Local News

  • Judicial center plan proceeds

    County officials say eminent domain proceedings could be complete as early as April in the acquisition of the property for the new judicial center.

    Properties located in the downtown Shelbyville block between Fourth, Main and Washington streets for the building site as well as properties in the Second Street and Henry Clay area for parking have been the primary focus of the project's development board acquisition efforts since early last year.

    The state Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has already appropriated $18 million in funds for the project.

  • Jail starting to turn profit

    It's not Holiday Inn but the room rate amounts to at least $30 a night.

    With a steady stream of paying visitors so far this year, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits is feeling pretty good about his operating budget despite ominous warnings from the state that future funding may be slashed.

    That's in large part because Waits is a planner and has been squirreling away every opportunity that comes his way to make a profit for the jail.

    "We've generated a lot more revenue than we anticipated so far this budget year," Waits said.

  • God's other plans

    "I would've rather been at church," Tabatha Baker said.

    She said she looks forward to Sundays. She is a youth Sunday school teacher and an Upward basketball coach at Highland Baptist Church.

    But on the cold morning of, Dec. 16, 2007, instead of making her routine Sunday trip to church, Baker, of Shelbyville said she was driving down I-64 West on her way to work at Baptist Hospital East.

    Baker said it wasn't her day to work, but she called in and was told she was needed.

  • Kentucky native researches new cocaine addiction treatment

    There are no drug therapies that can curb cocaine addiction.


    Chris Pierce, a professor at Boston University School of Medicine and Frankfort, Kentucky native and former Shelby County resident, is involved in research that provides new insight on a biological change in the brain that is associated with cocaine addiction.

  • Boosting a rare breed

    When visitors from all over the country - and the world - visit Buck Creek Stables March 14-16, they will be participating in an effort to save the headquarters of one of the rarest breeds of horses in the United States.

    Tamas Rombauer, past director of the Hungarian State Stud at Babolna, will speak to Shagya Arabian horse breeders who are coming here from as far as California and Oregon, Chile and Australia to participate in educational seminars and clinics about their rare breed. There are fewer than 2,000 Shagya Arabians in the world and not more than 200 in the United States.

  • Shelby tops region's seatbelt survey

    When John Evans was a bachelor, he rarely wore his seatbelt.

    He said his habit was to just hop in his truck and go.

    But when he became a family man, his days of not being buckled in came to an end.

    "When you start having kids, wearing your seatbelt becomes more of a priority," he said. "It's just a given."

    A recent study performed by the Kentucky State Police, found that, like Evans, wearing a seatbelt is a high priority for most people in Shelby County.

  • Simpsonville parks director to leave

    Simpsonville Parks director Kelland Garland told the Simpsonville City Commission Tuesday he will leave his post effective June 30. He has been the city's parks director for almost two years.

    Garland, a teacher at Simpsonville Elementary School, told the commission he is taking on additional duties next year at the school and also needs time to work on finishing the principalship program he is enrolled in.

    "I'm not tired of the job, but I realize my future is in education," Garland said.

  • A time of testing

    As the Junior class at Shelby County High School prepares to take the ACT test next Tuesday, a group of legislators in Frankfort are hoping to get rid of the state's current assessment system and replace it with a format similar to that of the ACT.

    The bill, SB 1, would bring to an end student assessment based on portfolios, multiple choice and open response questions and would replace it with a test that is entirely multiple-choice questions.

  • Local Republicans to get new leadership

    The local Republican Party will soon be under new leadership as the chair and vice chair are not seeking re-election at the party's upcoming county convention.

    After serving as chairman for eight years, Charles Bates said the time has come for him to step down.

    Bates, 66, said his decision not to run was in order to allow new people to step into leadership roles.

    "I really hope we get a chairperson who is able to move the party forward," he said.

  • Finding shelter in a disaster

    Where do you go when disaster strikes?


    Emergency officials say where you are, and what type of disaster you're caught up in will ultimately decide your best bet.

    For example, if there were a hazardous materials incident, Charlie Frazee, director of the local Emergency Management Agency, said there are a couple of different options officials would have.

    For example, Frazee said he could ask people in the area to evacuate, find immediate shelter in a place such as a home or office, or some combination of the two.