Local News

  • EARLIER: Popular concept for bridge: Use it for pedestrians, cyclists

    Shelby County magistrates got some advice Tuesday about what they might do with Who DA Thot It Bridge, the historic but crumbling structure whose fate they will decide next week.

    They listened to residents’ feelings about permanently closing the bridge during a public hearing Stratton Center, and about 20 people who live in the vicinity of the bridge showed up to tell them know what they thought.

  • Zone change decision delayed

    Those who are anxiously awaiting the final decision on a controversial zone change for Kentucky Street now will have to wait until October.

    The matter was to have been put on the Sept. 20th agenda of the Shelby County Fiscal Court but had to be postponed because the matter had not been submitted to the newspaper in time, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

    “As a result, that item will not be on the September twentieth agenda, but will be on for October fourth, to give us time to advertise it in the newspaper,” he said.

  • Webb Road closed for repairs

    Webb Road will be closed beginning Thursday to install a box culvert, according to Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry.

    Henry said his crews will be moving equipment in Wednesday and the work will begin the next morning.

    He said two different detours have been set up for residents who live on Webb Road. Those with addresses through 790 may use Shelbyville Road (U.S. 60), and those with from address 912 and greater may use Aiken Road (Highway 362).

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside staff pleased with new school's plan

    The Shelby County Board of Education got its second look at the proposed new Southside building during Thursday's meeting at Painted Stone Elementary.

    Architects from K. Norman Berry added a little more detail to the brief overview the board received last month, and staff members from Southside said the school is shaping up exactly like they want it.

  • Shelby County's 9-11 ceremony: ‘We won’t forget’

    Memories of the horror, shock and fear of 10 years ago mingled with feelings of pride and love of country as bittersweet tears of healing shone in many eyes Sunday at Shelby Christian Church.

    The church was the site of a memorial service in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    More than 200 people showed up for the event, which included guest speakers, patriotic music and a helicopter flyer-over by Air Methods Ky. 5.

  • Open Door of Hope's fundraiser-in-a-box is Friday

    The Open Door of Hope’s fundraiser set for Friday is different in that it’s sort of like a big pajama part.

    Only the beds won’t be as comfortable.

    Everyone who attends will sleep in a cardboard box in the parking lot of the Shelby County Public Library for the evening.

    Sound like fun?

    Lots of people think so, said Lee Bean, founder and operator of the men’s shelter, which is located at 211 8th St..

  • Shelbyville police think murder supect may have returned

    Police believe a man charged with murdering  a teenager in 2009 and then fleeing the country may have returned to Shelby County.

    A reward is being offered for information regarding Salomon Caballero Gomez, who was indicted in absentia for shooting down Joel Mena, 17, in the middle of College Street on Feb. 18, 2009.

    Police also released for the first time a photograph of Gomez, who never had been arrested or even questioned in the case.

  • Chief: Fire’s may have started with child, lighter


    Photo by Larry Myers

    This fire at a barn on Taylorsville Road owned by Michael Lentini, which consumed hay and tobacco crops, may have been caused by a child.




    A fire that destroyed a barn on Taylorsville Road on Saturday could be the result of a child playing with a lighter, fire officials say.

  • Tipster asked to contact Crime Stopper

    Police are asking the individual who left a tip on the Shelbyville/Shelby County Crime Stoppers tip line about a murder case in Florence to call back because they need more information.
    The tip concerned the murders of Bill and Peggy Stephenson, both 74, who were found dead in their home Memorial Day weekend.

    Police say the caller’s identity is not an issue, but they only need to see if the caller could provide additional information.

  • News briefs: Sept. 14, 2011

    New World War II

    exhibit to be unveiled

    A new World War II exhibit is about to open at the Shelbyville Welcome/Heritage Center on Shelbyville.

    Members of the Shelby County Historical Society will get the first view of the exhibit, which represents Shelby County as a home front during the war, at their annual picnic on Sunday.

    The front room of the current museum was dismantled to be replaced by a home-front scene during the time period of 1941-1945.