Local News

  • Shelbyville program examines elections’ impact on black Americans

    A discussion in Shelbyville on Sunday will examine the effect of the recent elections – from the statehouse to the White House – on black Americans.

    The event, to be hosted at Clay Street Baptist Church, 1940 Midland Trail, is being organized by the Shelbyville NAACP in partnership with the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences.

    The free event is a public panel entitled, “The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Black America: What Happened and Why?”

  • Showcasing the arts

    Not only is spring in the air, but also the excitement of having an art gallery operating downtown again.

    The Dogwood Art Gallery, which opened in the Shoppes at Blue Gables last month, will celebrate its grand opening Saturday.

    The facility is the new home of the Shelby Regional Arts Council.

    Janice Emery, interim director of the council, was busy Wednesday getting ready for the event.

  • Hornet stings competition

    Roberta Clifton ran her hand lovingly over her 1971 AMC Hornet as she remembers buying it when it was just two years old.

    “I used to drag race it,” she said with a chuckle. “I was very young, in my twenties, and I thought to myself the other day how crazy I was then, because it was my daily ride and I would drag race it on the weekends.”

  • Wing joint eyeing Shelbyville

    While it’s a bit premature to get out your bibs and wet-naps, officials with Cincinnati-based Buffalo Wings & Rings say they are eying Shelbyville for the next location of their club-level sports restaurant.

    With 80 locations, Buffalo Wings & Rings Chief Development Officer Philip Schram said the sports restaurant is now focusing its growth on Kentucky for 2017. Currently there are locations in Bardstown, Elizabethtown and Crestview Hills in Kentucky with a fourth location set to open in the coming weeks in London.

  • Education commissioner kicks off survey in Shelby

    As the rain began to slow Wednesday morning, the Kentucky Department of Education announced it was ready to get a clearer view on necessary changes and improvements in schools across the state.

    Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt stopped into Clear Creek Elementary School Wednesday morning to kick off the 2017 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey.

  • Simpsonville development heating back up

    While there has been plenty of talk and interest for some time regarding the vacant and undeveloped land across Buck Creek Road from The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, development has slowed in Simpsonville over the last year.

    But those working firsthand with two commercial properties in the area say that could soon change.

  • Meth making a comeback, police say

    A large drug bust during a traffic stop in Shelby County over the weekend illustrates how an illegal drug that some thought was dwindling is gaining momentum again, even to the point of competing with heroin in popularity.

    Methamphetamine use has seen steady growth in recent months, police say, and on Sunday, Kentucky State Police troopers confiscated a large amount of crystal meth at a traffic stop at Exit 43 on Interstate 64 in Waddy, said KSP spokesperson Bernice Napier.

  • Food bank and men's shelter to merge

    Two of Shelby's longtime charitable organizations, the Serenity Center and the Open Door of Hope men's shelter, are in the processing of merging into a single organization, a move that will not only better suit those in need, but also provide even more services in the future, said its leaders.

    "There's been collaboration between the Open Door of Hope and the Serenity Center,” said Steve Meadors, chairman of the board of Awake Ministries, the name of the new organization.

  • Farm bureau collects food for Backpack Program

    The Shelby County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee has collected more than 2,200 servings of food at the midpoint of the annual collection for the Shelby County Backpack Program.

    The women’s group Wednesday transported a huge amount of food to the Serenity Center for the program, which furnishes food for underprivileged elementary school children to eat on the weekends when they are not able to have access to meals at school.

  • Community Action Agency seeks funding

    Kim Embry-Hill is worried.

    As executive director of Shelby County’s Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, she is concerned that not having enough money coming in could force the facility to either cut services or merge with another agency.

    Neither of those two scenarios is an attractive possibility, she told the Shelby County Fiscal Court, one of the entities she has reached out to lately to promote awareness of the problem. She also recently visited the Shelbyville City Council,