Local News

  • Board names superintendent

    A current employee of the Shelby County Public School System was named as the district's new superintendent on Tuesday morning.

    After a three-month candidate search, the board of education announced that James Neihof, the current director of student accounting and support services, will serve as the head of the local public school system starting July 1. Neihof's salary has not yet been determined.

    Neihof, who has 17 years of experience in education, said he is honored and humbled to have been selected as superintendent.

  • New life-saving equipment installed in ambulances

    Shelby County ambulances are now even better equipped to help save lives, thanks to new, life-saving devices recently installed.

    The new equipment consists of two Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximetry machines, which are capable of detecting carbon monoxide in the bloodstream, according to Steve Wortham, chief of operations for Shelby County Emergency Medical Services. This technology is fairly new, Wortham said, and its potential for saving lives is invaluable.

  • Three arrested in KSP pot bust

    Three people were arrested April 17 in a drug bust at a local horse farm that yielded 65 pounds of marijuana, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Three males, Geronimo Cardenas, 28, Octavio Salazar, 23, and Jorge Salazar, 34, all of Shelbyville, were charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds and tampering with physical evidence, said KSP Trooper Ron Turley.

  • Child Town hopes to expand

    Former Child Town director Trish Fegenbush came before the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday to share the day care's plans for expansion. She said Child Town hopes to obtain a grant to build a second building to accommodate the center's long waiting list of more than 150 kids.

    The planning is still in its infancy, but Fegenbush said she wanted to bring the general idea to the council's attention and ask for its support.

    She said they would hope to construct the second building on land at Breighton Circle and I-64.

  • Garden and Art Fair set for Saturday

    The Shelby County Master Gardener Association will host the Shelbyville Garden & Art Fair on April 26, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

    "The main purpose of the garden fair is to raise funds to help support the arboretum at Clear Creek Park," said Vicki Sutherland, with the Shelby County Master Gardeners Association.

    More than 20 booths of lawn and garden vendors are signed up to be at the fair. The high school chapter of the FFA will also be there selling flowers and plants the students grow in their greenhouses as a fundraiser.

  • County battles increase child abuse

    Last year 151 children in Shelby County were confirmed to have been abused physically, sexually or through neglect. And what truly disturbs those who work with children is that each year many more abuses go unreported.

    Most people in the community are unaware of the number of child abuse cases that happens here. That is not so for Beverley Hilger, whose passion is helping local children. As an advocate for abused children, Hilger sees the reality of the child abuse in Shelby County every day.

  • Simpsonville approves annexation

    The Simpsonville City Commission approved annexation of approximately 10 acres of land on the south side of I-64 at its Wednesday meeting.

    The land, owned by the Walters family, lies east of Buck Creek Road and parallel to the interstate. The family had asked the city to annex the property last month.

  • Triple S approves ag divisions

    Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday and recommended approval of several agricultural divisions in the county:

    * approved an amended agricultural plat request from the Thomas E. and Mary Mudd farm at 191 Mudd Road.

    * approved a final plat request from Estates of Notting Hill for 17 tracts to be built on 92.3 acres on Shelbyville Road at the Jefferson County line.

  • Woman sought as witness in murder investigation

    Kentucky State Police are asking for the public's help in locating a woman who may know something about a Shelby County murder investigation.

    The investigation involves a Lexington woman, Tonya Nicole Brown, 25, who allegedly threw her baby in the trash in a Shelby County dumpster last week. Brown, who had just given birth to a full-term baby girl, put her daughter in a plastic bag before putting the child in the garbage on Sunday, April 6.

  • The physics of floating

    After spending a couple of weeks researching the construction and physics behind hovercrafts, East Middle School student Jessica Alcantara was rewarded for her study of those flying machines by getting to take a ride in one.

    Kathie Wrightson, EMS Talented and Gifted teacher, said she invited local hovercraft enthusiast John Mills to bring his homemade hovercraft to EMS on Thursday as a reward for her students' hard work in class.