Local News

  • News Digest: Feb. 27, 2013

    House pension plan

    uses lottery, gaming


    A number of proposals have been floated in recent weeks, but House Democrats seem to have settled on expanding Kentucky Lottery games and Instant Racing as funding sources for public pension contributions.

  • Kentucky Legislature: Big issues are pending

    With a little less than half of the legislative session remaining, Kentucky’s lawmakers still have quite a bit of work to do.

    Of the major topics going into this year’s 30-day short session, only industrial hemp has gained any real traction.

    State Sen. Paul Hornback’s (R-Shelbyville) bill has cleared the Senate is close to getting a hearing in the House Agriculture Committee.

  • Kentucky Legislature: Bills designed to make schools safer

    In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., both the Kentucky House and Senate are moving forward with similar school safety bills.

    House Bill 354 unanimously cleared the House Education Committee on Thursday and will go to the floor for consideration.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Desilets denied zone change request

    With Desilets LLC having no changes to its original request, the Triple S Planning Commission voted Thursday not to recommend the company’s zone change request to the city of Shelbyville.

    Desilets had requested in January that its 1.67-acre property at 310 Martin Luther King Street near Daniel Field be rezoned to Light Industrial (I-1) from Downtown Commercial (D_C). The company had been operating on a non-conforming use exemption since it opened in 2006 in the building that formerly housed Logan’s Laundry and needed the zone change to expand.

  • Will Shelby lay claim to Oscar winner?

    Shelby County may be getting close to having ties to an Academy Award-winning tie – however nebulous.

    Louisville-raised Jennifer Lawrence, one of the award season’s most-decorated actors and a second-time nominee for the Oscar for Best Actress, does not quite call Shelby County home, but she has spent many carefree summer days at Camp Hi-Ho, a facility her family owns in Todds Point.

  • Settlement not near in Williams’ lawsuit

    Although a settlement has been discussed between attorneys for the family of slain teen Trey Williams and defendants from the Shelbyville Police Department, such a conclusion doesn’t appear at hand.

    Williams’ parents, Gardner and Stephanie Williams, in November filed a wrongful-death suit in U.S. District Court in Louisville against the Shelbyville Police Department, former Police Chief Robert Schutte, police officers Suzanna Marcum and Frank Willoughby and the City of Shelbyville after the fatal police shooting of their son a year earlier.

  • News briefs: Feb. 25, 2013

    Fairness ordinance backers

    rally to support legislation

    Backers of the sort of antidiscrimination legislation that gained no traction recently with the Shelbyville City Council took their campaign to a bigger stage on Wednesday – the state capitol in Frankfort.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Workshop will explore curbside garbage pick-up

    On the heels of the 109 Solid Waste Board pitching its plan for a new Convenience and Recycling Center to county residents, the outcry for county and city supported curbside garbage pick-up has gotten louder.

    And the Shelbyville City Council is apparently listening.

    The council will have a workshop on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Tulip Room at City Hall to discuss the matter.

    The meeting will take the place of the regular council meeting, due to no business for the agenda.

  • School budget cuts: $2 million, 26 jobs

    The Shelby County School Board on Thursday approved almost $2 million in cuts for its 2013-14 budget that could result in the loss of 26 positions across the school district.

    Acting on recommendations from the its budget committee, the board approved about $2.2 million in cost reductions, but other adjustments left total savings in the general fund at almost $1.9 million.

  • Shelby County School Board: District-wide accreditation to be pursued

    The Shelby County School Board heard on Thursday a report from Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley and district Director of Elementary Schools Cindy French on the AdvancED Accreditation program, which the district is planning to follow.

    SCHS is the only accredited school in the district, earning the distinction in 2008-09 school year, Oakley’s first as principal.