Local News

  • Farmers say cigarette tax not best way to cover budget shortfall

    With the state facing a budget shortfall of $456 million by the end of June, Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to raise the cigarette tax is getting a better reception among lawmakers this year than it did last year.

    But local farmers and farm organizations said the plan to raise the state tax on cigarettes to a buck a pack will not yield the revenue stream the Governor envisions and will hurt a critical ag industry.

  • Homeowner awaits variance before moving house

    Eyesore. Public safety problem. Unsafe Structure.

    These are a few of the complaints that have been called in by citizens of Shelbyville to the Triple S Planning Commission in regards to the house at the corner of Webbmont Circle and US 60.

    For several months, the house has been resting several feet in the air on wooden timbers and leaning against phone lines.

  • Pea Ridge fire destroys home

    No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a home near Mount Eden last Friday afternoon.

    Robert and Susan Jackey and their two children were not at home when the fire broke out at their residence at 2709 Pea Ridge Road, near Mount Eden.

    State Fire Marshall Rob Goodwin, who is heading up the investigation into what caused the fire, said he doesn't expect to have any answers until the end of the week at least.

  • ESPN covers rivalry from Waddy

    ESPN The Magazine came to Heritage Elementary School on Monday to ask students the question that has caused bar-room brawls and split homes across Kentucky since basketball became the state's official religion: Do you cheer for the Cats or the Cards?

     Heritage, which is located in Waddy, was chosen for the segment because of its central location between Lexington and Louisville.

  • Jailed minister confesses to being HIV positive

    A minister of a Shelbyville church who was arrested and charged with sodomy and  sexual abuse of a juvenile confessed to having unprotected sex with a 15-year-old while knowing that he was HIV postive, according to court records.

  • Shelby County Fire Department gets 2 new trucks, stations; Simsponville FD expanding, too

    The Shelby County Fire District has two newly arrived fire trucks, both pumpers.

     "That means they carry everything that we need right on the truck," Fire Chief bobby Cowherd said. "Hoses, water, other equipment-the whole works."

    Cowherd said he's not sure where the two new trucks, which cost $312,000 each, will be housed yet.

    "We will just use them where ever we need them," he said.

  • Operation Care director robbed after taking Christmas gifts out of car

    After a heart-warming evening of holiday cheer at a special event, a local woman experienced a moment of terror after being robbed while delivering food and gifts donated to Operation Care.

    Judy Roberts, executive director of Operation Care, was robbed Dec. 21 of her purse and several pieces equipment belonging to the organization, including a digital camera, two computer flash drives, and several other items essential to Operation Care, she said.

  • Officials look to 2009

    Much of the nation and the state are struggling with the problems caused by a down economy, but the elected leaders of Shelby County are excited about what the 2009 may bring.

    City and county officials alike are both looking forward to two huge projects this coming year: the completion of the bypass and to work beginning on the new judicial center.

    Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger said that he, along with everyone else, is looking forward to these two projects.

  • What to do with the Christmas tree?

    Christmas has come and gone. Wrapping paper has been bagged and thrown out; gifts have been put away in drawers or hidden in the attic; and new puppies are being spoiled and house-trained.

    What remains is the annual question: What does one do with the real Christmas tree drying in the living room?

    Artificial trees are conveniently taken apart and packed away, but real trees, preferred by many for their beauty, aroma and sentimental value, must be removed.

    Shelby County residents have limited options for what to do with "real" Christmas trees.

  • People find Christmas in tough economic times

    Stories of economic turmoil have dominated the news in recent months, but as Shelby County embarked through the holiday season, financial tribulations could not prevent good will toward men.

    The Shelby County Optimist Club sponsored the Annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Multi-purpose Community Action Agency on Christmas day, and Jean Glore, president of the club, said they helped feed around 500 people, counting those who attended and those who had food delivered to them.