Local News

  • Phillips family back home

    All surviving members of the Shelbyville family who were involved in a tragic traffic accident in Florida earlier this month are out of the hospital and back home to try to return some normalcy to their lives.

    Nearly two weeks after Carolyn Phillips, 32, and her son, Devin Miller, 13, were killed, their lives will be celebrated and their remains laid to rest this weekend.

  • Simpsonville City Commission considers property tax bump

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed on first reading at its meeting Wednesday morning a 9.3 percent increase in property taxes for this fiscal year.

    The rate, if passed on second reading, would be set at 10.6 cents per $100 or assessed value – up from .097 in 2010 – or the equivalent increase of .009 cents, or about $9 per year increase on a home with a $100,000 tax value.

  • 8 women, 6 men on jury in penis amputation case

    The jury in the trial of a man suing his surgeon for amputating his penis was chosen Thursday, with eight women and six men seated to hear arguments and testimony starting Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    The 12 jurors and two alternates will consider the complaint of Waddy resident Phillip Seaton, 62, who says Dr. John Patterson amputated his penis without his consent during a circumcision in 2007. Seaton claims he awoke from the procedure to discover his penis had been amputated.

  • Prominent Shelby resident Clarence Miller passes

    Clarence Miller, onetime agriculture attache to Spain and a benefactor of Shelby County, passed away Wednesday night. He was 98.

    Miller had been ill for the past couple of weeks and had moved among his managed care residence to the hospital and to a rehab facility. He had been hospitalized late last week with penumonia.

    Miller had been a prominent agriculture official internationally, and he served presidents and industry for decades.

  • News briefs: Aug. 17, 2011

    Bagdad Ruritans holding dinner

    to try to keep the city’s lights on


    The Bagdad Ruritan Club is trying to keep the streetlights burning in the city, but its members are going to need some help.

    Bagdad has for about 50 years had a resident-pay system for its streetlights, and because of non-payment and rising costs, the fund for those lights has dried up.

  • SCPS in court on road dispute

    As Shelby County Public Schools welcomes students back to classes today, some members of the administration may be in court.

    The district's lawsuit against WAZE Development for breach of contract in an agreement to extend Discovery Boulevard to Midland Industrial – for an outlet to Freedom's Way – is scheduled to be heard in Shelby County Circuit Court.

  • Welcome back students: A primer to the school year in Shelby County

    As schools open today at 7:30 a.m. for elementary, 8:30 for high schools and 8:40 for middle schools, students, teachers and administrators will see a lot of new faces, some familiar faces in new places and some old places updated with new looks and a lot of new technology.

    So, here are few of the changes, upgrades, updates and policy changes this year for Shelby County Public Schools.

    Which schools have new principals?

  • Shelby County Board of Education: Split-level Southside gets its 1st look

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard its first update on the new Southside Elementary School project during Thursday’s meeting.

    Architects from K. Norman Berry outlined the school’s early footprint but noted that they will be back in the next few weeks with a more detailed development plan.

    Superintendent James Neihof was quick to remind the board that the proposals were just a start. “This is a beginning plan, not a final plan,” he said.

  • Shelby’s fair focus: Its parks system

    For 110 years the Kentucky State Fair has been bringing in the top agricultural, equine, crafts and attractions that the commonwealth has to offer. Add to that some world-class entertainment and rides, and the fair is one of the biggest draws of the year for Kentucky.

    With more than 600,000 descending on the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center starting Thursday and running through Aug. 28, the 11-day event will raise more than $13 million.

    And Shelby County will no doubt have its usual presence.

  • County decides to close old bridge

    Historic Who Da Thot It Bridge, shut down Monday for safety reasons, may now be closed to vehicle traffic forever.
    Magistrates voted Tuesday morning at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court to call a public hearing to close the bridge after discussing the merits of trying to get the structure repaired or replaced.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he got a call two weeks ago from state officials informing him that bridge inspectors judged the bridge was unsafe and that the county needed to either repair it, replace it or close it.