Local News

  • Ruby Lewis to appear on Nightline

    Shelby County native Ruby Lewis, who made a name for herself from coast to coast over the past decade in a variety of productions including musicals, television and theater and on Broadway, is now scheduled to appear on Nightline.

    The half-hour program provides viewers with in-depth reporting on major stories in the news, with occasional segments on pop culture. A date has not yet been set for the interview to air, but it’s coming up soon, Lewis said.

  • Cultivating a love of gardening

    It's time again for the Shelby County Master Gardeners' annual Garden Fair coming up Saturday.

    Whether you're an avid gardener or just want to put out a few flowers or tomato plants, the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road, is sure to have just what you're looking for.

    There will be hundreds of plants to chose from, said Walt Reichert, horticulture technician with the extension office.

  • Heroin March in planning for August

    A march this summer for downtown Shelbyville set to bring awareness of the horrors of heroin is in the planning stages, and organizers say they need hundreds of volunteers.

    Rebecca Beckley, chair of the volunteer committee of a group called The March to Recovery, said she was very disappointed in the first meeting she held recently to recruit volunteers for the event and only four people showed up, adding that the group does not have a website, but does have a Facebook page, which has been generating a lot of interest.

  • Lighting the darkness


    It’s no secret that drug addiction is plaguing our community.  But what is a secret are the faces and names of those hurting from the pain addiction has caused.  

    But resident Casie Storey Mudd wants to change that.  As administrator for the Facebook page Rural Addiction Resource Committee, Mudd is working to bring light to shadows that so often cloak the faces of those suffering in silence and on Tuesday she will do that through a public candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • Tools of the trade

    It’s small, metal, beaten and banged up, and there’s probably a light coat of sawdust gathering in the bottom but to John Abild, owner of Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville, his toolbox is a treasure chest filled with the tools to beautify just about any piece of neglected woodwork.

    And his toolbox has garnered national attention this month in the Best Toolbox in America contest, a photo contest sponsored by Angie’s List, an online service containing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses.

  • Lt. Gov urges Shelby students to find their passion

    With a focus on the value of entrepreneurships, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton spoke to students of Shelby County and Collins high schools as well as East and West middle schools at SCHS Wednesday morning.

    “The constitution gives you as individuals the right to shape your lives however you see fit,” she said.

    Hampton said this view has always been of value to her, as she grew up in a home with a limited budget and garnered pressure from others to behave in a manner that they saw fit.

  • Bagdad woman named regional farm mom

    Mary Courtney, co-owner of Courtney Farms along with her husband, Shane, is one of five women across the nation chosen as a 2016 Regional Farm Mom of the Year.

    Monsanto Company, an agricultural company based in St. Louis, made the announcement last week – the other 4 regional winners are from North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and Rhode Island.

  • Plan in place to pave all city’s roads

    The Simpsonville City Commission has come up with a way to completely revamp every street within its city limits – just pave all 12 miles of city streets by the end of 2017 and borrow the money to pay for it.

    City Administrator David Eaton called the move a great idea.

    “The mayor and the commission have really shown good leadership here, making a decision that’s going to have a long-term benefit to the community over the next twenty years – it’s a very smart decision,” he said.

  • Shelby to get $6.5m in road improvements

    A new highway plan just approved in Frankfort has Shelby County getting $6.5 million worth of highway projects funded in the next two years.

    The 2016-18 Biennial Highway Construction Plan guarantees funding for local projects, which includes everything from bridge replacements to road widening.

    Shelby County has four projects in the plan, compared to 13 projects in Bullitt ($80 million), 13 in Franklin ($25 million), 6 in Henry ($31 million), 110 in Jefferson ($446 million), 15 in Oldham ($74 million), 4 in Trimble ($4) and 1 in Spencer ($500,000).

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Request has city looking at zoning offenses as civil issues

    The Shelbyville City Council and Triple S Planning and Zoning Thursday came to an agreement that will crack down on zoning offenses.

    Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke said currently zoning violations are considered a criminal offense and often get pushed aside because of crowded dockets for months and even years in the court system.

    Libke said treating the violations as civil offenses would allow the local Code Enforcement Board to deal with the issues instead, thus expediting the matters and hopefully resolving them faster.