Local News

  • News briefs: July 17, 2009

    State unemployment rises again in June  

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June 2009 reached a near 26-year high of 10.9 percent from a revised 10.7 percent in May 2009, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reported. Local and regional figures are due out this morning.

  • County postpones approval of plan update

    Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates voted Tuesday to postpone a first reading to adopt the goals and objectives portion of the county's new Comprehensive Plan.

    The consensus of the court, sparked by Magistrate Michael Riggs, is that magistrates did not want to approve the plan because planners had not explained the variances of the document to them.

  • Tapp mum on plans for cash

    With no opponent in his last election, state Sen. Gary Tapp is sitting on a significant amount of campaign contributions, money  he no longer will need because he isn’t seeking re-election in 2010.

    Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Records show Tapp had just less than $69,000 in campaign funds as of the last reporting date, Nov. 7, 2008.

    State law does not allow a candidate to keep leftover funds but does allow the candidate some options for spending the money. By law, Tapp can:

  • EARLIER: Board to consider athletic facilities for new high school

    When  the Shelby County School Board meets Thursday night, it will consider approving outdoor athletic facilities for the Martha Layne Collins High School that is now under construction.

  • EARLIER: Police nab suspect in rash of burglaries

    Shelbyville Police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for numerous recent break-ins at businesses in Shelby and surrounding counties.

    Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, of Springfield was arrested Wednesday and could be charged with perhaps 30 burglaries in a six-county area.

    Weathers is on parole after being convicted in a similar spree of crimes in Nelson County six years ago, and police appear convinced he is responsible for the break-ins and thefts that hit 15 businesses in Shelby County during the past few weeks.

  • Pool provides free sunscreen

    For the rest of the summer, visitors to the outdoor pool at Clear Creek Park will be treated to free sunscreen.

    The lotion, located at the entrance of the pool in a pump dispenser, is SPF 30, said Renee Blair, North Central District Public Health Director.

    "At the pool, we have two stations with a gallon container dispensed with a pump, and they can put it on while they're there," she said.

    Blair said the free lotion as well as an additional umbrella is part of the health department's campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer.

  • EARLIER: Burglary spree targets insurance agencies

    As many as a dozen businesses, primarily insurance agencies, have been the targets of a recent series of break-ins spanning a four-county area that has motivated some of the victims to offer their help to law enforcement.

    Little information is available from Shelby County's police agencies, but the business community is abuzz about what some see as a carefully planned series of burglaries in which the perpetrators smash windows, cut communications and power lines and carry away safes that they later open.

  • CUB to help build homes for New Orleans

    Twenty dollars an hour to wash dishes in a restaurant in New Orleans sounds like a good thing.

    But Billie Wade, chief executive officer of Citizens Union Bank, said that wage points to the reality of a city that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With fewer residents and less available housing, wages and housing costs have gone up.

    "There's primarily no affordable housing to bring people back to do that type of work,” he said.

  • Collins' athletic facilities topic for board's work session

    The Shelby County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for tonight to discuss the specifics of the athletic facilities proposed for the new Martha Layne Collins High School, which is under construction.

    The board was set last Thursday night to vote on a proposal for which had been submitted by Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, the architectural firm that is building the facility, when board member Sam Hinkle began to object strenuously to the proposal.

  • News briefs: July 15, 2009

     Daycare Registration

    Because of state regulatory changes, Shelby County Public Schools’ after-school programs were required to become licensed daycare facilities during the 2008-2009 school year.  Changes have been implemented for the 2009-2010 school year, stemming from visits to nearby daycare programs by and input from a group of parents representing each elementary school.