Local News

  • JHS gets $200K renovation grant

    Shelby County’s local hospital, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, has just had a great stroke of luck in receiving a substantial helping hand in the way of funding, officials say.

    Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation was recently awarded $200,000 from another well-known local organization to help improve emergency care at its facility on Hospital Drive.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Last collection for Clear Creek improvement bonds

    Council members likely gave an internal sigh of relief as they voted for the last time in favor of an ordinance of the city levying the annual assessment for the Clear Creek Subdivision Public Improvement bonds.

    “This is the last year,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said of the collection. “Thank goodness.”

    City Attorney Steve Gregory read the total, explaining the final bond payment is $81,933.74 with an administrative cost and expense for the city at $2,048.34, bringing the total amount to $83,982.08 or $1,584.57 per lot.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Working budget up for approval


    Members of the Shelby County School Board will consider for approval the 2017-18 Working Budget when they meet for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the district offices at 1155 West Main Street.  The Working Budget is the third and final phase of the budget. 

    The board approved a balanced Tentative Budget in May with a slight excess of revenues over expenditures – $4,715.

  • Schools helping schools

    A month ago a devastating hurricane wreaked havoc across the western coast of Texas.  While here in Kentucky the initial shock and concern for the hundreds of thousands impacted by Hurricane Harvey has faded and our lives have moved on, many families in Houston and neighboring cities are still left picking up the pieces.

    But students across Shelby County schools have yet to put the devastation that left behind $40 billion in damage, out of their minds.

  • A deadly stroll down memory lane

     While it’s possible a similar crowd of onlookers shared the same piqued interest, the atmosphere on Main Street in Shelbyville was likely quite different Saturday than it was on a fateful day 80 years ago.

    Upbeat music and historic cars set the scene on the corner of 6th and Main streets as crowds gathered around with phones and cameras in hand waiting for the excitement to unfold for the end of the sordid tale and murder of Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt.

  • Local NAACP to host state conference

    The Shelbyville area branch of the NAACP will host the Kentucky State Conference of the organization's 70th annual event, a three-day event that runs through Sunday.

    The event begins at Ramada Inn today and moves to Clay Street Baptist Church on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for general sessions. NAACP branches from across the state will be in attendance, with Raoul Cunningham, Kentucky State Conference President, presiding over the meeting along with the state executive committee members.

  • County gives EMS personnel raises

    At Tuesday's meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates agreed to a substantial pay raise for some emergency services personnel.

    Magistrates lent unanimous approval, with Eddie Kingsolver making the motion to approve and Bill Hedges seconding, to raise starting pay for EMTs and paramedics by 16 and 19 percent, respectively.

    Starting pay for EMTS has been raised from $28,022 to $32,677 and from $33,012 to $39,381 for paramedics.

  • Dorman Center needs volunteers

    The Dorman Preschool Center, long renown for working with children with developmental delays, is badly in need of volunteers.

    "We have a huge need for volunteers at this time to help keep the doors open at the Dorman Center," said Ray Leathers, chair of the center's board. "The strong economic conditions in Shelby County have made it extremely difficult to recruit and retain teachers and teacher aids."

    Ron Caughron, president of the Dorman Center, said the facility faces a serious situation with an ever-decreasing staff.

  • Unsung hero to be portrayed by son

    Claude Hammond had heard the tale many times from his father about his role in apprehending the shooters in a classic murder case in Shelby County that made national news back in the 1930s.

    When he heard that Main Street was going to close down Saturday for a re-enactment about the sensational murder and trial that took place 80 years ago, he had to make sure that his father, Claude Hammond Sr., a Shelbyville policeman, would be not left out, the way that he has been since the incident happened, he said.

  • Annual Wild Game Feast Saturday

    It all started with a couple of local hunters and a full freezer and more than 15 years later, those same hunters will again host the annual Wild Game Feast to support youth and children’s ministries at Centenary United Methodist Church.

    Holly Husband, one of the organizers of the event, said tickets for the dinner, hosted at Floral Hall, are on sale now and can be purchased in advance by calling the Centenary church office at 633-4510.