Local News

  • State approves incentives for Shelby companies

    Three Shelby County companies had items on the economic development agenda at the state level on Thursday; two expansions and one request for more time for construction.

    Isopure Corporation, located in Simpsonville received preliminary approval for a new facility planned for the Kingsbrook Commerce Park. The current plant is on Citizen’s Boulevard behind Simpsonville Elementary School. The company, which manufactures and installs water treatment systems for dialysis clinics, is growing its client base and is looking to expand to accommodate that growth.

  • Still no new work for Johnson Controls

    An automotive supply company in its 24th year of operation in Shelby County still has no options on the horizon after losing a major contract last year.

    In October, officials at Johnson Controls confirmed that the Shelbyville Plant had lost its Ford Contract, but was continuing to try to find a contract to replace it so that the plant wouldn’t have to shut down in February 2016 when its current contract expires.

    But so far, that hasn’t happened, said Mary Kay Dodero, corporate spokesperson for Johnson Controls.

  • Growing up with a growing business

    Todd Purnell made a face when asked if he remembered when longtime employee Sonny White first came to work at Purnell’s Old Folks company.

    “Heck no, I wasn’t even born yet; I’m only 49,” he said.

    White’s face lit up at Allen Purnell’s guffaw.

  • Truth and Consequences

    The gymnasium at the Shelby County Education Center at Cropper Wednesday morning was filled with individuals from law enforcement and EMS workers, among many others, to deal with victims and abusers of drug and alcohol use, at least hypothetically.

    Kelly Samples McNew, director of Shelby Prevention, hosted an exercise titled Truth and Consequences and gave students the opportunity to experience the results of some negative decisions.

  • Cauley-Stein visits Shelby students

    The red and black gym at West Middle School was filled with blue and white Thursday, as students stomped on the bleachers and chanted, “We want Willie”.

    The room exploded when the seven-foot-tall University of Kentucky basketball player, Willie Cauley-Stein, finally arrived.

    And with him he brought positive messages of encouragement, be a positive influence, be nice and do your best.

    Former UK player Jeff Sheppard introduced Cauley-Stein and spoke with the students as part of his ‘School is Cool Tour’.

  • Building a new life

    As Shelby County High School construction teacher Walter Wilson controls his class filled with rowdy high-schoolers operating loud power tools and banging hammers, it’s difficult to fathom that just three months ago Wilson was lying in an operating room in Cincinnati receiving a new liver.

    “I feel better every day,” he said with a smile.

    More than five years ago Wilson was diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) disease, a rare disease of the liver speculated to be hereditary but not related to drinking alcohol.

  • Shelby’s first family of racing

    Their jobs are not the same but the end goal is the same for Shelbyville residents Mike and Vicki Tomlinson.

    Keeping thoroughbred racing owners happy.

    Mike Tomlinson trains horses for a living working out of Churchill Downs and Florida while his wife, Vicki, is the Horsemen Relations Concierge at the track. Their careers overlap and help each other to see how to keep those owners happy.

  • Holes remain in Shelbyville's downtown

    A business owner who is in the process of reestablishing his shop after a devastating fire on Main Street two years ago that destroyed five buildings and left a huge hole in Shelbyville’s downtown streetscape says he is still working on that project, and hoping to reopen in a new location later this year.

  • Still no arrest in deadly shooting

    The investigation is continuing into a shooting last week that left a Louisville man dead, but police have no further information to release to the public, they say.

    “They’re still investigating; I don’t want to say anything that would ever jeopardize the case,” said Shelbyville Police spokesperson Kelly Cable. “When they’re ready to give me the information, we’ll kind of go from there.”

  • Matthews’ accepted to first Craft Academy

    Shelby County High School sophomore Hunter Matthews will exit his local high school this summer and return next fall to the campus of Morehead State, but he isn’t graduating yet.

    Matthews is one of sixty students selected from more than 100 applicants to be part of the inaugural class of Morehead State University's Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, which is set to open this August.