Local News

  • EARLIER: Deadly ramp gets accelerated review

    The eastbound merge lane onto Interstate 64 at Exit 32, long a dangerous – even deadly – dilemma for drivers, may on a speedier road to repair.
    On Friday, state transportation officials and elected leaders from Shelby County met to discuss how to remedy a ramp that requires motorists to merge onto the interstate when they don’t have enough space or time to do so because of an extremely short acceleration lane – 295 feet – and a limited field of vision for drivers because of a hill.

  • Lake lowered intentionally to kill algae

    People passing by Lake Shelby at Clear Creek Park may have noticed the water level is way down – but that’s not a problem, officials say.

    In fact, it’s good for the lake, said Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Frazee, who explained that doing so helps clean the lake of accumulated aquatic plant material.

  • Earlier: Mother remains in intensive care

    A Shelbyville woman remains in intensive care at Jewish Hospital Louisville after being overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Rice said that Jennifer Lewis’ condition has not changed since she was hospitalized.

  • Crash shuts down interstate

    A crash on Interstate 64 in Simpsonville between a semi and two cars caused the ithe highway to be shut down for hours late Tuesday afternoon.

    The crash happened around 5 p.m. during heavy rain, at the 28 mile marker.

    One woman had to be extricated from a green Nissan. Her condition is not known, but is not thought to be serious.

  • EARLIER: 1 transported in Collins bus wreck

    There were no injuries in a traffic accident Tuesday morning  on U.S. 60 in front of Collins High School involving a Shelby County school bus tied up traffic in both directions for about 40 minutes Tuesday morning.
    Duanne Puckett, public relations coordinator for the school system, said one student was hospitalized was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville because a parent could not be reached phone for clearance to go on to school.
    The student was eventually released from the emergency room and went on to school.

  • EARLIER: Oldham officials says verdict was ‘horrendous’

    Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele said he “almost threw up” when he heard the county’s police department had lost the discrimination suit brought against it by Shelbyville Police Sgt. Bruce Gentry.
    A federal court jury ruled last week that OCPD had illegally and willfully used Gentry’s commitment to military service as its reason for withdrawing a job offer.

  • News Briefs: Jan. 28, 2011

    Shelby unemployment
    now among state’s best

    Shelby County had one of the best jobless rates in Kentucky for the month of December, state officials say.
    Shelby’s unemployment rate was 8.5 percent, which tied it for ninth-best. Fayette and Woodford lead the way with 7.5 rating.
    Rates continue to fall from 2009, with 84 counties showing improvement, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reported.
    Shelby’s rate was .9  better than in December 2009 (9.4) and the same as in November.

  • State agrees to install traffic light for Kroger

    The State Transportation Cabinet has changed its mind about installing a traffic light on Boones Station Road (KY 55) and Williamsburg Road, which will be the north entrance to the new Kroger development.

    In a letter dated Tuesday to Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, Jeffery Wolfe, the director of the Division of Traffic, stated that the cabinet will now "seek formal approval to install the device as part of the permit for the entrance to the new Kroger development."

  • Legislative session: Your serve, House

    The second part of the 2011 legislative session that starts Tuesday is setting up to be dandy.

    When the session adjourned on Jan. 7 for a 3-week break, the Senate had just pushed several bills through during a week that is normally reserved for getting settled.

    Now, all the pressure the Republican-led Senate put on getting bills passed early will push that pressure on to the Democrat-led House to focus on immigration, tax code reform, education, government transparency and the state pension plan.

  • EARLIER: Family escapes carbon monoxide

    A family of five appears to have escaped death or serious injury Thursday when they were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes in their home.

    Two adults and three children were transported to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville after they were discovered in unconscious or semiconscious states at about 5 p.m. in their bedrooms at 1120 Beech Street in the Meadowbrook subdivision.