Local News

  • News Briefs: Jan. 26, 2011

    Kentucky unemployment
    highest rate since May

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate increased to 10.3 percent in December 2010 from a revised 10.2 percent in November 2010, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    The December 2010 jobless rate is .3 of a percentage point lower than the 10.6 percent rate recorded in December 2009  but is the highest rate since May 2010, when it was 10.4 percent.

  • EARLIER: Group to fight city on sidewalk law

    Several property owners and city residents will test a Shelbyville city ordinance that requires landowners to repair sidewalks in what ultimately could be a landmark case.

    No ordinance similar to this one has been tested in court, according to both the Shelbyville City Attorney Frank Chuppe and the three lawyers - Vic Brizendine, Gilmore Dutton and Austin Hays - that have rallied the group.

  • Shelbyville gives 1st OK to rate bump

    The Shelbyville City Council got back in action Monday with a special called meeting to replace last Thursday's meeting that was cancelled because of weather.

    A short agenda didn't lack punch, though.

    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle received approval on first reading for a 3.85 percent increase in water and sewer charges.

    The board will have a second reading at the next meeting on Feb. 3.

    Doyle brought several board members and employees with him to the meeting, but the increase was not really questioned.

  • Friday night's games called off

    Tonight's basketball games involving Collins and Shelby County high schools have been called off due to the snow and road conditions.

    However the Titans' boy-girl doubleheader at Oldham County scheduled for tonight has been moved to tomorrow night. The boys' game will be at 6 p.m. with the girls' game to follow at 7:30 p.m. And because of that tomorrow's Highlands at Collins girls' game has been postponed until Feb. 5. 

  • EARLIER: Aqua Shores homeowner says neighbors didn't get permits

    Darrell Taylor had a beef to pick with the Triple S Planning Commission on Tuesday.

    Taylor, who lives at 831 Bass Lane, is upset that he had to pay for a permit for a deck he had built when he said his neighbors had built decks and made additions to their homes without getting, or paying for, permits.

  • News Briefs: Jan. 21. 2011

    City Council
    meeting rescheduled

    Thursday's meeting of the Shelbyville City Council has been postponed because of the winter storm.
    "We just wanted to err on the side of safety," Mayor Tom Hardesty said.
    The council now will have a special called meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
    On the agenda is a request from Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer for a rate increase of 3.85 percent and a presentation of the 2009-2010 audit.

    Masonic Home postpones celebration

  • Side roads, streets extremely slick

    Primary arteries in Shelby County -- such as Interstate 64 and U.S. 60 -- were free of snow and featuerd only small patches of ice on Friday morning, but the same couldn't be said for streets and side roads.

    With about three inches of snow on the ground and temperatures plummeting to near single digits, road crews were trying to break through solid ice with a dose of salt and some serious scraping.

    Shelby County Public Schools canceled classes mid-evening on Thursday, the fifth lost day this school year.

  • Thieves new target: Cities’ sewer grates

    Thieves have been working under the cover of darkness to steal sewer grates from city streets.
    Ten were stolen recently from industrial parks in Simpsonville, and two more were taken in Shelbyville.
    The thefts in Simpsonville were reported Tuesday when Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton received a phone call. The grates were taken after businesses had closed for the day.
    “We had no idea,” he said. “We went out there and put cones out, because it could be dangerous for cars with open holes.

  • City council meeting postponed until Monday

    Thursday’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council has been cancelled due to the approaching winter storm.

    “We just wanted to err on the side of safety,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

    The council will now have a special called meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

    On the agenda is a request from Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer for a rate increase of 3.85 percent, and a presentation of the 2009-2010 audit.

  • Shelby schools dismissing early because of winter storm warning

    Shelby County Public Schools has announced a 2-hour early dismissal due to the inclement weather forecasted to hit the area this afternoon. The cancellation includes afternoon preschool and HeadStart classes.

    All after-school events also will be cancelled, as well as after-school childcare.

    Shelby County is part of a winter storm warning that has been issued for Thursday.