Local News

  • McDowell praised as Hesse takes over in Simpsonville

    Michael Hesse took his seat Wednesday morning to the right of Mayor Steve Eden as the newest commissioner in Simpsonville and immediately participated in making motions and deciding on city business.

    Hesse was sworn in before the meeting to replace Scott McDowell, a commissioner for 12 years who resigned because his work for Penrod Lumber & Fence had required him to relocate to the company’s office in Ocala, Fla.

  • Body discovered in Rite Aid parking lot ruled suicide

    An investigation into a body discovered this morning in the parking lot of Rite Aid in Shelbyville has ruled the death a suicide.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said that Anderson Kennedy, 41, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    Ivers said that Kennedy, who was disabled, left behind a note. He said he has not determined the time of death, but Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said that at 8:05 a.m. police got a call from someone who said he had seen a body lying in the parking lot of the store at 1605 Midland Trail.

  • Outlet mall gets final approval

    Horizon Group Properties received the final approval for its proposed 364,000 square foot outlet mall.

    The mall, which will be built in Simpsonville south of Interstate 64 at the current intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads, was again met with resistance from community members, but the plan submitted by Horizon was nearly identical to the preliminary plan that was approved in August.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Zoning change only agenda item

    The zone change request by Desilets LLC will dominate Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Shelbyville City Council.

    The council members tabled the request at their meeting March 7, instead opting to take their time before deciding how to handle the request.

    The request is to change the company’s property at 310 Martin Luther King Street, which has frontage on Washington Street near Daniel Field, to a Light Industrial (I-1) zone from its current Downtown Commercial (D_C) zone.

  • Shelby County School Board: Weather forces change in Northside work

    The Shelby County Board of Education had a late addition to the agenda for Thursday’s meeting at the Area Technology Center.

    The board, after approving a revised agenda, approved the expenditure of up $40,000 on wet soil removal and replacement at the site of the Northside Early Childhood Center project. The vote was taken before a change order was submitted, which is allowable, because of  the timeliness of the project. The change order will be submitted at the board’s next meeting.

  • Shelby County eliminates constables’ salaries

    Shelby County Magistrates voted Tuesday to do something they had discussed for years: to eliminate as of 2015 the pay of the county’s seven constables.

    Acting during their meeting at Stratton Center on a motion made by District 2 Magistrate Michael Riggs, chair of the court’s Sheriff/Coroner Committee, magistrates voted, 6-2, to approve the measure.

    The court was considering salaries to be set for a 4-year period starting in 2015, and the decision about constables was something that had been discussed for several years.

  • Freed Wills has lower restitution schedule

    Jody Wills, jailed for failing to make timely restitution payments for the $720,000 she stole from her employer, now is not only out of prison but has been given a much-reduced payback schedule.

    Wills had been sitting in prison for more than a year, serving out her 10-year sentence for embezzlement after having her probation revoked for not paying $600 per week to attorney Mark Dean, from whose escrow count she admitted stealing that amount.

  • Bruner’s new trial date: Sept. 30

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, will face those charges Sept. 30 in a trial in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Bruner was to have stood trial for assault March 11, but that was postponed because some needed paperwork was not in place, said Shelby County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll, who is handling the case.

  • Mistrial in double murder case in which Waddy man died

    BARDSTOWN – Improper discussion by jurors was the reason given in Nelson Circuit Court on Wednesday, when a mistrial was declared in a double murder case involving the death of a Shelby County man.

    Circuit Court Judge Jack Seay ruled that jurors had violated the prohibition against discussing a case before all of the evidence was presented against John T. Hilbert, who was on trial for killing Danny Elmore of Waddy and Joe Stump Jr. of Nelson County in 1999.

  • News Digest: March 20, 2013

    Massie cosponsors bill

    to address drone issue


    U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg), whose district includes Shelby County, Wednesday announced that he had cosponsored a bill with Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) and Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) to prevent the executive branch from authorizing military strikes upon American citizens on American soil.