Local News

  • Record heat is no hot fun

    Telephone lines were heating up along with temperatures Tuesday as local heating and air conditioning businesses took calls all day from people making appointments to make sure their units were ready for the sweltering heat that has Shelby County in a slow but steady boil.

    National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Sullivan said Monday’s temperatures tied a record in Shelby County, at 94 degrees, the hottest May 30 since 1937.

  • EARLIER: Mount Eden residents fight to save post office

    MOUNT EDEN – The United State Postal Service is considering closing its Mount Eden office, but Mount Eden residents are doing everything they can to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    According to David Walton, a spokesperson for USPS, the postal service is “being evicted” from its Mount Eden location on Van Buren Road.

    “The owner of the building is not going to renew the lease, which expires September 30,” Walton said.

  • Fire strikes again at family familiar with its pain

    WADDY – A family watched helplessly Tuesday morning as firefighters worked to extinguish a fire that heavily damaged their home.

    Tim and Stacy Warford stood nearby with their two children as crews from the Waddy and East 60 fire departments knocked down a blaze that started about 7:30 that morning.

    Although a pet perished in the blaze, no one was injured, a blessing for a family that lost a young niece in a fire last year, when 6-year-old Elizabeth Brown died at her home just after Christmas.

  • U.S. 60/KY 55 intersection work is tonight

    The plan to complete the changes to the U.S. 60/KY 55 intersection are now scheduled for tonight and Wednesday morning. They had been delayed twice by weather. The work will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday and be completed at 6 a.m. Wednesday. There could be lane closures and delays during that time.

    The changes will include the striping and signal coordination for the new intersection structure, which will feature left-turn signals from KY 55 onto U.S. 60 and changing the westbound left-turn lane from U.S. 60 onto southbound KY 55 into two lanes rather than one.

  • Split of high schools doesn’t equal fewer honors

    Though many eyes are focused on high school graduations on June 4, the county's two high schools will celebrate the millions of dollars earned by students toward continuing their educations at colleges and universities across the land with senior awards nights next week.

    With the student body separated into two schools, this traditional ceremony also split into two nights: Tuesday at 6:30 for SCHS and Wednesday at 7 for Collins, moving from First Baptist Church to the theaters at each school.

  • Duct tape, cardboard commission these ships

    On the early 1990s TV show MacGyver, a roll of duct tape often was the answer to fixing any problem. And on Wednesday morning at the pool at Clear Creek Park, students in Collins pre-engineering program showed just how useful duct tape remains.

    With nine days to work, teams of students were charged with making boats from cardboard, deck sealant and duct tape large enough that one of them could sit inside and paddle the length of the pool at the Family Activities Center.

  • EARLIER: 62 charges added for Ethington owners

    Kentucky State Police have added 62 new charges in their ongoing investigation into illegal business practices at Ethington Motors, bringing to 169 the total filed in an investigation that they say may bring more.

    In Shelbyville District Court on Thursday afternoon, KSP Trooper Hunter Martin, who is in charge of the investigation into the dealership, added those charges to the existing 107 filed last month against owners Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William T. Ledford, 84, of Somerset.

  • Shelby woman debuts a film from her heart

    A new movie opens tonight in Frankfort, and though it won’t have the big-budget glitz of a Hollywood production, you might find it more than a little familiar and unique.

    Because the film, to be shown at the Center for Kentucky History, was written, produced and stars some of your neighbors from Shelby County.

  • Memorial Day events

    Flag placing

    What:Placement of American flags on veterans’ graves

    When:9 a.m., Saturday

    Where:Grove Hill Cemetery

    Who:Col. Roger Green will be handing out flags to the public at the entrance off Mount Eden Road


    Cemetery tour

    What:Tour of veterans’ grave sites

    When:9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday

    Where:Grove Hill Cemetery

  • Karas wins 2 out of 3 titles at KHSAA state track meet

    LOUISVILLE – Like the song says, two out of three ain't bad.

    Especially if you are Caterina Karas, and you just won two out of the three events you were entered in at Thursday's Class AA 2011 KHSAA State Track & Field Championships.

    Karas, a junior at Collins, didn't get the triple crown she was trying for, but she still established herself as the distance queen of 2A by winning the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and also finishing second in the 800 at Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park on the University of Louisville's campus.