Local News

  • Several new workers will handle big election

    After facing a shortage of poll workers less than a month ago, Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said our poll should be in good shape Tuesday for Election Day.

    “I’ve got one hundred and fifty-six [volunteers],” she said.

    Perry explained that the law requires two democrat and two republican volunteers at each of the 34 polling precincts for a total of 136 workers, leaving her with 20 alternates.

  • A higher purpose for a new event space


    The vacant building located at 533 Main Street in Shelbyville, adjacent to La Cocina De Mama, is now being put to good use.

    Torrey Smith of Torrey Smith Realty Company is the current owner of the property and said there has been a lot of discussion in regards to the use of the space.

    But while there has been much speculation floating around concerning the anticipated use of the 2,200 square foot building – including talks of a craft brewery – Smith said those are just rumors.

  • New social studies standards please district

    The new social studies standards were released to the Kentucky Board of Education earlier this month for feedback and are under public review and already teachers and administrators across the state are expressing their aversion for the standards, expressing they lack substance. The standards, after review and any changes, will eventually become part Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards and be built into the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress, or K-PREP, tests.

  • Poetry emotion

    From a rapper-type practice session to shy one-liner performances, a handful of children turned out Monday night to give it their all at a Poetry Slam at the Shelby County Public Library.

    The thing was, some of the children were pretty uninhibited while practicing – but that was before they got in front of the audience of about 20 people that showed up to watch.

  • Shelby County School Board – Open house to precede Board of Ed meeting

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Southside Elementary School, 728 Ginkgo Street in Shelbyville.  Prior to the meeting, Southside Elementary will be open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a community open house.  This is the first time the building has been open for the community since it was finished late this summer, just before school started.

  • From record highs to freezing lows

    With a high temperature peaking at 81 degrees on Monday and an anticipated low of 30 on Saturday, it’s fair to say our weather is a behaving a bit erratic this week. Extreme temperature shifts are not only unpleasant but can also bring threatening weather like what was seen during Halloween week last year.

    National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Sullivan said this type of weather change, though drastic, is not terribly unusual for the end of fall.

    “It’s just that time of year,” he said.

  • Homegrown goodness

    Nearly a year after the seed was planted, the Rooted in Shelby program is coming to fruition.

    The Shelby County Cooperative Extension launched the program earlier this month with the anticipation of forming a connection with the Shelby County’s Kentucky Proud farmers and local businesses.

    Farmers across the county that participate in the Kentucky Proud program are invited to join Rooted in Shelby, a free program designed for promoting products that are raised or produced in the county.

  • Local business is getting big savings with new environmentally friendly lighting system

    For Tom and Ruth Hodge this change was all about the green – going green and saving green.

    The Hodges recently installed a new lightning system at It’s Convenient, the convenient store the co-own at 38 Main Street, and the new LED system is creating big savings the Hodges and the environment.

  • Wireless provider gets national award

    Shelby Broadband, an Internet service provider and facilities-based CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) located in Simpsonville, has been awarded Operator of the Year by the membership of the Wireless Internet Service Provider's Association.

    Chuck Hogg, president of Shelby Broadband and co-owner along with Gerard Dupont, said he was proud of the honor.

  • Ghost hunters check out historic Birch House at Clear Creek Park

    Whispery voices, sounds of a turning doorknob, ghostly sighs.

    Sounds familiar to ghost hunters greeted Sight and Sound Paranormal, a paranormal investigation group based in Shelbyville, as they conducted a midnight investigation at the Birch House at Clear Creek Park Sunday night.

    The historic home, originally belonging to Dr. A.L. Birch and now used by Shelby County Parks and Recreation, had gained somewhat of a reputation for unexplained sounds and other eerie happenings, said Thomas Hood, founder of the three-person paranormal team.