Local News

  • Probation recommended for former Collins teacher’s sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students likely will serve no jail time for those offenses.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11,

    pleaded guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter, an agreement that recommends probation of a 7-year sentence, a decision that will be up to Judge Charles Hickman when she is sentenced on June 18.

  • Inmate found dead at Shelby County Detention Center

    Glenn Burger, 39, was a found on his bottom bunk by his fellow inmates. Chief Deputy Corner Jeff Ivers said a full autopsy and toxicology report has been ordered.

    “Everything points toward natural causes,” he said. “But we won’t know for sure for at least six weeks when the reports come back.”

    Burger was serving 120 days for a second DUI offense, jail officials said. He was doing a work release in Anderson County.

    Burger was about 5 feet 9 inches and between 320 and 330 pounds, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said.

  • News briefs: May 4, 2012

    Judicial center to be closed

    3 days for budget reductions

    Employees of Kentucky’s judicial branch learned Wednesday that they will be furloughed for three days in the first half of fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, meaning the Shelby County Judicial Center will be closed for those three days.

  • Case of Waddy man charged with trying to run down woman with motorcycle goes to grand jury

    TAYLORSVILLE – The case of a Waddy man accused of trying to run over a Mount Eden woman with his motorcycle is on its way to a Spencer County grand jury.

    Sammy “Frankie” Mobley, 36, faces a first-degree wanton endangerment charge in connection with a March 16 incident in which Benjamin W. Mobley, 58, of Murphy Lane allegedly attempted to shoot at and pistol-whip his girlfriend, who is from Mount Eden.

  • Collins High School an energy star

    Collins High School has joined the ranks of Kentucky’s Energy Star-rated schools, which was noted by a brief presentation on Thursday morning in Collins’ Project Lead the Way engineering classroom.

    Shelby County Energy Manager Sherman Adams presented the framed certification to Principal Anthony Hatchell, and Jeff Riggs, an engineer with Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, and Mike Smith, from architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart, both spoke about the project.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Projected 2013 budget not much changed

    The county’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year of 2013 is very similar to last year’s, in fact, it is only $82,138 more than the 2012 budget.

    In his budget presentation at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger told magistrates and the court that his proposal contains no tax increases and mirror’s last year’s budget very closely, at $17,432,138, compared to last year’s $17.35 million.

  • Shelby Prevention needs help for after-prom event

    The month of May arrives with sightings of young women in fancy dresses, young men in suits and tuxes, readying for their high school proms.

    With two high schools in Shelby County, we now have two weekends when we witness these annual rituals and smile fondly (perhaps) at our own memories of prom.

    For the past three years, Shelby Prevention has teamed with volunteers at First Baptist, Highland Baptist, and other area churches to offer after-prom parties for our local young people, and this year, that organization needs help to handle both high schools.

  • Simpsonville's sewer rates to remain flat for coming year

    Simpsonville residents are getting a bit of a financial break in the coming year.

    City commissioners voted at their meeting Tuesday night to forego an increase in sewer rates – which by ordinance they could have raised 2.5 percent.

    The opt-out was put in the place when the ordinance was passed, and Mayor Steve Eden suggested that this is a year when the city could go without increasing the cost to property owners.

  • News briefs: May 2, 2012

    Lobbying in Frankfort reaching

    record levels of expenditures


    Companies that hired lobbyists and lobbyists themselves spent a total of $7.1 million in lobbying during the first three months of the 2012 General Assembly, according to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission newsletter for April.

  • New scam targets postal customers

    Officials at the Shelbyville Post Office have said they have had quite a few people calling and asking about an E-mail residents are receiving that tells them they have a package to pick up.

    This new scam, along with many others, is being investigated, by the postal service, Adel Valdes, U.S. postal inspector, Pittsburgh Division, said.

     “We are the federal law enforcement arm of the postal service, and we are working on this to see if we can pinpoint where it’s coming from,” he said.