Local News

  • McConnell blasts ‘Obamacare’ at hospital visit

    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell visited Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Monday, where he gave a brief discourse on health-care reform to hospital staff and volunteers.

  • News Briefs: Aug. 22, 2012

    District 4 election cause for confusion


    The special election spurred by U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis’ resignation in July as the representative from Congressional District 4 is causing other problems because the ballot deadlines for that election are different from those for the general election.

    Gov. Steve Beshear has set the special election to fill the vacancy for Geoff Davis’ 4th Congressional District seat on the same day as the general election on Nov. 6, the Kentucky Enquirerreported.

  • EARLIER: Zoning commission OKs zone change, plan for Simpsonville outlet mall

    A proposed outlet mall for Simpsonville moved significantly closer to reality Tuesday when the Triple S Planning Commission recommended a zoning change request and the preliminary plan presented by Horizon Group Properties.

    A small crowd of perhaps 15 watched as the commissioners voted, 5-1, to accept both motions, with commissioner Larry Stewart voting against each of them.

  • Shelbyville sets Hi-Point bonds to be 21% lower

    The bond rate for homeowners in the Hi-Point Subdivision – an issue of great consternation, public outcry and extra meetings last fall – passed quietly through the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday.

    Council members passed unanimously – with Shane Suttor absent – on second reading the annual ordinance levying the Clear Creek Subdivision Improvement Bonds assessment of $1,639.61 per property owner in Phase I of Hi-Point.

  • News briefs: Aug. 17, 2012

    Kentucky’s jobless rate

    increased slightly in July

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate in July 2012 rose to 8.3 percent from a revised 8.2 percent in June 2012, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • School district’s graduation rates stay flat

    Shelby County Public Schools graduation rate, basically the same from 2010, remains about 4 percent better than the state’s average.

    Kentucky’s Department of Education released the state’s Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) on Aug. 8, and the state’s public schools in 2010-11 graduated 78 percent of those students, up from 76.7 in 2009-10.

  • Outlet mall decision likely Tuesday

    The Triple S Planning Commission will have the first official say on the outlet mall debate during its meeting at Tuesday’ at the Stratton Community Center.

    At its meeting in July, the commission tabled its decision on zone changes on portions of a 50-acre property on the west side of Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville, south of Interstate 64, where Horizon Group Properties wants to build an outlet mall called the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville.

  • Shelby farmers hoping for good tobacco crop


    Tobacco is looking good so far this year, but farmers says the next couple of weeks could make a big difference in how much money their crops will bring in.

    Many farmers already have started cutting their tobacco, a little bit earlier than usual because of the mild spring and early plantings. So the next step – the curing process – is the key to a quality crop.

  • Animal shelter to begin putting down animals

    The Shelby County Animal Shelter, on the verge of constructing a new addition, has become increasingly overcrowded and is about to start putting down animals, officials say.

    Animal Control Director Rusty Newton, who is also Shelby County’s deputy judge-executive, said he did not arrive at the decision to begin euthanatizing easily.

    “It was a hard decision to make,” he said.

    Newton said there is also no truth to the speculation that the shelter is unkempt and unsanitary.

  • Simpsonville pursues condemnation for sidewalk project holdout

    Attorney Bill Brammell, filling in for vacationing Simpsonville City Attorney Hite Hays, told the city commission at its meeting Wednesday that the city was moving forward with its condemnation proceedings on a parcel at 7026 Shelbyville Road.

    The lot, at the intersection of Shelbyville Road and 3rd Street (KY 1848), is the last remaining piece for the city to have all the easements to move forward with its Village Center sidewalk project.