Local News

  • Parade organizers seeking participants

    With just two weeks left on the calendar before Shelby County’s annual Christmas parade takes hits the streets of downtown Shelbyville, plans for the day are well underway.  But officials say they are still in need of floats.  Jennifer Stenger with the Shelby County Fire Department said about 10 participants have signed up as of Wednesday to be a part of the parade.

  • Shelby native POW passes on Veterans Day

    In what couldn’t have been a more fitting departure, Shelbyville war hero Col. (R) Ben Pollard passed away last week on Veterans Day.

    Pollard, a POW of the Vietnam War, devoted his life to serving his country and earned a Silver Star for “his gallantry and devotion to duty.”

    Brig. Gen. (R) Ronald R. Van Stockum, Sr. described Pollard as “an especially splendid aviator, engineer and gentleman.”

    Born on February 27, 1932, in Shelbyville, Pollard attended Shelbyville High School where he played football and basketball.


    The Triple S Planning Commission will soon consider updating its fee schedule.

    “We have not reviewed our fee schedule in ten years,” Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke said during his report Tuesday before the commission.

    Using fee schedules gathered from other commissions across the state, Libke said he compiled an updated fee list for the commission to review.

    Libke said some recommended changes include simplifying and increasing the cost for zoning amendments. 

  • Police arrest man accused of exposing himself

    Police have arrested a Shelbyville man and charged him with exposing himself to a woman near downtown Shelbyville Monday afternoon.

    Conner Baskett, 24, is charged  with second-degree indecent exposure and second-degree stalking.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Bernice Napier said the incident occurred at around 3 p.m. near Washington and Alton streets.

    Napier said that when they responded to the call, the woman said the man followed her down Washington Street then got out of his car near Alton Street and exposed his genitals to her.

  • Sunday sales included in 1st reading of new county alcohol ordinance

    The first reading of an updated alcohol ordinance for Shelby County contains a provision for Sunday packaged alcohol sales.

    The new ordinance – which has been created after a special election that approved alcohol sales in the county – states that any business licensed to sell alcohol may be permitted to dispense or sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday between the hours of 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

    The ordinance passed a first reading at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County and is scheduled for a second reading Dec. 6.

  • Big moment for small town

    Simpsonville will be in the limelight Saturday with its holiday kickoff, Light up Simpsonville.

    The evening will launch with dazzle in the lighting of the city’s holiday lights at 6:15 p.m. at Wiche Park in the middle of town at the corner of Old Veechdale Road and U.S. 60, an annual event targeted at getting people in the holiday spirit.

    Chris Truelock, Simpsonville Parks and Recreation Director, said everyone looks forward to the event and many take pleasure in the traditional scene.

  • “Putting their money where their mash is.”

    Four years worth of work, planning and dreams came to fruition at the gorgeous new farm on Gordon Lane Friday morning at the moment the Nethery family’s vision was realized.

    With ceremonial scissors in hand, the family sliced through an appropriately plaid ribbon, secured at both ends by bourbon barrels, and opened their craft distillery, Jeptha Creed, to the public.

  • Prepping preschools

    Shelby County Public Schools knows the value of preparing students for kindergarten so the district is working to increase the number of kids who come into school equipped with the tools to learn.

    “We want every child to have every opportunity to succeed,” said Ryan Allan, SCPS public relations coordinator.  “Research has shown that kids who come to school ready for kindergarten have a better shot of meeting every benchmark as they go along and succeeding throughout their academic career than those who come to school not kindergarten ready.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Update on 21 Century Support Systems

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear an update on 21st Century Support Systems when it convenes at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district offices, 1155 West Main Street. 

    Chief Operations Officer Eddie Oakley and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Whitehouse will lead a presentation regarding the fifth strand of the Strategic Leadership Plan: 21st Century Support Systems.  Their presentation will include an update on their implementation on the 1:1 digital conversion, as well as information on upgrades to the district’s WiFi system.

  • Bobby Webb passes 1 week after transplant listing

    Friends and family of Bobby Webb are juggling emotions of both sorrow and reprieve this week.  On Friday, less than two weeks after finally receiving the long awaited news that he was going to be added to the lung transplant list, Webb took his final breath.

    An updated Facebook page now states that Webb, who suffered his entire life from the debilitating effects of Cystic Fibrosis, can now “breathe easy.”

    His close friend Missy Browning said even through Webb’s personal health struggles, his focus was always on others.