Local News

  • Shelbyville man dies in tractor-trailer crash

    A Shelbyville man was killed Wednesday morning when the tractor-trailer in which he was riding swerved off Fisherville Road and crashed into trees and a yard.

    James Jacobs, 38, of Cherry Lane was dead at the scene at the corner of Veechdale and Fisherville roads. The driver of the truck, Lonnie Monroe, 43, of Shelbyville, was treated and released at the University of Louisville Hospital.

  • Holiday season arrives Saturday

    Shelby County officially kicks off the Christmas spirit on Saturday with the 24th annual Celebration of Lights in downtown Shelbyville.

    The event, sponsored by SMART (Shelbyville Merchant Association of Retail Trade), looks to be one of the biggest the city has seen, with almost 60 booths already reserved.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City gives first OK to heftier business fines

    The City of Shelbyville will have a second reading on an ordinance that will fine businesses $500 for not filing or paying occupational taxes.

    The Shelbyville City Council passed the first reading of the ordinance, which will provide more than, as Mayor Tom Hardesty put it, "a slap on the hand" for offending local businesses.

  • Water company is not affiliated with HomeServe

    Residents of Shelby County have been receiving information in the mail from HomeServe about insurance for water service lines, but Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle wants customers to be careful.

    "We are in no way affiliated with them," he said. "I do understand that some of these things have been a scams in the past, so we just want our customers to be careful and check with Better Business Bureau before doing anything with them."

  • Trial requested for child pornography suspect

    LAWRENCEBURG – The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has requested a trial date for a Lawrenceburg man facing more than 100 child pornography charges in Shelby and Anderson counties.

    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive in Lawrenceburg appeared Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on charges in both counties.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell requested a trial date, and Hawks is scheduled to appear again in Shelby Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5.

  • Montell’s bill would fund scholarships

    A bill pre-filed Tuesday aims to give a tax credit to individuals and businesses that donate to not-for-profit agencies that provide scholarships for underprivileged children.

    The bill, proposed by state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), would provide a tax credit of up to $2,000 to those who contribute to organizations that extend educational scholarships to eligible children, which could be used for tuition to allow them to attend any elementary or secondary school, public or private, of their choice.

  • Emergency alert system tested nationally today

    Don’t forget that the federal government today will conduct its first nationwide test of emergency alert system.

    The 3-minute test, which will begin at 2 p.m., and will be broadcast simultaneously over all television, radio, cable and satellite channels.

    This test does not include emergency sirens.

  • Shelbyville man arrested for sending obscene photos

    Kentucky State Police have arrested Charles P. Middendorf Jr., 51, of 1209 High Street in Shelbyville and charged him with unlawful distribution of obscene matter.

    Middendorf had bonded out of the Shelby County Detention Center on a $500 bond after being arrested Sunday.

    KSP Trooper Hunter Martin said he pulled Middendorf over on a traffic stop. Shortly afterwards, he discovered that Middendorf had a warrant against him in Hardin County, he said.

  • Shelby’s turnout – 39% -- nearly same as 2007

    Almost as many Shelby Countians showed up at the polls to send Gov. Steve Beshear back to office as helped elect him four years ago.

    More than a third of the registered voters turned out – 39 percent – falling short of Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry’s prediction of 50 percent but surpassing the 30 percent statewide and nearly equaling the 40 percent of Shelby Countians who voted in 2007.

  • Election 2011: Beshear powers Democrats to victory in Shelby

    After big Republican victories in 2008 and 2010, Shelby County reversed that course in 2011, picking Democrats in four of six statewide races Tuesday.

    Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. candidate Jerry Abramson, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Jack Conway and Adam Edelen all carried Shelby County.