Local News

  • News Briefs: Nov. 20, 2009

     H1N1 immunizations

    for target groups today

    The Shelby County Health Department will provide H1N1 influenza vaccine from noon to 2:30 p.m. today. The vaccine will be available to eligible population on first come, first serve basis. The clinic will follow the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations and administer vaccine to the following target groups:

  • Board to look at bids for Collins athletic facilities Thursday

    Athletic conditions have been a hot topic throughout the planning of Martha Layne Collins High School.

    On Thursday those details should become clearer, as the Shelby County Board of Education meets at the Shelby County Education Center @ Cropper at 7 p.m. to consider bids for the outdoor athletic facilities at Collins.

    "It's the same stuff that we discussed some months ago when we were putting bids specs together," Superintendent James Neihof said.

  • Simpsonville allocates funds for sidewalk project, commission

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved funds for an area program and commission, as well as moving forward with the project for sidewalks along U.S. 60, during its meeting Wednesday.

    The commission approved the contract between the City of Simpsonville and Community and Economic Development Associates for sidewalk construction. City Administrator David Eaton will meet with CEDA next week to begin the process.

    "The grant that we have does not cover these costs, so we will have to pay for this on our own," Eaton said.

  • Ethington found in Jefferson County

    The body of Maxine Ethington was found Sunday afternoon next to her vehicle off Beckley Station Road near Middletown.

    Shelbyville Police reported a body was found next to the car but would not identify that body. A family member later confirmed to The Sentinel-News that the body was believed to be Ethington's. A coroner's report was pending.

  • Leggett & Platt to shut down

    After being in Simpsonville for over 50 years, the Leggett & Platt plant will shut it doors in mid January.

    Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden received notice today that all 240 of the companies current workers will be out of a job by Jan. 18.

    Last month the company announced they would lay off 86 employees, with most to lose their jobs next month.

    At one time the company, which manufacturers parts for beds and chairs, was the county’s largest employer.

    Eden said the closing of the company is devastating.

  • County to fund events, prepare for winter weather

    Shelby County Fiscal Court met Monday this week, because of a KACo (Kentucky Association of Counties) conference that magistrates attended Tuesday.

    The agenda was a short one.

    The court approved a request by magistrate Tony Carriss, who asked that $500 be allotted to help fund Christmas in Mount Eden.

    That event, sponsored by the Mount Eden Ruritan Club, will take place Dec. 4.

  • News Briefs: Nov. 13, 2009

     Reading Reindeer

    seeks donations

  • Senate candidates in town for event Saturday

    The Women's Network, which bills itself as Advocates of Democratic Principles, selected Shelbyville for its annual meeting, bringing an array of notable political figures to speak Saturday on key issues faced by the state and country.

    “Shelbyville was selected to host it because we’re a fairly active chapter. We have a good history of bringing in very interesting speakers,” said Marty Lanus, moderator for the event, which will be held at at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

  • Housing cutbacks more families out in the cold

    Insufficient federal funding has frozen the Section 8 Rental Voucher Program, which helps low-income individuals and families find and pay for affordable housing, meaning more and more struggling families in Shelby County are looking for shelter.

    The waiting list in Kentucky closed in January 2008 with nearly 10,000 applicants, and though it is down to 3,500 applicants, it has not reopened.

  • Public hearing on key zone change is Thursday

    Triple S Planning & Zoning will conduct a public hearing Thursday night to discuss a zone change for 114 acres located in and adjacent to the Shelby County Industrial Park that could help the county in its bid for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle plant.

    The zone changes, if approved, would switch two parcels, 150 acres and 64 acres, located north of Interstate 64 and both east and west of Joyes Station Road, from agricultural to heavy industrial – and possibly could establis