Local News

  • Shelter opens doors for fundraiser

    On Saturday, local non-profit men’s homeless shelter Open Door of Hope will host a Christmas Open House. 

    “We came up with the idea because we’ve had fundraisers but no one has had the opportunity to come in and see where the guys live, what goes on, ” said Stephanie Walker, Open Door of Hope volunteer.

    By opening the shelter doors to the public, Walker said they hope to raise awareness.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Water company to request rate increases

    The council has a single topic on their brief agenda for Thursday’s meeting at 6:30 at City Hall, which is a first reading of an ordinance regarding the revised schedule of charges for the Shelbyville Sewer and Water Commission.

    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle who will present the ordinance said it is concerning an adjustment of the water and sewer rates.

    “The water commission is proposing a 3.5 percent increase on water and a 3.75 increase in sewer,” he said.

  • Christmas in Mt. Eden cancelled

    Unfortunately, Santa will be making one less stop this month when visiting Christmas parties around the county as the Mt. Eden Ruritan Club will not be hosting their Christmas event this year.

    “We’ve done so many projects this year, we decided to back off a little,” event organizer Tony Carriss said.

    Last year, Carriss said, most of the food for the event was wasted when bad weather kept many people home.

    “[Financially] the event is...weather sensitive,” he said.

  • Human Rights Commission tables fairness decision

    The Human Rights Commission gave members of the Shelby Chapter of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth a sense of déjàvu when the commissioners voted to table any decision on a recommendation regarding a proposed ordinance that would protect the rights of the gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

  • Man arrested after stealing truck; causing two accidents

    An unidentified man has been arrested after causing two accidents at the intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 53.

    Mark Johnson, spokesperson for Kentucky State Police said that David Decker, a Post 12 Trooper, is OK but his patrol car was one of the vehicles involved.

    Johnson said he does not know the condition of the woman in the other vehicle.

    The man stole the truck in the parking lot of the antique mall at that intersection, across U.S. 60 from McDonald’s and Governor’s Square, at about 3 p.m.

  • Shopping good on Black Friday

    Cool temperatures on Black Friday didn’t deter people from rushing out to take advantage of hot items on sale in Shelby County.

    Around the county, from the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass to eastern Shelby County, shopping was good. Although most retailers said they had a good turnout Friday, they said the frenzied rush of shoppers was not as hectic early Friday morning as in the past.

    That’s probably because of the trend in having sales extend from Thursday throughout Sunday, instead of just on Friday, was the speculation.

  • Deceased man found in creek

    Shelby County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of an elderly man found in a creek behind Red Roof Inn, off KY 55.

    Detective Jason Rice said Louis Synder , 62, of Shelbyville, was discovered in the creek at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. Synder was staying at the motel, which was formerly a Days Inn.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell said Synder’s body was found lying face down in the creek by an employee of hotel, which is located on Howard Drive.

  • Tractor-trailer crash closes I-64 for hours

    A tractor-trailer accident Monday morning on I-64 caused a major traffic disruption in the Waddy area, but resulted in only minor injuries, police say.

    Kentucky State Police spokesperson Christopher Martin said that the single-vehicle accident happened at 9:42 a.m. at mile marker 45.

  • Pollett sworn in as state association president

    A large state agency has a new president, which is none other than Shelby County Magistrate Hubie Pollett.

    “It is an honor to have the members of KACo select me as their president,” he said. “Keeping this association strong is important to the counties, and to the local officials.”

    Pollett was sworn in Nov. 20 as president of the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) at its 40th Annual Conference and Exposition at the Lexington Convention Center.

  • Kempers tabbed as Farmers of Year

    Although the award is the Farmer of the Year, Leonard and Jeanne Kemper might better qualify for the Farmers of the Years award.

    Tabbed as this year’s recipient during the Farm City Banquet on Tuesday, the Kempers were quite surprised.

    “Pure shock, that’s all I can say,” said Jeanne Kemper. “We are honored to be chosen, but there are so many other deserving people.”

    Long known as dairy farmers, the Kempers, who sold their dairy of 42 years last year, still farm beef cattle, tobacco and soybeans.