Local News

  • Simpsonville, Collins earn district’s first Distinguished scores


  • Work continues on 3 historic properties

    The past year has seen some progress on the renovation of three historic properties on Main Street that are for sale by the Riner family of Louisville, says Tom Riner.

    “We are continuing to progress and upgrade all our properties,” said Riner (D-Louisville, District 4).

    But those properties are not in good enough shape yet to merit selling, although there has been some interest, said Riner.

    “We are basically in a position that probably within the next year, we’ll see some activity,” he said.

  • Shelbyville residents publishing a Christian lifestyle

    A Shelbyville couple that moved here only a year ago from Louisville has already made a big impact on the community, with a newly published book and plans to turn the loft of a downtown historic building into a Christian television studio.

    Miami native Jorge Vazquez – his wife Kat is from Louisville – just released his first book, No More Rejection, and plans to hold a book release party tonight at Kingdom House Church on Main Street.

  • Farmers urge safety during harvest season

    Last week was designated Farm Safety Week, but farmers are urging motorists to keep safety in mind all during the harvest season as well as all year long.

    Jack Trumbo, who runs a large farming operation in Shelby growing rye, soybeans, winter wheat and other crops, got into the spirit of Farm Safety Week by doing a video promoting safety, which is posted on Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Facebook page.

  • Festival of faith

    Last year’s Salt and Light Festival in Simpsonville was such a success that people have been looking forward to a repeat of that coming up this Sunday, said organizers.

    “If the goal was to make a hospitable overture to the community at large and at the same time to share unity across denominational lines, I think we showed that last year,” said Joey Pusateri, pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church. “People really enjoyed it and have been looking forward to it again from last year.”

  • Bevin visits with cattle farmers

    Matt Bevin, Republican candidate for governor, was back on the campaign trail Monday in Shelby County when he paid an informal visit to a cattleman’s association event hosted by Irvin Kupper.

    Bevin said the visit to the Kupper farm, which is also the farm of the Shelby County Cattleman’s Association president, made him realize anew how the county epitomizes all the good qualities throughout Kentucky.

  • Kids and donuts

    A Shelby County native who now teaches second grade in Georgia has written her first book, with a book signing scheduled for next week in Shelby County.

    Angela Francis Wilkinson laughed as she talked about the plot of the children’s book called Donuts Don’t Lie.

  • Johnson leaves Operation Care

    Operation Care board members are staying quiet on how now former Executive Director Jeff Johnson left the organization.

    “He’s moved on; that’s all I can say,” said Charles Ashby, chair of the Operation Care board of directors.

    Ashby said he could not comment on the circumstances of Johnson’s departure, leaving many questioning why the longtime director would leave.

  • Minor injuries in 2-bus accident

    School officials are breathing a sigh of relief that a 2-bus accident Tuesday morning, which ended with one bus overturned in a ditch, yielded only minor injuries.

    “We’re very fortunate that all of our kids are safe and our drivers are safe,” said Eddie Oakley, Shelby County Public Schools’ chief operations officer.

  • SCPS budget shows several changes from earlier draft

    Susan Barkley, SCPS director of finance, shared with the board Thursday the working budget for the 2015-16 school year and the district is looking a bit unbalanced.

    “The working budget expenditures exceed the receipts by about five hundred thousand dollars,” Barkley said.

    She noted that a little more than $300,000 of the expenditures in the more than $64 million General Fund budget is a result of a carryover from the previous fiscal year’s budget.