Local News

  • Sen. Rand Paul to hold town hall meeting July 27

    Rand Paul will make a campaign stop in Shelbyville July 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. to hold a town hall event at the Stratton Center at 215 Washington St. Everyone interested in attending is encouraged to visit randpaulforsenate.eventbrite.com or tiny.cc/randshelbyville for more information and to RSVP. Admission is free.

  • Cox returns to East as principal

    A familiar face will fill the role of principal at East Middle School, a position recently left vacant following Rebecca Martin’s move to central office.

    The school’s Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) council announced Jennifer Cox as its selection late last week.

    Though she is returning to the district after serving as a Goal Clarity Coach in Jefferson County, she is no stranger to the district.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION New retail center planned on Old Brunerstown Road

    With the addition of a Tractor Supply, and a new apartment complex and a Taco Bell under construction, development is booming in the one-time industrial park on Old Brunerstown Road by Interstate 64– and it seems there’s no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. 

  • The Big Picture coming in focus

    Shelby County Public Schools has taken its first steps toward building the first Big Picture Learning Academy in the state, but nothing will be built… yet.

    Earlier this month the district announced that Jefferson Community and Technical College would house the program in its first year.

  • ATC program earns national recognition

    The National Institute for Metalworking Skills recently announced the accreditation of the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining Program at the Shelby County Area Technology Center.

    Formed in 1994 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce, NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.

  • Pulling together

    It took a community effort to clean up a large amount of debris after a storm blew through Shelby County last week.

    “The storm came through last Wednesday and it knocked down a lot of trees throughout the neighborhood,” said Cecil Goodloe, president of the Charleston neighborhood association on Mount Eden Road near Weissinger.

    Goodloe said it all started when he realized a crew of volunteers would be needed to clean up some of the major debris left on Charleston Way in the storm’s wake.

  • Human rights commission has first meeting

    Though not quite fully-staffed, the revamped Shelbyville/Shelby County Human Rights Commission Monday held its first meeting in more than two years.

    Along with the business of electing officers, the commission – which made its quorom of 5 – set an agenda of public outreach, said Chair Yandell Murphy.

    That will involve seeking input from the community, she said.

    The members who attended the meeting were Murphy, Ron Ford, who was elected vice chair, Norris Beckley, Andrea Cottrell and Robert Marshall.

  • Squire Boone statue under construction

    With the statue construction already underway, the group that has worked for several years to get a statue of Squire Boone placed at the east entrance to Shelbyville finally has the full plan in place.

    Although not all of the funding is in place for the project, enough money has been collected – $100,000 – to get the ball rolling, with the completion of design plans, organizers say.

  • County collects enough petitions


  • Friends for life

    With tears in his eyes, Jerry Gribbins exposed a corner of his soul that wasn’t entirely his – he had lost a little piece of his heart to a complete stranger 16 years ago.

    He has never forgotten that newborn baby he found abandoned in the Dumpster behind his pawnshop on Washington Street in January 2000 – he has even carried the child’s photo in his wallet right along with those of his own grandchildren all these years.

    On Monday, he waited anxiously at his shop for a very special visitor.