Local News

  • Barn-leveling tornado creates another storm

    Once again, Shelby County escaped almost unscathed during the latest tornadic episode to hit Kentucky, which blew across the county on Friday afternoon.

    Although the F-1 tornado that the National Weather Service reported roared through Finchville at 100 miles per hour that afternoon caused no injuries and little property damage, it left some residents quite shook up.

    The reason?

    Some said they didn’t hear a tornado siren go off, they said.

  • I-64 lanes could be closed each night this week

    Lane closures are scheduled on Interstate 64 between the Jefferson/Shelby County line and the Simpsonville exit (mile points 23.2 to 28.1) because of  paving.

    Lane closures are planned for Monday – Saturday from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning. The roadway could be reduced to one lane during the evenings.

    The work schedule could change because of weather.

  • Collins’ multipurpose field taken down to the dirt

    Collins High School’s multipurpose athletic field has hit yet another snag as it lies awaiting repair: The dirt beneath it isn’t suitable.

    The field, which was closed for use 10 months ago after soft spots were found underneath the turf, is now just dirt, with the entire turf and drainage system removed and the original hope that it would be finished by the end of March is now not possible. The field cost $868,000 when the school opened in 2010.

  • Simpsonville hopes to ‘light up’ downtown sidewalks

    If all goes according to plans, the south side of U.S. 60 in Simpsonville will have a charming new look by the time the holiday lights are turned on next fall.

    That’s the timetable and concept under which the Simpsonville City Commission heard a presentation from Joe Grider of HNB, the firm that is engineering the construction of its new Village Center sidewalk project.

  • Catalpagreen officially dead

    A dream came to an official end Tuesday night for the developers of Catalpagreen.

    Or maybe it was more like a nightmare, as the Triple S Planning Commission voted unanimously to grant a request to revoke the subdivision plat.

    The development by WAZE Development Company, LLC of Louisville, which was to be located next to Collins High School, was to have encompassed 440 acres and hundreds of homes, situated on the east side of Discovery Boulevard.

  • SENTINEL NEWS EXCLUSIVE: How Williams’ case was investigated

    A few days after a grand jury in Shelby County cleared a Shelbyville Police Officer of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of teenager Trey F. Williams, attorneys representing Williams’ family asked a pointed question about that finding.

    The grand jury had returned its decision that officer Suzanna Marcum was not guilty of murder, and attorney Ann Oldfather of Louisville, co-counsel with attorney Frank Mascagni, said she wondered why the grand jury wasn’t offered options other than murder, such as manslaughter or reckless homicide.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Tire center OK'd with some limits

    The Triple S Planning Commission gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a development plan for Ken Towery’s Retail Tire Center, planned for 1801 Midland Trail in Shelbyville, although commissioners declined to grant some waivers that developers requested.

    The tire center, to be located on property that is zoned commercial, will feature a 6,607-square-foot building, with 67 parking spaces.

  • Kisers plead guilty to theft

    William and Mary Sue Kiser, owners of the former Irotas Manufacturing Company in Shelbyville, have pleaded guilty to federal embezzlement charges.

    The Kisers last week entered their plea before U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves in Frankfort to charges that they took assets from an employee pension benefit plan at Irotas, which the Kisers operated from 1977 to 2009.

    They had been indicted in June on charges they embezzled $487,138 from their employees’ profit-sharing plan during a 6-month period, from March through August in 2008, to pay bills.

  • Injured Finchville couple is improving

    A Finchville couple injured in an auto accident on Fisherville Road is continuing to recover at  the University of Louisville Hospital.

    Darryl Brooks, 49, and Tracey Brooks, 48, were injured March 9 when Darryl Brooks lost control of the 2004 Ford Explorer he was driving and ran off the road and into a tree.

    The condition of Tracey Brooks, who was airlifted from the scene, has been upgraded from critical to serious, and Darryl Brooks, who was transported by ambulance, has been discharged, hospital officials said Wednesday.

  • House destroyed on Huffman Lane

    Shelby County firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that destroyed this house at 625 Huffman Lane. The fire broke out shortly before noon on Thursday. No one was injured. Huffman Lane was blocked for several hours because the road was narrow and fire trucks had to keep going back and forth to bring water to the scene because hydrant service is not available, Shelby County Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Ivers said.