Local News

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Norris Beckley

    Norris Beckley sat on the Shelbyville City Council for four years in the 1980s, and he’d like to get that seat back.
    Beckley, a Democrat who lives in Martinsville with his wife Teretha, has two sons Norris ‘Boomer’ Beckley Jr. and Richland.
    “I’m excited to give it a second shot,” he said, referring to coming up short in the 2010 election. “I’m really looking forward to going door-to-door and meeting people and getting my name out.

  • Equine sale a big hit

    If Sunday’s first Robertson Equine Sale was any indication, Shelby County could be come the new face for spring and fall equine auctions.

    “It went really, really well,” said Jimmy Robertson, who, along with this wife, Helen, put the sale together. “I think it’s going to be a permanent thing.”

    The Robertson sale was created to fill the void left by the Lexington Tatersalls sale, which closed its doors when Ed and Suzie Teater retired after last fall’s sale.

  • Shelby jailer Waits talking to Henry County about housing inmates

    Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said during Tuesday’s meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court that he has been having informal discussions with his counterpart in Henry County about housing some or all of that county’s inmates.

    In a question from Magistrate Tony Carriss about  “negotiations,” Waits said he wouldn’t characterize the talks as such but that he had sent some paperwork to Henry County Jailer Scott Southworth that outlined what would be in a contract with the Shelby County Detention Center.

  • EARLIER: Motor vehicle commission revokes dealership license for Ethington Auto

    The Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission has revoked the dealership license for Ethington Auto and ordered them to shut their doors.

    The ruling by the MVC specifies that Ethington Auto “must cease all activity as a used motor vehicle dealer” by April 22.

    Donnie Ethington, co-owner of the dealership that he has operated at 1744 Midland Trail for decades, preferred not to comment, referring questions to his attorney, Sam Carl.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: 2 plants plan expansions

    When the Triple S Planning Commission convenes on Tuesday evening, the members will have some exciting news to discuss.

    Two local industries are asking to amend their development plans to add on to their existing facilities. Katayama American Company, at 6901 Midland Industrial Dr., is requesting permission to add 27,330 square-feet onto its facility. Bluegrass Roller Services, at 1091 Brooks Industrial Road, is also looking to build an addition, adding 9,900 square-feet to its nearly 22,000 square-foot facility.

  • Martinsville gets new playground equipment

    With phase one complete, Norris Beckley took the opportunity to stand back for a second and watch as new playground equipment was installed yesterday at the Shelby County Community Center, on Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Martinsville.

    Beckley said the basketball court behind the center would be completed in “another month or so.”

    It has taken some time, but he finally is seeing his hard work payoff.

    “It’s good to see the fruit of your labor sometimes,” he said.

  • Ethington Auto to learn fate of license today

    The owners of Ethington Auto will find out today if criminal charges brought against them involving illegal business practices last April will affect their dealership license.

    The Motor Vehicle Commission is expected to make a decision today on the matter concerning Ethington Auto at 1744 Midland Trail, owned by Donnie Ethington, 71, of Shelbyville, and William Ledford, 85, of Somerset.

  • Shelby GOP: Santorum’s exit may hurt turnout

    Shelby County Republican leaders say it’s no surprise to them that presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum announced he is suspending his campaign.

    But as far what that will mean for Shelby Countians, the consensus is that it will hurt turnout at the Primary Election.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who recently had an unsuccessful run for agriculture commission on the Republican ticket, said Santorum’s dropping out pretty much puts a big dent in the 2012 Presidential Primary.

  • Another Mobley now charged in Mount Eden

    TAYLORSVILLE – A bizarre story of alleged domestic violence and attempted murder in Mount Eden has become even stranger as the suspect’s nephew now faces charges in the case for attempting to run over the alleged victim with his motorcycle.

    Waddy resident Sammy F. Mobley, 36, faces a first-degree wanton endangerment charge in connection with a March 16 incident in which Benjamin W. Mobley, 58, of Murphy Lane allegedly attempted to shoot at and pistol-whip his girlfriend, who is from Mount Eden.

  • Red Orchard’s Earth Day to showcase nature, art, more

    Saturday’s Earth Day event at Red Orchard Park promises to please nature lovers, art enthusiasts and environmental advocates.

    Shelby County Parks will open the grounds of the park on Kentucky Street to a wide variety of organizations and services to mark their annual Earth Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

    “It’s a great green event with a fun, family atmosphere,” Ashley Coulter of Shelby County Parks said.