Local News

  • Bike shop hits the road

    After seven successful years, Shelbyville’s only bicycle shop, Main Street Bikes, is hitting the road, but the journey will not be far.

    Choosing to remain in Shelby County, Tom Waggener, the shop owner, said he is relocating to Simpsonville while concurrently opening a second location in Frankfort.

    Waggener said the change is long overdue. 

  • Start behind, stay behind

    The latest research of Kentucky students confirmed a truth most educators are already aware of and many young parents fear –only half of our children are prepared for kindergarten.

    The study, based on kindergarten entrance screenings, revealed that only 50 percent of Kentucky children entering kindergarten are ready to do so.  While the number is slightly higher in Shelby County –56 percent– it’s still leaves nearly 5 out of 10 Shelby County kids unprepared to start school.

  • SCHS principal ready to retire

    Having served in the education field for 32 years, Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley says he’s ready to start a new chapter.

    Though he has enjoyed the journey, Oakley said it’s time to retire and explore different paths.

    “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet,” he said. “Its just time to do something else.”

    Oakley said he might use his free time to flip houses or visit his son in Australia.

  • Bunching up

    Jessie Baxter’s congregation of senior citizens are wrapped in more than just shawls and blankets as they attend his church services in their wheelchairs – they’re wrapped in the love of volunteers that have followed Baxter since he’s been pastor at the Masonic Home’s chapel.

    “It’s all about caring for the welfare of our residents,” said Baxter, as he helped his volunteers take people back to their rooms Tuesday after the service.

  • Shooting for simplicity

    People interested in obtaining a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon can now take that first step in the comfort of his or her own home by submitting an application online.

    The administrative process is handled through the sheriff’s office and Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said that being able to submit an application online does not mean the course is altered in any way, only the process of dealing with paperwork.

  • Recycling center services

    The Shelby County Recycling Center expects to begin charging for its services next week, officials say.

    When the center opened Dec. 9, they had announced that there would be no cost to use the Shelby County Recycling facility for about a month, and now that timeframe has been extended for the third time.

    Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon had said in mid-January that the equipment would be installed soon, and on Monday, Rusty Newton, chair of the 109 Board, the county entity that oversees solid waste disposal, said that has been done.

  • Simpsonville City Commission

    This month, the Simpsonville City Commission implements its new meeting schedule, going from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

    Meetings are set by ordinance, and commissioners approved the second reading of the new date at the Jan. 21 meeting. The move not only changed the day that the Simpsonville City Commission meets, but also the time of the meeting, going from one morning and one evening meeting, to two nighttime meetings.

  • Back in cancer fight, Hundley wishes for treehouse

    After a new cancer diagnosis, Blake Hundley is back to fighting for his life.

    An aggressive reemergence of the cancer has the family taking it one day at a time, but another group is rallying together to make a wish come true for the 9-year-old.

    Originally Hundley made just one request to the Make-A-Wish foundation – he asked for a treehouse built by Pete Nelson, the star of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.

    When his parents learned that his wish had been denied, family friends decided not to take no for an answer.

  • The line between privacy and protection

    When it comes to student searches, at what point do school personnel cross the line between the school’s rights to protect and the student’s rights to privacy?

    While it is true that authorized school employees have the right to search students without consent, one Shelby County High School father believes the district crossed the line between protection and invasion and is performing random searches without justification.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Breighton Circle zone change gets 2nd reading

    A heated debate will make an encore at Shelbyville City Hall Thursday when council convenes for their regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30.

    Last month the council heard a first reading for an ordinance that would allow a zone change for 15-acres of property at the intersection of Breighton Circle and Brunerstown Road to be changed from General Interchange (X-2) to Multi-family Residential (R-4) to allow the development of a 216-unit apartment complex.