Local News

  • Simpsonville to really light up the season

    Simpsonville will light up the holiday season again on Saturday evening, but the celebration will be a bit different this year.

    The most noticeable change may be the addition of a 3-minute fireworks show to supplement throwing of the power switch at Fred Wiche Gazebo in Simpsonville City Park. The festivities begin at about 6 p.m., with the boom scheduled for about 6:20.

    In fact, the Simpsonville City Commission had to pass a waiver to its own fireworks ordinance, which limits shooting off fireworks to July 4th celebrations.

  • No Shelby-wide Thanksgiving services this year

    There will be no community-wide Thanksgiving service in Shelby County this year.

    The Shelby County Ministerial Alliance, which has organized the services for the past several years, couldn’t pull a community event together this time, said the alliance’s president, Rev. Dave Charlton of First Christian Church in Shelbyville.

    “All of us on the board are new, and when it came up, we just didn’t have time to get it done,” Charlton said. “We wanted to do it, and I regret that we can’t."

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Southside update, audit to be reviewed

    With the Northside Early Childhood Center now under way, the Shelby County School Board will continue to move forward with plans for the new Southside Elementary.

    At its meeting on Oct. 25, the board approved the plans to be sent to the Kentucky Department of Education and, when accepted, for the bidding process to begin. The bids were originally scheduled to be opened on Nov. 29.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville Outlet Mall: Horizon still awaits permit

    As one outlet mall plan for Simpsonville still awaits approval from the Triple S Planning Commission, another seems to be on the cusp of clearing its last hurdle.

    The Horizon Group Properties site, which sits on the west side of Buck Creek Road and south of the current location of Veechdale Road and the Interstate 64, is getting closer and closer to obtaining a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fill a 6.5-acre pond, which sits partially on the 50-acre building site for the proposed 355,000-square-foot mall.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Group to request fairness ordinance

    The newly formed Shelby County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth will ask the Shelbyville City Council to consider a so-called “fairness ordinance” patterned after a equal rights measure passed in three other cities.

    The group, which held its first meeting in September, will present a copy of the ordinance to the council at its regular meeting Thursday at city hall, but the issue for now is only a request.

  • Northside Early Childhood Center: Residents skip meeting but will hear noise

    Shelby County Public Schools invited the public on Thursday to attend an informational meeting on the development and plan for the new Northside Early Childhood Center, which will be built on the site of the old Northside Elementary School at 821 College St. in Shelbyville.

  • 8 organizations share $42,1000

    The Shelby County Community Foundation awarded more than $42,000 in  grant money to eight organizations during its annual presentation Monday at the Shelby County Public Library.

    That money comes from three sources, the H. Augustus and Austine T. Barnett Fund, the Mary Ellen Hackworth Fund and the Moses Ruben Fund for Shelby County.

  • Bailey arraigned on theft charges

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

    Bailey, who appeared with his attorney, Mark Dean, pleaded not guilty to the charge before District Judge Donna Dutton, who recused herself from the case.

    Bailey was given a court date of Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. before District Judge Linda Armstrong.

  • News briefs: Nov. 14, 2012

    EMA to test alert sirens

    at noon on Wednesdays

    Shelby County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the 26 early warning sirens placed throughout the county to provide the public with early notification of severe weather and other conditions.

    The agency has created a schedule to have staff on site of each siren several times a year to ensure that it is working properly.

  • Matthews says ‘I will miss being involved’ on Shelbyville City Council

    There were not too many surprises Tuesday as election results poured in from around the city and county, but one result that may have turned a few heads many in Shelbyville was Alan Matthews’ missing out on his sixth term on the Shelbyville City Council.

    Despite a family history of public service in Shelbyville and for the state and nearly 10 years of service himself on the council, Matthews came up 140 votes short and in eighth place out of 11 candidates on the ballot. The top six earned spots on the council.