Local News

  • Swifty’s swift closure leaves a hole in service

    Pumping our own gas may seem like a minor inconvenience for us in times of inclement weather, but for individuals like Glen Franklin pumping gas unassisted can be a major hassle.

    That is because Franklin, like several others in Shelby County, is confined to a wheel chair, and despite an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that requires “gas stations to provide equal access for their customers with disabilities,” Franklin said the assistance is rarely offered.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board discuss school supply lists

    Student costs and fees will again be a big part of the Board of Education’s discussion when it reconvenes Thursday at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the matter of school supplies will be raised during the superintendent’s report and he expects the board to discuss the issue and possibly take action on resolving some concerns with them.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Sidewalk plan back on City’s summer agenda

     The city of Shelbyville has restarted its sidewalk improvement plan, and this time they have focused it on a smaller area to help with enforcement.

    In her report to the council during Tuesday’s special called meeting, City Engineer and Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell informed council members that the public works department had sent letters to residents of Henry Clay Street notifying them that they must make improvements to the sidewalks in front of their houses.

  • Human Rights Commission seats remain empty

    When several members stepped down from the Shelby County Human Rights Commission earlier this year, a void was left that four months later has yet to be completely filled.

    But city and county officials agree the issue with replenishing the commission rests in the hands of the community, and they don’t seem overly optimistic that the spots will be filled anytime soon.

  • Heavy drinking on the rise in Shelby County

    Compared to the rest of the nation, Kentucky has far fewer consumers of alcohol, but research shows the commonwealth is trying to play catch-up.

    And Shelby County isn’t far behind.

    In fact, a study by the Institute on Health Metrics and Evaluation revealed that Kentucky by far had the largest increase in the percentage of individuals consuming alcohol from 2005 to 2012 and women are responsible for the majority of that growth.

    Locally, the numbers fare better than the state, but still show significant growth compared to the nation.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Plans progress for Simpsonville McDonald’s

    With a development plan approval in hand, McDonald’s is one step closer to a Simpsonville location but not everyone is loving it.

    Joe Watson with American Engineers presented the development plans to the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday evening for the 4,490-square-foot restaurant planned for 1101 Buck Creek Road that included three waivers and three variances, several of which did not sit well with Dan Davilla, manager of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

  • Public health training is Thursday

    A training exercise that will bring emergency responders, health officials and others together to collaborate on how to handle a public health emergency will be held Thursday at Shelby Christian Church.

    The Strategic National Stockpile is being hosted by the Kentucky Department of Public Health with the help of officials from the Center for Disease Control.

    Thursday’s exercise will center on dispensing medication to the community, said Jason McDonald, spokesperson for the CDC.

  • Livestock shows kick off 153rd fair

    Since the first Shelby County Fair on Oct. 1, 1842, when a group of farmers got together for a livestock show, farm animals have been a highlight of the fair.

    Well, it's true that's been more than 153 years ago, but we're not counting the first 16 years because the A&M Association wasn't created until then to organize the fair, nor three years when there was no fair, once during the Civil War, once during the Great Depression, and also during World War II.

  • School system hit with Title IX lawsuit

    The mother of a former Collins High School student has filed a Title IX federal lawsuit against the Shelby County Board of Education, alleging that her daughter’s civil rights were violated in a sports program.

    Louisville attorney Ted Gordon filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court’s Louisville Division, on behalf of Keshia Clemons, mother of 14-year-old Tatum Watson.

    The suit also names Collins tennis coach Scott Ricke, principal John Leeper and superintendent James Neihof.


     Shelby County Fiscal Court will hold a special called meeting to close the 2015 Fiscal Year on June 29 at 8:30 a.m.

    “The fiscal court always has a special meeting at the end of the fiscal year to close out the current fiscal year budget and to pay year-end bills,” said Rob Rothenburger, Shelby County judge-executive.

    The meeting will be held outside of normal meeting times, which usually occur the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.