Local News

  • 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.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Second Zaxby’s coming to county

    Simpsonville is one step closer to getting a Zaxby’s restaurant.  The Triple S Planning Commission unanimously approved the development plan for fast food chain on Tuesday after little discussion.

    Chairman George Best inquired about the timeline for the development.

    Amy Cooksey speaking on behalf of the engineering firm Mindel, Scott & Associates, Inc. expressed that the construction would begin as soon as all the necessary paperwork was in order.

    “They’re beginning as soon as possible,” Cooksey said.

  • Keeping kids safe

    A six-member panel consisting of members of various law enforcement agencies and a state senator addressed a room of concerned parents and young adults on Saturday at the Shelby County Public Library.

    In an effort to create a positive relationship between local law enforcement and youth, the Shelbyville Area NAACP held a community conversation titled, “Staying Safe – Keeping our Children Alive.”

    Local NAACP President Janice Harris said the meeting was needed in light of recent events.

  • Shelby man pulls Waddy woman from burning car

    Tony Banta said he didn’t have time to think about being scared, although the danger of the situation was uppermost in his mind, including the fact that the car could explode.

    “It was a pretty intense situation,” he said. “You could smell the burning fuel, and the smoke and fire. I was aware of it, but my only thought was, ‘I’m going to get her out of here, one way or another!’”

  • Redd Crabtree: Sept. 5, 1935 to Jan. 19, 2015

    A friend of the late Redd Crabtree, a well-known horse trainer who passed away Sunday night, summed up the sentiments of many people around the community when he referred to his friend as “A giant among men.”

    “What was particularly admirable about this ‘giant’ was always his willingness to be more of a listener than a talker. He was not only a very gracious and beloved man on and off the track, but he championed the community of Simpsonville whenever and wherever he could,” said William E. Matthews.