Local News

  • ELECTION 2015 – Republican bus tour stops in Shelby

    With just days left on the calendar before Election Day, political candidates are hot on the campaign trail, hoping to get their names in as many households as possible.

    “Last week we traveled two-thousand miles,” said State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) a candidate for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner. 

    On Thursday, Andriot’s Paint Flooring and Blinds joined Quarles’ list of campaign stops as he and Allison Ball, the Republican nominee for Kentucky Treasurer, for a quick meet and greet with the community.

  • A Christmas tradition


    Christmas traditions vary from person to person. For some, putting up the tree kicks off their holiday season, for others, its Black Friday shopping.  But in Shelby County, The Christmas Gala at Wakefield-Scearce Galleries marks the commencement of the holidays for many.

    Matt Burnett, CFO of Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, said since the 1960s, people from all over Kentucky have been coming to the Gala as part of their holiday traditions.

  • Northside opens space for more students

    Recognizing a need for more preschool opportunities in Shelby County, The Northside Early Childhood Center has opened 20 tuition-based spots for students in the community wishing to attend.

    Since Shelby County Public Schools reopened the facility in 2014 as a preschool the school has been a strictly needs based facility, providing a preschool education to those meeting federal guidelines or those with developmental delays or disabilities.

    Currently, there are 240 students enrolled in the school.

  • Montell will not seek re-election

    Longtime legislator Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election to the 58th District seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives, choosing instead to retire.

    “For thirteen years I have been so very privileged to hold this seat and to represent – to the best of my ability – the hopes and dreams of the people of the 58th District,” he said. “I have enjoyed my experience working in Frankfort, but I believe the time has come to step aside and allow others to lead.”

  • Trick or treat activities abound in Shelby

    There will be many opportunities this year for kids to Trick or Treat, including the traditional door-to-door method.

    The city of Shelbyville has set the hours for Trick or Treat at 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31, as usual, with the rest of the county, including Simpsonville, following suit.

  • Peacock queen

    Savanna Flowers turned this way and that, checking her makeup and making sure her tail feathers were all in place.

    “I like it a lot!” she told her mother, Alonda, who had just completed the finishing touches on her homemade Halloween costume.

    Avoiding the store-bought versions of Ana, Elsa and the other popular ideas of the year, Savanna, 9, and her mom brainstormed costumes before deciding to create a peacock outfit, they said.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Restaurant tax back for debate

    Two popular topics top the agenda for Thursday’s special called Shelbyville City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. at 315 Washington Street.

    The council will vote on a second reading of an ordinance that would establish a three percent restaurant tax. The tax would be split between the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission and the city, which could only use its portion for quality of life projects such as streetscape and façade enhancements, among other things.

    The city of Simpsonville passed a similar ordinance last year.

  • Substitute teacher looks to press charges against student

    Officials with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that a case has been forwarded to the Shelby County Attorney’s office concerning an altercation between a student and a substitute teacher that took place at Collins High School earlier this month.

    However, the substitute teacher Bryan Schildknecht said he is the one looking to press charges.

    Schildknecht said the student verbally and physically assaulted him prior to a questionable shoving quarrel unfolding –a portion of which was recorded on a student’s cell phone.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Verizon tower raises concerns

    Just three months after receiving approval for a new telecommunication tower, representatives with Verizon Wireless returned to the Triple S Zoning Commission Monday with a request to erect another tower, this time off Geoghegan Road.

    Brent Rice, representing Crown Castle Towers on behalf of Verizon Wireless, said the cellular company has identified a need in the area for better coverage.

    “The coverage in this particular area of the county...it’s a severe issue,” Rice said. “Coverage is pretty bleak.”

  • Pretty as a pumpkin

    On Saturday children all over the country will throw on costumes and masks to roam the streets after dark and collect candy, but that may not be the strangest custom we’ve embraced for Halloween.

    An unusual holiday, Halloween is filled with odd traditions based on legends and superstitions. 

    Adorning our porches with fall fruit, carved out with a face and back lit with a candle may be the most peculiar tradition of all.