Local News

  • Democrat dinner fills guests’ minds

    With a focus on raising their voter turnout, the Shelby County Democratic Party enjoyed a warm meal at Claudia Sanders Dinner House Monday evening served with a side of various political addresses.

    The event drew a crowd of more than 200, among which included local Democrats Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, Shelbyville City Council members Donna Eaton and Mike Zoeller, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton, Shelby County Magistrates Hubie Pollett, Eddie Kingsolver, County Clerk Sue Carole Perry and Jailer Bobby Waits, among others.

  • Massie chats with public

    About 30 people packed Harvest Coffee and CaféTuesday afternoon to hear U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-Vanceburg) views of issues in government as a part of his Coffee with a Congressman tour, which he had stops in several other areas in the 4th Congressional District.

    Massie, who entered Congress in November 2012 after serving as Lewis County Judge-Executive, talked about the national debt, foreign spending and social security.

  • County jail budget sees slight increase

    Magistrates accepted the 2016-17 budget for the Shelby County Detention Center Tuesday night during the Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting.

    The proposed budget of $4,189,000 is less than 5 percent more than last year’s budget of $4 million, said Jailer Bobby Waits.

  • A perfect Main Street

    Shelbyville’s local preservation and enhancement organization, Shelby Main Street, was recognized this week for an exceptional feat.

    Of the 44 communities that earned accreditation for 2016 by both Kentucky Main Street and the National Main Street Center for achieving standards set by the programs, Shelbyville achieved a perfect score.  Shelbyville joins Danville as the only two communities to ever attain such.

  • Pena accepted into Gatton Academy

    Alex Martin Pena, a sophomore at Collins High School, has been selected to join the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University.

    The academy is Kentucky’s first residential high school for gifted and talented junior and seniors, offering students a chance to experience college campus life with no cost for housing, tuition or meals while pursuing their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers.

  • Picturing of Big Picture

    Shelby County Public Schools is ready to make a big change.  District superintendent James Neihof said in the coming weeks he will ask the board for a recommendation for their support to bring a Big Picture Academy to Shelby County, the first school of its kind in the state.

    The format involves students attending school three days a week and working at an internship the other two.

    In March, John Leeper, director of college and career readiness and innovation for the district, presented to the board an introduction on what the program may entail.

  • County hires new youth coordinator

    Beginning today, a youth services coordinator will be in place to help steer young people away from becoming involved in drugs.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted to create the position in January, and have now hired a Shelby County native who will have an office in a small building behind the Stratton Center.

    Mitchell Tinsley is a 1989 graduate of Shelby County High School and has an extensive background in working with troubled youth.

  • Trumbo gets lifetime achievement award

    Longtime farmer Jack Trumbo recently got a perfect boost to his morale in his recovery from a devastating farming accident when he received a lifetime achievement award from the American Soybean Association.

  • Tax deadline drawing near
  • Fire destroys building on Cropper Road

    No one was injured in an early morning blaze destroyed an old structure on Cropper Road Monday morning.

    “It was an old store, it hasn’t been in business for several years, the owner was using it for storage,” said Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton.

    Newton said that a call came in at 12:44 a.m. of a fire at 8756 Cropper Road of a structure fire already underway.

    Newton said a neighbor saw the blaze and called 911, but did not see the fire until it was considerably involved.