Local News

  • It’s a wrap

    What could be better than six new recycling containers for the county’s state-of-the-art solid waste facility?

    For one thing, the new containers – costing $7,200 each – are not only completely free, thanks to a newly-received grant, but they are also going to be works of art, said Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon.

    “We have ordered six recycling trailers that we will wrap in Shelby County history,” he said.

    “We will blow them [photos] up and wrap those containers in those pictures.”

  • Child’s play

    Visitors to Clear Creek Park can’t miss the sight of colorful, high-end playground equipment being installed near the Family Activity Center.

    Bright yellow railings, slides and a climbing apparatus, topped by canopies, much of which is already in place, looks like a children’s fairyland, compared to the old equipment that dated from the 1970s.

  • Packing the perfect picnic

    July is National Picnic Month and what better reason is there to wine and dine among nature?

    But before you grab your basket and head outside, a little menu preparation may be in order. Knowing exactly what to pack can be tough. Nobody wants to go on a picnic with a loaf of bread, some bologna and a pack of American cheese.

    It’s time to step up your outdoor diner, and surprise your family or your sweetheart with something a little more thoughtful and delicious.

  • Woman identified in fatal crash in Simpsonville

    The Shelby County Coroner's office has named the person killed in a one-vehicle accident on I-64 just west of Simpsonville’s Exit 28.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell has identified the victim as Katy East, 33, of Shelbyville. Kentucky State Police trooper Eddie Whitworth had said there were two adults in the vehicle, a silver Toyota. The surviving adult, who was driving, was taken to the University of Louisville and two children were taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital with unknown injuries, he said.

  • Arts group to sponsor local art show

     The Shelby Regional Arts Council (SRAC) will host its first-ever art gallery Sep. 19-20 at the First Christian Church in Shelbyville.

    The gallery, the first of its kind in nearly 10 years, according to Howard Griffith, SRAC committee member, is only the beginning of the organizations plan to help revitalize the visual arts community in Shelby County.

  • Storm races through Shelby County

     As the weekend rolled in, storms rolled through Shelby County leaving trees in roadways and some without power.

    With wind gusts topping out around 70 miles per hour, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., work for Craig Myatt, Shelby County road supervisor, began just after 6 p.m.

    “I got the first calls from dispatch around six o’clock and we worked about four and half hours to get roads open,” he said. “We’re going back today [Monday] to pick up and clean up the locations we had.”

  • Embezzlement case coming up for arraignment

    A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee who was arrested last week after being indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center is coming up for arraignment.

    Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville, who previously served as the youth services director for the park system, will have an arraignment hearing July 20 in Shelby Circuit Court.

    “They have to set it for arraignment,” said Shelbyville attorney Sam Carl, who, along with Bill Stewart, will most likely be representing Simmons.

  • Wyler dealership shuts doors

    A major auto dealership closed its doors last week with the unexpected closing of Jeff Wyler Chevrolet Buick GMC of Shelbyville.

    At least it was unexpected to the dealership’s 25 employees, who lost their jobs immediately, said Tim Hawk, the manager of the dealership.

  • Same-sex marriage legalized, issues still stand in the way

    On Friday, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to be joined in matrimony. 

    The debate over the legalization and recognition of the marriage of gay and lesbian couples was the complex and divisive battle of the decade.

    But while the ruling is a win for many, there are many left with questions and concerns about the implementation.

    “The county clerks [across the state] have brought up a lot of questions,” said Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Changes will allow city to sell more water to municipalities


    The Shelbyville City Council has just two items on the agenda for Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street.

    The council will first hear a second reading for an ordinance establishing a revision to the System Development Charge Requirements for New Connections to the Consolidated Municipal Waterworks and Sewer System of the Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission.

    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle said the revision would simply change the wording in the ordinance.