Local News

  • News Briefs: Jan.19. 2011

    Snow forecast Thursday;
    parks offer sledding options

    With three to six inches of snow forecast for Thursday, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks & Recreation has two options for sled riders.
    Sledders can use the hill located at Clear Creek Park off Burks Branch Road. Enter through Gate 2 and proceed back to the Colonel Sanders Shelter and Amphitheatre on the left.  The hill is located behind these two structures.  Cars may park in the parking lots by the shelter.

  • Shelbyville to hear water rate increase

    When the Shelbyville City Council meets Thursday, it face a short agenda but one item with some punch.

    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle will ask the council for a rate increase of 3.85 percent.

    This will be the first reading of the rate increase, and if it passes both readings, it would go into affect on April 1.

    "It's the first time in two years we've asked for a rate increase," Doyle said. The last time, the increase was 3.5 percent.

  • Shelby EMA rates high on review

    The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has scored among the state’s best for its 2010 evaluation.

    Shelby EMA scored 94 out of a possible 96 and was the best in the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management’s Region 5, which encompasses Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Henry, Marion, Mercer, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington counties.

  • Brenda R. Thomas: 1939 - 2011

    Brenda Thomas, known to many as a vibrant member of the business community, was also a quiet champion of the poor and needy.

    Thomas, who had owned Jamison’s Sales and Rental  Inc. since 1980, died Thursday after taking a fall at her sister’s home in Lady Lake, Fla. She was 71.

  • Earlier: State to correct intersection's problems

    Improvements are on the way for the problematic intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 55.

    State transportation officials approved Friday a plan to add turn signals to the intersection, which had been seen as a problem ever since the Shelbyville Bypass opened late last year.

    But now the improvements – which should clear up dangerous turns and long backups – will  be even greater than had been expected.

  • Commuter rail system pitched

    An official in Frankfort wants to build a new commuter train system from Lexington to Louisville – including a stop in Shelbyville.

    But officials in Shelby County say they haven’t heard anything about a plan revealed by Ralph Tharp, executive director of the Kentucky Capital Development Corporation, to build the “Thoroughbred Rail Link.”

  • Immigration bill raises questions

    The immigration bill that the state Senate passed last week has sparked quite a debate.

    Senate Bill 6 passed just before the start of a 3-week adjournment, but the discussion hasn't stopped just because lawmakers left Frankfort.

    This past weekend, the Kentucky May Day Coalition organized a meeting of groups, which included about 80 people who oppose this Arizona-style immigration policy.

  • Lawyers may test city’s sidewalk law

    A group of local lawyers is planning to meet with citizens and business owners to discuss the possibility of testing Shelbyville's sidewalk ordinance.

    Attorney Austin Hays said he, Vic Brizendine and Gilmore Dutton, all with offices on Main Street, have had clients and business and property owners ask them about the ordinance.

    "We've discussed it, and we've had several property owners mention it to us, so we thought we'd try to organize something to see what some people think about it,” Hays said.

  • Shootings cause ‘caution flags’ for Miller

    The shootings in Arizona of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others that left six dead on Saturday has had more than a small aftershock in Shelby County.
    Steve Miller, who is the field representative in Shelby and 4.5 other counties for Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green), said the shootings really hit home with him and will cause changes in the way he conducts his business.

  • Vet works to find homes for murdered woman's cats

    Police are appealing to the public for help in locating the killer of an Anderson County woman who was found dead last week, and now a vet in Shelbyville is trying to find homes for her many pets.
    Tena L. McNeely, 49, was found dead in her home on Clay Burgin Road in Anderson County on Jan. 7. She had died of a blow to the head, Kentucky State Police spokesperson Ron Turley said, and perhaps as long ago as Jan. 3.
    A suspect, “Terry” Allen Cram, who was McNeely’s roommate, remains at large.