Local News

  • News Briefs: July 20, 2011

    Shelbyville city council sets short agenda, tax workshop will follow meeting

  • Summer school off to fast start

    Shelby County Public Schools' expanded summer school program has had a big turnout this year.

    In reports to the Board of Education at Thursday's meeting, it was reported that almost 350 students are attending the district's summer reading academy.

    The program, which the district started last year for students in grades 1 and 3, expanded this year to add grades 5, 7 and 9.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court Magistrates hear realignment proposal

    Some voters in the 2012 election might be casting their ballots in a different district.

    That was the report to Shelby County Fiscal Court Tuesday by a committee whose job was to redefine magisterial districts, a process that is undertaken every 10 years with the new census information.

    The committee submitted its recommendations to the fiscal court Tuesday, and magistrates have 60 days to review it.

  • Witnesses work with police, thwart purse-snatcher

    An elderly woman has her purse back after having it snatched in a parking lot, thanks to heroic efforts from both citizens and police.

    Sheriff’s Detective Eric Hettinger said the incident is a good example of what can happen when the public teams up with law enforcement, and when police agencies work together.

    It all started Monday at 4:50 p.m. when Central Dispatch got a call from a shopper at Walmart that a man had snatched an elderly woman’s purse and fled in a white car toward the interstate, Hettinger said.

  • Father, son struck by lightning in Bagdad

    A lightning strike sent a father and his young son to the hospital Sunday evening as storms rolled through Shelby County.

    Shad Hinkley, 40, and his 11-year-old son, who are from the Pleasureville area, were fishing at the farm of Gene Wilder at 7248 Bagdad Road when the incident happened, said Dora Wilder, the mother of Gene Wilder.

    The two were fine by Monday, and Hinkley’s son had already been released from the hospital.

    Hinkley said they were preparing to leave the pond as the lightning started, but they hadn’t been there too long.

  • Injury accident shuts down I-64 at Simpsonville for 3 hours

    A three-car pile up between mile markers 27 and 28 on the interstate involving three cars and 13 people Friday afternoon shut the interstate down in the westbound lane for hours.

    Miraculously, no one was injured, said Kentucky State Trooper  Kenny Stewart, although one man  did say he was considering going to the hospital.

    The crash itself was an odd spectacle, with one car sitting on top of another at a very unusual angle.

    Steward said the accident happened shortly before noon, in the construction zone, which precipitated the crash.

  • News briefs: July 15, 2011

    Traffic signal at Collins HS

    to be activated Wednesday

    The newly installed traffic signal at Discovery Boulevard and U.S. 60 – in front of Collins High School – will become active on Wednesday, if weather permits.

    The signal was installed at the request of Shelby County Public Schools officials because of long backups of cars exiting Discover Blvd. on school days. There is no other access road to the school.

  • Scrap metal company asks for zoning change

    A scrap metal recycling company will stand before the Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday, asking for a zone change to build a facility on Kentucky Street.

    Midwest Metal Corporation, a privately owned metal processing company that accepts aluminum, scrap metal, copper and brass, is asking for the zoning change from light industrial (I-1) to heavy industrial (I-2) on a roughly 10-acre parcel of land at 478 Kentucky Street.

  • Helping Robbie Phillips 'break through that wall'

    On Nov. 6, 2008, members of the Phillips family saw their lives changed tragically, and now they're hoping for a change just as big to start on Aug. 10.

    On that November morning, Robbie Phillips, then 14, was found hanging in his grandparents' home after having tried to commit suicide. He was revived after being found with no pulse but received a severe anoxic brain injury.

    Phillips is now in good health, but he is confined to a bed or wheel chair and still has a feeding tube.

  • Sales, entries good for Jubilee

    Economic gaps had seemed to have been plaguing the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee in previous weeks, but as of midweek, 23 tables have been sold for the kickoff breakfast and event sponsors haven’t been difficult to find.

    Shelby Development Corporation Executive Director Eileen Collins, who oversees the Jubilee, said a seat is $20 and a table is $120 for the breakfast, and within the past week people have been reserving them.