Local News

  • Saluting the African American soldier

    Patriotism and the military service of African Americans from Shelby County, particularly during World War I and II, will be the focus of the annual Community Tapestry event this year.

    The event, which is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Northside Early Childhood Center at 821 College Street in Shelbyville, is a popular annual event that showcases a portion of our community’s African American history through exhibits and speakers to share the pride and accomplishment in Shelby’s African American community.

  • Germinating the industry

    An informal discussion of growing industrial hemp drew about 50 people Thursday at the Shelby County Extension Office, which yielded both a lot of information and a barrage of questions from the audience.

    The event, conducted by the Department of Agriculture, featured a couple of hemp processors, as well as state ag officials, who spoke to the crowd about everything from the value of hemp as a food source to logistical problems in harvesting it.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL Council will cast final vote on non-partisan elections


  • Shelby teams face off in academic competition

    Elementary schools across Shelby County competed in district competition of the Governor’s Cup over the weekend and two Shelby schools brought home top honors.

    The district event at Clear Creek Elementary saw Wright, Simpsonville, Southside and Clear Creek compete.  There the Simpsonville Bobcats came out on top.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Committee recommends 4 percent tax increase

    The Shelby County Board of Education gathered with members of the budget committee for a formal work session during its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday and learned their recommendation included a two percent teacher raise. The proposal, however, was a double-edged sword as it accompanied the recommendation of generating those funds by increasing the county’s property tax by the maximum four percent rate.

    Rates can be increased by more, but would require a public vote, not just action by the school board.

  • Shelby deputy coroner dies suddenly

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell died unexpectedly Friday at his home in Shelbyville of a gunshot wound.

    “He was deceased upon our arrival of an apparent gunshot wound,” said Maj. Istvan Kovacs of the Shelbyville Police Department. “The actual cause or source of that is still under investigation.”

    Kovacs declined to elaborate on whether the fatal gunshot wound was accidental or self-inflected, or any details surrounding the situation, but said that no one is charged in the death.

  • Youth with a mission

    “I really love to see the fulfillment on the homeowner’s face when they get the work done,” said Hailey Wood.

    “They really need it and it’s a really heartwarming experience. That’s what keeps me coming back – it’s so needed in the community.”

    Wood, 18, a senior at Shelby County High School, is one of several local students who will be joining hundreds of middle and high school students from around the state and even the nation this summer in a project called Kentucky Changers.

  • County to repave several roads

    Three county roads are slated to be repaved, and officials say the construction will be done this spring.

    At Tuesday night's meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates accepted the request of Shelby County Road Supervisor Craig Myatt to solicit bids to resurface portions of Bob Rogers Road, Booker Lane and Gorham's Road.

    Myatt said the projects would take the rest of the funding allotted for the road department for the current fiscal year.

  • Birds of a feather

    While it's true that opposites attracts, it's also true that birds of a feather flock together, although Bonnie Witt would object strenuously to that idiom, with her fear of birds.

    But no one can argue with the result of the union between Witt and her husband, Gene, who’s 41 year marriage is rock solid – even though they've had their share of rough times, with serious surgeries, their house burning to the ground and enduring the grief of losing both sets of parents.

  • Giving back to the lake

    In their own appreciative nod to the community, new neighbors, Bulleit Distilling Co., recently installed a new boat ramp at Guist Creek, providing boaters with more accommodating launches throughout the year.