Local News

  • Plan in place to pave all city’s roads

    The Simpsonville City Commission has come up with a way to completely revamp every street within its city limits – just pave all 12 miles of city streets by the end of 2017 and borrow the money to pay for it.

    City Administrator David Eaton called the move a great idea.

    “The mayor and the commission have really shown good leadership here, making a decision that’s going to have a long-term benefit to the community over the next twenty years – it’s a very smart decision,” he said.

  • Shelby to get $6.5m in road improvements

    A new highway plan just approved in Frankfort has Shelby County getting $6.5 million worth of highway projects funded in the next two years.

    The 2016-18 Biennial Highway Construction Plan guarantees funding for local projects, which includes everything from bridge replacements to road widening.

    Shelby County has four projects in the plan, compared to 13 projects in Bullitt ($80 million), 13 in Franklin ($25 million), 6 in Henry ($31 million), 110 in Jefferson ($446 million), 15 in Oldham ($74 million), 4 in Trimble ($4) and 1 in Spencer ($500,000).

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Request has city looking at zoning offenses as civil issues

    The Shelbyville City Council and Triple S Planning and Zoning Thursday came to an agreement that will crack down on zoning offenses.

    Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke said currently zoning violations are considered a criminal offense and often get pushed aside because of crowded dockets for months and even years in the court system.

    Libke said treating the violations as civil offenses would allow the local Code Enforcement Board to deal with the issues instead, thus expediting the matters and hopefully resolving them faster.

  • Prepping with pedals

    It’s an unusual pairing, but bicycle tricks and standardized testing shared the spotlight at Clear Creek Elementary School Friday as BMX riders with Wonder Wheels pumped up the crowd with tricks, flips and jumps in order to raise some interest in their upcoming Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessment, the state’s accountability test.

    Two riders, including Bill Nitschke, owner, Wonder Wheels BMX, performed various stunts on the ground and on a small ramp before allowing students to ask a few questions.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget Committee to make recommendations


    With the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year rapidly approaching, the Shelby County Board of Education has its sights set on the future.  The board will consider the approval of Budget Committee’s recommendations for the 2016-17 budget when it convenes Thursday at 7 p.m. at district’s offices, 1155 West Main Street.

  • Rocket Games are a blast

    More than 150 students with special needs assembled at the football field at Shelby County High School Friday to participate in the annual Rocket Games.

    Kristen Kapp, a teacher at SCHS, said this year teams from Shelby, Oldham, Henry and Franklin counties paired up with students from SCHS and Collins to participate in a series of events including golf, soccer, corn hole, races, football and basketball. “We have about twenty-three stations and we tried to cover all sports,” Kapp said, noting putt-putt and bowling stations set up across from her.

  • JCTCS releases director, Wieland

    With the economic downfall finally behind us, many Americans can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  But for every action there is an equal or, as in the case of the Jefferson Community and Technical College system, an opposite reaction.
    Dr. John Wieland shared this week that his role as director of the JCTC Shelby County campus will be eliminated to account for mounting budget cuts.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Construction to recommence off Discover Boulevard

    With winter in the rearview, developers across the county are ready to get back into action and the packed house at Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission’s meeting reflected their eagerness.  It took commissioners more than two hours to cover the three-page agenda and though every presented item was approved, the meeting was anything but cut-and-dried.

    With commissioners Dudley Bottom and Quinton Biagi absent, the commission approved the development plan 4-0 for WAZE II at Discovery Boulevard that proposed 81 single-family lots on 44.49 acres.

  • Lisa Smith starts new chapter

    They say when one door closes another opens, but for Lisa Smith, life has mostly involved one door opening after the next and finding the faith and courage to walk through each.

    For nearly three decades, Smith, who currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer and Deputy Superintendent for Shelby County Public Schools, has graced the education world with her passion for the field, taking her knowledge and experience with her with every new role she assumes but now a new opportunity has been presented to her: retirement.

  • Shelbyville Fire receives grant

    Shelbyville Fire and Rescue recently received a $2,500 grant to assist with fire prevention activities in the community through education opportunities.  FM Global, one of the largest commercial property insurers in the world, presented the grant to representatives of the Shelbyville Fire Department earlier this week as part of its Fire Prevention Grant Program.