Local News

  • Shelby escapes severe storm damage

    A thunderstorm that blew though Kentucky Thursday night ripping the roof off the Crowne Plaza Hotel and leaving two dead in a house fire started by a lightning strike in Louisville, also caused some minor damage in Shelby County

    “We have had calls right and left this morning, but only two calls from Shelby County,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sullivan.

    Other areas, including Louisville, were hit much harder than Shelby County, he said, citing four barns down in Metcalfe County, he said.

  • EARLIER: Triple S Planning Commission: Outlet mall decision will come in August

    After the Triple S Planning Commission tabled its vote on the zone change request for the proposed outlet mall on the west side of Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville south of Interstate 64, Horizon Group officials were left undeterred.

    “There was a lot of information presented tonight and a lot of comments, so we respect the commission’s decision to take their time and evaluate it,” said Tom Rumptz, Horizon’s senior vice president in charge of the development. “But we’ll continue to move forward with the development process.”

  • Shelby’s special districts shine under state’s spotlight

    By the end of the year, State Auditor Adam Edelen has said he plans to have a complete database of all the special taxing districts across the state – and Shelby County may help give him a good start in that effort.

    According to Edelen’s office, there could be as many as 1,800 special districts in Kentucky, and many could be operating outside of the eye of the public.

  • Wills to ask for shock probation in Shelby Circuit Court

    Jody Wills, the Shelby County woman serving a 10-year sentence for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer, will be back in court Monday to ask to be let out of prison on shock probation.

    Wills had initially been granted probation in 2009 on embezzlement charges and was supposed to repay the money to her employer on a set restitution schedule. When she did not, Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman revoked her probation in December 2011, sending her to prison for her 10-year sentence.

  • News briefs: July 20, 2012

    Men’s shelter to hold

    open house Sunday

    The Open Door of Hope, a men’s shelter located at 211 8th St. in Shelbyville, will have an open house Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. to show off its new substance-abuse facility.

  • EARLIER: King will remain jailed while Hickman mulls decision

    TAYLORSVILLE -- A Mount Eden woman serving time for the 1998 murder of a Shelbyville man will wait for at least another month to hear if she will be granted a new trial  — and she'll do her waiting in prison.

    After a suspect being questioned by Louisville Metro Police on separate charges claimed he — not Susan Jean King, 52 — committed the murder of Kyle "Deanie" Breeden in 1998, King's attorney filed a motion for a new trial based on newly discovered evidence.

  • Simpsonville to use legal action to obtain final easement

    Simpsonville’s village center sidewalk project has been sitting on go for a couple of months now, and the city commission on Wednesday voted to take legal action to remove one obstacle to its beginning.

    The commission voted unanimously – with Scott McDowell and Vicky Wise absent – to pursue possible condemnation of property at 7026 Shelbyville Road because its owner, Henry Lee, will not grant an easement sufficient for the sidewalk and other accoutrements to be built at that location.

  • Bone marrow transplant goes well for baby

    “Awesome!” was the sentiment expressed by one person and echoed throughout Shelby County on Wednesday as the news of 8-month old Addison Miles’ successful bone marrow transplant procedure circulated around the community.

    “It’s time to pray some more for this beautiful infant and her family,” said Gary Walls, who has been following the baby’s progress through her ordeal with leukemia, a battle she has been waging since March.

  • EARLIER: Ousted Bogard to get belongings, but that’s the end

    When recently fired children’s librarian Sherry Bogard finally was given an opportunity to defend herself before Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Shelby County Public Library’s board of directors, the only thing she asked was that the rest of her belongings be returned.

    That appears to be all she is going to get.

  • Shelby County School Board: 3-year MAP analysis shows scores increasing

    Shelby County Public Schools is seeing some promising trends as it continues to compile more data from the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests.

    Lisa Smith, the district’s chief academic officer, presented a 3-year comparison to the school board during Thursday’s meeting.