Local News

  • News briefs: Sept. 19, 2012

    Public meeting to discuss

    downtown arts center idea


    Officials Shelby County Public Schools and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative are having a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at West Middle School to review the conceptual ideas for a downtown arts/convention center in Shelbyville.

    The meeting will be hosted by Leon Mooneyhan, the CEO of OVEC and organizer of the effort to build a City Center, and SCPS Superintendent James Neihof.

  • Shelbyville's building fees may get OK to increase

    The Shelbyville City Council will be taking up some familiar issues when it convenes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Most of the items council members are scheduled to consider mirror those they discussed on Sept. 6, their last meeting, including the second readings – and potential passages – of three ordinances that received their first pass at that meeting.

    Principal among those is an ordinance that would increase the amount residents would pay for building permits, putting them on par with those in Shelby County.

  • Simpsonville property taxes rise to 11.1 cents

    SIMPSONVILLE – Property owners in Simpsonville will pay a little more in ad valorem property taxes this year.

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on second reading at a special called meeting on Friday morning its 2012 rate of 11.1 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    The measure, which had been approved on first reading on Aug. 15, won unanimous OK, although Commissioners Scott McDowell and Vicky Wise were absent.

    A required public hearing on the new rate was convened at 8:15 a.m. Friday, but no one showed up to comment.

  • Horse-pulling champion dies in head-on crash

    A well-known competitor in the horse-pulling world has died of injuries he received in a head-on traffic accident in Shelby County.

    Oscar David Ethington, 69, of Pleasureville was killed Friday at noon when the Ford pickup truck he was driving was struck by another driver who veered across the center lane of Eminence Pike about two miles north of the intersection with the Shelbyville Bypass.

    The other driver, Susan Hughes, 42, of Sparta was taken to the University of Louisville with non-life-threatening injuries.

  • News briefs: Sept. 14, 2012

    SCHS’s biomedical program

    earns national certification

    Shelby County High School is now a Project Lead The Way Certified Biomedical Sciences Program, which means SCHS students enrolled in the program are now eligible for college-level recognition for their PLTW courses.

    PLTW officials told SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley that he played a significant role in the growth of the PLTW program, and they commended him for his leadership.

  • Community helps 6-year-old’s fight against cancer

    MOUNT EDEN – Friends and family are pulling together to offer financial and moral support for the family of 6-year-old Blake Hundley, who was diagnosed recently with cancer.

    A horse show to benefit the Hundley family is planned for Sunday starting at 1 p.m. in the Waddy show ring off Kings Highway. Blake is the son of Adam and Kelly Hundley, who reside in the Mount Eden area.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Final OK of rezone on Harrington Mill to be considered

    After two months of heavily attended and debated meetings, the Triple S Planning Commission has a very short and somewhat uneventful agenda for Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. meting at Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville.

    The commission has just one order of old business, to review the transcript and findings of fact from the zone change request at 167 Harrington Mill Road.

  • Local 911 service gets legislative boost

    Fresh after votes by the Shelbyville City Council and the Simpsonville City Commission to show their support for the funding of the local dispatch and 911 boards, the board invited several key decision-makers to an informational meeting on Monday.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Bob Andriot

    A lifelong Shelbyville resident, Republican Bob Andriot long has been heavily involved in Shelbyville and Shelby County through his businesses and volunteer work.

    Now that he’s downsizing from a home in the county to the apartment above his Bell House Restaurant on Main Street, Andriot is looking to use his business sense to help promote Shelbyville.

  • Crossing company buys vacant Simpsonville facility

    The manufacturing facility left vacant in downtown Simpsonville since 2009, when Leggett & Platt closed up shop on one of the county’s oldest industrial facilities, is about to come alive again.

    TCR Rail Systems of Taylorsville has closed on purchasing the property on the north side of the RJ Corman Railroad and will open a manufacturing facility there in the next 30 to 60 days, an official involved in the negotiations said Thursday.