Local News

  • News Briefs: March 9, 2011

    State added new jobs
    for 1st time in 3 years

    Kentucky gained 300 jobs in 2010, the first increase in annual employment in three years, state officials announced Monday. For the year, the state’s unemployment rate fell to 10.5 percent, from 10.7 percent in 2009.
    “Kentucky’s economy stabilized in 2010 ... however, the economic recovery and job growth have been painstakingly slow,” said Justine Detzel, chief labor market analyst for the state Office of Employment and Training.

  • Shelbyville passes first vote to tweak sidewalk law

    The Shelbyville City Council passed the first reading of its sidewalk ordinance amendment at Thursday’s meeting.

    The council voted unanimously to allow some due process and the potential for fines with the much-maligned ordinance. The amendment will not go into affect until a second reading is passed, which cannot occur until the council’s next meeting on April 7.

    The amendment allows for property owners to go before the Code Enforcement Board if they wish to argue whether or not they should have to fix their sidewalk.

  • Rise of gas prices slows – but not worries

    Rising gas prices may drop well before speculators predict, but that doesn’t mean consumers haven’t already felt the hit.

    With the news of possible peace negotiations between Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi and the uprising rebels, gas prices tumbled a $1.60 during mid-day trading Thursday. But after nearly two weeks of drastic increases, many consumers are already feeling the pinch.

    According to a Rasmussen Report released yesterday, consumers are already bracing for a costly spring and summer.

  • News Briefs: March 4, 2011

    Tornado siren testing, spotters training Tuesday
    After Monday names powerful tornado that struck just across the line into Henry County, there are two responses that will affect Shelby Countians this week.
    First, at approximately 10:07 a.m. Tuesday the National Weather Service, partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management, Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee and Kentucky Broadcast Association will issue a tornado warning test message.

  • EARLIER: Bowling alley may reopen – as part of the city

    An unusual annexation vote by the Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday night may have paved the way for Shelbyville’s bowling alley to reopen.

    Magistrates voted, 6-2, to allow the property, located on Midland Trail, to be annexed into Shelbyville, which would allow a new center on Midland Trail to replace the former Bluegrass Bowling Center, which went out of business last year after 10.5 years because owners Mike and Pam Kiser couldn’t support the alley any longer.

  • County approves funding for City Center study

    The City Center, a theater-convention complex proposed for downtown Shelbyville, now can move forward to its next phase.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court ended its months-long delay of addressing the issue by agreeing Tuesday night to contribute $12,500 for a feasibility study for the center, which was proposed in 2009 by a group headed by Leon Mooneyhan, the CEO of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative.

  • Shelby’s roads were more dangerous in 2010

    The highways and byways of Shelby County – particularly Interstate 64 – became significantly more dangerous and deadly in 2010.

    Kentucky State Police, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelbyville Police Department reported collectively large increases in the number of accidents they worked last year and the number of those who died.

    Accidents were up 17 percent from 2009, to 2,724, meaning there were more than 7.5 accidents per day on the county’s roads, an increase of more than one a day.

  • I-64 west of Simpsonville to be 1 lane tonight

    The state's Department of Highways announced that westbound Interstate 64 will be reduced to one lane tonight just west of Simpsonville.

    I-64 between Mile Markers 24 and 27 will be closed from 7 p.m until midnight to allow for shoulder repairs.

  • News Briefs: March 2, 2011

    East Kentucky Power officially scraps controversial new plant

  • Shelbyville may tweak sidewalk law

    The Shelbyville City Council might make some changes to its much-maligned sidewalk ordinance.
    The council will hear at its meeting Thursday the first reading of an amendment to the ordinance that could change the process and allow residents a chance to challenge the city’s decision on who is responsible for repairing their sidewalks.