Local News

  • Shelby escapes major storm damage

    Tornado sirens blared across Shelby County just after midnight today, but officials say it appears that the powerful storm that did damage in southern Indiana spared the county.

    Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Charlie Frazee said the storm blew in to town early, with the tornado warning lifted by 1:30 a.m.

  • Shelby County schools staying ahead of new state testing process

    With the announcement on Friday that NCS Pearson Inc. will be one of the main vendors, the Kentucky Department of Education’s new accountability system is coming into focus.

    NCS Pearson will handle the content-area tests for students in grades 3-8 and writing assessments for high school students.

    However, the end-of-course assessments for algebra II, English II, U.S. history and biology to determine if students have mastered those subjects have not been awarded.

  • News Briefs: April 20, 2011

    Shelby’s unemployment dropped to 9.1% in 2010

    Shelby County’s unemployment dropped to 9.1 percent in 2010, which was tied for the 10th lowest rate in the state, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Shelby’s rate was well below the 9.7 percent recorded in 2009 and was among the 76 counties that posted lower unemployment. Thirty-eight counties had higher rates, and six were exactly the same.

  • Touched Twice touches down for 2nd clinic here

    For the second year in a row, a free clinic being offered by a national ministry is coming to Shelbyville.

    On Saturday, Touched Twice Ministries will conduct a clinic at First Baptist Church on Midland Trail and will offer everything from vision care to blood-pressure screening to skin care advice.

    Last year’s clinic, also held at First Baptist, included 500 local and area volunteers from 78 churches, mostly local, of all denominations throughout Kentucky who served 485 people and 203 families, and organizers expect more on Saturday.

  • Triple S to hear preview on plan for 7th Street

    Shelbyville, Shelby County and the Triple S Planning Commission may soon be working up new regulations for the 7th Street Corridor.

    City Solutions Center has a finished plan ready for the commission, and Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke will give a short presentation about those ideas at Tuesday's meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center.

    City Solutions Center, a joint project between the University of Louisville and the Kentucky League of Cities and NewCities Institute, accepted the job free of charge and started work on the corridor last year.

  • Schools to expand engineering and biomedical courses

    Shelby County Public Schools continue to lead the way in engineering and biomedical science classes.

    The district learned this week that the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses will continue to expand at Collins and Shelby County high schools.

    Shelby County is one of just 17 schools to earn the $50,000 biomedical sciences grant, and Collins is one of just four to earn the grant in engineering and one of only three to earn an additional $25,000 grant for a gateway to engineering track for eighth-grade students.

  • News Briefs: April 15, 2011

    Kentucky’s unemployment

    down .2 of a percent in March

  • Unknown person saves horse from burning barn

    A horse in foal was rescued Tuesday from a barn fire in Simpsonville by an unknown person.

    Linda Bennett of Alliance Stud, who owns the horse, said when she found out that a passerby had resuced "Greta" from the fire, she and her husband, Scott Bennett, who owns Equine Services, were amazed.

    She added that she and her husband would really like to find out who the person is so they can thank him.

    The fire broke out at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Kentucky voter registration deadline is Monday

    Monday is the final day to register to vote in the Primary Election, which is May 17.

    Qualified residents 18 and older may register at the Shelby County Clerk’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

    This election will include only statewide races, with the highest profile being the showdown between Republicans Phil Moffett and David Williams in their bid to face incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear in November.

  • News Briefs: April 13, 2011

    Wives of Beshear, Abramson
    at event here on Thursday

    Jane Beshear, wife of Gov. Steve Beshear, and Madeline Abramson, wife of Jerry Abramson, Beshear’s lieutenant runningmate for the Democrats in the 2011 election, will be stopping in Shelbyville on Thursday.
    Beshear and Abramson will be part of a meet-and-greet session to be held at 4 p.m. at Through the Looking Glass, located at 629 Washington St.
    The event is geared toward women in Shelby County who are in a position of leadership.