Local News

  • Boosting a rare breed

    When visitors from all over the country - and the world - visit Buck Creek Stables March 14-16, they will be participating in an effort to save the headquarters of one of the rarest breeds of horses in the United States.

    Tamas Rombauer, past director of the Hungarian State Stud at Babolna, will speak to Shagya Arabian horse breeders who are coming here from as far as California and Oregon, Chile and Australia to participate in educational seminars and clinics about their rare breed. There are fewer than 2,000 Shagya Arabians in the world and not more than 200 in the United States.

  • Shelby tops region's seatbelt survey

    When John Evans was a bachelor, he rarely wore his seatbelt.

    He said his habit was to just hop in his truck and go.

    But when he became a family man, his days of not being buckled in came to an end.

    "When you start having kids, wearing your seatbelt becomes more of a priority," he said. "It's just a given."

    A recent study performed by the Kentucky State Police, found that, like Evans, wearing a seatbelt is a high priority for most people in Shelby County.

  • Simpsonville parks director to leave

    Simpsonville Parks director Kelland Garland told the Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday he will leave his post effective June 30. He has been the city's parks director for almost two years.

    Garland, a teacher at Simpsonville Elementary School, told the commission he is taking on additional duties next year at the school and also needs time to work on finishing the principalship program he is enrolled in.

    "I'm not tired of the job, but I realize my future is in education," Garland said.

  • A time of testing

    As the Junior class at Shelby County High School prepares to take the ACT test next Tuesday, a group of legislators in Frankfort are hoping to get rid of the state's current assessment system and replace it with a format similar to that of the ACT.

    The bill, SB 1, would bring to an end student assessment based on portfolios, multiple choice and open response questions and would replace it with a test that is entirely multiple-choice questions.

  • Local Republicans to get new leadership

    The local Republican Party will soon be under new leadership as the chair and vice chair are not seeking re-election at the party's upcoming county convention.

    After serving as chairman for eight years, Charles Bates said the time has come for him to step down.

    Bates, 66, said his decision not to run was in order to allow new people to step into leadership roles.

    "I really hope we get a chairperson who is able to move the party forward," he said.

  • Finding shelter in a disaster

    Where do you go when disaster strikes?


    Emergency officials say where you are, and what type of disaster you're caught up in will ultimately decide your best bet.

    For example, if there were a hazardous materials incident, Charlie Frazee, director of the local Emergency Management Agency, said there are a couple of different options officials would have.

    For example, Frazee said he could ask people in the area to evacuate, find immediate shelter in a place such as a home or office, or some combination of the two.

  • Flooding causes minor problems

    Garland and Brenda Wayne were trapped in their home near Lake Shelby by the floodwaters of Clear Creek Tuesday morning after a storm dumped more than two inches of rain on the county. But Brenda wasn't worried.

    "We have plenty of food back here," she said. "We'll just wait it out."

    The Waynes are assistant caretakers for Lake Shelby. The water from Clear Creek covered the road back to their house and the house of Bob Dennie, who is the caretaker for the lake. Wayne estimated the water was as much as 4-5 feet over the road.

  • The pig bone is connected...

    Paulo Ribenboim and Pedro Villa-Sanchez had studied in science class how joints and tendons work together to make arms and legs move. But when they got to see and touch the ligaments and bones with their hands, science came alive.

    Paulo and Pedro were two of about 50 fifth graders a Simpsonville Elementary school who got to examine and dissect pig bones at school last week.

    Fifth grade teacher Migon Wheeler said for the last several year teachers have been allowing the students to examine the pig bones in connection with teaching core content.

  • Bridge demolition will close I-64 briefly

    The state Highway Department announced Monday that I-64 will be closed in both directions Thursday, March 6 from midnight until 5 a.m. to allow for the demolition of the bridge at Ky. 395 (Waddy exit).

    Traffic will be routed off the exit ramps across Ky. 395 and down the entrance ramp back to I-64.

    Delays will also be likely on Ky. 395 (Waddy Road) as construction continues on the bridge over I-64. Vehicles wider than 11.5 feet will be restricted from the area and will have to take an alternate route.

  • District to review superintendent candidates

    The superintendent search committee for the Shelby County Public System is currently reviewing 27 applications for the position of head of the school system. In less than a month, the district could name one of the applicants as the new superintendent.

    The Kentucky School Board Association released biographic information this week on the 27 applicants. The names of candidates have not been released.