Local News

  • Shelbyville appoints commission members

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty announced Thursday the names of the four Shelbyville appointees to the Human Rights Commission board.

    Terms for the newly rejuvenated commission start Jan. 1, 2009. After randomly drawing to set the staggered terms, the terms were:

    1 yr. term - Gary Walls (Term expires Jan. 1, 2010)

    2 yr. term - Elaine Farris (Term expires Jan. 1, 2011)

    3 yr. term - Randy Brown (Term expires Jan. 1, 2012)

    4 yr. term - Ann Morris (Term expires Jan. 1, 2013)

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  • Young challenges Montell again

    Bill Young, democratic candidate for Kentucky’s house district 58, is once again running against incumbent Brad Montell in the general election on Nov. 4.

    He ran for the same seat in 2006, losing to Montell in what he calls a “very competitive” election.

    Young garnered 5852 votes to Montell's 7002.

  • The race for president

    Nationwide polls show Sen. Barack Obama running at least narrowly ahead of Sen. John McCain in the race for president. But in Shelby County, McCain looks like the man to beat, party officials said.


    "It's unlikely we're going to win Shelby County for Obama," Democrat Party Chairman Nathan Riggs said.


    Republican Party Chair Steve Miller said "McCain is real strong here."


  • Montell concerned about pensions, economy

    Incumbent Brad Montell is once again facing Democratic challenger Bill Young this November.

    Montell is financial advisor and broker at his company, W. Brad Montell Investments.

    “I think the state is facing several major challenges, and obviously there are always challenges in state government, but right now the number one challenge we must address is the state pension systems,” he said.

  • Teens to hold food drive on election day

    Two Shelby County teens are conducting an election day food drive to benefit a county food pantry.

    Jacob Martin, 16, of Waddy, and Thomas Solinger, 17, of Simpsonville, decided to hold the food drive after reading in The Sentinel-News about the food shortage at local pantries, Solinger said.

    “We thought it would be a good way to help people in the community who are in need,” said Solinger, who added that he and Martin are also doing the food drive as a community service project for the Governor's Scholar program.

  • Shelby gets FEMA grant

    Shelby County will be one of 33 counties in Kentucky to receive federal aid to clean up after last month's windstorm.

    Local Disaster and Emergency Services officials said the county will receive $154,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because of the downed trees, roof damage and other destruction caused when the remnants of Hurricane Ike brought 70-mile-per-hour winds to the county on Sept. 14.

  • Triple S seeks public input

    Shelby County is growing, and the Triple S Planning Commission wants to make sure it's growing in the right ways.

    "In the past decade, Shelby County has experienced a period of remarkable growth and change, undergoing a considerable increase in population," Triple S Planning Commission Chairman George Best said in a release. "Due to this extraordinary growth, the Triple S Planning Commission needs a solid map for future direction. This map is our Comprehensive Plan."

  • Simpsonville candidates speak on issues

    The four individuals elected to the Simpsonville City Commission next week will have to deal with residential growth, maintaining public services and possibly taking steps toward creating a downtown area in the city.

    The four commissioners who are currently sitting on the board are all running for reelection. They will compete with two challengers for the four open seats next Tuesday.

    The election, which is non-partisan, will decide who works with Mayor Steve Eden and City Administrator David Eaton for the next two years.

  • Arrest made with help of off-duty dispatcher

    An off-duty police dispatcher was instrumental in leading to a traffic-related arrest last week, according to Shelbyville Police.

    According to the police report, off duty dispatcher Jeremy Younger was driving behind a 1996 Pontiac on Frankfort Road when he noticed that the car was “all over the roadway.”

    Younger got on his cell phone and called police, who arrived at his location and got in behind the car, driven by Cresencio Martinez of Frankfort.

  • County forced to pay high prices to winterize roads

    Road crews are gearing up for winter, and Road Supervisor Carl Henry said a major part of that preparation includes having enough road salt on hand.

    The problem is, the price of salt has nearly tripled since last winter, Henry told fiscal court members Tuesday. He advised them to accept a bid from Morton's Salt for $120 per ton, because he had checked out prices from other companies, and Morton's was the lowest.

    “We're not going to get it any cheaper,” he said.

    Road salt prices the previous winter topped out at about $48 per ton.