Local News

  • Soaking up the sun

    There aren’t too many people in Shelby County who are thinking outside the box when it comes to alternative energy sources.

    But Jeff and Carrie VanCuren haven’t just stepped outside the box, they’ve covered the box with solar panels. Driving through Spring Oaks subdivision, you can’t miss the VanCuren’s home with dozens of shiny solar panels covering the roof. The VanCurens’ home is just one of 10 homes in Shelby County to utilize solar power.

  • Man charged in fiery crash gets 10 years

    A man who has been incarcerated in Shelby on murder charges for more than a year finally reached a plea deal Monday, just hours before a jury was to be selected for the trial.

    Miroslav Kuzmanovic, 24, who went into court Monday on a murder charge, pleaded guilty to a lesser offense for a 10-year prison sentence.

    Kuzmanovic, who had appeared in Shelby Circuit Court June 6 in his striped inmate outfit for a final pre-trial conference, was not present in the courtroom Monday as the details of the plea agreement were worked out in judge’s chambers.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Foreclosure on 7th Street property a possibility

    The Shelbyville City Council is looking to acquire a piece of property on 7th Street but the owners, Leonardo Castaneda and Alissa Barker, are not ready to let go.

    “It’s bought and paid for,” Barker said. “We don’t want to get rid of it.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Cursive writing up for discussion

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes Thursday at the district offices, 1155 West Main Street, at 7 p.m., they will discuss the highly debated topic of cursive handwriting. During a previous meeting, board member Joanna Freels noted the value of teaching the writing style and said she wanted to discuss the matter further.

  • Shelby man killed in fatal accident

    Kenneth Shane Ratliff, 36, of Shelby County was killed in a single vehicle accident Thursday evening on La Grange Road.

    Police say that Ratliff was pulling a trailer with a single axle dump truck when he ran off the road, at abouit 5:30 p.m. He steered back onto the road, but overcorrected, and ran off the road again, flipping the vehicle several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
    It is not know why he ran off the road, but drugs or alcohol are not suspected as a factor in the crash.

  • Ben Allen Thomas: April 23, 1920 – June 6, 2016: A man with a heart for friends, family and community

    Shelby County has lost a treasured friend with the passing of Ben Allen Thomas on Monday.

    Thomas, 96, died peacefully at his home on Cropper Road, a place that meant a lot to him because of his deep roots in Shelby County.

    Thomas, who still lived in a house he had built on his family farm, was a fourth-generation farmer, devoted to helping other farmers with co-ops in tobacco and dairy, and was deeply involved in the management of the family farm, Chenoweth Farm, with four dairies, tobacco, cattle, sheep and other crops.

  • County to tear down house in Bagdad

    County officials say they intend to become more stringent in taking action on houses that have been abandoned and are detrimental to the community.

    “What we're trying do is trying to get word out that we're really trying to work with property owners, because a lot of these people are just ignoring us,” said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.

  • Cards mailed for wet/dry election


  • Shelby County Fair kicks off next week

    The parade of carnival rides and food trucks will soon descend upon our quiet town, bringing with it all the excitement and spectacle that embodies the Shelby County Fair.

    The smell of fried foods, the sounds of excited children playing games and the sight of colorful, bright carnival lights illuminating a night sky make the midway one of the most attractive features of the weeklong event.  But with pageants, animal shows, motorsports and numerous exhibits to view, there is so much more to see beyond the gates at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

  • Business dudes


    Turner Mayton and Eric Hammersmith are blazing a trail for young entrepreneurs in Shelby County as they have watched their business, The Print Dudes, grow exponentially since it was established last August.

    “We matched the sales from quarters three and four (the only quarters they operated in 2015) from last year in one-and-a-half months this year,” Mayton said.  “We grew three-hundred percent from quarter one of the year until now– quarter two.”