Local News

  • A sticky tribute

    A man who spent time living in Shelbyville is now part of an exclusive group that includes the likes of Elvis, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Bugs Bunny.

    His head sticks to envelopes.

    Even to those who know nothing about the famed scientist, Edwin Hubble, his name probably sounds familiar.

    In his honor, NASA named one of its most advanced telescopes after him.

    Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to orbit the Earth, beaming down distant stretches of the universe that telescopes on the ground are unable to observe.

  • Burks Branch to close April 14-July 31

    The state Highway Department will close Burks Branch Road to accommodate construction on the Shelbyville bypass from April 14 to July 31.

    The road will be open to local traffic for most of that period. But at some point, the road will be shut down completely, said county Road Supervisor Carl Henry.

    "There's going to be a point that not even fire trucks can get through," Henry said.

    Drivers will have to use Fox Run Road to access the north end of Burks Branch.

  • Claudia's reopens, business slow

    Claudia Sanders Dinner House reopened for business Saturday, March 28 after an outbreak of suspected food poisoning caused the restaurant to be closed for four days.

    While the health department is still waiting for conclusive results as to what caused the outbreak, preliminary tests point to staph bacteria.

  • Montell elected to UK post

    The son of a local state representative has recently been elected as the student body president of the University of Kentucky and is well on his way to walking in his father's footsteps.

    Tyler Montell, son of state Rep. Brad Montell, ran unopposed in this year's student president election. Tyler, along and his running mate, Grant Mills of Frankfort, won with a total of 1,940 votes. The election was held March 26 and 27.

    Montell said while he is not certain politics will be his career path, he is excited about the opportunity to serve the students of UK as their president.

  • Claudia Sanders reopened

    Claudia Sanders Dinner House reopened for business on Saturday after an outbreak of food poisoning caused the restaurant to be closed for four days.

    The health department asked the restaurant to close their doors last Tuesday after receiving numerous reports from patrons who become sick after eating at the restaurant on Easter Sunday. The health department has received reports from more than 100 people who got sick eating at the restauant that day.

    The restaurant, which is always closed on Mondays, will be open for business on Tuesday.

  • Industry leaders question court on taxes

    Industry leaders asked fiscal court at a special meeting Tuesday why they were singled out when the county raised its net profits tax cap last year. The tax went into effect Jan. 1 of this year.

    "A 200 percent increase for five or six of the largest companies in the county is punitive," Roll Forming Corporation President Ray Leathers told the court.

    Leathers also told the court the tax would be a disincentive to industries who may be considering coming here, and he asked the court to reconsider it.

  • Claudia Sanders remains closed

    A total of 100 people have now been reported to have gotten ill from eating at Claudia Sanders Dinner House on Easter Sunday.

    As the investigation continues, Renee Blair, director of the North Central Health District, said the restaurant will remain closed until the cause of the illnesses is found.

    Currently, the only correlation between all of the victims is that they ate at Claudia Sanders that day. No specific food item has been identified, Blair said.

    The symptoms of the illnesses include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

  • Democrats hope to build momentum

    As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination drags on, the Shelby County Democratic Party is hoping political interest at the national level will translate to local involvement at their upcoming county convention.

    On April 5 the party will hold precinct conventions across the county in order to elect 99 precinct officers.

  • Plan created in case of dam failure

    A coalition of local elected officials and emergency personnel recently met to evaluate what they would do in the event that the Guist Creek Lake Dam were to break.

    Leaders from the Shelby County and Shelbyville governments along with various state and local emergency response agencies reviewed a draft action plan on March 21 that detailed the steps they should take in response to such a disaster.

  • Heritage to get parking project

    A five-year traffic headache will soon come to an end for parents and teachers at Heritage Elementary School.

    On March 20, the Shelby County Board of Education unanimously approved a construction plan that would give the school more parking and ensure that parents who are dropping off their children do not have to wait in line on U.S. 60 to get on to the school's campus.

    Principal Cindy Adkins was jubilant after the board made the decision.

    "I am so thrilled," she said. "It is just so needed"