Local News

  • Country Depot is back in business

    The Bluegrass Country Depot might have closed in 2010 when then owner Mark Stiff suddenly passed away, but his cherished establishment was not forgotten.

    Jeffery Wright and Anthony Hermes have reopened the local business and are looking to rekindle the community’s affinity for the country grocery store and restaurant at 6562 Frankfort Road.

    Hermes said they reopened the establishment to meet the area’s request.

    “Everybody in Clay Village wanted somewhere [to go] where they didn’t have to go into town,” he said.

  • Blue Gables ready to celebrate

    From 7th Street down to the courthouse, businesses are making final preparations for tomorrow’s Celebration of Lights.  But just a block back you’ll find workers pouring their energy into a corridor of buildings in hopes that at least a few spaces will be ready for visitors tomorrow, as well.

    Members of the Shelbyville Preservation Group will host an open house at Blue Gables tomorrow at 3 p.m. to showcase the progress of the renovation project.

  • SCHS officials seize pellet gun from student’s car

    Shelby County High School officials quickly responded to students’ concerns Thursday morning regarding a pellet gun found in a student’s car.

    “There were some students that had heard that another student had this item in their car,” SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said.  “They let adults know.”

    He assured that the student had not brought the pellet gun into the school.

    The student walked with school officials to his car where they located and seized a Co2 pellet gun.

  • Voter turnout light

    Election Day went smoothly, officials said, although the turnout was less than they expected.

    “I can’t say [about turnout] but I don’t think we’ve had fifty percent,” said Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry, who had predicted that figure last week.

    That light turnout was felt at the polls, said election workers.

  • Shelby students trending upward

    Since the beginning of the school year, Shelby County students, for the most part, have shown progress in reading and math.

    Although there was more improvement in reading than in math, the latter did show progress, said Lisa Smith, deputy superintendent of Shelby County Public Schools during a MAP presentation.

    She added that except for second graders, students are reading better than when school ended last spring.

  • Logan Cemetery officially named pioneer cemetery

    A good crowd turned out Saturday for the dedication of the newly renovated Logan Family Cemetery on Brunerstown Road, to declare it a Kentucky Pioneer Cemetery.

    Members of the Shelby County Cemetery Preservation Board had been working tirelessly with volunteers to get the cemetery cleaned up, said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who attended the event.

  • Betty Buntin Matthews: Oct. 25, 1922 – Oct. 30, 2015

    Shelby County has lost a beloved daughter with the passing of Betty Matthews Friday at the age of 93.

    Matthews was very active in many aspects of the community, including her church family, but was especially renown as a local historian and genealogist, working with the Shelby County Historical Society and on an individual basis for many years, said her brother-n-law, Bill Matthews.

  • Minor injuries on I-64

    Two persons suffered minor injuries in a four-car accident on I-64 Tuesday afternoon.

    Shelby County EMS Director Jeff Ivers said he did not have the details of how the accident, which was worked by Shelbyville Police, happened, but one vehicle, a van, ended up on its side.

    That vehicle was one that contained an injured person, he said, adding that the woman, who was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, suffered only minor injuries. Another person in a another vehicle also had minor injuries.

  • Celebration of Lights highlights holiday season’s start

    Like restless children on Christmas Eve, Shelbyville is eager to get the holiday festivities started. 

    We’ve seen the holiday décor going up all over town for some time now, but officials say that’s because it takes a few weeks to get the city ready for Celebration of Lights, the city’s annual holiday street festival with music, vendors, and of course, a tree lighting ceremony.

  • Human Rights ordinance tabled

    With two touchy topics on the agenda, the Shelbyville City Council had what was probably the largest audience they have seen in many years Thursday.

    Every seat in the council’s chambers was accounted for and the packed audience overflowed to the edges of the room, leaving many attendees stuck peering over shoulders in the hallway.