Local News

  • County supports pipeline

    The county joined forces with the city of Shelbyville, and Frankfort government entities to endorse a plan for an alternative water supply. Fiscal Court passed a resolution Tuesday in favor of the proposed pipeline that would take Louisville Water Co. lines to Frankfort along I-64 in Shelby County.

  • Schools unveil new campus plans

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved a plan for the construction of three new schools in the next eight years at its Dec. 13 meeting.

    The board's decision modifies a building plan that it approved last May by changing the timeline for the opening of the new schools and the design specifications of the buildings.

    According to the plan, the district will have a new elementary, middle and high school by 2015.

  • Barn fire scorches man's world

    Ron Lewis suffers from emphysema; he can no longer work. His life centered around a barn he equipped over the years with a kitchen, bathroom, canning room and game room. It was his home outside his home.

    "If I ever went into the doghouse, I had me a pretty good one," Lewis said.

    It was a good "doghouse" until it burned to the ground two weeks ago. Though it was in his barn, the fire eliminated most of Lewis's possessions.

    "He went from a man who has everything to a man who has nothing," his wife, Judy, said.

  • Simpsonville girl gets 'Cover Girl' award

    Ashley Biggins thinks being a national cover girl is pretty cool.

    "You get to feel pretty and it's tons of fun," Biggins said. "You get dressed up, and get to put makeup on and wear a long formal dress. It's very exciting."

    Biggins, whose parents are horse trainers John and Renee' Biggins, of Simpsonville, is a 15-year-old sophomore at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville.

    She spent her Thanksgiving vacation in Santa Anna, California, where she competed in the National American Miss contest.

  • Crazy about Christmas

    One of the most Christmas spirited towns in Shelby County is located in a Finchville woman's living room.

    Since 1993, Joyce Medley has been painting and displaying her Christmas houses in a yuletide village that grows every year as Medley adds to her creation. She said that the joy of creating the houses in the village is seeing them enjoyed by her family and those she loves.

    "It's just enjoyable to look at," she said.

  • Ornamental Christmas

    Santa in a sleigh. A chimney. A Christmas tree and a chimney. Merry Christmas 2007.

    On a recent Saturday, about 25 children and a few adults turned plain glass balls into personalized Christmas ornaments.

    Noah Cocking dipped his brush into an off-white patch of paint to make Santa in his sleigh. Andrea Ketcham and Krysta Ethington had more brown and red tones on their ornaments, the better to make a chimney for Santa. Elaine Langley created a "Merry Christmas 2007" ornament for the family tree.

  • Armed robber hits local businesses

    Two businesses on Taylorsville Road were robbed at gunpoint less than a week apart.

    Shelbyville Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said investigators feel confident the same man is involved in both hold-ups because the method of the robbery and the description of the perpetrator is identical.

    Both businesses were robbed near closing time, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice. Gamestop located at 107 Jeanie Road, was robbed at gunpoint Friday night. Subway, located at 93 Howard Drive, was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night.

  • Skate park catching air

    A Shelbyville skate park will likely debut in the first quarter of 2008, park officials said Thursday, in what will be the culmination of more than a year of activism and fundraising efforts by a group of middle and high school skaters.

    Dee Maynard, a parks employee and spokeswoman for a local activist group known as the SkatePark Advocates, reported that more than $88,000 has already been committed to the skate park's construction.

  • Triple S to consider landscape rule changes

    At its Dec. 18 meeting, Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss, and possibly vote on, an amendment that would change landscape and buffer requirements adopted two years ago.

    The amendment under consideration would reduce the number of plantings a builder or developer would have to put in at the edges of property lines, said Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke.

  • Man hits 2 cars, arrested for DUI

    A Lawrenceburg man was arrested Saturday night after he crashed into two different vehicles injuring two people and fleeing from Kentucky State Police.

    At about 8:25 p.m., KSP Trooper Hunter Martin responded to a call involving a two-vehicle collision on I-64 at the 32 mile marker, according to the police report.

    When Martin exited his cruiser to investigate the collision, Allen W. Chambers Jr. fled the scene of the accident in his wrecked vehicle, the report said.