Local News

  • County prepares for first winter storms

    Officials began preparing yesterday for a winter storm expected to dump as much as three inches of snow on Shelby County by this morning.

    Agencies from around Shelby County met with meteorologists from the National Weather Service Tuesday afternoon to see what could be store, said Shelby County Road Department Supervisor Craig Myatt.

    “We are having a conference call this afternoon,” he said.

    At that time, NWS Meteorologist Brian Schettmer said they were predicting severe weather to hit in the early morning hours Wednesday.

  • County to switch elevator companies

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted at its regular meeting Tuesday morning to switch companies that provide support for the elevators at both the old Shelby County Courthouse and the Shelby County Judicial Center.

    Magistrates authorized Shelby County Maintenance Director Denny Bailey to make the change, as he reported that he had located a company that was a little more reasonable than the county’s current company, Thyssenkrupp Elevator Co.

  • County to create new youth drug prevention position

    County officials have made the decision to create a new position targeted toward working to prevent young people from becoming involved with drugs.

    The program will be administered by the Shelby County Fiscal Court and the person to head it up will be a youth services coordinator, a position created Tuesday.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the position would be advertised beginning next week.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL_– Council to again consider zoning change

    The Shelbyville City Council is expected to hear a zoning text amendment request from Travis White when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall, 315 Washington Street for the regularly scheduled meeting.

    White approached the council in early November requesting a revision to the zoning for 622 Main Street to allow conditional use of the basement for storage spaces.  White said the storage charge could fund the rent for the upstairs rooms, affording them the opportunity to offer a rent-free program for new, aspiring businesses.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – New policies, schedules, legislation

    The Shelby County Board of Education addressed numerous matters Thursday evening, including the new act signed into legislation last month by President Barack Obama that replaces the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

    With the new act in place, the state needs to review their standards in order to comply.

    “A legislator is discussing a major change in public education,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “Senate Bill 1...is now obsolete.”

  • Vital signs

    New signs have popped up all across Shelby County with a plan to attract visitors to some of the towns’ favorite hidden jewels.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelby County Tourism & Visitors Bureau, said there are 18 sign locations across the county, directing travelers to Shelby Trails, downtown Simpsonville, Mulberry Orchard and Gallrein Farms, and more are on their way.

  • Minister urges youth to attend MLK service

    Shelbyville’s 16th annual Martin Luther King Day service will be Monday, and organizers say they are hoping for a great turnout this year, especially from the younger crowd.

    “We are hoping for a good turnout because we feel this is an important time to spread the message of what Dr. King stood for,” said Robert Marshall, pastor of St. John United Methodist Church at 212 Martin Luther King St. in Shelbyville, where the service will take place at 1 p.m.

  • Investigators say Putnam refused polygraph

    Kentucky State Police investigators released a statement Thursday that Terry Putnam, the Simpsonville Police Officer charged in connection with a break-in and theft of money, drugs and guns at that department in November, refused to take a polygraph test during the investigation.

    What’s more, the statement said, another officer also refused to take the polygraph.

  • Christmas bird count yields more sightings than last year

    Birdwatchers participating in Shelby County's 42nd annual Christmas Bird Count might have not seen a partridge in a pear tree, but they did spot lots of other birds.

    Established in 1900 by the National Audubon Society, the event is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world. With thousands of observers across the globe participating in the count, valuable data is gathered to establish the movement, population growth, and trends of numerous species of birds.

  • District advances toward 1:1 digital conversion


    With the district’s second Chromebook deployment event wrapped up, nearly early every middle and high school student in the county is now equipped with a digital device to aid in their education.

    “It was awesome.  It went really well,” said Ryan Allan, public relations coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools. “Things went smoothly. I heard a lot of positive comments.  I heard no negative comments.  It was really good.”