Local News

  • ACA deadline for healthcare is Friday

    The deadline to sign up for marketplace health care coverage is fast approaching, and those needing insurance are being urged to enroll quickly if they have not already done so.

    Officials say they are concerned because thousands of people have not yet enrolled – in fact, a recent study found that one-third of Americans haven’t even heard about open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health plans.

  • Geoffrey Eugene McGillen: Aug. 13, 1952 – Dec. 8, 2017

    The world got a bit quieter Friday with the passing of renowned musician Geoffrey McGillen.

    Geoffrey Eugene McGillen, 65, who passed away after a brief bout with pneumonia, was minister for senior adults at First Baptist Church on Midland Trail, as well as a gifted musician who loved playing music as much as people loved hearing him play, his friends said.

  • Three homes destroyed in weekend fires

    Residents of three households in different parts of the county lost practically everything they owned in separate house fires over the weekend.

    Though there were no injuries, each home suffered massive losses, including one home in Bagdad where a five-year-old child’s Christmas presents were lost.

  • Changes coming for jail

    Some changes are on the horizon for the Shelby County Detention Center, with new technology and an increase in booking fees.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, magistrates approved Jailer Darrell Cox’s request to purchase a body scanner that he said is badly needed.

    “They [scanners] will be like the ones you see at the airport,” he said. “We can see if they’ve got drugs or weapons hid on them – anything.”

    Cox said the scanners, which employ X-ray technology, are perfectly safe to use.

  • Christmas from cover to cover

    If the thought of those longs, chaotic lines to meet Santa are adding stress to your holiday season, the Shelby County Library has a solution in store. Library Director Pam Federspiel said the library’s annual Christmas at the Library is set for Saturday, and they have a lot of activities in store.

    From 10 a.m. until noon the library will host the celebration, which includes music, snacks, crafts and, of course, photos and visits with Santa.

    “This year we will have Mrs. Claus, too,” Federspiel noted.

  • Beauty beyond the bell

    As vice principal of Painted Stone Elementary, Emily Campanell influences the young lives she touches each day.

    But her newest title as Modern Miss Kentucky is helping her expand that influential reach beyond the walls of her school and across the state.

  • Letters to Santa

    Santa has a lot more than just cookies on his plate this time of year.  Between overseeing the workshop, visiting with hundreds of thousands of children and attending parades he barely has time to make his naughty and nice list, which, of course, requires a lookover not once, but twice.  

    So to help ease the added pressure of guessing what hot new item each child is eying, the Shelbyville Post Office is encouraging kids to send letters to Santa.

  • Help for the holidays

      In the season of listening to kids beg and cry for more and more toys, it’s refreshing to see young adults thinking of others. 

    That is certainly the case with at West Middle School where teacher Shannon Pugh said two of her students have taken a classroom project and ran with it.

    “The kids had to create an action plan of how they could positively change their community,” she said.

    And two sixth grade girls, Meg Barnett and Bristol Wallace, really took charge of their project.  

  • Shelbyville City Council - Restaurant Tax revision to be discussed

     Council members will consider making a change to Shelbyville’s Restaurant Tax when they convene for the first regularly scheduled meeting of the month.

    The agenda for the meeting, set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street, includes an ordinance amending a portion of the city’s code of ordinances relating to the Restaurant Tax.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board accepts annual audit

    On Thursday members of the Shelby County school board accepted the 2016/17 audit report, which ultimately declared the district clear of any necessary modifications.

    “Your financial statements are in really good shape,” auditor Denise Keene said.

    Keene also touched on the district’s net pension liability noting they have $15.6 million of unfunded liability in just classified employees.

    “The liability doesn’t concern me,” she said, noting what does concern her, however, are future increases to the contributions.