Local News

  • Outlet expanding, adding new buildings

    It’s only been six months since the ribbon cutting, but patrons of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass could be shopping at several more new stores next holiday season,

    Officials with the shopping center have confirmed that plans for an expansion are underway at the 365,000-square-foot retail center off Exit 28 in Simpsonville.

    Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties said the expansion is planned for the grassy section in the parking area on the north side of the center near Nike and between the center and I-64.

  • Winter weather finally underway

    It seems the winter everyone feared has finally arrived in Kentucky, but its bark may prove to be stronger than its bite.

    After a couple snow events over the past few days, it appears the winter is no fiercer than usual, and according to Mark Jarvis, the lead forecaster with the National Weather Service, this winter is just hitting average.

    “We’re on average with the snow. Friday and Saturday brought it up to near normal,” he said.

    But Jarvis added that it’s still early in the season.

  • Man killed in fatal crash

    Joseph Rivers, 46, was killed Friday in a fatal crash on I-64.

    The accident happened in the westbound lane shortly before 5 p.m. near mile marker 37.

    Rivers was killed in the single vehicle accident when he flipped his vehicle. The road was closed for nearly two hours. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investiagating the crash.

  • Goldsmith pleads to murder charge

    Marcus Goldsmith of Shelbyville pleaded guilty Friday to murder charges in the 2012 stabbing death of Keith Jackson.

    In a plea agreement wtih prosecutors, Goldsmith, 55, would receive a prison sentence of 22 years on charges of murder, assault and tampering with physical evidence.

    Sentencing will take place March 16 in Shelby Circuit Court.

  • Arts council open house attracts new talent

    A well-attended open house last week for an artists’ group that switched directions last year has enhanced the group’s plan to branch out, said its chair.

    “It’s been growing rapidly, a lot of interest and enthusiasm, and a lot of different things going on,” said Howard Griffith, chair of the Shelby Regional Arts Council.

    The group existed for 10 years as a co-op of artists who ran a gallery on Main Street, a situation that ended abruptly when the building they rented was sold and they had to vacate the gallery in 2013.

  • Restaurant tax revenues put to good use


  • Murder trial set for Monday

    A Shelby County man who has been in jail for nearly three years is set to go to trial Monday for murder and other charges.

    Marcus Goldsmith, 55, of Shelbyville, was arrested in the early morning hours of March 16, 2012, and charged with the murder of Keith A. Jackson, who was found lying in the doorway of his apartment, mortally injured from stab wounds. He was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Simpsonville sidewalk project to enter second phase

    A year after the completion of the first phase of the Simpsonville sidewalk project, the second phase is about to begin.

    The wheels were set in motion Wednesday when the city commission approved a bid and contractor for the project.

    Pace Contracting submitted the low bid of $497,000, outbidding Bluegrass Contracting who completed the first phase.

  • County becoming an industrial hotspot

    Shelby County’s industrial growth in 2014 has been well documented, but now the rest of the state can take notice.

    The county ranked third in the state with $140 million in new industrial developments announced in 2014 and $69 million in dollars committed to expanding existing industrial developments.

    Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation President Bobby Hudson said these major investments are a blessing to the community.

  • Kentucky among highest graduation states

    Kentucky schools now rank among the highest in the country for graduation rates, according a report from the U.S Department of Education.

    With an 86 percent graduation rate for 2012-2013, Kentucky tied with five other states and falls just behind eight others.