Local News

  • 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.

  • Mail call

    Every day military service men and women put their lives on the line for our country.

    But the civilians back home can make invaluable contributions, as well.   And their involvement can mean the world of a difference for a soldier feeling homesick or in need of a mental boost.

    Connie Cottrell, co-owner of Cottrell Farm Equipment in Simpsonville, said she has mailed hundreds of cards and letters to deployed troops through the years as her way of saying “Thank you.”

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL– Council to make HRC appointment

    Although they have not made a commitment to maintain an 11 person Human Rights Commission, the Shelbyville City Council will fill one of its vacant seats at this week’s council meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Shelbyville City Hall, 315 Washington Street.

    When the council met two weeks ago to address a reduction to the seats on the local Human Rights Commission, community members responded with outcry and dismay. 

  • Blaze destroys livestock barn in Finchville

    A blaze on Parent Lane in Finchville has destroyed a livestock barn. It is not yet known how many of the owner's horses were being housed in the barn, or how many, if any perished. 

    The blaze broke out at 400 Parent Lane sometime after 2:30 p.m.; multiple fire agencies responsed.

  • Break-in at Simpsonville PD, $30K stolen

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis has expressed outrage over a break-in at the Simpsonville Police Department headquarters early Friday morning.

    "Whoever did this, they have crossed the line," he said. "We will be seeking the maximum penalty when they are apprehended."

    Reportedly missing is about $30,000 in cash, narcotics and guns.

    KSP has started an investigation, but police officials are saying it’s too early to know exactly what is missing. A complete audit of the office’s evidence locker is underway.

  • New rooms are the cat’s meow

    The Shelby County Animal Shelter now has new digs for its feline population.

    The “cat condo” room sports four separate units which house two cats each.

    Lounging leisurely on plush cushioned beds, cats have not only comfy new beds, but also carpeted climbing poles, scratching posts, individual food and water receptacles, and even their own personal litter boxes, discretely located in each apartment.

    The cat condo room is separate from the cat room where other cats are in cages, said Animal Shelter Director Leon Federle.

  • An historical favorite

    Tonight will be the time to shine for local historians when the Shelby County Historical Society picks up the 2015 Kentucky History award for its history camp program.

    The ceremony, which will be at the old state capitol building in Frankfort, is the culmination of years of hard – but enjoyable – work, say members of the Shelby County Historical Society.

    “It’s a good feeling about getting recognized for your accomplishments. We’ve had a quality camp ever since we started,” said John Graham, director of Shelby’s camp.

  • County makes 4th appointment to human rights commission

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court has made its fourth appointment to the Shelby County Human Rights Commission.

    Magistrates appointed Norris Beckley during the court’s meeting Wednesday, and all were in agreement that Beckley was a good choice.

    “I’ve know Mr. Beckley for a long time, he’s currently pastor of a church in Christiansburg,” said Shelby County Judge Rob Rothenburger. “I don’t think you could find a kinder, gentler person who cares more about his community than Mr. Beckley does.”

  • Republican win spills over into Shelby County

    The Kentucky governor’s race on Tuesday culminated not only in a win for Matt Bevin, but also scored a big victory for the Republican Party, say local Republicans.

    “The Shelby County Republican Party has experienced steady growth for many years, and the November third election results will escalate the speed at which the GOP will become the majority party in this county,” said Republican Party Chair Jennifer Decker.