Local News

  • Shopping good on Black Friday

    Cool temperatures on Black Friday didn’t deter people from rushing out to take advantage of hot items on sale in Shelby County.

    Around the county, from the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass to eastern Shelby County, shopping was good. Although most retailers said they had a good turnout Friday, they said the frenzied rush of shoppers was not as hectic early Friday morning as in the past.

    That’s probably because of the trend in having sales extend from Thursday throughout Sunday, instead of just on Friday, was the speculation.

  • Deceased man found in creek

    Shelby County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of an elderly man found in a creek behind Red Roof Inn, off KY 55.

    Detective Jason Rice said Louis Synder , 62, of Shelbyville, was discovered in the creek at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. Synder was staying at the motel, which was formerly a Days Inn.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell said Synder’s body was found lying face down in the creek by an employee of hotel, which is located on Howard Drive.

  • Tractor-trailer crash closes I-64 for hours

    A tractor-trailer accident Monday morning on I-64 caused a major traffic disruption in the Waddy area, but resulted in only minor injuries, police say.

    Kentucky State Police spokesperson Christopher Martin said that the single-vehicle accident happened at 9:42 a.m. at mile marker 45.

  • Pollett sworn in as state association president

    A large state agency has a new president, which is none other than Shelby County Magistrate Hubie Pollett.

    “It is an honor to have the members of KACo select me as their president,” he said. “Keeping this association strong is important to the counties, and to the local officials.”

    Pollett was sworn in Nov. 20 as president of the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) at its 40th Annual Conference and Exposition at the Lexington Convention Center.

  • Kempers tabbed as Farmers of Year

    Although the award is the Farmer of the Year, Leonard and Jeanne Kemper might better qualify for the Farmers of the Years award.

    Tabbed as this year’s recipient during the Farm City Banquet on Tuesday, the Kempers were quite surprised.

    “Pure shock, that’s all I can say,” said Jeanne Kemper. “We are honored to be chosen, but there are so many other deserving people.”

    Long known as dairy farmers, the Kempers, who sold their dairy of 42 years last year, still farm beef cattle, tobacco and soybeans.

  • In need of a helping hand



    It’s that time of year when giving is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. And local charities are asking that folks give that most precious gift – time.

    Shelby County has five food banks that all say they could use some extra manpower in the form of volunteers.

    Sam Eyle, director of the Serenity Center, a Christian-based counseling service that has operated a food bank for the past seven years for the general public, said he needs all kinds of volunteers.

  • Ferguson not as violent as it appears

    On August 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police Officer Darren Wilson.  Monday evening, the announcement was made that a grand jury had voted to not indict Wilson.

    Following the release of the decision, televisions and computers have been flooded with videos of riots, looting, protests and violence.

    But St. Louis resident Casey McBride, daughter of Waddy resident Leslie McBride, says a lot of what we are seeing has been exaggerated.

  • District hires new Director of Finance

    Shelby County Public Schools has hired a new Director of Finance to fill the position left vacant when Greg Murphy stepped down from the position last month in the wake of a former employee being charged with embezzling almost $600,000.

    Susan Barkley, currently employed with the Kentucky Department of Education, will fill the position starting on Dec. 1.

    Murphy, who stepped down from the position on October 29, is still employed with the district.

  • Frozen is hot for Black Friday

    For the first year in more than a decade, Barbie dolls will not be topping off little girls’ Christmas list, according to the National Retail Federation, as one in five parents of little girls are anticipating the purchase of Disney’s Frozen items instead. 

    The animated movie, which was released last November became an immediate hit and has since become the highest grossing animated film of all time.

  • Collins senior named National Merit semifinalist

    The Shelby County Board of Education commended Elizabeth McGuire on Thursday, for her achievement in being selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  McGuire, a senior at Martha Layne Collins High School, is one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.5 million applicants to the program and is the sole semifinalist in the district.

    “It’s a major honor,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said, noting his pride in her achievement.