Local News

  • Urban key-chain myth finds its way to Shelby

    An urban legend has found its way into central Kentucky.

    Shelbyville Police Detective Stacy Bruce said his department has received several calls regarding key chains that are leading criminals to homes for robbery and car jacking.

    “We’ve had several calls from individuals and even the Eminence Police Department and Stock Yards Bank. But nothing like this has ever happened,” Bruce said.

  • Simpsonville to residents: Move vehicles off street

    With forecasts for the weather outside getting ever more frightful, the Simpsonville City Commission made its first official step Tuesday night to creating an easier path for keeping its city streets free from snow and safer.

    Commissioners passed on first reading a new parking ordinance that would make it unlawful for residents to park on city streets for extended periods, and they appear likely to pass its second reading at their meeting Wednesday morning.

  • County gets grants for new equipment

     Thanks to two Homeland Security grants, law enforcement and emergency personnel in Shelby County will be getting much needed equipment.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Deputy Emergency Management Director Paul Whitman told magistrates that the grants would provide new personal protection equipment for Shelby Task Force, a local hazmat team, as well as for local police agencies.

  • Former Shelby schools official honored by state

    The Kentucky Board of Education honored a former Shelby County Public Schools employee on Wednesday.

    Sally Sugg, who served as SCPS assistant superintendent for student achievement in 2007 and 2008, received the Kevin M. Noland Award, which recognizes a KDE employee for significant service to Kentucky's public schools and for providing inspiration for education,

  • News Briefs: Dec. 10 2010

     Hanna’s Day of Hope

    generates $18K, 200 toys

    The Hanna’s Day of Hope fund-raising effort for 2010 has generated $18,000 in cash and about 200 toys to be donated to the Kosair and Vanderbilt children’s hospitals this Christmas.

  • EARLIER: Shelby man dies after being shot

    A Shelbyville man died Monday after a shooting in Frankfort that left three men wounded. Obie Murphy, 40, was pronounced dead at the University of Kentucky Medic

  • Searcy to serve 5 years diversion

    A year and a half after an automobile crash killed her best friend, a Shelby County teen was sentenced Monday for her role in that death.

    Jeana Searcy, 19, of Waddy accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors last month in the death of Samantha Mathus-Cooper, 18, which consisted of a guilty plea of reckless homicide, which carries a potential penalty of 5 years in prison.

    Her agreement stipulated that she would undergo felony diversion for a period of 5 years and that she do public speaking about the dangers of reckless driving.

  • Shelby Christmas Parade: Floats, marchers and Santa, too

    Santa Claus will be in town Saturday to check his local list of naughty and nice during the annual Shelby County Christmas Parade.

    "He's already checked in with us and is ready to go," said Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd, whose department is in charge of the parade.

    Dr. Ron Waldridge and his wife, Kate, will join Santa in the parade, serving as the Grand Marshals.

  • County judge lifts burn ban

    After more than two months, Shelby County residents finally have the go ahead to burn debris outside.

    On Friday, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger issued an executive order to lift the burn ban, which had been in effect throughout the county since September 13.

    Rothenburger cites lower temperatures and higher humidity levels coupled with adequate rainfall as determining factors in this decision, because these things have lessened the probability of large uncontrollable fires. 

  • Some Atmos customers remain without gas

    Atmos Energy said Monday afternoon that as of 60 to 80 homes in Shelby County remain without gas this morning after enduring frigid overnight temperatures without gas to heat their homes.

    An emergency shelter was set up at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville to handle the 750 residents who had no alternative against temperatures that dipped to 15 degrees overnight.