nd reading

    The Simpsonville City Commission Thursday approved on second reading the city’s 2017-18 budget, which shows a 10 percent increase from 2016-17.

    There was no additional discussion of the budget, but commissioners expressed satisfaction with being able to approve a balanced budget again this year.

    “We are pleased with the efforts of the commission in regards to keeping our finances on track,” said Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton.