Local News

  • News briefs: Aug. 1, 2012

    I-64 eastbound lane near Simpsonville to be closed today

    The right eastbound lane of Interstate 64 at the Connor Station Road overpass in Shelby County, about three miles west of Simpsonville, will be closed today for repairs to the bridge. The work is scheduled to be closed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

    You can dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information.

  • 23rd Shelbyville Horse Show: New event gets kids involved at the show

    The Shelbyville Horse Show has a little surprise in order for its 23rd edition, which gets under way tonight at the Shelby County Fairgrounds

    The show organizers have added a new class that will go off at 6:30 on Saturday night, and it’s open to the public.

    “”We’ve added a stickhorse class,” show manager R.H. Bennett said. “We had some parents and grandparents come to us and ask about it, and we thought it’d be a lot of fun. It’s for children, of course.”

  • Horse show’s party atmosphere in for a change

    Those that attend the Shelbyville Horse Show for the party atmosphere instead of the horses will be in for a change this year.

    The exclusive Horesmen’s Club ticket no long includes an open bar, which was deemed inappropriate by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. All non-alcoholic drinks will remain free within the club until the final class of the night.

  • Shelby County School Board: AP students may get a pass on MAP

    The Shelby County Board of Education had several discussions that looked toward the future of Shelby County education during Thursday’s meeting at the board offices.

    As the district’s staff has worked to put together college readiness standards from elementary school to graduating seniors, the district has been looking for several ways to make sure students are reaching those benchmarks.

    One tool they use is the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests, and another is through ACT scores.

  • EARLIER: Judicial center fence issue not cooling down

    A fence being built around a huge air-conditioning unit at the Shelby County Judicial center to the tune of $109,197 has raised a great deal of questions about how that project is funded, how the decision was reached to fund it and what would happen to the money if it were not used in that capacity.

  • 1 lane of eastbound I-64 to be closed tonight near Simpsonville

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet  District 5 Office announces temporary closure of the right lane on eastbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County between mile points 31 and 32.  This lane closure is scheduled for Monday evening, July 30th from 6 p.m. until midnight.  KYTC crews will be performing pavement repairs just west of Exit 32.

  • Friends of Library votes to continue

    The Shelby County Public Library did have some good news on Thursday: The Friends of the Library will continue to operate as a support arm for the facility.

    The news emerged despite a letter from the former president of that group that was distributed earlier this month through the library’s newsletter that said that the organization was folding.

    The FOL’s annual book sale, however, has been cancelled because the library no longer can play host to the event, which has raised more than $4,000 each year.

  • EARLIER: Former librarian suing the library

    The Shelby County Public Library was named in a lawsuit filed Friday by estranged librarian Sherry Bogard, who was fired in late June after an altercation with Executive Director Pam Federspiel.

    Bogard, the popular children’s librarian who was named the best in the state in 2001, was ousted after a much-publicized confrontation with Federspiel that led to a public outcry on her behalf the creation of a new summer reading program led by her at Clear Creek Park.

  • Simpsonville couple’s deaths: 1 overdose, 1 natural

    Autopsies performed on a couple found dead in their apartment in Simpsonville revealed that the wife died of a drug overdose and her husband of natural causes.

    David McGee, 53, and Donna McGee, 42, who lived at 52 Maplewood Drive, were discovered on June 19 after neighbors at their 4-plex complained of smelling a foul odor.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said he received the results of the autopsies on Tuesday.

  • EARLIER: $100K screen to hide AC unit at Shelby County judicial center

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has agreed to spend more than $100,000 to build a fence around the air-conditioning unit at the new judicial center in Shelbyville because some of the judges who work in the building have said they find the unit unsightly.