Local News

  • Ugly AC unit is now hidden at Shelby County Judicial Center

    An expensive screen being erected around the air-conditioner unit at the Shelby County Judicial Center to hide its unsightly appearance from the public is complete.

    Some small shrubs were added last week around the base of the unit to finish the project that cost in excess of $109,000.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who is the chair of the Shelby County Project Development Board, which ordered the installation of the screen,said he has not had any feedback about whether the community likes the finished product.

  • Interstate widening project under way

    Drivers on Interstate 64 in Shelby County will have noticed that signs have gone up along the side of the road announcing the coming of the road work.

    That construction, which was expected to have begun Tuesday night, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said, is the beginning of the $37.5 million widening project of I-64 from Exit 28 in Simpsonville to just east of Exit 32.

    “We expect construction to begin this evening,” said Andrea Clifford, public information officer for District 5.

  • Suspect in Simpsonville shooting remains at large

    A shooting suspect that police have been pursuing since Aug. 5 remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

    The search is continuing for James Anthony Watkins, who is wanted in the shooting of a Hispanic man who was shot twice at an apartment complex in Simpsonville.

    The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to the University of Louisville, with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said the motive for the shooting is not clear at this time.

  • Shelbyville code board wants to get tough with squalor

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, responding to a report from the city’s code enforcement board, vowed Thursday night to take whatever action is necessary to crack down on owners who let property fall below code and don’t respond to the city’s enforcement officers.

  • Bank robber gets 20-year sentence

    A man accused of robbing Republic Bank in 2010 pleaded guilty in Shelby County Circuit Court and received a 20-year sentence.

    Ernest Jarod Blakeley, 41, pleaded guilty Aug. 2 to second-degree robbery and being a persistent felony offender. Both of those penalties carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison.

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell said she had been pushing for the maximum penalties for both offenses – 10 years for each – since Blakeley was arrested.

  • Woman who wanted Myles arrested is jailed

    TAYLORSVILLE – A Taylorsville woman known in Spencer and surrounding counties for a failed attempt to have Family Court Judge John David Myles arrested has herself been arrested and charged with a felony – intimidating a participant in the legal process.

  • News briefs: Aug. 10, 2012

    Men’s shelter competing in Toyota vehicle give-away

    Lee Bean, executive director of the Open Door of Hope men’s homeless shelter, encourages the public to help the shelter win a new vehicle in a contest sponsored by Toyota.

    Toyota is giving 100 cars over 100 days to nonprofit organizations, and on Saturday only the public can visit www.100carsforgood.comto cast a vote.

  • I-64 ramp repair to begin next week

    The life expectancy of the dangerously abbreviated ramp from KY 55 onto eastbound Interstate 64 is about to be shortened.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Thursday that a $37.5 million widening project of I-64 from Exit 28 in Simpsonville to just east of Exit 32 would begin next week – and there’s a bonus.

    That work includes the reconstruction of the complete intersection and will address that short acceleration ramp that claimed two lives in 2010 and had been the focus of a public safety push since before then.

  • EARLIER: Library claims Bogard resigned

    The Shelby County Public Library and its director, Pam Federspiel, said that former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard resigned her position last month and was not fired, as she has claimed in a lawsuit.

    The statement is part of the response to that lawsuit, filed last month in Shelby County District Court, in which Bogard claims, among other things, that she was fired without cause or due process. The library’s statement denies all claims in Bogard’s suit.

  • Back to school: Students welcomed and ‘ready to go’

    Shelby County Public Schools had another clean opening day on Wednesday, welcoming both new and returning students.

    A few traffic issues, largely because of long car-rider lines at elementary schools, slowed down the procession of students, but issues were few and far between. There were a lot of tears and smiles from new kindergartners and their parents, but the district was largely incident free.

    New kindergartner Zoie Bradley, who showed up for her first day at Wright Elementary, was smiling broadly but wouldn’t quite commit to being excited.