Local News

  • NAACP hosts women’s luncheon

    In a fitting salute to Women’s History month, the Shelbyville area branch of NAACP is hosting its first annual women’s luncheon entitled Hats Off to Women.

    “It’s a fundraiser for the NAACP scholarship fund, which we plan to make an annual event,” says Janice Harris, president of the local branch. “This year, we are honoring four ladies in our community who have overcome extraordinary circumstances to be where they are in life. We want to recognize them for their endurance, dedication and motivation.”

  • Deadline for health insurance signup is Monday

    With only three more days left to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, some officials have expressed concern that there are still too many people out there who are woefully uninformed about the process.

    “From what I’ve seen, more than half of the people don’t even know when the deadline is,” said Jim Kutzner, clinic administrator for Mercy Medical Clinic, a facility run by Operation Care that serves the uninsured.

    Further, Kutzner said, he himself is not sure about whether Monday is a hard and fast deadline.

  • Charity earns Shelby teen national recognition

    A New York City photo shoot with Today Show hosts Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer and a national magazine cover would be enough to make any young girl giggle with excitement.

    But when Jessica Collins, 14, was named one of 14 national Make a Difference Day winners for her children’s ministry A Place to Sleep, those were just perks.

    She was ecstatic because the $10,000 grant that comes along with the award would enable her to furnish hundreds of kids with a bed, said her grandmother, Lynn Whitaker, who is also the logistics coordinator for the organization.

  • Winter wreaks havoc at park

    Winter has really left its mark this year on Clear Creek Park, where crews have just patched up the worst of the ravages, which included ruptured water pipes, gas lines and other damages.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Garbage franchise ordinance scheduled

    After working on the issue for nearly a year, the Shelbyville City Council is finally ready to move forward with a garbage collection franchise agreement for city residents, scheduling a first reading for the ordinance at the April 17 meeting.

    During Thursday’s regular meeting, the council decided that it would solicit two different bids from haulers, one for a single cost for curbside garbage and recycling and the other with recycling as an optional add on for customers.

  • NEWS DIGEST: March 26, 2014

    Kindergarten registration

    starts this evening

    Shelby County Public Schools will have kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and again from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 on April 22. Registration will be held at the student’s home school, and parents will need to bring 2 proofs of residence – like utility bills, mortgage or lease agreement – an official birth certificate, social security card, immunization certificate, current physical, eye exam and dental exam.

  • Shelby County School Board: Proposal puts last day on May 30

    Shelby County Public Schools is moving forward with planning for its last day of school instead of waiting on the Kentucky General Assembly to make a decision.

    The board of education Thursday will hear a recommendation to end school on May 30, a week before the projected end of the year.

    With the snow days added to the end of the year, it had appeared that the district would finish the school year on June 6.

    The meeting will be at Simpsonville Elementary School, 6725 Shelbyville Road in Simpsonville.

  • Showcase shares community’s wares

    By 1 p.m. Saturday, more than 900 people had already flocked to the Community Showcase event at Shelby County High School's Mike Casey Gymnasium.

    Despite the perfect spring-like temperatures, more than 1,200 people would stop by the annual event, hosted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

    "The weather is just gorgeous, and we have had a huge influx of people coming in," said Jeff Kutzner, clinic administrator for Mercy Medical, who had a booth set up outside in front of the school.

  • No injuries at Brooks Industrial and KY 55

    No one was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Brooks Industrial Road and KY 55 between a car and a flatbed truck, but the accident is expected to cause a slight traffic tie up at that intersection until about 2:30 p.m. today.

  • I-64 lane closure in Shelby County scheduled for Tuesday

    Interstate 64 west will be reduced to one lane at the bridge over Bullskin Creek in Shelby County, mile 29.3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday March 25, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office announced Friday.

    Contract crews will be replacing the asphalt approaches at the bridge to provide a smoother riding surface.  Later this summer, the final asphalt surface will be paved on I-64 as part of the widening project between Simpsonville and Shelbyville (mile points 27.9 and 32.8).