Local News

  • Simpsonville gears up for 2010 census

    Simpsonville officials expect the 2010 census to show the population has more than doubled.

    During the Wednesday morning's meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, City Administrator David Eaton guesstimated that the population had grown to 3,000 since the 2000 census, which reported 1,281 residents.

    "It does have an effect on revenue and what we can bring in here through grants," said Eaton, who suggested the commission advertise the census.

  • News Briefs: Oct. 16, 2009


    Hempridge Road closed Saturday

    The Department of Highways will temporarily close KY 714, Hempridge Road, Saturday for drain installation. It will be closed to through traffic near the intersection of KY 53 with KY 44 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.


    Judges attend fall college

  • Shelby sticks with KACo despite problems

     Shelby County has been a member of the Kentucky Association of Counties since it was established 31 years ago, and local officials say they stand behind the organization despite the upheaval created by a report of inappropriate spending by its executives.

    KACo, as it is known, was revealed in a series of stories by The Herald-Leader in Lexington to have had lavish and questionable spending by its leaders and loose oversight of its leadership.

  • Shelby cities staying in the League

    The cities of Shelbyville and Simpsonville were benefiting from memberships in the Kentucky League of Cities long before Tom Hardesty and Steve Eden took over as their mayors.

    And Hardesty and Eden both speak resolutely in support of the League, which is undergoing a state audit and internal evaluations after its spending practices were brought into question in an investigation by The Herald-Leader of Lexington.

  • Storm water ordinance approved

    Shelbyville City Council approved Thursday night the second reading of an ordinance addressing a problem with storm-water runoff.

    This new ordinance regulates post-development, storm-water runoff in an effort to protect local water resources.

  • Animal shelter loses its 'no kill' status

    After enjoying its "No Kill" status for nearly four months, the Shelby County Animal Shelter lost that distinction this past weekend.

    James Collins, director of the shelter, said seven dogs were euthanized because they were aggressive.

    The shelter will house aggressive animals if there is space, but this weekend, there wasn't.

    One of the euthanatized dogs, ironically named "Lucky," was aggressive to other dogs and to cats but not to people, Collins said.

    Five other dogs were the same, and one dog was aggressive to everyone.

  • EARIER: There are some shortages of flu vaccine


     There are some shortages of seasonal flu vaccine in Shelby County, but local medical facilities generally report they still can meet the demand.

    Forecasts of a bad flu season – and the dreaded H1N1 (swine) flu – has increased awareness and demand in recent weeks. Kentucky is expected to be among the states in which flu is more widespread.

  • Mayor Hardesty has emergency surgery

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty is recovering after emergency surgery last night for a bleeding ulcer.

    Hardesty had a third  of his stomach removed in the surgery and will be hospitalized for 7-10 days.

    Hardesty's wife, Maxine, said in an E-mail that the doctor told her that if Tom didn't have the surgery when he did he likely would have bled to death by morning.

    "I know there were numerous prayers for him and we can't begin to thank each of you enough," she said.

    The staff at City Hall was anxiously awaiting an update Wednesday morning.

  • EARLIER: Roof collapses at construction site for second time

    When and if construction resumes on one local business, the third time would be the charm.

    The roof of the building that eventually would house Family Video on Midland Trail in Shelbyville collapsed Friday night for the second time this year.

    The first time the roof collapsed in April, three construction workers were injured. This time, however, no one was present at the construction site because it was 9:30 p.m.

  • News briefs: Oct. 14, 2009

    Tennill elected to national office