Local News

  • Tedious tobacco training necessary

    There may not be much new information for tobacco farmers to absorb this year, but what has changed is that they have to attend a workshop if they expect to sell their tobacco, officials say.
    And they’re going to have to keep taking the class every year.

    “The word that they're trying to get out, is even if they got trained last year, they have to go to an updated training,” said Bob Pearce, a tobacco production specialist at the University of Kentucky who teaches GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training classes.

  • Lucky dogs

    If you’re looking for a best friend, you may be in luck next weekend – that is, if you’re looking for the four-legged variety.

    The Shelby County Animal Shelter’s Adopt-a-thon scheduled for Feb. 20-21 will give people the chance to adopt a pet completely free of charge, officials say.

    Leon Federle, director of the Shelby County Animal Shelter, said the events are held once in a while to help ease overcrowding at the shelter.

  • County will not dip into road money


  • Bike shop hits the road

    After seven successful years, Shelbyville’s only bicycle shop, Main Street Bikes, is hitting the road, but the journey will not be far.

    Choosing to remain in Shelby County, Tom Waggener, the shop owner, said he is relocating to Simpsonville while concurrently opening a second location in Frankfort.

    Waggener said the change is long overdue. 

  • Start behind, stay behind

    The latest research of Kentucky students confirmed a truth most educators are already aware of and many young parents fear –only half of our children are prepared for kindergarten.

    The study, based on kindergarten entrance screenings, revealed that only 50 percent of Kentucky children entering kindergarten are ready to do so.  While the number is slightly higher in Shelby County –56 percent– it’s still leaves nearly 5 out of 10 Shelby County kids unprepared to start school.

  • SCHS principal ready to retire

    Having served in the education field for 32 years, Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley says he’s ready to start a new chapter.

    Though he has enjoyed the journey, Oakley said it’s time to retire and explore different paths.

    “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet,” he said. “Its just time to do something else.”

    Oakley said he might use his free time to flip houses or visit his son in Australia.

  • Bunching up

    Jessie Baxter’s congregation of senior citizens are wrapped in more than just shawls and blankets as they attend his church services in their wheelchairs – they’re wrapped in the love of volunteers that have followed Baxter since he’s been pastor at the Masonic Home’s chapel.

    “It’s all about caring for the welfare of our residents,” said Baxter, as he helped his volunteers take people back to their rooms Tuesday after the service.

  • Shooting for simplicity

    People interested in obtaining a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon can now take that first step in the comfort of his or her own home by submitting an application online.

    The administrative process is handled through the sheriff’s office and Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said that being able to submit an application online does not mean the course is altered in any way, only the process of dealing with paperwork.

  • Recycling center services

    The Shelby County Recycling Center expects to begin charging for its services next week, officials say.

    When the center opened Dec. 9, they had announced that there would be no cost to use the Shelby County Recycling facility for about a month, and now that timeframe has been extended for the third time.

    Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon had said in mid-January that the equipment would be installed soon, and on Monday, Rusty Newton, chair of the 109 Board, the county entity that oversees solid waste disposal, said that has been done.

  • Simpsonville City Commission

    This month, the Simpsonville City Commission implements its new meeting schedule, going from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

    Meetings are set by ordinance, and commissioners approved the second reading of the new date at the Jan. 21 meeting. The move not only changed the day that the Simpsonville City Commission meets, but also the time of the meeting, going from one morning and one evening meeting, to two nighttime meetings.