Local News

  • Former KSP trooper among 4 family members charged in rape case

    Four members of a Shelby County family were arrested Thursday in a sexual abuse investigation, and one of them is a former Kentucky State Police trooper.

    One of the four, a male juvenile is charged with raping and sexually abusing a female family member, and the three adults have been charged with failing to report that abuse. Charles E. Rice, 41, Cristi Rice, 36, and Wayne Hoard, 66, all of Shelbyville, were lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center, all charged with one count each of failure to report sexual abuse.

  • Shelbyville Horse Show: Big doings, crowd on opening night

    After a brief rainstorm Wednesday night, the Shelbyville Horse Show officially got off to a hot start, as spectators strolled through the receiving line of politicians and socialites, shaking hands and exchanging small talk – exchanging warmth perhaps only matched by the Shelbyville weather.

    Despite the hot, humid and cloudy weather, everyone seemed to be wearing a smile.

  • Simpsonville's New concession stand to be finished soon

    The new concession stand and press box at the Simpsonville recreational complex is running a little behind schedule, but it’s also nearly complete.

    “It’s a little behind,” City Administrator David Eaton said. “Nothing real bad.”

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved in the spring replacing the 60-year-old building with a larger, modern facility that is two stories and includes storage space and a vantage point for scorekeepers and officials.

  • Collins teacher arrested on sex charges

    Shannon Hirchert, a special needs teacher at Collins High School, was arrested and charged Wednesday with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of distributing obscene matter to minors dating back to fall 2010.
    Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was released Wednesday night on $5,000 bond.
    Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said investigators believe the sexual conduct was consensual, but it falls under KRS statute 510.110, the charge of sexual abuse first degree when a person is in a position of authority or special trust, which includes teachers.

  • Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville limited to 1 lane Thursday night

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet  advises motorists that KY 1848 will be reduced to one lane tonight between Interstate 64 and US 60 in Shelby County (Buck Creek Road).

  • News briefs: Aug. 3, 2011

    Guthrie, Paul disagree
    on debt ceiling plan

    Kentucky lawmakers have mixed reviews on the $2.4 trillion debt-ceiling increase passed by Congress on Tuesday.
    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) voted for the legislation Monday, while U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he wouldn’t vote on the deal when the Senate took up the issue. The Senate passed the increase at about noon Tuesday.

  • Accelerated enrollment for new academies

    The turnout for the new Accelerated Academy at both Collins and Shelby County high schools has been somewhat staggering.
    The administrative staff of both high schools and Shelby County Public Schools sat down Thursday with members of the Board of Education for an informal roundtable discussion to explain the new program.
    More than 115 students have met the criteria for the academy and 71 – 44 at Collins and 27 at SCHS – will take on the rigorous schedule starting in two weeks.

  • Shelbyville Horse Show: The stars expected on hot opening night

    Despite the continuous heat wave plaguing Shelby County and an absence of volunteers, the Shelbyville Horse Show already started rolling days ago for people preparing and primping their horses and the fairgrounds.

    Horse Show Manager R.H. Bennett said the weather looks like it’s going to be hot, and he’s worried about people not coming because of the heat.

    However, he still said he feels like people will come.

    “Our locals tend to catch our excitement,” he said. “It’s already catching.”

  • Shelby graduation rates higher than the state’s

    A new federal formula for calculating graduation rates shows that a far greater percentage of students in Shelby County Public Schools graduate in four years than do so in the state.

    The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rates (AFGR) for the 2009-2010 school year, which were released Tuesday, show that 82.57 percent of freshmen graduated from Shelby County’s schools in four years. In the state, that rate was 76.88.

  • Crime Stoppers needs info on Walmart theft

    Crime Stoppers and the Shelby County Sheriff’s office are asking for help in identifying a suspect who took nearly $10,000 worth of items from Walmart in Shelbyville.

    On Friday, a man entered the Shelbyville Walmart at 4:31 a.m. and exited the store with nearly $9,500 in merchandise from the electronics department.