Local News

  • Historical society gets grant to revamp archives

    It may not be a large amount of money, but $500 will go a long way toward connecting Shelby’s future with the past.

    The Shelby County Historical Society received the grant last week, along with similar grants made to 17 other Kentucky counties, from the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund.

    The goal was to help the state’s local historical societies to make better use of their resources, increase membership and generally move forward.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Board to review progress toward goals

    On Thursday the board will hear an update on the on the 2016-2017 board goals, which were set last April. 

  • Highlighting history

    Nearly packed to capacity, the cafeteria at Northside Early Childhood Center Sunday overflowed with community members eager to learn more about Shelbyville’s African American history during the annual Community Tapestry event.

    Sponsored by the Shelby County Historical Society, the event each year showcases a portion of our community’s African American history through exhibits and speakers and this year the spotlight was on that of former and current service members.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD District revamps facility plans

    The Shelby County Board of Education convened Thursday for a special called meeting to discuss future facility plans for the district.

    The district highlighted a handful of needs that would require construction to accommodate.

  • Heritage gets historical

    If not for a parking lot completely packed to the limit with modern day cars, one might have thought they had slipped back in time at Heritage Elementary School Thursday evening.

    Students dressed as candlemakers, blacksmiths, tailors, carpenters, potters, farmers and other colonial tradesmen and women lined the halls at the elementary school and demonstrated their skills. Table by table parents and other guests slowly edged their way through the crowd and watched as six weeks of their children’s hard work and studious efforts came to fruition.

  • Construction to begin on new waterline

    Officials with several water districts in Shelby County have expressed excitement about a new waterline that is expected to be under construction as early as next week.

    The 26,075-foot long waterline, which will extend along U.S. 60, has been in the works for a long time, said Bill Eggen, chair of the U.S. 60 Water District.

    “It’s been on the wish list for years,” he said.

    The $2.3 million project is being financed by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority with a 20-year loan to the District.

  • Old Stone Inn to open under new management

    The Old Stone Inn, which has been closed since for a year since being shut down in February 2016, will soon reopen under new management.

    The Purnell family, which owns the building, said they’re happy to have a new tenant, the Kayrouz Café, opening soon.

    Chris Kayrouz, the restaurant’s owner, who is currently out of the country, was unavailable for comment, but Allen Purnell said he has been working closely with him to get the inn in shape.

  • Never too old

    A good portion of Shelby’s historic land records will be accessible for many generations to come thanks to the efforts of two local men.

    Neal Hammon and Charles Long say they are glad the state is updating its historical archives to include digital copies of documents such as they first researched and documented 18 years ago.

    “Charles and I made some photo copies and edited them and put them in this book,” he said. “Those early records that I had worked on were depositions about land records, land claims that were filed,” said Long.

  • Historic cemetery site lost forever

    A distraught Joseph Ruble took to social media last week to gather the opinions and thoughts of his Shelby County neighbors regarding the despoliation of an historical cemetery on property that once belonged to his family.

  • Collins hosts successful VEX competition

    Hundreds of competitors and their supporters flooded the auditorium at Collins High School Saturday for one of the state’s largest VEX Robotics Competitions.

    Coaches Tim Oltman and Shane Ware said 71 teams from across the state turned out for the district’s largest and the state’s third largest VEX competition since the program came into existence more than a decade ago.

    “Five to six hundred people attended,” Oltman said.  “Shelby County teams did really well.”