Local News

  • County approves interlocal agreement with Simpsonville

    With the expiration date of the current interlocal agreement between Shelby County, Shelbyville and Simpsonville quickly approaching this summer, the Shelby County Fiscal Court took action Tuesday to ensure that at least two local governments would not have to operate without one.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the fiscal court magistrates authorized Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger to execute an interlocal agreement between the three entities.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County approves zone change for Gordon Lane

    A zone change request tabled by the fiscal court last month was passed on first reading Tuesday night with no opposition from the public and very little from magistrates.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates voted 6-1 to approve a request to switch from agricultural to light industrial for 61 acres located on Gordon Lane owned by Bruce and Joyce Nethery and fewer than 10 acres of adjacent property owned by Lewiston, Inc., rejecting the action of the Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission, which voted to not recommend approval.

  • Titans give back, get back

    Sitting quietly in a circle, peering up with admiration, a class of young Southside Elementary students listens eagerly to Collins’ senior Sarah Donnell read them a book, their attentive silence breaking only on occasion to laugh at her funny sound effects and gestures.

  • Shelby teen building a cultural bridge

    A local youth is making big strides for the Hispanic community and her work has recently earned her an impressive recognition.

    Ivonne Gonzales, an Eastern Kentucky University sophomore, has been honored with the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Award for her efforts to educate others about, and promote the inclusion of, Hispanic culture.

  • State funding to stay in place for road programs

    Shelby County officials say they were glad to hear that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin will keep two essential road aid programs in place, both housed in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he was pleased to learn that the Flex Funds and the 80/20 Bridge Replacement programs will both continue to operate in Fiscal Year 2017.

  • Rebuilding Lacy’s Lizzie

    Gene Dukes is only 76 years old, but he has an 89-year old baby.

    "You could say that," he said, lovingly patting his restored 1927 Model T Ford, as it sat in his workshop in Simpsonville, its bright red finish gleaming.

    Dukes' friend, Bob Drane, who sold him the car 15 years ago, said he was impressed with Dukes’ restoration of the historic vehicle.

  • Hats off to reading

    Children will be coming home from school this week with Wockets in their Pockets, Green Eggs and Ham in their tummies and hopefully a newfound love for reading in their hearts.

    On this day 112 years ago a man by the name of Theodor Seuss Geisel was born and would become one of the best-known children’s authors of our time, writing more than 60 books under the famous pseudonym Dr. Seuss.

    The late author’s unique and wildly tales of imaginary worlds and characters made his stories both interesting and iconic. 

  • Sen. Paul addresses concerns at Shelby town hall meeting

    A packed house showed Saturday to see U.S. Sen. Rand Paul cover a wide variety of topics in a question and answer town hall setting at Harvest Coffee & Caféin Shelbyville.

    Paul (R-Bowling Green), who recently suspended his campaign for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, has returned his focus to retaining his seat on the U.S. Senate and has spent the last few weeks traveling to various counties around the state to address firsthand the concerns and issues Kentuckians are facing.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board discusses goal progress

    Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith gave an update Thursday at Shelby County Public Schools’ regularly scheduled board meeting on the district’s progress toward meeting their board goals for the 2015-16 school year.

    The goals are tied to the Strategic Leadership Plan, Smith explained.

  • Construction nearly complete on Shelby’s Kosair pediatric center

    The transformation from a construction warehouse to a children’s hospital is nearly complete in Governor’s Square on the east end of Shelbyville.

    The corner of the shopping center will soon be home to a new Kosair Children’s Hospital Medical Associates office.

    Norton Healthcare signed a lease in July 2015 for the space, and is relocating Kosair Children’s Hospital Medical Associates – Shelbyville, 213 Midland Boulevard, to the new site, with a planned opening date of March 14.