Local News

  • Simpsonville couple raising money for autistic son

    Ken and Megan Watts of Simpsonville have been fundraising for a while to raise enough money to purchase a $22,0000 service dog for their handicapped son.

    The good news is they have almost reached that goal, but they are still $2,000 short, they say.

    They have been able to come up with the money for the dog, through various fundraising efforts, but now need money for travel expenses to pick up the animal from 4pawsforability, an Ohio facility that provides service dogs, said Megan Watts.

  • McConnell addresses Shelby vets

    Veterans and Shelby County residents gathered together at Veterans Memorial Park Wednesday morning for a special Veterans Day service.

    The event was held in recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and also to rededicate the park in honor of those who helped develop it.

    More than a hundred people congregated in the park and heard an address from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville), as well as remarks from Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty and Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

  • Stretching the Red Ribbon

    Wright Elementary School Talented and Gifted (TAG) students are participating in a national campaign to spread awareness of drug abuse, and they hope to earn some goodies along with way.

    Last month, schools across the nation participated in various activities, programs and assemblies in recognition of Red Ribbon Week.

    The week is a part of the Red Ribbon Campaign, a campaign organized by National Family Partnership to create drug awareness.

  • Fussenegger appointed to state tourism association

    Katie Fussenegger, Executive Director of the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission and Visitors Bureau, has been appointed to the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors.

    KTIA is comprised of more than 800 professionals in the tourism, parks, restaurants, hotels and attractions industries, among others.

    The KTIA strives to protect and grow the tourism industry in the state.  They also work to provide educational opportunities, an aspect of the organization Fussenegger is familiar with.

  • Community foundation awards $38K in grants


  • Barn fire claims numerous horses

    A Finchville family is suffering a horrific loss after losing nearly two dozen horses in a barn fire.

    “It’s just heartbreaking,” said Jessica Townsend as she gazed out over the remnants of a large livestock barn that burned to the ground around 4 p.m. Monday, killing 21 horses in the blaze.

    The farm, owned by Sheila Townsend and her daughter, Jessica, is located on Parrent Lane on the outskirts of Finchville.

    The Shelby County Fire Department responded to the blaze, but were unable to save the barn.

  • No leads in break-in at Simpsonville PD

    An investigation is continuing into a break-in at Simpsonville Police Department early Friday morning in which a large amount of money was stolen as well as guns and drugs.

    Kentucky State Police are handling the investigation, Minnis said, because they are better equipped.

    “They have more resources at their disposal to be able to catch whoever did this," he said. "I feel sure they will put the maximum effort into it,” he said.

    Officials at KSP have not responded to a request for an update on the incident.

  • Portrait of a soldier

    In recalling his tour of duty in Vietnam, Jim Morris talked of the struggle to survive in the 100-degree heat of a sweltering jungle, teeming with all sorts of deadly predators that could kill you even if the Vietnamese didn’t.

    “Us guys had never seen dense jungle like that before, and there were poisonous snake all over the place,” he said. “If one of them bites you, well…

  • Food pantry reaching out to veterans

    Shelby’s main food pantry is now participating in a effort to reach out to a particular sector of the community – military veterans.

    The Serenity Center has joined a program called Reaching Rural Veterans, a new collaboration with faith-based food pantries and extension offices in rural areas.

    Jim Oates, director of the Serenity Center, said when he heard about the program, administered by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, he thought right away that he wanted to apply to participate.

  • Outlet second phase grand opening is Thursday

    With just six weeks on the calendar until Christmas, the holiday shopping countdown is on.  And if you are looking to snag up some deals with some new retailers, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is the place to be Thursday.

    The center will cut the ceremonial blue ribbon to officially open the Phase II expansion, which includes Vans, Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, Maurices, The Limited Outlet and Johnny Rockets restaurant.