Local News

  • Shelbyville City Council: Solicitation ordinance to get 2nd reading

    Life for solicitors within the Shelbyville city limits could get more difficult after the city council meets at city hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    The Shelbyville City Council will hear on second reading an ordinance that would make obtaining a license for door-to-door solicitation more costly and require solicitors to wear identification showing they had obtained a license from the city.

    The ordinance was tabled during the final meeting of 2012 but brought back at the meeting Jan. 3 with more details added.

  • County has collected about 95% of taxes

    Nearly all of Shelby County’s residents have met the call for tax bills this year, getting them paid by the end of December and avoiding penalty.

    With collection starting in October and going through December for face value, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said about 95 percent of the county’s property taxes, just less than $30 million, had been collected and dispersed.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside funding approved

    The Shelby County Board of Education and Finance Corporation approved during its meeting Thursday the funding for the new Southside Elementary School.

    Because school districts are not allowed to carry debt for more than one year, the board’s Finance Corporation must issue the bonds, with a 1-year lease agreement, for the exact amount of the annual bond payment, and the lease agreement automatically rolls over each year.

  • Bedbugs are not ‘going to go away’

    Sounding a public alarm for the second time in six months, officials in Shelby County brought together Thursday experts who offered pesky news: That infestation of bedbugs plaguing the county won’t be going away anytime soon.

    “There is no magic bullet now that can get rid of them; it’s a combination of things that’s going to do it,” said Steve Sims, a branch manager of the Kentucky State Department of Agriculture, pointing to a giant image of a gruesome-looking bedbug displayed during a workshop at Stratton Center.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County to crack down on underage drinking

    Shelby County is in the process of enacting an ordinance that would impose fines on people who allow underage drinking on their property.

    The purpose of the ordinance, which passed a first reading in Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, is to make parents realize they should not allow their kids to drink alcohol or use drugs at unsupervised parties at their homes, said Elizabeth Pulliam, director of Shelby Prevention.

  • Flu in Shelby manageable, but health department out of vaccine

    Shelby Countians so far have escaped the epidemic wave of flu season that has most states reporting widespread cases and dozens of deaths.

    But even though health officials in Shelby County said the flu bug definitely is circulating, and that the situation is not critical, one very important source of the vaccine is now exhausted.

    Regional Epidemiologist for the North Central Health Department Katie Myatt said the Shelby County Health Department is now out of the vaccine and is not expected to get any more.

  • Arson suspected in Mount Eden fire

    Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a vacant building in Mount Eden, and investigators are asking for the public’s help.

    “We think the fire was probably set,” said Ron Turley, spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police.

    Mount Eden Fire Chief Doug Herndon said that his department and KSP arson investigators suspect arson because it is very unlikely the fire could have started on its own.

  • News briefs: Jan. 16, 2013

    Organ donors can add heart symbol to licenses

    Starting next Wednesday residents can add a heart to their driver’s licenses to identify themselves as organ donors in Kentucky’s program.

  • Simpsonville to consider sewer fee incentive for outlet mall

    The Simpsonville City Commission this morning will consider first reading of an ordinance that will offer an economic incentive to Horizon Group Property’s plan to build an outlet mall south of Interstate 64.

    The commission is meeting at 8:30 a.m. for its only scheduled meeting this month after choosing not to reschedule its regular session that would have fallen on Jan. 1.

  • Rainy weekend causes no problems in Shelby

    Inclimate weather that dumped from 2 to 3 inches on Shelby County from Thursday to Sunday did no appreciable damage and caused no major problems, officials said.

    Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said some roads were flooded for a short time, including Bruner's Town Road and Scotts Station, but added that is not unsual in heavy rain.

    "That is typical for those areas," he said.

    Henry said since the road temperature stayed up to at least 34 degrees, there were no problems other than minor flooding.