Local News

  • Car crashes into Mount Eden Home, kills person in bed

    A 1996 Chevy pickup truck crashed into a house in Mount Eden Friday night, killing a person lying in bed, said Jeff Ivers, assistant Shelby County Fire Chief.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy coroner Ittin Russell said that Kevin Brian Long, 28, was dead at the scene.

    The driver of the pickup truck, and the deceased man's girlfriend were taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville with unknown injuries. Kentucky State Police is investigating the incident.

  • Shelby County minister gets Magee Award

    A Shelby County minister has been chosen to receive an award that will enable him to attend an event close to his heart.

    Joey Pusateri, pastor of Simpsonville Christian Church, was named a 2014 Magee Fellow. That entitles him and nine other winners to attend the Kentucky Council of Churches Assembly on Restorative Justice Oct. 24-25.

    Pusateri said he made an application for the award at the Lexington Theological Seminary, where he is a student, by composing an essay on his interest in prison ministry and the concept of restorative justice.

  • Retired teachers publish children’s book

    A children’s book published 16 years after it was written is still doing well two years later, said its author and illustrator, both retired teachers from East Middle School.

    Maria Gordon said that she wrote The Animals Marched with Noah as a gift for her pastor’s wife, who was expecting a child. When she came up with the idea for the book, her colleague, fellow teacher Kathy Samples-Fenton, began an extensive research project, gathering information on all kinds of unusual animals that could use to illustrate the book.

  • Downtown festival in trouble

    Organizers of the Celebration of Lights say the annual festival could be in danger of seeing its last year if they don’t get some help organizing and orchestrating the event.

    “The committee from SMART [Shelbyville Merchants for Retail Trade] the ones that do all the running up and down the streets, marking the spots and everything, we’re all in our sixties and seventies, and we need young people to help us,” said Sharon Nichols, one of the original organizers of the event.

  • Parades highlight Labor Day

    There won’t be many people hard at work on Monday, unless you count the chores of grilling hotdogs and mixing up mounds of potato salad.

    But many people, especially in Shelby County, will be celebrating their year-round labors by taking a day off from their jobs to have some fun.

    Two celebrations in Shelby will help them do just that, with Labor Day festivities planned for Martinsville and Waddy.

    The annual Labor Day festival in Waddy will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast at the Waddy Ruritan Club.

  • Minister comes full circle

    Mark Williams switched gears from sports to the pulpit years ago and has never looked back, especially now that he is the newly installed pastor at an historic church in Louisville.

    “It’s a great church; I’m thrilled to pastor here at Walnut Street Baptist,” he said of his new post, a church founded in 1848 when two Baptist churches in downtown Louisville joined.

  • Tasting the town

    This year’s Taste and Tunes event, a fundraiser for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, is sure not to disappoint attendees.

    There will be plenty of food to please even the pickiest of eaters with tasty morsels provided by La Cocina de Mama, Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, Catering By Kate, Courtney Farms, Zaxby’s, Kentucky Spiral Ham, Mulberry Orchard, and Shelby County High School’s culinary art students, just to name a few.

  • A lifetime of labor

    In 1894 Grover Cleveland signed a law establishing Labor Day as a federal holiday.  However, this historical moment arrived twelve years after Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City, on September 5, 1882.

    On that day, ten thousand workers marched from City Hall to Union Square, marking the first Labor Day parade in history.

    In addition, workers gathered for picnics, concerts and speeches as a strike to demonstrate an opposition to unfair treatment in the labor industry.

  • Kosair to build $8 million facility in Shelby

    By next summer, Shelby County will be home to a new pediatric Kosair Children’s Hospital facility.

    Josh Honaker, president of Kosair Children's Hospital of Norton Health Care, headed up a presentation at Claudia Sanders Dinner House Tuesday to announce that construction on an $8 million facility will begin in Governor’s Square this fall and that it should be operational by 2015.

    “Our plan is that by next spring or summer, we’ll have the pediatric facility open and functional,” he said.

  • Donnell withdraws from judge’s race

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell has pulled out of the race for District Judge Division I, leaving only one candidate in the race for that seat.

    Donnell withdrew her candidacy on Friday, meaning J.R. RoBards is now running unopposed for the seat vacated by Linda Armstrong in March when she retired, citing health reasons.

    Donnell said that she pulled out because she believes she can do more good for the community as the commonwealth attorney.