Local News

  • News Digest: March 22, 2013

    Kentucky’s unemployment rate flat, jobs decline

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate stayed at 7.9 percent from January 2013 to February 2013, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The preliminary February 2013 jobless rate was .4 percentage points below the 8.3 percent rate recorded for the state in February 2012. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate decreased to 7.7 percent in February 2013 from 7.9 percent in January 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Shelby planning commission tables rental facility’s plans

    The Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday night tabled a development plan for R.E.P Rents, which was looking to combine its locations on Kentucky Street and Hill-N-Dale Road into a new facility on Haven Hill Road.

    The heavy equipment rental company submitted a plan for a 14,300-square-foot facility and requested waivers to allow a gravel outdoor storage and driveway area for the heavy equipment, a reduction in landscape screening requirements and a reduction in the required amount of quality materials used in construction of the building.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville outlet mall is on for Horizon

    Despite the protests of about a half-dozen residents, a proposed outlet mall for the south side of Simpsonville received final approval Tuesday from the Triple S Planning Commission.

    Horizon Group Properties, which is developing the $80 million and nearly 364,000-square-foot Outlet Shoppes of Louisville, did not receive the one waiver it requested, opting to remove a request for 33-foot-tall light poles instead of the regulation 25-foot poles to avoid the decision’s being tabled.

  • Simpsonville will add a 5th police officer in July

    The Simpsonville City Commission gave initial approval Wednesday to adding a fifth full-time police officer starting in July.

    Commissioners passed on first reading the city’s budget for the next fiscal year, and the only increase in the general fund was an additional $68,000 – over this year’s $1 million budget – to accommodate the cost of hiring and outfitting of an officer.

  • 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.