Local News

  • Legislative session: Smoking ban, immigration are hot topics

    As the 2011 legislation session gets under way in Frankfort, many predicted a slow session without many results because of the upcoming governor’s race, which has Senate President David Williams seeking the Republican nomination.

    But the session has started off fast, with several bills being pushed to the Senate floor in the first week and the discussion of a statewide smoking ban.

    "I know we've discussed it before, but I don't ever recall voting on it [a statewide ban] before," Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said.

  • EARLIER: JHS settles in penis amputation

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville has settled a lawsuit with a man who says his penis was amputated without his permission, thus avoiding a jury trial that is scheduled to begin Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    More than three years ago, Phillip Seaton of Waddy woke up at JHS after what was supposed to be a routine circumcision and found his penis had been removed.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville repairing large sewage break

    Simpsonville officials are dealing with a large sewer break that so far posed no problems for residents.
    A major line on the northern side of the Rolling Ridge development broke on Monday night or early Tuesday, and the repairs will require a few more days to complete.
    The line runs behind houses and near the Meadow Ridge Apartment complex, and because it luckily is a “gravity line,” there has been no backup near homes, City Administrator David Eaton said.

  • County welcomes aboard new magistrates

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court welcomed two new magistrates Tuesday night at its first meeting of the new year.

    Bill Hedges, in District 4, and Eddie Kingsolver, in District 5, replaced longtime magistrates Cordy Armstrong and Betty Curtsinger, respectively.

  • EARLIER: U.S. 60-KY 55: A vexing intersection

    Three weeks have passed since the Shelbyville Bypass opened, and already problems are surfacing with issues relating to the newly paved road.
    Residents have written letters to the newspaper, and businesses are speaking out about what problems they see surrounding the intersection west of Shelbyville where the bypass joins KY 55 and U.S. 60.
    Although people have voiced concerns about a number of things, two problems are uppermost in their minds about what they believe needs to be changed about the intersection.

  • Deadly fire trend draws focus to prevention

    The headlines this holiday season too often have been about sorrow, not joy.
    House fires have been blazing rampantly, leaving four families in Shelby County homeless in December, two of them within a week of Christmas. Two more homes were destroyed around Thanksgiving, another a few weeks before that.

  • News Briefs: Jan. 5. 2011

    Program scholarships available
    for Alzheimer’s patients

    A grant from the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) is once again enabling the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter to offer 15 scholarships for enrollment into its Medic Alert + Safe Return program to residents in Shelby and other surrounding counties.

  • New courthouse moves along, but City Center lags

    Of two public projects that have been under way in downtown Shelbyville – a new judicial center and a proposed entertainment/convention complex – one is coming along very well, the other not so well.

  • EARLIER: Some light at the turn: Intersection plan OKd

    State transportation officials have determined that turn signals should be installed at the intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 55, where the new Shelbyville Bypass recently was opened.

    Andrea Clifford, information officer for the Transportation Cabinet’s District 5, said Tuesday that District 5 engineers plan to recommend the addition of turn arrows for the north- and southbound turn lanes on KY 55 and the eastbound lane on U.S. 60.

  • Page set for first city council meeting

    The Shelbyville City Council will ease into the New Year with a very short agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

    The highlight has the board welcoming new council member Frank Page, who takes over George Best after last November’s election.

    Page said he’s looking forward to his first meeting.

    “I’m ready to see what’s going on in a little more detail,” he said. “I’ve been following things and keeping up-to-date, but this certainly will help me get a little more plugged in.”