Local News

  • News briefs: Feb. 15, 2013

    Hornback’s Hemp bill

    gets rousing approval


    The Kentucky Senate on Thursday afternoon passed Senate Bill 50, the legislation filed by state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) to set up an administrative framework for the re-introduction of industrial hemp into Kentucky’s economy.

    The vote was 31-6.

  • Saarinen named a National Merit finalist

    Being accepted to the Gatton Academy for Math and Science at Western Kentucky University after his sophomore year at Shelby County High School would be a highlight for Sam Saarinen’s young academic career.

    But now as a senior, Saarinen, the son of Tim and Anne Saarinen, is in the middle of one of the most impressive runs Shelby County has seen.

  • EARLIER: Analyst: Outlet malls are hot

    Simpsonville apparently isn’t the only place that the outlet mall trade is growing.

    “It seems to be a pretty good, healthy market [across the nation] at this point,” said Carol Kemple, a vice president for Hilliard Lyons in Louisville who is a research analyst for Real Estate Investment Trusts, a category that includes mall builders. “It doesn’t seem to be overbuilt, and there is room for the market to grow.”

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Desilets zone change request gets 2nd hearing



    Todd Martin


    The Triple S Planning Commission will re-examine at its monthly meeting Tuesday a zone change request from Desilets, LLC.

    The request, which was tabled at January’s meeting, was to rezone 310 Martin Luther King Street from Downtown Commercial (D_C) to Light Industrial (I-1) so Desilets could expand its injection mold company to meet the storage needs of a new contract.

    Triple S meets at 6:30 p.m. at Stratton Center.

  • EARLIER: Waddy residents don’t like trash plan

    It was literally standing room only at the Waddy Ruritan Club on Tuesday night, when more than 100 people gathered to express their concerns about a plan to move the county’s solid-waste center from Waddy to Shelbyville.

    With all the seats full and many standing and lining the walls, 109 Board Chair Rusty Newton heard an ear-full about how the community doesn’t to lose the center, especially if it would mean a long drive to Shelbyville to dump their trash.

  • Business briefcase: Feb. 15, 2013

    Check-out week celebrates when food costs are earned

    Kentucky Farm Bureau is celebrating national “Food Check-Out Week,” starting Sunday, which commemorates the time of year when the average American has earned enough income to meet his or her annual cost of food. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty have a proclamation in celebration of the week.

  • Some broken glass for breakfast at Shelby store

    Customers got a big shock at about 6 a.m. Thursday when a pick up truck jumped a curb at It’s Convenient on Main Street and ran into the front of the store so hard that the impact broke the front window and caved in the bricks, right where the cashier checks out customers.

    “It came just barreling right through the parking lot and, bam, right into the building,” store owner Ruth Hodge said.

  • Truck fire causes hours, miles of traffic on I-64

    The westbound lanes of I-64 from Waddy to Shelbyville were shut down from dawn to early afternoon Thursday when a tractor-trailer caught fire after striking a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road.

  • Hornback’s 2 hot issues get 1st pass in legislative committees

    State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) found himself at the center of two of the most hotly debated topics in Frankfort on Monday.

    Hornback is the sponsor of an industrial hemp bill and a telecommunications bill that both earned committee approval and appear to be heading to the Senate floor for a vote. Although both passed the committee votes by large margins, they appear to face opposition in the House.

  • Shelby County School Board: Budget recommendations get 1st look

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will get its first chance to make changes and begin the process of trying to balance the 2013-14 budget by hearing recommendations from budget committee. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Wright Elementary School, 500 Rocket Lane.

    At its meeting on Jan. 24, the board was presented an unbalanced draft budget, a big departure from normal practice, with the promise of budget recommendations this month.