Local News

  • Teal Pumpkins make the season more inclusive

    From pumpkin pie to caramel apples, tasty treats are the heart of fall celebrations for many.  But for nearly six million children in America, Halloween sweets can make their season grim.

    “With one in thirteen kids in the US affected by food allergies and forty percent already having experienced reactions, this campaign is important because it keeps these kids safe and included,” said Nancy Gregory with Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) of the Teal Pumpkin Project.

  • Rising up from the ashes

    A devastating fire that broke out more than three years ago on Main Street left a gaping hole in the historic structural outline of downtown Shelbyville.  But the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau looks to bring life back to that vacant lot once again.

    Executive Director Katie Fussenegger announced that they purchased the land on Main Street earlier this month with the aim of bringing movies, concerts and other events to the area, as well as providing convenient downtown parking.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Taylorsville Rd. development moves forward

    Sidewalks became a hanging point in the discussion for approval of a commercial development on Old Brunerstown Road at Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission.

    The commission approved the final plat for the Windhurst Subdivision at Taylorsville Road & Old Brunerstown Road that will potentially result in the development of seven retail spaces.  However, the commission did not approve the requests to waive sidewalks along Taylorsville Road and on one side of Old Brunerstown Road adjacent to Tractor Supply.

  • Election outlook

    With Election Day less than two weeks away, the polls indicate the races for numerous seats are going to come down to the wire.

    Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Fielding Ballard said he believes the elections on the local level will be close.

    “I think the political wind is blowing in a little different direction than it has in the past, but I think it’s going to be a fairly tighter race between the parties,” he said. “That’s what I’m seeing right now.”

  • Simpsonville issues focus on growth, development

    Although only two of the six candidates in the race for Simpsonville City Commission showed up at the SCOPE/Sentinel-News forum, they covered a lot of ground with their responses to issues in the community.

    Incumbents Michael Hess and Kellan Garland spoke on growth, infrastructure needs, city projects and more.

  • Red Ribbon Week spotlights drug free youth

    This is Red Ribbon Week, a time set aside to promote drug free youth, and Shelby County organizations are encouraging the public for support.

    Businesses can provide red ribbons to employees and customers to take a drug free pledge, or participants can take the pledge by visiting redribbon.org and said said Saylor Aylmer, director of Shelby Prevention, an agency that works to keep youth drug and alcohol free.

    “You can even share it on social media,” he added.

  • Candidates explore issues at forum

    Candidates running for office offered a variety of ideas and opinions on local issues at a forum Monday night at the Stratton Center before a crowd of about 75 people.

    The annual SCOPE/The Sentinel-News forum invited all candidates running for the Simpsonville City Commission, Shelbyville City Council and for the 58th District House seat, in the general election in November to the event.

  • Pathway to progress

    Shelbyville City Hall will be the scene of a public meeting Thursday night to explore options for a bicycle and pedestrian master plan for Shelby County.

  • Playing it safe

    Last week, the playground at Clear Creek Park served as a training ground to train those who keep playgrounds safe, said Shelby County Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Pickens.

    “We held a three day Playground Safety Course called Certified Playground Safety Inspector, or CPSI for short, which is provided the National Park and Recreation Association,” he said. “It is a nationally recognized safety course and is the only accredited training course in the country.

  • District implements Standards Based Grading

    Report cards went out to parents across the district last week but the newly implemented grading scale has left some with more questions than answers.

    School district officials urge, however, that while the new Standards Based Grading system may take some time to adjust to, it is meant to give parents a deeper understanding of their child’s progress.