Local News

  • State budget crisis may go on

    Gov. Steve Beshear hasn’t set a date for House and Senate members to return for a special session to finish the state’s budget for 2010-2012, and it doesn’t appear he will anytime soon.

    It’s unlikely that Beshear will announce a date before an agreement has been made, to avoid wasting taxpayers’ money.

  • News Briefs: April 16, 2010

     Last day to mail Census

    If you haven’t mailed in your 2010 census questionnaire, today’s your last chance. If you don’t have your form postmarked today, you likely will be visited by a door-to-door census taker in a nonresponse follow-up operation that begins May 1 and continues into July.

  • Surprised Pollett named state's official of the year

    Shelby County Magistrate Hubert Pollett was named Official of the Year by the Kentucky Magistrates And Commissioners Association at a prestigious ceremony Friday in Louisville.

    Pollett was nominated for the honor by fellow magistrate Tony Carriss, who cited many accomplishments during his career as a magistrate, as well as his personal contributions to the community.

  • East Shelby water tower closer

    A new water tank for the Clay Village/Peytona area is one step closer to becoming a reality after Shelby County Fiscal Court gave County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger the go ahead to apply for a grant for the project.

  • Delinquent on your business taxes? Time to pay up

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said he has had enough.

    During the City Council’s regular meeting Thursday, Hardesty let the council know that freeloading businesses won’t get a pass any longer.

    Hardesty’s comments reflect a serious problem the city has with collecting the Net Profit License Fee from local businesses.

  • Budget concerns loom heavy as session winds down

    Although they’re in the midst of a nearly two-week reprieve, the mood around Kentucky’s legislators is gloomy.

    It’s gloomy because it appears the House and Senate will not be able to approve a budget before they adjourn for the session on April 15.

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said a budget is “probably 50-50 at best.”

    Sen. Garry Tapp (R-Shelbyville) thinks he’s probably looking at extra days in his final year in Frankfort.

  • Simpsonville still waiting on sidewalk money

    The city of Simpsonville is waiting on the wheels of government to continue their slow turn before they can get started on the sidewalk phase of their town center project.

    If you recall, the city received a matching federal stimulus grant that would fund building new sidewalks on the south side of U.S. 60 through the core of the city.

  • City council to decide on water development charge

    Shelbyville City Council will decide Thursday whether or not to raise System Development Charges for the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission.

    The council heard a first reading at the April 1 meeting of an ordinance from the commission’s manager, Tom Doyle, that would raise water rates for new developments, keeping the burden of costs off existing customers.

    This is the first change in development charges since 2003, and if approved, they would go into effect on May 1.

  • News Briefs: April 14, 2010

    Shelbyville rewards hero

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty honored Teresa Evans as an Ambassador of Shelbyville for going above and beyond the call of duty last month.

    Evans, who declined to be interviewed, saw a person steal the Children's Miracle Network money off the counter at Speedway in Shelbyville, followed that person and contacted the police so the suspect could be arrested.

  • Shelbyville clean-up starts Monday

    If you’ve been looking to get rid of that old fridge or that worn out plaid recliner taking up space in the basement, now’s your chance -- at least in Shelbyville.

    Shelbyville’s Public Works Department will be offering pickup service for the city’s citizens all next week.