Local News

  • The Community in Christmas

    The Shelby County community Tuesday will again rally around families struggling to make it through the Christmas holiday with an event that has long standing roots here.

    Community Christmas, a joint effort between Operation Care and Shelby Industries, started in 2004 as Christmas at Claudia’s and has evolved over the years.

    But one thing that hasn’t changed is the positive effect it’s had on the county.

    Community Christmas is serving more than 1,100 children this year, a figure that is actually down said organizers.

  • Ford expansion could mean big news in Shelby

    The mood is positive in Shelby County about a Dec. 1 announcement by Ford officials that the company plans to launch to new F-series pickup truck in 2017, a move that will include a large expansion at the Louisville Ford truck plant.

  • A folly jolly Christmas

    T’was the night before Christmas and all through the town,

    mishaps were happening all around.

    The neighbor’s lights flickered on the tree in their den

    because they carelessly plugged too many in.

    A candle still burns in a window down the hall,

    as they sleep and dream of Black Friday shopping at the new outlet mall.

    And as Saint Nicholas tiptoes on the roof of their home,

    he slips and trips and lets out a painful moan.

  • Fire department extinguishes Christmas woes

    This year, more than 100 children in Shelby County will be treated to an unexpected merry Christmas thanks to the generosity of many residents and businesses in the community.

    Firefighter Dwayne Davis has led the Shelbyville Fire Department’s operation this year and said they have accumulated roughly $7,000 worth of toys and raised another $3,500 in cash.

    Davis said the majority of that money will be used to purchase coats, clothes and shoes.

  • Auto Truck Group to relocate to Simpsonville

    As the calendar flips to 2016, Simpsonville will welcome yet another business to its rapidly growing industrial base.

    Auto Truck Group has announced its relocation from the Louisville facility to an 80,000 square-foot facility at 30 Kingbrook Parkway in Simpsonville.

    Bobby Hudson, president of the Shelby County Industrial Foundation, said they are happy with the announcement.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Commission to consider Gordon Lane industrial development


    Two zone changes will top Tuesday’s Triple S Zoning meeting, 6:30 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street.

    The first zone change request is for 61-acres of property in the unincorporated area of Shelby County on the south side of Gordon Lane, just east of KY 55 and owned by Rut N’ Strut Distillery, LLC.

    The second zone change pertains to less than 10 acres of adjacent property on Gordon Lane.  Both zone changes have been requested from TDA Properties, Inc. from Agricultural (A) to Light Industrial (I-1).

  • Santa comes to Bagdad

    The community of Bagdad is eagerly awaiting its annual Christmas bash, and the feeling this year is the more, the merrier, said organizers of the event.

    “Last year, we had a record crowd, and a record number of children and we hope for the same kind of turnout this year,” said Bill Hedges, magistrate in District 4 and member of the Bagdad Ruritan Club, the entity that puts on the event.

  • Men’s shelter to hold Christmas open house

    The Open Door of Hope will be decked out in its Christmas finest Saturday in hopes that the community will turn out to help its residents ring in the holidays and support its mission at the same time.

    “This is an opportunity for the community to come in and see the facility and see what we do,” said Assistant Director Collin Johnson. “We hope people will come in and learn more about us, and it’s a good opportunity to learn about the mission.”

  • New meeting times announced for 2016

    The Simpsonville City Commission has made plans to change its meeting schedule for 2016. The Thursday dates will stay the same, but the time will change.

    Beginning next year, the commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. instead of 6:30, and will keep meetings on the same day of the month.

    The move came at the request of commissioner Cary Vowels, who has a conflict with work.

  • Police warn motorists to beware of deer on roadways

    The breeding season for deer this year has already yielded a tragic result in Shelby County with the death of a Bagdad man last week who was killed in an auto accident involving a deer collision.

    Kentucky State Fish and Wildlife deer biologist David Yancy said that even though auto fatalities involving deer collisions are rare – they average 2 or 3 per year statewide – that figure is not comforting to those connected such a tragedy.