Local News

  • 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.  

  • Hesse takes over for McDowell on Simpsonville Commission

    Michael Hesse will be sworn in this morning as a city commissioner in Simpsonville, replacing longtime commissioner Scott McDowell, who resigned because of a job change that forced him to move out of state.

    Hesse, former chair of the city’s sewer board and a candidate for the commission in November, was approved by a unanimous vote of Mayor Steve Eden and Commissioners Sharon Cummins and Cary Vowels during a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon. He will assume his role at the commission’s official meeting at 8:30 a.m. today.

  • Want to learn how to fight fires?

    Shelbyville Fire Department’s Firefighter for a Day program is scheduled for March 23, and Assistant Chief Chris Spaulding said the event promises to be very exciting.

    “We have ten [people] signed up right now, and most of them are women,” he said. “I have six women and four guys; that’s more women than last year.”

    Last year was the pilot year for the program, which had 10 participants as well, including three women.