Local News

  • News briefs: July 13, 2011

    Temps reach scalding 95

    but heat should subside

    Shelby County and the rest of Central Kentucky continued to sere on Tuesday.

    Temperatures at midday in Shelby reached 95, with some vehicle thermometers registering as high as 102.

    And the heat index had that temperature feeling like 105, the third consecutive day of dangerously overwhelming heat.

    Lexington's heat index exceeded expectations and hit 112 degrees on Monday.

  • City of Shelbyville's large insurance payouts push spending up 10%

    The Shelbyville City County closed the book on the 2010-11 budget with the second reading Thursday of an amendment that placed the final year-end numbers.

    The city saw an increase of about 10.5 percent in licensing revenue, but that didn’t nearly cover the hit from the state’s changes in insurance, which saw a 90 percent increase over what the city’s budgeted $623,600, basically doubling the insurance total to nearly $1.2 million.

  • EARLIER: Collins' athletic turf coming apart at seams

    The problems with the new Collins High School football/soccer field now appear to have been caused by faulty installation and craftsmanship.

    According to Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof, the almost-1-year-old field's seams have come apart because of faulty seam-tape, and the foundation is littered with hundreds of punctures in the liner, which is supposed to be impervious, beneath the turf.

  • County’s Crusade grants double its contributions

    Shelby County organizations received their allocations from the WHAS Crusade for Children last week including some organizations that are familiar to the Crusade and one that is somewhat new.

    Both Shelby County Public Schools and the Dorman Preschool Center received the same  allocations as 2010, which are $64,000 for SCPS and $30,000 for the Dorman Center.

    The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Shelby County applied for a grant for the first time in several years, said Dawn Lee, president of the Crusade, and received $6,000.

  • Special prosecutor to be appointed in Ethington case

    The state attorney general is planning to appoint a special prosecutor in the case against  the owners of Ethington Auto in Shelbyville.

    Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William Ledford, 84, of Somerset, face 169 counts – two of them felonies – for failure to process paperwork properly in the sales of autos.

  • EARLIER: Shelby family fights to have disabled boy brought home

    Robin Ritter swallowed back tears as she as recalled a recent visit with her severely disabled step-grandson in a state psychiatric hospital, from which she is trying to bring him home.

    “He didn’t want us to leave,” she said. “He wanted to go to the window to wave [at her husband in the parking lot]. We miss him so very much. It’s just horrible.”

    Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville said they never wanted to relinquish custody of 11-year-old Dustin Splittgerber, a child they have been caring for since he was a toddler.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports July 13, 2011


    Betzaida D. Navarijo, 21, of 202 Meadow Ridge Apartments in Simpsonville was arrested April 3 on Shelbyville Road and charged with no operator’s license, failure to produce an insurance card, no registration receipt and failure to wear a seatbelt.

  • EARLIER: Post office to Mount Eden: Don’t get your hopes up

    MOUNT EDEN – Residents came out in full force Thursday night in an effort to keep their post office from closing later this year.

    Hoping there is strength in numbers, about 200 residents of the Mount Eden area and officials filled the fellowship hall of Mount Moriah Baptist Church seeking answers from United States Postal Service representatives.

    The postal representatives on hand said Thursday’s crowd was the largest they have seen from about 40 such meetings this year.

  • Beware severe heat today

    Very hot and humid conditions will dominate Kentucky's weather today. The National Weather Service predicts heat index values will reach over 110 degrees west of Interstate 65 for a few hours this afternoon.

    East of I-65, expect the highest heat index values to range from 100 to 109 degrees.

    If spending time outdoors today, remember to drink plenty of water if you plan to be outdoors and try to reschedule outdoor activities for the morning or late evening, the NWS said.


  • NASCAR in Kentucky: Speedway, fans ready to roll

    This weekend's Quaker State 400, Kentucky’s first big-time NASCAR race, has fans across the commonwealth quaking with excitement, but has it resonated outside of the I-71 corridor?

    The bulk of the action is centered on Sparta and Gallatin County where the Kentucky Speedway is located, and then stretching about 40 miles north to Cincinnati and 60 miles south to Louisville, but once you get away from the interstate, the roar of the engines and the fans are a bit quieter.