Local News

  • Colonial Hall evacuated

    Residents of Colonial Hall were evacuated shortly before 7 a.m. this morning due to a carbon monoxide leak at Colonial Hall in downtown Shelbyville. They are being housed in an emergency shelter that has been set up at the Stratton Center. Fire officials are searching for the source of the leak. More details will be forthcoming.

  • Yes, we have bananas

    Betty Truax is ecstatic that the banana tree that graces her front yard at her home in Finchville is bearing fruit for the first time since her son gave her the tree four years ago.

    “I was just fascinated when it opened,” she said, pointing to a bunch of small, 3-inch long bananas growing near the top of the tree.

    But this surprise might actually be bad news.

    “A friend gave me my start, and he said if the tree ever bears fruit, it [tree] won’t come back next year,” her son Tony Truax said.

  • Landscape project progressing

    A landscaping project underway for Washington Street has progressed another step now that the contractor has been selected.

    At Thursday night’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council, members selected Mike Kennedy Landscaping with a bid of $137,501.

    “It’s a nice design,” said Jennifer Herrell, city engineer/director of Public Works. “We are eager to start and our goal is to finish in the spring.”

  • Narcan training held Thursday

    For the second time, Shelby County hosted a Narcan training session, and organizers said the event brought a good crowd to the Shelby County Health Department Thursday.

    Jody Jaggers, state director of pharmacy emergency preparedness, glanced around the parking lot of the health department as a group of about a dozen people crowded around a mobile unit from the Kentucky Pharmacists Association formed a line to receive a free sample of Narcan, a bonus they received as part of attending the training.

  • Boil water advisory in place on Taylorsville Road

    A water main break on the west side of Taylorsville Road in Shelbyville near Valero has caused a boil water advisory.

    Businesses located on the west side of KY 55 from 720 Taylorsville Road south to the intersection with Isaac Shelby Drive and west to Commerce Circle and Everett Hall Road will remain under a boil water advisory until at least Wednesday morning, according to officials with Shelbyville Municipal Water.

  • Eaton is Kentucky City Employee of the Year

    Simpsonville has earned bragging rights for one of its own who is being recognized as the most outstanding employee in the entire state of Kentucky.

    Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton will be in the spotlight in November when he is formally presented with the Kentucky City Employee of the Year Award.

  • Kicking the habit

    The state’s most recent push targeted at urging the public to stop smoking is now underway in the form of an advertising campaign.

    Kentucky’s Tobacco Quit Line is designed to lead people to the commonwealth’s free tobacco counseling service, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669), said state officials.

  • Stinkin’ bugs

     If you’ve noticed some extra pesky pests creeping up your walls and invading your home lately, you’re not alone.

    Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are taking over homes across the state as the warmer season fades and the weather begins to cool. Typically seen gathering in large groups on the sides of buildings, these little stinkers sneak into our homes and other buildings through cracks and openings seeking shelter from the falling temperatures.

  • Seeking support

      In the midst of many Shelby afternoon commutes Wednesday, drivers slowed to exchange waves and smiles at nearly 20 members of the Church of the Annunciation standing at several intersection corners along Midland Trail in Shelbyville.

    With signs in tote expressing support for immigrants and refugees, supporters noted they hoped to build some solidarity within the Latino community in Shelbyville.

  • Keeping the faith

    Next week, Lori Clarkson is going for her first mammogram after having breast cancer surgery last fall.

    "I am going on the twentieth for my very first mammogram since all of this has taken place--it will be a year and a day," she said, admitting to being "a little nervous."

    Clarkson, who has been a kindergarten assistant at Painted Stone Elementary School for 14 years, said she discovered she was in the early stages of breast cancer after a routine screening turned up a slight abnormality.