Local News

  • Simpsonville give 1st OK for BP property annexation

    SIMPSONVILLE – Another annexation quest related to property adjacent to he outlet mall development south of Interstate 64 passed first reading at the Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting Tuesday night.

    The commission now will consider for final approval on Nov. 21 a request by Robert and Wanda Janes to annex .91 acres at Buck Creek Road and Veechdale Road.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Zoeller questions turning lights at bypass/U.S. 60 intersection

    Council member Mike Zoeller raised a question at the end of Thursday’s regular Shelbyville City Council meeting, one that surely many residents have had cross their minds while waiting for traffic lights to turn.

    “At the intersection of KY 55 [and U.S. 60] and the bypass, can we  get the left turn light to change to yellow instead of red? That way a car can use caution but still turn left if no traffic is coming. They do it Bowling Green and Somerset and other places.”

  • Murder charges amended in truck case

    A murder charge against a man in a tractor-trailer accident last year has been amended to second-degree manslaughter – but he’s back in jail for violating his bond.

    Lonnie Monroe, 44, of Shelbyville had been arrested Sept. 24 by Kentucky State Police and charged with murder in the death of James Jacob, 38, but on Oct. 4 that charge was amended to a Class C felony, which carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

  • EARLIER: Coach/auto dealer faces charges for felony theft

    Roy T. Bailey Jr., the baseball coach at Collins High School, will be arraigned Tuesday on a felony theft charge related to an automobile sales business he owns.

    A criminal complaint was served on Bailey, 45, of Burks Branch Road on Oct. 31, charging him with theft by failure to make required disposition of property, according to court records.

  • Shelby County School Board: Sams beats Hinkle; Jackson wins

    The Shelby County Board of Education is gaining one fresh face and bringing back another longtime member.

    With 56.5 percent of the vote, Karen Sams topped 12-year incumbent Sam Hinkle in 2nd District race. In the 5th District, Brenda Jackson earned 60.6 percent of the vote in a big win over challenger Kurt Smith.

    Incumbent Allen Phillips was unopposed in District 3.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Andriot joins 5 incumbents

    One of the biggest Shelbyville City Council elections in years didn’t change much.

    Republican Bob Andriot, the owner of Bell House Restaurant and leader of the Shelbyville Preservation Group that is looking to renovate the old Blue Gables Motel into a retail and arts center, was the second-leading vote-getter, earning 10.3 percent of the vote.

  • Romney wins Shelby amid big turnout

    Republican Mitt Romney rode a steady and huge voter turnout to an overwhelming victory in Shelby County’s vote for president on Tuesday.

    Romney, following the performance of John McCain in 2008, soundly defeated President Barack Obama, earning more than 63 percent. Romney carried more the statewide vote as well.

    In his loss to Obama in 2008, McCain earned nearly 62 percent of the vote in Shelby County.

  • Massie controls his race

    Over a campaign trail encompassing 20 counties, Thomas Massie, a former Republican Lewis County judge-executive has emerged victorious in Shelby County in the 4th Congressional District race.

    Thomas Massie rolled to victory over William Adkins, a Grant County attorney, to replace Geoff Davis, a 4-term Republican incumbent. Shelby is new to the 4th District this fall.

  • All 4 Simpsonville incumbents re-elected

    Voters in Simpsonville seem happy with their veteran city commissioners.

    They voted overwhelmingly to return to office four incumbents who have served as one commission since 2008, when Sharon Cummins first was elected.

    Vicky Wise, who has served on the commission since 1996, overcame a year of health problems to earn re-election, and she will be joined again by Scott McDowell, Cary Vowels and Cummins. Mayor Steve Eden, who has served 18 years, is in the middle of his 4-year term.

  • News briefs: Nov. 7, 2012

    Sheriff’s office receives

    positive annual audit


    State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office released a clean audit on the Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s office’s disposition of its 2011-12 tax receipts.

    The audit showed that there were “no instances of noncompliance” and “no matters involving internal control or its operation that were considered to be material weaknesses.”