Local News

  • Shelby woman gets diversion for embezzling

    A Shelby County woman sentenced in September in Jefferson Circuit Court to 5 years in prison for embezzling more than $70,000 from her employer will not have to serve any time.

    Andrea Nicole Murphy, 31, of 30 Lees Court in Shelbyville pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to fraudulent use of a credit card, theft by deception and misuse of electronic information.

  • New district lines get final approval from fiscal court

    Shelby County Fiscal Court rejected a zone change to allow a recyling facility to open on  Kentucky Street, but magistrates also addressed during their meeting Tuesday the new districts that they will serve starting in 2012.

    Those new magisterial district boundaries, redefined this past summer because of the 2010 census, are a done deal with the passing of a second reading of an ordinance that specified the changes.

  • Shelby woman hopes to raise enough money to regain her sight

    Savannah Sanders is much like other 21-year-olds, with many of the same hopes, fears and dreams.

    Except for one.

    She wishes fervently to be able to see the faces of her loved ones again someday soon.

    Blinded in a childhood accident 11 years ago and enveloped in darkness for past decade.

    But Sanders’ dream could become a reality, with a community-wide event scheduled this weekend to help raise money to pay for her corrective surgery.

  • Special judge named in Ethington case

    The appointment of a special judge in the case against the owners of Ethington Auto was confirmed Thursday at a hearing in Shelby District Court, in which yet anther date was set for a disposition hearing in the case.

    Special Judge Matthew Eckert, formerly of Jefferson County, will preside over the case because Shelby’s district judges had recused themselves because they know Ethington personally and one of them goes to church with him, Ethington’s attorney said Sam Carl.

  • Craig pleads guilty to theft at Tracy’s

    A long-time employee pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing thousands from Tracy’s Home Furnishings in Shelbyville.

    Kelly Craig, 45, of Shelbyville agreed with prosecutors to plead guilty to the five original charges for which she was indicted – five counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, all Class C felonies.

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell has recommended seven years for each count, to run concurrently, for a total sentence of seven years, to be probated for that amount of time.

  • News briefs: Oct. 7, 2011

    Simpsonville, Shelbyville

    cancel this week’s meetings

    Because of the Kentucky League of Cities’ annual meeting in Lexington, the city governments of Shelbyville and Simpsonville will not have their regular meetings this week.

    The Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting for Tuesday was canceled. The commission next will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

    The Shelbyville City Council will not meet on Thursday and will meet next at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.


  • Shelby County's tax bill is flat -- again

    Those county real estate tax forms hitting mailboxes may look awful familiar.

    Most of the 2011 real estate tax rates look just like last year's rates, as many government agencies are tightening belts to get by with the same income or only moving to the compensating rate.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court is one of those agencies that are trimming its budget as opposed to raising taxes. Magistrates voted last month to keep the county tax rate at .11, or 11 cents per $100 of assessed real property.

  • Leadership Shelby class launches aid for Dorman

    On Saturday, the Dorman Center and Leadership Shelby are hoping to start an annual tradition at Daniel Field.

    The Leadership Shelby class of 2011 is sponsoring the first Dorman Center Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community field on Washington Street, and this unique event will send all proceeds to Dorman Center.

  • Ex-prosecutor Ballard suspended for handling of several key cases

    Shelbyville attorney Fielding Ballard III has been suspended from practicing law for a period of four months as punishment for cases he handled when he was commonwealth attorney in Shelby County.

    His suspension, which went into effect Sept. 22, was based on several charges of misconduct and with mishandling three cases in which he was appointed a special prosecutor by the Attorney General.

  • New hearing Dec. 15 in case of disabled boy

    A new hearing date of Dec. 15  was set last week in Shelby County Family Court to determine custody for a little boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital five months ago.

    Dustin Splittgerber, 11, has been at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, awaiting a judge’s decision on whether he will be allowed to go home with his grandparents, Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville.