Local News

  • Collins senior named National Merit semifinalist

    The Shelby County Board of Education commended Elizabeth McGuire on Thursday, for her achievement in being selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  McGuire, a senior at Martha Layne Collins High School, is one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.5 million applicants to the program and is the sole semifinalist in the district.

    “It’s a major honor,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said, noting his pride in her achievement.

  • Thanksgiving service challenges community to open eyes


    Though the sun had set on Simpsonville, a small church congregation was shining bright Tuesday evening, as songs of Thanksgiving filled the sanctuary at Simpsonville Christian Church.

    For a number of years, several churches within Shelby County have hosted a community-wide Thanksgiving service at Simpsonville Christian the night before Thanksgiving.  However, for the past two years the service has been held on a Tuesday evening to accommodate travelers.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Trash haulers prep for new curbside service

    The Shelbyville City Council was pleased with news shared by trash hauling companies at its meeting Thursday night.

    Representatives from all three haulers that currently serve the city of Shelbyville turned out to answer any questions from the council or from the public on how the transition to the garbage franchise – with Republic Services – will take place in January.

    “Of course, we know the basics, but I am glad that you all are here,” said councilman Mike Zoeller.

  • Horse rescued from farm pond

    An elderly horse pulled from a farm pond in Simpsonville over the weekend had some very scary hours before the haggard animal was retrieved, weak and nearly frozen by a crew of humane rescue workers.

    What’s worse, it’s not even known how long the 23-year-old mare, Bayern, was in the pond before she was discovered.

    Amanda Williamson said she was house sitting at the home of her aunt, Sherra Kapfhammer on Aiken Road Saturday when she was awakened shortly before 9 a.m. by a knock on the door.

  • Man arrested burglarizing home of deceased stepbrother

    Just a week after Christopher Horine of Shelbyville was shot to death by police, his family is reeling from a second shock, after his stepbrother was arrested and charged with burglarizing his house.

    John Davis, 40, of Eminence was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree burglary.

    Shelby County Detective Jason Rice said that not only is Davis charged with breaking into his late stepbrother’s home on Fox Run Road, but also the way the burglary went down in shocking in itself.

  • Grateful to be giving

    Volunteers who are working on preparing a community wide Thanksgiving Dinner to be served at the Stratton Center Thursday say they have a secret ingredient planned for each dish.

    “We’re gonna put plenty of love into everything we cook,” said Laura Moorman. “Because it’s true what they say – when you serve others, you receive the biggest blessing of all.”

  • Mall traffic plan for Black Friday low key

    Swarms of shoppers, bumper-to-bumper traffic and people rushing, dashing will descend on Simpsonville for its first big Black Friday shopping event but officials aren’t too worried.

    Representatives with the Outlet Mall of the Bluegrass say they are confident that the measures they have in place to handle Friday’s day after Thanksgiving traffic – which are very low key compared to that of the mall’s grand opening in July – will be adequate to handle the crowds and cars.

  • Decorative Indian corn has a place on your plate, too

    It’s the time of year to admire festive arrangements of red corn that pop up everywhere, from adorning hay bales in front yards, to fall window displays in shops, to the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast.

    But red corn, or Indian corn, as it’s widely referred to, has uses other than ornamental. The thing is, not many people know that, at least not anymore.

    “Well, I don’t know if you can eat it, but you sure can drink it,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty.

  • Prayer vigil for Trey Williams comforts family

    A cold wind and cloudy skies Wednesday night didn’t keep friends and family of a teen killed three years ago in a police shooting from gathering to remember him on almost the very spot where his life ended on Clifton Court.

    “We want to thank everyone for coming out to commemorate this young man’s life, even though it’s been three years ago, the same tears still come back today,” said Justin Barnes, pastor of the Greater Shiloh Temple Church in Shelbyville.

  • Chatham house being torn down

    More than a year and a half after being nearly destroyed in a devastating fire, a Shelby County landmark home is finally being torn down.

    Officials at Gra-Kat Environmental Services were on the property of the structure known as the Chatham House Thursday and said they were preparing to demo the house but had to take the columns down first.

    “We want to be very careful because of the doctor’s office next door,” said Nick Yount with Gra-Kat.