Local News

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Cary Vowels

    Cary Vowels who has survived at least one rocky election to be a Simpsonville city commissioner for 10 years, wants to give the job two more years.

    Vowels filed for re-election to the commission, where he has overseen the finance and parks committees.

    Vowels is one of five candidates for the four spots on the commission, to which he was elected in 2002. Elections are non-partisan and are held every two years, with the mayor elected to a 4-year term.

  • State finally OKs Simpsonville sidewalk plans

    SIMPSONVILLE – An otherwise moribund meeting Tuesday night of the Simpsonville City Commission – the only one that will be held this month – received a last-minute jolt of enthusiasm when Mayor Steve Eden and City Administrator David Eaton revealed that the long-state-shanghaied Village Center Sidewalk Project finally had received approval.

  • Shelby County School Board: Part of Collins school project closed; Northside bid accepted

    The Shelby County Board of Education closed one building project and opened another during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    The board closed out a series of purchase orders on the Collins High School building project to complete the majority of that project. The direct purchase orders were used to save the district more than $800,000 by using its tax-exempt status.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City to consider adding Simpsonville to tourism commission

    The city of Shelbyville will be the first to introduce an ordinance on Thursday that officially would welcome Simpsonville as a member of the tourism and convention commission.

    The ordinance is the only item on the city’s agenda for Thursday night at city hall, and Katie Fussenegger, the executive director of the visitor’s bureau, said nothing is really changing.

  • Cornerstone’s ACT scores beat nation’s

    Cornerstone Christian Academy again is leading the way with ACT scores higher than the county, state and national averages.

    Cornerstone, a private school, located at 3850 Frankfort Road, reported a composite score of 23.1. Although down from last year’s 25, the score still outpaces the county’s public school average of 18.8, the state average of 19.8 and the national average of 21.1

  • Deciphering Shelbyville statue has no limitations

    Many Shelbyville residents and workers drive past the old fountain every day. Its park-like setting provides a gathering spot for summer concerts, chalk-drawing contests, lunch-hour picnics, and the casual stroll. The sound of the fountain’s water offers a quiet respite next to the bustling city street.

    But what do we make of the fountain’s statue? Who is it? What is it? Why was it selected for Shelbyville and Shelby County?

  • Vanishing signs of the political times

    Last week, Shelby County joined the ranks of communities across the nation in which residents have been discovering that political signs have been disappearing from their yards.

    Also, the thief – or thieves – appears to be bipartisan: Both Republican and Democratic signs have gone missing.

    Shelby County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Decker said she first heard talk during the weekend about signs being missing, presidential signs in particular.

  • Robert Dean Logan: 1931-2012

    Robert Dean Logan died Sunday as he lived: surrounded by the people he loved.

    Logan, 81, who lost a battle with lung cancer at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville, was a longtime businessman in one of the county’s most well-established family businesses in Shelby County, but he will be remembered as much more than one of the owners of Logan’s Uniform Rental and Logan’s Healthcare Linen Supply.

    He will be remembered as a friend to many, said his brother, Howard Logan Sr.

  • Kisers sentenced to 15 months in federal prison

    William and Mary Sue Kiser, owners of the former Irotas Manufacturing Company in Shelbyville, have been sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from their employees’ 401K plan.

    The Kisers also have been ordered to pay restitution.

    William Kiser, 74, and Mary Kiser, 71, pleaded guilty in March to federal embezzlement charges before U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves in Frankfort, the same judge who handed down their sentence on Sept. 12.

  • County’s ag development cut down 7%

    Shelby Countians expressed satisfaction Friday when Gov. Steve Beshear’s office released the amount of the funding –  $325,224 –  that will go to the Shelby County Agricultural Development Foundation, Inc., to be made available to farmers.