Local News

  • School board seats open

    Three seats on the Shelby County Board of Education are up for grabs this November. And with less than four days before the filing deadline, no one has yet put their name in the hat for the jobs.

    Board members, Brenda Jackson and Sam Hinkle said they intend to file before the Aug. 12 deadline and run for the current positions.

    Allen Phillips, who has been on the board for close to 20 years, said he has not yet decided if he will run for reelection. Phillips currently represents the southeast side of the county in district 3.

  • Simpsonville ordinance would spell out interchange zoning

    The Simpsonville City Commission took first reading Tuesday on an ordinance that would specify what businesses can and cannot go on land near the interchange at Buck Creek Road and I-64.

    The list was generated in meetings by city officials, representatives of residents who live in the interchange area and officials from Triple S Planning and Zoning. Triple S also held public hearings on the new regulations, which, if adopted, would be added as a text amendment to current Triple S Zoning rules.

  • Man jailed for rape of juvenile

    A local Hispanic man was arrested Saturday night and charged with first-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment, according to police.

    Osman Cerna-Perez, 25, of Shelbyville, is charged with locking a mentally-challenged 17-year-old girl in a bathroom and raping her, said Shelbyville Police Detective Bruce Genry.

    According to the police report, Perez "physically restrained the victim and placed his left hand around the victim's throat."

    Gentry said that several of the elements that constitute first-degree rape were present in the situation.

  • Harding named Cropper principal

    A local school administrator has been named the principal at the Shelby County Education Center at Cropper.

    Don Harding, an assistant principal at Shelby County High School for the past six years, got the appointment last week.

    Harding said he is excited about his new position and the possibilities that are at the school.

    Superintendent James Neihof, who appointed Harding to the position, said Harding's experience and abilities made him the natural choice for the job.

  • A smooth start: Schools open with ease despite changes

    If the first day of school last year was a hurricane, then the first day of school this past Wednesday was a gentle ocean breeze.

    Buses ran pretty close to schedule.

    Traffic at several local schools was much less of a headache.

    And there were no parents threatening to boycott the school system - all noticeable improvements from last year.

    Superintendent James Neihof said he was pleased with the start of the school year and hoped it sets the tone for the rest of the year.

  • Skate park to get surveillance system

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court has approved funding for a security system for the skate park.

    Magistrates voted Tuesday night to approve funding for a video surveillance system for the park.

    "This is funding that comes through our area government district and those funds are available and this was the amount that was appropriated this year," said Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger of the $7,795 to go for the security system.

  • Beshear signs order allowing electric cars

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday that will permit low-speed electric cars on Kentucky's roadways.

    Beshear's order directs the state Transportation Cabinet to develop and implement the standards for using the electric cars on Kentucky highways. The cabinet is charged with defining what is an allowable electric vehicle and the rules under which a person may operate those vehicles. Transportation Cabinet Secretary Joe Prather is directed to have those recommendations to the Governor by Dec. 1 of this year.

  • Couple charged after robbery, beating

    A Waddy couple has been charged in connection with robbing an Hispanic man after beating him in the head with a wrench, according to Shelbyville Police.

    Carl L. Barnes, 29, and Johna Hoskins, 33, both of Waddy Road, are charged with first-degree robbery in an incident that happened in mid-May.

    Shelbyville Detective Stacy Bruce said the pair worked together to rob the victim, Mario Chavez, of Shelbyville. He added that allegedly, Hoskins, using the promise of sex, enticed the man into the shadow of a building where Barnes waited to attack him.

  • Six schools make the grade

    All six elementary schools in the district made the required academic progress on the No Child Left Behind assessment this past year; however, all three of the local secondary schools fell behind.

    According to data released Tuesday morning by the Kentucky Department of Education, Shelby County Public Schools reached 17 out of 22 educational goals, or 77.3 percent, that were set for it by the federal government.

  • Going for gold: Local woman tried again for American Idol

    While she may not have received the "golden ticket," one Shelbyville resident recently attempted to make her singing dreams come true.

    The "golden ticket" is a yellow piece of paper signifying advancement to the next round of auditions of the hit television show, American Idol.

    Lisa Vest, a 23-year-old Commonwealth Bank employee, packed her bags (well maybe just her purse and singing essentials) for a 5 a.m. trip to Louisville.