Local News

  • Restoring an American giant

    On a hillside patch of fescue and orchardgrass near Finchville, a group of volunteers are laboring to restore an American icon.

    One hole at a time, one hundred holes altogether, on one acre of ground, they are planting a breeding orchard for the American chestnut tree. The tree, once the dominant species of the eastern forest, is almost gone. Few people alive today have seen an American chestnut tree; even fewer remember when it reigned as the supreme tree of the forest. A blight that started in New York over 100 years ago wiped out the great chestnut forests.

  • Tax bills go on block Monday

    If you have procrastinated and have failed to pay your property tax bill, better hurry. The tax claims go on sale Monday and after that the bill could go a whole lot higher.

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong said between $500,000 and $600,000 in 2007 property taxes have not been paid in the county. On Monday at 10 a.m., he is authorized to sell 10 percent of those bills, which he will do at the courthouse.

  • Juveniles arrested in home vandalism

    Two teens were arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the vandalism of an empty home on Zaring Mill Road, according to Gene Witt, chief deputy at the Shelby County Sheriff's office.

    Witt said the pair, a male and female, ages 16 and 17, respectively, were charged with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

  • Budget waits on Beshear

    Both local members of the state legislature supported the $19 billion budget that was approved by the House and Senate late Wednesday night.

    The budget was sent to Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday and while he could line item veto certain objections, both Sen. Gary Tapp and Rep. Brad Montell expect him to approve the budget.

    The budget, which guides the state's spending for the next two years, levies no new taxes but cuts funding for higher education and human services.

  • Simpsonville to revamp park area

    The city of Simpsonville is hoping a new playground and picnic area will help draw children and families to their downtown area this summer.

    Simpsonville Parks and Rec. presented a budget Tuesday that included close to $40,000 for a building plan that will refurbish the current playground and add a pavilion for the use of families and communities groups.

    Kevin Garland, Simpsonville park director, said the playground and pavilion will provide a place for families "to have a nice picnic together."

  • Rash of burglaries hits Shelby

    In the last two weeks three local businesses have fallen victim to a rash of after-hours burglaries.

    According to Shelby County Sheriff's detective, Jason Rice, two weeks ago burglars broke out a window at the Asia Buffet at 89 Howard Drive and left with the cash register. Rice said while the burglars left no evidence at the scene, sheriff's deputies later recovered the cash register.

    The second burglary came early on Easter morning when Ken-Tex barbeque was forcefully entered and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.

  • National Healthcare Decisions Day

    Hosparus - The Community Hospice of Louisville will participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day on Wednesday, April 16.

    National Healthcare Decisions Day is a day designed to educate people on their health care options and help them express their wishes regarding health care with loved ones and health care providers.

    Judy Burk, director of Clinical Services for Hosparus, said the office at 540 Main St. in Shelbyville will also be open from 3-7 p.m. to anyone who is interested in making advance directives or simply learning about what they are.

  • 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.