Local News

  • 2 new ways you can help

    The Shelbyville Citizen’s Advisory Board is diving headfirst in to a couple of projects its members believe will benefit the city.

    The board, which was organized by Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte a little more than five years ago, is organizing a coat drive and will have a bike rodeo in May.

    It may seem like an odd time of the year to have a coat and blanket drive, but board member Ann Morris described it as kind of a spring-cleaning for winter.

  • City gives 1st OK for annexation of bowling center

    The Shelbyville City Council took the first step for annexation of the property where the former Bluegrass Bowling Center now sits.

    The council voted unanimously in favor on the first reading of annexation at Thursday’s special called meeting. The second reading will be at another special called meeting on April 19.

    The move could pave the way for the county’s only bowling alley to reopen.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville's sidewalk ordinance: ‘Unfair, unwise…illegal’

    A group of business and property owners finally had their say in front of the Shelbyville City Council during Thursday’s special called meeting at city hall.

    The group was formed in opposition to the city’s sidewalk ordinance, which calls for property owners to repair sidewalks along their property when they fall into disrepair.

  • Animal fundraiser bites 1 participant

    Officials of a local animal support group have expressed dissatisfaction with the way the proceeds were divided from a fundraiser that included all animal rescue organizations in Shelby County.

    The Monarchs, Mutts & Meows, an overflow event at Claudia Sanders Dinner House on Feb. 12, generated about $15,000 that was to have been divided among the Shelby County Humane Society, the No-Kill Mission, Operation Catsnip Woodstock and Lifebridge for Animals.

  • EARLIER: Man arrested in largest pot bust in Shelby County

    A man who had evaded authorities after a tip by his wife led to  Shelby County’s largest marijuana bust has been apprehended near the Mexican border.

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, 50, sought since July, when Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies raided a house where he was living at 738 Southville Pike and found 800 pounds of marijuana and $63,000 in cash, was arrested April 1 by the U.S. Border Patrol in the small southern Texas town of La Feria, about 25 miles from the Mexican border.

  • Severe thunderstorm pounding Shelby

    Severe weather is pounding Shelby County as the National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warning. A tornado watch continues.

    The storm front sweeping across Kentucky has spawned tornadoes in the southern part of the state with reports of injuries at a plant in Hopkinsville. Trees are down, and there is severe lightning.

    A high wind advisory continues for the county, with gusts in the 40 mph range or higher. And large damaging hail is a possibility, too.

    Here is an update from the state office of emergency management.

  • News Briefs: April 1, 2011

    Shelby’s unemployment rate

    at 9.3 percent for February

    Shelby County’s unemployment in February was 9.3 percent – seventh best in the state – and among the 93 counties that improved over its performance from  February 2010, this according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    Rates increased in 24 counties and stayed the same in three.

  • March Madness hits Shelby County

    The Bluegrass State is well known nationally for its love of basketball, and TV ratings prove it.

    The Louisville-area had a Nielsen rating between 37 and 44 for the University of Kentucky’s victory over North Carolina on Sunday, pretty close to the 45-52 rating for this year’s Super Bowl, annually the largest television audience.

    So there’s no doubt most TV sets will be tuned in at 8:49 p.m. Saturday, when the ‘Cats take on the University of Connecticut in an NCAA semifinal game at Houston.

  • If it’s the IRS calling, it’s probably a scam

    Scammers have chosen the tax-return season to perpetuate a new ruse, and officials warn residents not to fall for it.

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said his office has had reports from residents who say they have received phone calls from someone claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service employee.

  • Shelby one of healthiest counties

    Shelby County is one of Kentucky’s healthiest counties.

    A national study, the County Health Rankings, released this week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, places Shelby County 12th among the state’s 120 counties for its healthfulness.

    The study examined a number of health factors such as health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment, as well as mortality and morbidity (quality of life).