Local News

  • 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.

  • Mount Eden Post Office to close on Friday

    MOUNT EDEN – Another link in the Mount Eden community chain will be removed Friday when the post office closes its doors.

    A notice has been posted on the office doors for some time and United States Post Office officials confirmed Monday that the office will close at the end of business Friday.

  • Shelbyville City Council gives final OK to keep property taxes flat

    If you’re a resident of Shelbyville, your property taxes won’t be changing this fall.

    That’s probably not really news to you, because this is the sixth consecutive year that the rates have remained the same, but the Shelbyville City Council made that official at a special called meeting Thursday night, passing on second reading of an ordinance that sets the ad valorem rate for 2011.

  • Shelby County Fire Chief: Fire may have started with child, lighter

    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.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said a call came in at 10:34 a.m. Saturday of a barn fire at 2471 Taylorsville Road. While firefighters were on their way, they received another call that there was an apartment attached to the barn.

    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire throughout the barn, Cowherd said.