Local News

  • Scenes from the 2008 Shelby County Fair

  • Pension reforms on tap for special session

    Sen. Gary Tapp and Rep. Brad Montell have received the call from the governor to head back to Frankfort in order to pull a patch job on the state's failing pension plan.

    With the fiscal year winding down, the legislature will have to move fast.

    Gov. Steve Beshear issued the call for a special session at a press conference yesterday afternoon. The only item on the session's agenda is addressing the $26.6 billion shortfall in the state's pension fund.

    The legislature will go into session Monday, June 23.

  • SCHS grad writes symphony

    Move over, Mr. Holland. Berry Sharp may be creating his own opus.

    Sharp, who graduated from Shelby County High School last month, composed a six-part symphony called "Atlantis." "Atlas," the third movement of the symphony, was performed by the Shelby County High School concert band and orchestra at the annual band concert in May.

    "Atlas" was written and composed with the aid of a music notation program called Finale. Sharp said he wrote the piece in one weekend when his "epiphany moments" came together.

  • School start times to remain

    Despite costing the school district an added $168,000 in transportation costs, the two-tiered start times for local public schools will be back for a second round next year.

    Last year, the Shelby County School Board decided to stagger the times that elementary, middle, and high schools start in order to increase the district's options for transporting students to school. Currently elementary schools start at 7:40 a.m., the high school starts at 8:40 a.m. and the middle schools start at 8:55 a.m. Previously all schools started at the same time.

  • Accident victims still hospitalized

    Two people who were seriously injured in an accident in which one person was killed last Tuesday are still hospitalized.

    Beatrice Centers of Taylorsville and Sarah Wilson of Simpsonville are still hospitalized at the University of Louisville, where they were taken after being involved in a traffic accident at the I-64 overpass in Shelbyville.

    Centers is still in serious condition at the hospital's Coronary Care Unit.

    Wilson, whose husband Joseph was killed in the crash, was airlifted to the hospital by helicopter. She also remains in serious condition.

  • County gives $50,000 to senior center

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court has released funds that will go toward the renovation of the senior citizens facility.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he had set aside $50,000 for a new center last year, but, due to an economic downturn, building a new center is not possible at this time. So, at the request of Rusty Newton, executive director of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, he decided to let the senior center have the money anyway to renovate their current facility instead.

  • Man dies unexpectedly while working on air conditioner

    A local man was found dead late Monday night by a couple who had hired him to repair their air conditioner unit, according to Shelbyville police detective, Bruce Gentry.

    Kenneth Peting, 65, of Simpsonville, was repairing the unit at a residence when he was found deceased by the couple when they returned home that evening, Gentry said.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments

    A Shelby County grand jury recently indicted the following:

    • Radari M. Lee of Shelbyville was indicted for fleeing and evading police (in a motor vehicle), fleeing or evading police (on foot), resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).

    • Ray Edward Moore and Sheila Faye Fletcher of Shelbyville were indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine).

    • David Lockard of Shelbyville was indicted for second-degree burglary and six counts of theft by unlawful taking over $300.

  • Triple S to discuss zoning in Simpsonville

    The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday concerning proposed changes to the zoning regulations for the city of Simpsonville.

    The new regulations, if adopted, will affect the permitted uses for property adjacent to or near the interstate. These changes, which will affect Interchange, Limited Interchange and General Interchange zones, will apply only to the city of Simpsonville, not to the rest of the county.

  • Simpsonville man dies in head-on crash

    A two-vehicle collision on the overpass at I-64 and Ky. 55 late Tuesday afternoon has claimed the life of a Simpsonville man and left his wife and another woman in serious condition.

    Joseph Wilson, 68, of Veechdale Road in Simpsonville, was pronounced death at the University of Louisville Hospital, where he and his wife, Sarah, were airlifted after the crash.

    Beatrice Centers, 59, of Taylorsville, was transported by ambulance, according to Jason Rice, a detective with the Shelby County Sheriff's office.