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Local News

  • Rise of gas prices slows – but not worries

    Rising gas prices may drop well before speculators predict, but that doesn’t mean consumers haven’t already felt the hit.

    With the news of possible peace negotiations between Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi and the uprising rebels, gas prices tumbled a $1.60 during mid-day trading Thursday. But after nearly two weeks of drastic increases, many consumers are already feeling the pinch.

    According to a Rasmussen Report released yesterday, consumers are already bracing for a costly spring and summer.

  • News Briefs: March 4, 2011

    Tornado siren testing, spotters training Tuesday
    After Monday names powerful tornado that struck just across the line into Henry County, there are two responses that will affect Shelby Countians this week.
    First, at approximately 10:07 a.m. Tuesday the National Weather Service, partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management, Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee and Kentucky Broadcast Association will issue a tornado warning test message.

  • EARLIER: Bowling alley may reopen – as part of the city

    An unusual annexation vote by the Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday night may have paved the way for Shelbyville’s bowling alley to reopen.

    Magistrates voted, 6-2, to allow the property, located on Midland Trail, to be annexed into Shelbyville, which would allow a new center on Midland Trail to replace the former Bluegrass Bowling Center, which went out of business last year after 10.5 years because owners Mike and Pam Kiser couldn’t support the alley any longer.

  • County approves funding for City Center study

    The City Center, a theater-convention complex proposed for downtown Shelbyville, now can move forward to its next phase.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court ended its months-long delay of addressing the issue by agreeing Tuesday night to contribute $12,500 for a feasibility study for the center, which was proposed in 2009 by a group headed by Leon Mooneyhan, the CEO of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.

  • Shelby’s roads were more dangerous in 2010

    The highways and byways of Shelby County – particularly Interstate 64 – became significantly more dangerous and deadly in 2010.

    Kentucky State Police, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelbyville Police Department reported collectively large increases in the number of accidents they worked last year and the number of those who died.

    Accidents were up 17 percent from 2009, to 2,724, meaning there were more than 7.5 accidents per day on the county’s roads, an increase of more than one a day.

  • I-64 west of Simpsonville to be 1 lane tonight

    The state's Department of Highways announced that westbound Interstate 64 will be reduced to one lane tonight just west of Simpsonville.

    I-64 between Mile Markers 24 and 27 will be closed from 7 p.m until midnight to allow for shoulder repairs.

  • News Briefs: March 2, 2011

    East Kentucky Power officially scraps controversial new plant

  • Shelbyville may tweak sidewalk law

    The Shelbyville City Council might make some changes to its much-maligned sidewalk ordinance.
    The council will hear at its meeting Thursday the first reading of an amendment to the ordinance that could change the process and allow residents a chance to challenge the city’s decision on who is responsible for repairing their sidewalks.

  • Students improving, MAP shows

    Halfway through the school year, most students in Shelby County are performing at grade level in reading and math.

    That’s what school officials reported to the Shelby County Board of Education at Thursday’s meeting, based on the winter segment of the Measured Academic Progress tests students take three times each year.

  • F-3 storm just misses Shelby

    Pounding rain, high winds, thunder and lightning – and even a nearby tornado – brought a taste of August to the last morning of February as severe weather roared across Shelby County during early morning hours.

    Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said winds gusted to 100 miles per hour and struck northern Shelby County hard, as a tornado touched down just a thousand feet north of the county line in Henry County, where two houses were destroyed.