Local News

  • Crews bring in more trash this year for Commonwealth Cleanup

    Twice as many people got involved in Commonwealth Cleanup this year than in 2015, bringing in even more trash, said organizers of the event.

    Kathy Ranard, director of Shelby Clean Community, said this year, 92 people participated, compared to 48 last year, picking up 329 bags of litter, over last year’s 313 bags.

    The 8 groups – there were 6 in 2015 – covered 110 square miles, and found the usual types of trash that she sees on the side of the roads on a regular basis, she said.

  • Police called for BB gun incident near Northside, no threat issued

    Police investigated a report of a young person allegedly pointing a gun at children on the playground at Northside Early Childhood Center. Upon reporting to the scene, police found a BB gun on the ground on an adjacent property and no children present. Officers believe they know who was responsible, a juvenile that reportedly lives near the school, which is on 9th and College streets, and indicated that they intend to talk to the child. No one was injured in the incident.

  • Health and fitness fun day is Saturday

    Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. is looking to get families out and moving from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, with its annual Health and Fitness Fun Day at the Clear Creek Park Family Activity Center.

  • Ruby Lewis to appear on Nightline

    Shelby County native Ruby Lewis, who made a name for herself from coast to coast over the past decade in a variety of productions including musicals, television and theater and on Broadway, is now scheduled to appear on Nightline.

    The half-hour program provides viewers with in-depth reporting on major stories in the news, with occasional segments on pop culture. A date has not yet been set for the interview to air, but it’s coming up soon, Lewis said.

  • Cultivating a love of gardening

    It's time again for the Shelby County Master Gardeners' annual Garden Fair coming up Saturday.

    Whether you're an avid gardener or just want to put out a few flowers or tomato plants, the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road, is sure to have just what you're looking for.

    There will be hundreds of plants to chose from, said Walt Reichert, horticulture technician with the extension office.

  • Heroin March in planning for August

    A march this summer for downtown Shelbyville set to bring awareness of the horrors of heroin is in the planning stages, and organizers say they need hundreds of volunteers.

    Rebecca Beckley, chair of the volunteer committee of a group called The March to Recovery, said she was very disappointed in the first meeting she held recently to recruit volunteers for the event and only four people showed up, adding that the group does not have a website, but does have a Facebook page, which has been generating a lot of interest.

  • Lighting the darkness


    It’s no secret that drug addiction is plaguing our community.  But what is a secret are the faces and names of those hurting from the pain addiction has caused.  

    But resident Casie Storey Mudd wants to change that.  As administrator for the Facebook page Rural Addiction Resource Committee, Mudd is working to bring light to shadows that so often cloak the faces of those suffering in silence and on Tuesday she will do that through a public candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • Tools of the trade

    It’s small, metal, beaten and banged up, and there’s probably a light coat of sawdust gathering in the bottom but to John Abild, owner of Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville, his toolbox is a treasure chest filled with the tools to beautify just about any piece of neglected woodwork.

    And his toolbox has garnered national attention this month in the Best Toolbox in America contest, a photo contest sponsored by Angie’s List, an online service containing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses.

  • Lt. Gov urges Shelby students to find their passion

    With a focus on the value of entrepreneurships, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton spoke to students of Shelby County and Collins high schools as well as East and West middle schools at SCHS Wednesday morning.

    “The constitution gives you as individuals the right to shape your lives however you see fit,” she said.

    Hampton said this view has always been of value to her, as she grew up in a home with a limited budget and garnered pressure from others to behave in a manner that they saw fit.

  • Bagdad woman named regional farm mom

    Mary Courtney, co-owner of Courtney Farms along with her husband, Shane, is one of five women across the nation chosen as a 2016 Regional Farm Mom of the Year.

    Monsanto Company, an agricultural company based in St. Louis, made the announcement last week – the other 4 regional winners are from North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and Rhode Island.