Local News

  • Flu season underway in Kentucky

    So far this year, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has confirmed nearly two dozen cases of flu, said health officials.

    "The Department for Public Health is reporting nineteen cases as of today [Wednesday], which is notable because it indicates we are seeing cases earlier than what is considered the typical start of our flu season," said Beth Fisher, spokesperson for the Cabinet for Health and Family Service.

  • Montell appointed to Education and Workforce Cabinet

    A longtime education reform advocate as a state representative, Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) will now have a new avenue to work with education.

    Montell, this week, was appointed to the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to serve as deputy secretary. He will officially resign his legislative post, for which he served for seven years and had already decided not to run for re-election this year, and begin his tenure with the Bevin administration effective Saturday.

  • Federspiel celebrates 25 years at library

    Pamela W. Federspiel, executive director of the Shelby County Public Library, celebrated her 25th anniversary at the library with a reception Friday.

  • Final resting place in bustling location

    When Elizabeth Bull died in 1859, her family probably considered the location of her burial to be peaceful and serene.

    But 157 years later, the location of the small family plot is situated on a tiny patch of land between the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and a new McDonald’s restaurant ready to open on Buckcreek Road.

    The 30-square-foot plot is still surrounded by a rock wall, which is in fairly good shape, except for some crumbling stones on one end.

  • Shelby County family honored for adoption work

    Governor Matt Bevin recently honored Tim and Vikki Moulder during the Foster Care and Adoption Appreciation Dinner on Sept. 17 at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.

    The family, there with five of their foster children, and one adopted child, received an award for outstanding service for their work for the Salt River Trail region, which encompasses Shelby County.

  • 95-year old publishes first book

    A new author at age 95, Harriett Abraham Rose shares stories of growing up in an extended Jewish family in Shelbyville and in Lexington, taking the reader through most of the previous century.

    The idea behind her title Not Necessarily Kosher quickly becomes obvious as her tales of her family and their unorthodox approach to both food and the major issues of the times unfold, encompassing horse and buggy days, the Great Depression, two world wars, the changing role of women, the Civil Rights movement and beyond.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board approves balanced Working Budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday approved the 2016-17 Working Budget and Susan Barkley, director of finance for the district, said there were only a few significant changes from the Tentative Budget the board approved in May to the Working Budget presented Thursday.

    The first two changes she presented came as no surprise, as they had been discussed during an August meeting when the board voted on the tax rates, which they elected to maintain at 71.5 cents per $100, for the fifth consecutive year.

  • Heat causing questionable odor in water

    If the taste of your drinking water seems a bit less than favorable lately, you’re not alone. 

    Numerous Shelby residents have taken to social media over the past few weeks to voice their distaste and concern of their drinking water.  Tom Doyle, manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer, assures, however, that the water is perfectly safe to consume.

  • Traffic tie up on I-64

    Westbound traffic will be moving slowly on I-64 for a couple of hours this afternoon due to an accident at mile marker 45 near the Shelby/Franklin County line. There were no injuries in the accident, but crews have to clear the roadway.

  • Verizon to add two towers to county

    There is good news and bad news for Verizon Wireless customers in Shelby County.  The good news: cell service in Waddy and on the eastern side of Shelbyville is likely to improve soon.  However, to rectify the gap in signal two towers need to be erected and many residents will be stuck starring at the bad news.

    David Pike, on behalf of Verizon Wireless, presented to the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday the requests for both towers.