Local News

  • O’Brien sues Pearce over lease

    O’Brien of Shelbyville, Inc., which owns the county’s Ford dealership, is suing its landlord over an option to purchase the land on Mount Eden Road where the dealership is located.

    O’Brien filed the lawsuit Feb. 3 in Shelby Circuit Court, alleging that the property owner, Robert Pearce of Shelbyville, had breached an agreement to sell the property.

  • Woman left by the side of the road has gone home to Arizona

    After three and a half months at the University of Louisville Hospital, much of that time spent in a coma in the intensive care unit, Denisse Escareno finally was going home.

    She lay in her hospital bed Thursday morning, tubes in her throat and stomach and IV lines in her arm. Her eyes were vacant, and she didn’t move. She had a large, discolored indentation – at least an inch wide and an inch deep – on the right side of her forehead.

  • Wade settles suit against CUB

    The former CEO of Citizen Union Bank has settled his lawsuit against the bank.

    CUB and Billie Wade, who served as president and CEO from 1991 until March 2010, have settled a wrongful termination and defamation suit Wade filed in July 2010.

    A mediator’s report, submitted to Shelby Circuit Court on Feb. 13, contained no details of the settlement, saying merely that, “all claims among the parties have been settled.”

  • Catholics hold vigil to protest ‘freedom’ issue

    Ash Wednesday’s prayer and fasting extended into Thursday for Catholics in Shelby County who attended the candlelight vigil Thursday night at the Church of the Annunciation.

    Pastor Mike Tobin said there was no better time to for Catholics to stand behind the church’s stance against the requirement that free birth control be included in health plans for employees of schools, charities and hospitals connected to religiously affiliated institutions.

  • 2 events celebrate Black History Month

    It looks like Shelby County waited until the very last minute to celebrate Black History Month – but that could be changing.

    February is designated each year as a time to for communities to focus on African-American history, but in Shelby County that never has had great traction.

    There are two upcoming events: a heritage dinner Sunday morning at New Mount Zion Baptist Church and an educational forum at Bethel AME Church on Thursday – March 1.

  • ELECTION 2012: U.S. Congress District 4: Brian Oerther

    LA GRANGE – A La Grange resident is entering the race for the 4th District U.S. congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.

    Brian Oerther, 41, a conservative Republican who teaches math for Jefferson County public Schools, is one of seven Republicans and two Democrats who have filed for the position.

    Republicans are filing for the election after Davis, a four-term Republican congressman, announced Dec. 15 he will not run again in 2012. He said he wants to devote more time to his family.

  • Tornadoes, bad storms possible today along I-64 corridor

    Thursday's spring-like temperatures in the 60s could also bring spring-like thunderstorms and tornadoes - particularly along the state's Interstate 64 corridor.

    It will be windy Thursday across most of Kentucky with guests of 20 to 30 mph possible. The culprit is an area of low pressure approaching from the west. Thunderstorms are possible.

    The National Weather Service office in Louisville said severe thunderstorms are possible from Louisville to Frankfort to Lexington to Winchester - particularly from 4 to 10 p.m. EST.

  • Shelbyville City Council: New ordinance restricts field-dressing in city

    The Shelbyville city ordinance designed to keep the field dressing and cleaning of dead animals out of sight of neighbors was passed on at Thursday's meeting, although not unanimously and not again without question.

    Shane Suttor was the lone vote against the ordinance, which passed, 4-1. Council member Alan Matthews was not present for the meeting.

    Council member Mike Zoeller again asked what the city could do to advertise the change.

  • WICHE: Witch hazels already in bloom

    Gardeners get anxious this time of the year. Warm one day, cold the next, the sun coaxes open a little patch of crocus by the path, or we catch sight of an old landscape filled with waves of blooming white snow drops.

    This year the show is sure to come early, and the forsythia are not the first to bloom, despite this oft-cited sign of spring! There are other early bloomers to keep us occupied until spring truly arrives.

  • New target in metal thefts: Hydrant

    Thieves who seem to steal just about anything from copper and scrap metal got a bit more creative recently, stealing a fire hydrant right off the street.
    Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice had few details about the case of the stolen fire hydrant, which came from the North Country subdivision near West Middle School.
    In fact, deputies only learned of the theft after water pressure in the neighborhood began to plummet in the line owned by the North Shelby Water District.