Local News

  • EARLIER: Hemp issue continues to fire up

    The economy-driven concept that Kentucky farmers should be allowed to grow and sell and industrial form of hemp continues to gain momentum, even as law enforcement officers question its impact on illegal drugs.

    Bills to that effect have been filed in the state House and the Senate in past years, but they never have been successful.

    But this year such legislation might have a fighting chance, said Sen. Paul Hornback, (R-Shelbyville), a supporter of Senate Bill 50 that proposes to license industrial hemp growers in Kentucky.

  • EARLIER: Shelby residents get chance to talk about garbage plan

    Solid waste officials are ready to take their plan for a new facility to the public.

    Kerry Magan, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty’s appointee for the 109 Board, said in the upcoming series of five public meetings scheduled for Tuesday through Feb. 12, government officials won’t be running the show.

     “Instead of the magistrates and the mayor, it will be citizens who show up to offer opinions and criticism who will be heard,” Magan said.

    That first meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Simpsonville City Hall.

  • Will almanac or groundhog get it right?

    Will it be a long cold winter?

    Are we in for another month (or more!) of ice, snow, slush and just general nasty weather?

    Almanacs have been traditional sources of information for people who want to get a long-term picture of the winter season, especially for farmers, who have to schedule their activities and their lives around the weather.

    But how accurate are those sources, really?

    Horticulture Agent Walt Reichert of the Shelby County Extension Office said you have to take those long-term weather predictions with a grain of salt.

  • News briefs: Feb. 1, 2013

    State test scores show overall gains from 2011

    Kentucky students scored higher on EXPLORE and PLAN tests in 2012, registering gains in every subject tested, according to data released Wednesday by the Kentucky Department of Education. The data also show more students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.

    School district-specific results won’t be released until next month, but this first broad release shows a better performance statewide.

  • Pleasureville Post Office to cut hours

    If you live in Pleasureville or regularly use the post office there, you may have to adjust your plans.

    Pleasureville Post Office is one of several in Henry County that have been notified by the United States Postal Service that they will have to operate on a reduced schedule.

  • Storm leaves hundreds without power in Shelby

    A storm that blew into Shelby County at about 5 a.m. left 450 Shelby Energy customers without power, officials say.

    Candi Waford, manager of Shelby Energy, said that the outages are scattered throughout the county and that they have not yet determined what caused the outage.

    "We have crews on site to find the problem and restore power as safely and as quickly as possible," she said.

    Power was restored to most customers at about 7 a.m.

  • Shelby County School Board: Early budget review shows general shortfall

    The Shelby County Board of Education took its first look at the projected 2013-14 draft budget during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    “The objective is to do a preliminary review – it doesn’t need an approval – of the outlook for next year’s, the 2013-14, budget,” said Greg Murphy, director of finance. “We will continue to update you as we gain more data.”

  • Simpsonville woman arraigned in dog shooting

    A Simpsonville woman was arraigned in Shelby District Court on Tuesday on four misdemeanor charges in connection with the alleged shooting of several dogs in October.

    Virginia Bohannon. 54, of 5477 Fisherville Road was charged with four counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

    According to court records, a criminal summons was issued to Bohannon on Dec. 7, charging her with assisting three juveniles in obtaining a firearm in order to kill four family pet dogs.

  • EARLIER: Massie: Hemp could be helpful

    U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Lewis County), only a few weeks into his role of representing District 4, including Shelby County, didn’t mince words Thursday night when he gave local Republicans his take on idea of legalizing hemp.

    “Why, you’d have to have a joint the size of a telephone pole to get high on hemp,” Massie told members of the Shelby County Republican Party, drawing chucks from a crowd of about 50 at the Shelbyville Municipal Water Company building.

  • Kovacs promoted to assistant chief

    The Shelbyville Police Department has undergone several personnel changes this year, with the most recent being the naming of Istvan “Ish” Kovacs as new assistant police chief.

    Kovacs, formerly the department’s community resource officer, was promoted to the rank of major on Friday, denoting the status of assistant chief of police.