Local News

  • Fiscal court will request prices from garbage haulers

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court Legislative Committee will meet with area garbage and recycling haulers on April 15 to try and nail down a price for county residents, without setting a franchise agreement or soliciting formal bids.

  • Smoking still a burning issue in Shelby

    A statewide smoking ban was not such a hot idea as far as lawmakers were concerned, but trends are definitely turning that direction, some officials say.

    “There’s been a bill come up for that for the last few years, and it didn’t pass again this year, but it’s been the biggest push for it yet,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

    And on the local level, that same split seems to be growing among officials and the public.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said the matter came before the city council a couple of years ago.

  • Ties to state lure new mall manager

    When Dan Davilla learned that his company would be opening an outlet mall in Kentucky, he jumped at the opportunity to move.

    The only unusual part was that Davilla had just opened a brand new mall, in Woodstock, Ga., just outside Atlanta.

    “I opened the mall in Atlanta [last year], and coming to the outlet shoppes, it’s a destination that I wanted to be in; it feels natural to me,” he said. “My wife’s from Kentucky and my company is building a mall there, so it worked out great.”

  • Hundreds attend job fair at Collins

    The gym at Collins High School buzzed with activity Tuesday night as hundreds of people showed up, resumes in hand, to apply for positions at the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, set to open this summer.

  • Food bank to relocate to large facility

    An organization that operates a food bank in Shelby County will soon relocate to a larger facility, thanks to county government.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court is preparing to make arrangements to allow the Serenity Center, a counseling center that also operates a food bank, to locate the bank at its Emergency Management office at 98 7th St., which will soon be vacant.

    In May, that office will move to the county’s new Emergency Services building on Hospital drive.

  • Governors Square gets new look, tenants coming next

    The east side of Shelbyville has slowly but surely getting a facelift, and it’s starting to payoff.

    The upgrades have come at Governors Square, the original shopping center on that side of Shelbyville, and Lee Webb, a commercial real estate broker and member of the ownership group Governors Square LLC, said things are happening quickly.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Will lower taxes because of ‘good growth’

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved on first reading its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at Wednesday’s meeting, and in the process had a surprise for the city’s residents.

    The commission approved lowering the ad valorem property tax by 10.2 percent.

  • NEWS DIGEST: April 4, 2014

    Wisconsin, Kentucky Senators wager

    on NCAA Final Four Game

    Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) and Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green) and Wisconsin Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin have made a wager on Saturday’s NCAA Tournament basketball game between the universities of Kentucky and Wisconsin.

    The stakes are a selection of Wisconsin bratwurst and cheese against Kentucky Derby-Pie® from Kern’s Kitchen in Louisville.

  • Officials: no harm from diesel spilled into Clear Creek

    No serious consequences are expected after hundreds of gallons of diesel spilled into Clear Creek on Friday morning, officials say

    The accident happened on the grounds of Martinrea Heavy Stamping on Old Brunerstown Road. Martinrea Plant Manager Shawn Addlesburger said the spill occurred when employees were filling a portable generator with fuel and the tank ran over.

    “We were putting diesel into the portable generator and the overflow switch did not stop, so we had an accidental spill of diesel fuel that occurred Friday morning,” he said.

  • NEWS DIGEST: April 2, 2014

    Kentucky, Wisconsin governors bet on Final Four game

    Gov. Steve Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are wagering on their home teams in Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.

    Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win, while Scott offered Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a University of Wisconsin Badgers victory.