Local News

  • Teen’s ‘confession’ leads to rape charges

    A man is in jail under a $150,000 cash bond after being arrested for first-degree rape and sodomy of a child.

    Abel V. Gomez, 29, was arrested April 18 at the McDonald’s restaurant on Frankfort Road after the pastor of a teen-aged girl reported to a child abuse hotline the details of what the pastor said she had told him, police said.

  • EARLIER: Accused murder Gary Bancroft indicted as persistent felony offender

    LAWRENCEBURG ­– The man suspected of slicing his girlfriend’s throat and stuffing her body into a trash bag last fall was indicted Wednesday as a persistent felony offender, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Gary Bancroft is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Frances Renee Mobley, who was found dead at Bancroft’s residence last September.

  • News Briefs: April 27, 2011

    Triple S sets public hearing to review 7th Street corridor

    The Triple S Planning Commission has received the Shelbyville 7th Street Corridor Plan from the City Solutions Center and will be holding a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. May 17.

  • Superintendent evaluated as ‘excellent’

    Usually it’s the student who gets a report card, but last week it was the superintendent’s turn.

    For the second year in a row, James Neihof scored an “excellent” on the Shelby County Board  of Education’s annual superintendent’s evaluation, which was submitted at the board’s meeting Thursday night.

  • Overnight storms spare Shelby

    Some dangerous overnight storms dumped rain and brought high winds to Shelby County, but residents awoke to a welcome and startingly bright sunshine for the first time in more than a week.

    Several potentially dangerous formations passed over the county in the night, and so far there have been no reports of damage.

    Skies cleared early, and though there is a chance for more storms today and tonight, conditions should be favorable until at least Monday.

  • Former Spencer County Judge-Exec gets home incarceration for DUI

    Former Spencer County Judge Executive David Jenkins was ordered to undergo 10 days of home incarceration after being found guilty of DUI after a jury trial in Shelby County District Court Thursday.

    Jenkins’s trial was ordered moved from Spencer County in November by Special Judge Jerry Crosby II, who ordered the case moved to Shelby County because he didn’t think the case could be argued fairly in Spencer.

  • Simpsonville may increase sewer rates 1st time in 18 years

    Simpsonville residents could be getting their first increase in sewer rates in 18 years.

    The Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday morning approved the first reading of an ordinance that would raise rates 2.5 percent, an increase officials said was needed to cover rising costs during a time when new construction has declined.

    Rates would rise from $10.15 for the first 2,000 gallons of usage to $10.40 and from 5.075 to 5.202 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.

  • Garden/art show hits fairgrounds

    It’s an 11-year-old rite of spring that helps you get right for spring.

    The Shelby County Master Gardeners are hosting their 11th annual Shelbyville Garden and Art Fair this Saturday, and they will have plenty of plants to help you get your yard in shape for the days when there’s no snow or the threat your house may wind up in Ohio – which they hope won’t happen Saturday.

    “We’re just praying we don’t get the storms,” show chair Carolyn Brenner said. “That would just devastate us.

  • News Briefs: April 22, 2011

    Optimist Oratorical Contest seeking competitors

    The Shelby County Optimist Club has rescheduled its Oratorical Contest because it is looking for more entrants who are interested in earning scholarship money for college.

    This is a 4-to-5- minute speech on the topic "If I were leader of the free world, the first issue I would address would be…"

  • Annexation of bowling alley property passes with protest

    The Shelbyville City Council met Tuesday for a brief special called meeting.

    The council's only agenda item was the annexation of the property on Midland Trail where the former Bluegrass Bowling Center formerly was located.

    Council members voted unanimously on both readings to annex the property, which had been requested so that a yet-to-be-identified new tenant could operate the bowling lanes and serve alcohol. County ordinances would not have allowed that.