Local News

  • Jewish, Catholic hospital systems form KentuckyOne

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville is now part of a new company – KentuckyOne Health.

    A new merger between Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System was announced Friday, completing the months long saga of a merger that once would have included the University of Louisville Hospital.

    But after Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday that he would not allow the merger because it placed a public facility – UofL – into a private consortium that included religious facilities.

  • EARLIER: Work on Collins’ field targets a March finish

    Workers were combing the damaged multipurpose field at Collins High School on Thursday afternoon, removing the small rubber pellets that give the field its soft, grass-like feel.

    The school district and Whittenberg Construction have reached an agreement to repair the field, which began to fail with soft spots were noticed in the turf last spring and was unusable for the entire school year, forcing the Titan soccer teams to play at Clear Creek Park and the football team to share Robert Doyle Stadium with Shelby County High School.

  • There is mixed verdict on early release of felons

    People who work with inmates every day expressed mixed feelings this week about the early release of 1,000 Kentucky prisoners.
    In Shelby County, where 11 inmates were released on Tuesday, Jailer Bobby Waits said he didn’t agree with House Bill 463, passed last spring, which mandates that some non-violent felons be released six months early.

  • Election 2012: Miller is uncontested for circuit court clerk

    Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller said he is enjoying his uncontested status for the coming election.

    “It feels great,” said Miller, a Republican who was elected in 2010 to fulfill the term of Kathy Nichols, who retired. “I really enjoyed campaigning last time, meeting so many new people and seeing others I hadn’t seen in years, but I have to tell you that being uncontested feels great.

    “But I’m kind of still holding my breath, until the filing deadline is passed.”

  • County takes Discovery Boulevard into road system

    Magistrates voted at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court to take Discovery Boulevard into the county road system.

    This would allow the county to maintain the road in the winter and handle ice and snow removal. Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said that even though that road, which leads into Collins High School, was not part of the road system last year, he still made sure it was safe for school children during last year’s school session.

  • Pleasureville City clerk’s salary, records under review

    PLEASUREVILLE – One month after a city commissioner said she would call for an audit of the city, Pleasureville has received a letter from the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts.

    Pleasureville City Attorney Bill Brammell said the city received a letter expressing concerns about the very issues that Commissioner Pam Bramblett raised during the commission’s December meeting.

  • 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.