Local News

  • ELECTION 2016: Rothenburger wins state house seat

    A longtime judge-executive has triumphed over a new challenger to the political area in a battle for the 58th District House seat.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, who has led Shelby County’s fiscal court since 2002, came out on top over Cyndi Powell Skellie, 12,257 votes, 61.34 percent, over Skellie’s 7,894 (38.66 percent).

    Rothenburger will fill the seat vacated by Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

  • ELECTION 2016: Shelbyville City Council welcomes one newcomer

    In a crowded field of 10 candidates vying for six seats, five incumbents were able to retain their seats on the Shelbyville City Council in Tuesday’s election. Taking 10.07 percent of the votes, Republican Troy Ethington edged out Chris Spaulding (9.88 percent) and incumbent Shane Suttor (9.41 percent).

    Ethington is the first newcomer to the council in six years since council member Frank Page edged out George Best in 2010.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said Suttor served the community well.

  • ELECTION 2016: Trump, Paul, Massie coast to wins in Shelby County, Kentucky

    Shelby County, much like the rest of Kentucky showed red in its statewide and national elections on Election Day.

    Republican nominees Donald Trump, president, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, and Thomas Massie, 4th Congressional District, all coasted to large margin wins in the county on the way to winning their elections in the state.

    The presidential race between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton was not called yet.

  • County working on new alcohol ordinance

    After a successful wet/dry election in mid-September, Shelby County Fiscal Court magistrates are now working on updating the county’s alcohol ordinance to reflect the change from a moist county to wet.

    One further change that could come would be allowing packaged alcoholic beverages to be sold on Sunday.

    That suggestion came at Tuesday night’s meeting of the fiscal court.

    “I recommend we have Sunday sales both by drink and package,” said Magistrate Michael Riggs.

  • Preparing for the polls


  • Strong leadership

    Martinrea Heavy Stamping has a new face at the helm who has spent his first two months as plant manager making some changes he says are long overdue.

    Since coming onboard in mid-September, Mark Whitten, the plant’s new general manager, has made several moves that emphasize his role as a leader who listens to his employees, he said.

  • Zaxby’s expanding its reach

    Shelby residents may feel like they are experiencing a case of déjàvu right now as they pass by Zaxby’s buildings all across the county.  Simpsonville welcomed the chicken restaurant Monday with the first new location’s grand opening.  Meanwhile, the Shelbyville store is gearing up for its transition to the new site, which is currently under construction adjacent to CVS Pharmacy on the Shelbyville Bypass.

  • Murals to go up in Shelbyville today

    Starla Martin’s mural of a stabled horse on a Washington Street building has attracted much attention since it was revealed in September and organizers of the community public art project say there’s more where that came from.

    Today four additional pieces of artwork on large-scale banners promoting “ways to play” will be unveiled across downtown Shelbyville.

    Katie Fussenegger, Executive Director, ShelbyKY Tourism & Visitors Bureau said they are pleased with how quickly the project is coming along.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Simpsonville shows innovations


  • Webb listed for second transplant

    After nearly eight months of traveling, pleading, struggling and running the gamut of emotions, Shelby County resident Bobby Webb has finally received the news he’s so long awaited.

    Webb has officially been added to the lung transplant list for a second time.

    Webb has Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic and life-threatening disease that changes how his body makes mucus and sweat. The disease is often a death sentence without a lung transplant, which Webb first received in 2011.