Local News

  • News briefs: Jan. 6, 2012

    Kentucky gets $9.5 million

    in federal home heating subsidies

    Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced the immediate distribution of $9.5 million in additional federal appropriations for Kentucky’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

     “The availability of home heating assistance is critical at this time of the year,” Beshear said in a press release issued by his office. “More funding means more Kentucky families can apply for assistance to stay warm during the colder months.”

  • Simpsonville City Hall room to be divided

    The new year started for the Simpsonville City Commission much like it does for some residents: talking about renovation.

    A brief meeting of the commission on Tuesday night ended with the approval to spend $12,950 to split a large room at city hall into two smaller ones.

    The room on the south side of the building includes the space where Phoebe Lawrence taught hundreds of children the imperatives of second grade, and the old-fashioned  long slate blackboard is still attached to the room’s northern wall.

  • Eastbound I-64 lane closed tonight

    The Department of Highways announces the temporary closure of the right lane on eastbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County at mile point 36, just east of the Mount Eden Road exit.

    The lane closure is scheduled for 6:30-11 p.m. tonight and will allow for pavement repairs.

  • Williams’ family: ‘This isn’t over’

    Members of Trey Williams’s family listened quietly in a courtroom Wednesday as a Shelby County Grand Jury ruled that a Shelbyville police officer was justified in shooting and killing him.

    Though quiet, each in his or her own way reflected deep anguish as the jury’s decision was related about the afternoon of Nov. 19, when  Williams, 18, was shot and killed during a confrontation at his grandmother’s home.

  • News briefs: Jan. 4, 2012

    Guthrie sets ‘listening session’

    for Stratton Center on Thursday

    State Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) will be returning to Shelby County next week to hear what you, his constituents in Congressional District 2, have on your minds.

    Guthrie will spend January visiting each of his 21 counties for what he calls “listening sessions.”

    That includes his stop at Stratton Center in Shelbyville at 5 p.m. Thursday.

  • Shelbyville City Council: 2nd annexation of bypass land up for final OK

    The Shelbyville City Council will have a second reading Thursday on annexing for the second time roughly 70 acres that sits on the southwest corner of Harrington Mill and Freedom's Way and the adjoining land, which has the railroad track on it.

    Just before the holidays the council voted to annex the Ruble property for the second time, this time with the railroad property as well to make it contiguous with current city property in Midland Industrial Park.

  • Report says Shelby trails state's college-bound student rate

    Shelby County is right on average with the state in producing college-going students, according to a report released on the class of 2010.

    The Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative, a coalition of educational groups, released last week the Kentucky High School Feedback Report for College-Going Students in the class of 2010.

    It showed that of the 427 students graduating from Shelby County Public Schools in 2010, 60.2 percent went on to college, with 61.6 percent going on from Shelby County High School.

  • Governor kills hospital merger involving JHS

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear delivered a blow to the proposed hospital merger involving Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare, University Hospital in Louisville and Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, which owns the Lexington-area's St. Joseph Health System.

    Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare also owns Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

  • Important stories from 2011: Repairs for I-64 ramp haven’t been finalized

    Just because the calendar flipped over into a new year doesn’t mean that critical items facing Shelby County automatically got a fresh start.

    In fact, there are several significant items that have carried over into 2012, most notably the state’s plan to repair the dangerous eastbound acceleration lane from KY 55 onto Interstate 64.

  • Simpsonville horse up for top honors

    SIMPSONVILLE– A few years ago,  on a fairly concealed farm off Webb Road in Simpsonville, a young colt was learning the how to compete in the graceful arenas of the American Saddlebreds.

    No one could predict his invincible 5-gaited run. No one knew he would become a World’s Champion of Champions. And certainly no one envisioned his rise this month to an even more elite circle in the equine world.