Local News

  • Triple S Planning Commission

    The Triple S Planning Commission heard a brief report from executive director Ryan Libke when they met Tuesday.  Libke said his office has issued 62 total permits for the month of October, 26 of which were for dwelling units, brining their total permits for the year to 500, 259 of which have been dwelling units.   That number, he said, surpassed last year’s, which was 224. Libke said the numbers show a positive upswing.

  • Congressional award program reaches Simpsonville youth

    Christian Care Communities and the Christian Care Foundation have joined forces with the United States Congressional Award Program to offer a new service in Simpsonville that they believe will benefit both young and old.

    The program, which will use Simpsonville Christian Church as its first site, aims to build youth through four aspects – voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration, and through the partnership youth will be connected with Christian Care Community mentors through Simpsonville Christian Church.

  • Ruby Lewis speaks to students at SCHS

    “I started on this stage a long time ago, as ‘Annie,’” said Ruby Lewis, glancing out at the audience from her vantage point on the stage of the theater at Shelby County High School.

    “Back then I thought the seniors were old; now I’m the old one,” said Lewis, twisting a lock of her blonde hair. “I was born in 1985, that makes me old, doesn’t it?”

  • Touched by tragedy

    When terrorists targeted locations in the French capitol of Paris on Friday, the spree of mass shootings and suicide bombings struck cold fear into the heart of a Shelbyville man as he watched the carnage unfold on T.V.

    Stephen Fox, who had met a French woman three years ago when she visited Kentucky on vacation, and had followed her back to France only to return to the U.S. with hope in his heart that they would be reunited again soon, felt a dread that would not go away, he said.

  • #GivingTuesday

    Local officials want to give a global movement in its 4th year, #GivingTuesday, a more personal touch by encouraging people to give to a local organization that funds Shelby County charities.

    “We have a group of people that are going to be going out door to door to ask for dollars,” said Belinda Nichols, Shelby County Chair for Metro United Way.

  • Parks hire new FAC director

    The Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park has a new director who has already made headway since being hired in October.

    Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens told magistrates at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court that Taylor Grayson, an Owensboro native, is a good fit to head up programs headquartered at the FAC.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Council makes HRC appointment despite objections

    Despite a light agenda, the Shelbyville City Council couldn’t keep the outcry at bay this week, as concerned citizens returned to city hall Thursday to dispute an appointment to the Human Rights Commission.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty recommended to the council the appointment of William (Bill) Matthews to the HRC but also noted that after meeting with Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden and Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger, the former decision to reduce the seats on the commission from 11 to 7 had been taken off the table.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – SCPS to consider 6 new buses

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street.  On their concise agenda is an update on dual credit with Eastern Kentucky University, which will be presented by John Leeper, the district’s Director of Innovation and College and Career Readiness.

  • Burks Branch fire claims barn, tobacco

    Numerous local fire departments were busy Tuesday afternoon, as Simpsonville, Shelbyville and Shelby County fire fighters responded to a blaze at multiple barns on Burks Branch Road, just north of the bypass.

    EMS also responded to the scene, but no injuries were reported.

    Cowherd said the fire is under investigation and labeled it as suspicious.

    “There is no reason why the fire should have started,” Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said. “Investigators are looking into it as we speak.”

  • Eagle spotted at golf course

    The bald eagle with its snowy-feathered head and tail – the proud symbol of the United States – is a sight most people don’t expect to see in Shelbyville, especially since the birds became an endangered species.

    When Paul and Nancy Gorman started out on their routine weekend walk last Saturday at Clear Creek Park, the last thing they expected was to see a bald eagle, so they were stunned when they came upon one of the birds eating a fish.