Local News

  • Shelbyville City Council: Garbage ordinance waits on prices

    By Ashley Wilkins


    The City of Shelbyville’s new garbage and recycling franchise ordinance was approved on second reading Thursday at the city council’s meeting, but its fate hinges on securing a bid with a contractor that meets the council’s approval.

    The ordinance would bring several changes to the city’s refuse collection, including recycling collection every two weeks and a senior citizen discount.  The ordinance would also limit other licensed collection trucks from hauling in the area. 

  • 2014 Primary Election results are in

    Incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) and his top challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes both cruised to victory in the Primary Election Tuesday.

    The two will battle in one of the country's most hotly contested elections this November.

    In Shelby County, incumbent State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) held onto his seat, dominating challenger Tony "Gary" McCurdy with 87 percent of the local vote and more than 80 percent throughout the district. Hornback has no competition in the November election.

  • I-64 lane closures this week, on/off ramps at Exit 32 eastbound closed Thursday night

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today that overnight lane closures will occur in Shelby County this week as Interstate 64’s eastbound lanes are shifted back to their original configuration.

    Eastbound I-64 will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. on Thursday until 6:00 a.m. on Friday, when construction crews will move temporary barrier walls and shift the traffic lanes.

  • 2 barn fires leave horses, goats dead

    Two barn fires in the county have left horses and dozens of goats dead.

    The Shelby County Fire Department was on the scene at 6 a.m. Saturday for a barn fire on Zaring Mill Road.

    The barn housed about 70 goats, but only about 15 were saved, according to assistant chief Jeff Ivers.

    “Somebody driving by saw the smoke and stopped and alerted the homeowners,” he said. “They got about 15 of them out, but by the time we got there it was fully engulfed.”

    The barn was a complete loss.

  • Making memories

    To the people of Bagdad, their annual spring festival on Saturday is more than just a way for people to have fun.

    It’s that, all right, but Cathy Marion, chair of Bagdad Days, said the festival, in its 22nd year, is a tradition that the community strives to uphold.

    “Bagdad Days is all about making memories,” she said. “Every year, everybody, especially the kids, have something new to remember and to talk about.”

  • NEWS DIGEST: May 16, 2014

    Triple S Planning Commission

    to hear city’s distillery plan

    The Triple S Planning Commission will discuss the city of Shelbyville’s request to amend the zoning districts of Agricultural (A), Highway Commercial (C-4) and Limited Interchange (X-1) to allow the production of distilled spirits as a permitted use.

    The commission will make a recommendation back to the council, and the council can then either approve or deny the change.

  • Organizers hoping for dry Relay for Life

    The 2014 Shelby County Relay for Life is set for today and organizers say they hope the rain will hold off, though that’s not likely with a 40 percent chance of showers, gusting winds and cooler temperatures.

    The forecast is one reason that Sonia Roach, co-chair, said she does not expect too much decoration at the Relay, which is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event.

    The event may even have to be moved indoors, she said.

  • Former sheriff injured in fall

    Former Shelby County Sheriff injured in a fall has undergone one surgery already and is facing another, family members say.

    Harold Tingle, 77, was injured Saturday night when he fell in his bedroom, said his brother, Joe Tingle.

    “He got out of bed too quick, I think, got dizzy,” he said. “He fell and hit his head on an end table, and what it amounts to, he broke his neck.”

  • Officials expect a smooth Election Day

    With Tuesday just around the corner, election officials say they are ready for the 2014 Primary Election, mostly, that is.

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said that her office is ready to roll with new precincts in place, voting machines primed and every detail in place except for one thing – there still are not enough precinct officers.

  • Painting the Gables blue again

    A community-led project that started three years ago with the intent of purchasing and renovating the old Blue Gables Motel is finally coming to fruition.

    On June 16, the Shelbyville Preservation Group (SPG), a 501(c)3 which consists of several local investors, will take control of the building, closing on the property with current owner Mark Stivers.