Local News

  • ‘Dream’ event helps Shelby’s kids, Kosair

    Beth Ann Kovacs recalls a dream she had three years ago, a dream to present a lavish cocktail party, to gather the folks of Shelby County for a good cause. She shared her dream with Rachel Webb, who at the time was working with Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the dream took off.

  • Shelby County School Board: Positive energy for the schools

    With difficult and depressing budget forecasts recently dominating meetings, the Shelby County Board of Education received some good news during Thursday's gathering at Clear Creek Elementary.

    District Energy Manager Sherman Adams relayed big savings the district has seen with some electric upgrades, rebates and habit changes.

    The district uses the 2009-10 school year as baseline data, because it's the year before Adams started in his role.

  • Shelby County School Board: Students eating healthier at school

    Members of the Shelby County School Board found out Thursday that even with increased regulations, Shelby County students already are getting healthy lunches that meet new national standards.

    Food Services Coordinator Evell Coomer and District Health Coordinator Traci Earley combined to provide a report on the district's nutrition and physical activity during Thursday's meeting.

    Coomer started the report, stating that lunch services were up 3 percent in the district, with 65.5 percent of the students purchasing lunch district-wide.

  • How can schools deal with lower state funding?

    As the Shelby County Board of Education recently has wrestled with budget issues, both statewide and its own, its members reached out Monday to their local legislative representation.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Annexation on bypass takes a new turn

    The Shelbyville City Council this Thursday finally will return to the re-annexation of the 70-plus acres on Harrington Mill Road and Freedom's Way.

    The city had annexed the property, which is owned by Allen and Tom Ruble, in May under the Interlocal Agreement with Shelby County, which gives the city the right to annex agreed upon property around the bypass if requested by the owner.

    However, questions arose about the legality of the annexation because it did not border any other city property.

  • Shelby's mild, mild winter is no record

    January may have roared in with a dusting of snow on the second, but it sure has whimpered out.

    Even thermometers were doing double takes on Tuesday as temperatures reached near record highs in the mid-60s. Blooms and bulbs were bursting forth, and golf courses have been plenty busy.

    This is winter? Sure doesn’t feel like it.

  • News briefs: Feb. 1, 2012

    Shelbyville resident admits ethics

    violations with ag department

    Shelbyville resident Danita Fentress-Laird, former director of personnel and budget for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, has admitted that she violated the state’s ethics code by using her position for personal gain.

    In an agreement with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Fentress-Laird said that she used her position to create a full-time position for herself as an assistant director of her own division.

  • Telles pleads guilty on sex charges

    A Shelby County man has pleaded guilty on multiple counts of sexually abusing two girls for whom his wife was caring.

    Henry Telles, 25, accepted a plea agreement on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child over 12 years old and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    Prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 10 years on the charges to run concurrently.

  • Woman sees childhood home go up in smoke

    No one was injured in a house fire on Woodlawn Road late Sunday night that completely destroyed the residence.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said the resident, Linda Casey, was not at home when the fire broke out at 3094 Woodlawn Road, which connects Hempridge and Hooper Station roads in southeast Shelby County.

     “We got a call at eleven-twenty-three p.m. from the owner’s daughter, who lives next door,” he said.

    Laura Hawkins said her mother was away visiting relatives in another state.

  • Election 2012: Donnell unopposed for 2nd term

    Laura Donnell will be the commonwealth attorney for Judicial District 53 – including Shelby County – for another six years.

    Donnell, a Republican, was the only person to file for that office by the deadline Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    She joins Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller, another Republican, who will be unopposed because no other candidate had taken and passed the test to be circuit court clerk.