Local News

  • Election 2012, President, lots of local races on tap

    With six statewide races complete, election officials now turn their focus toward what will be a busy year in 2012.

    Not only will a new president and vice president be elected – along with a new U.S. House of Representatives – but there will be a significant slate of elections in Shelby County as well.

    Candidates don’t have to file for office until after Jan. 1, but the slate would include court officers, city council races and some school board seats.

  • EARLIER: Assault victim remains critical

    A Shelbyville woman who was brutally assaulted Saturday is showing some improvement although  she still has not regained consciousness, a member of her family said.

    Denisse Escareno, 24, is still listed in critical condition at the University of Louisville Medical Center after being left on the side of Mount Eden Road after being severely beaten.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Eric Hettinger said no arrests have been made in the case, and her assailant remains still at large.

  • News briefs: Nov. 11, 2011

    Simpsonville gets

    grant for records

    The City of Simpsonville has received a $1,908 grant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) to preserve and manage local government records. KDLA is an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The grant funds will be used to transfer valuable permanent records to security microfilm.

  • I-64 widening at Simpsonville nears completion

    You’ve seen the dividers move, the lights go up and some new pavement go down, and you’re probably thinking that the Interstate 64 widening project is just about completed.

    This widening project, from four lanes to six, west from the Simpsonville (Exit 28) to the Jefferson County line, has been under way for two years, and the finish line definitely is in sight.

  • Shelbyville man dies in tractor-trailer crash

    A Shelbyville man was killed Wednesday morning when the tractor-trailer in which he was riding swerved off Fisherville Road and crashed into trees and a yard.

    James Jacobs, 38, of Cherry Lane was dead at the scene at the corner of Veechdale and Fisherville roads. The driver of the truck, Lonnie Monroe, 43, of Shelbyville, was treated and released at the University of Louisville Hospital.

  • Holiday season arrives Saturday

    Shelby County officially kicks off the Christmas spirit on Saturday with the 24th annual Celebration of Lights in downtown Shelbyville.

    The event, sponsored by SMART (Shelbyville Merchant Association of Retail Trade), looks to be one of the biggest the city has seen, with almost 60 booths already reserved.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City gives first OK to heftier business fines

    The City of Shelbyville will have a second reading on an ordinance that will fine businesses $500 for not filing or paying occupational taxes.

    The Shelbyville City Council passed the first reading of the ordinance, which will provide more than, as Mayor Tom Hardesty put it, "a slap on the hand" for offending local businesses.

  • Water company is not affiliated with HomeServe

    Residents of Shelby County have been receiving information in the mail from HomeServe about insurance for water service lines, but Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle wants customers to be careful.

    "We are in no way affiliated with them," he said. "I do understand that some of these things have been a scams in the past, so we just want our customers to be careful and check with Better Business Bureau before doing anything with them."

  • Trial requested for child pornography suspect

    LAWRENCEBURG – The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has requested a trial date for a Lawrenceburg man facing more than 100 child pornography charges in Shelby and Anderson counties.

    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive in Lawrenceburg appeared Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on charges in both counties.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell requested a trial date, and Hawks is scheduled to appear again in Shelby Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5.

  • Montell’s bill would fund scholarships

    A bill pre-filed Tuesday aims to give a tax credit to individuals and businesses that donate to not-for-profit agencies that provide scholarships for underprivileged children.

    The bill, proposed by state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), would provide a tax credit of up to $2,000 to those who contribute to organizations that extend educational scholarships to eligible children, which could be used for tuition to allow them to attend any elementary or secondary school, public or private, of their choice.