Local News

  • Goodwin departs chamber

    Shelley Goodwin, president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, is vacating her position for a new role as a workforce development coordinator.

    Goodwin said the newly established position has been in the works for a number of years.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Will consider Simpsonville zone change requests

    The Triple S Planning Commission will consider a zone change for nearly seven acres of property in Simpsonville when it convenes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street.

    Simpsonville Enterprises has filed the zone change request to the City of Simpsonville for property located on Shelbyville Road between Buck Creek Road and Meadow Ridge Drive from R-1 (residential - very low density), C-2 (commercial – neighborhood)and IC (interchange) to C-4 (highway commercial) on 6.68 acres. 

  • A big comeback

    Social media was overflowing Wednesday morning with images of students dressed in their back-to-school best as parents shared feelings of sorrow and excitement for their children’s first day of school.  

    Students shared similar feelings mixed with butterflies for what the new school year may bring, but most of the gloom and apprehension melted away as buses and cars and were greeted with smiles, high fives and hugs from excited faculty members.  One school literally rolled out the red carpet for its students.

  • More money for drug tips

    For the next 30 days, Shelbyville/Shelby County Crime Stoppers will target heroin dealers by increasing the amount of money paid for tips on heroin trafficking.

    From Aug. 13 to Sept. 13 Crime Stoppers will pay tipsters $500 for information leading to the arrest of a heroin dealer.

    Normally, the amount paid for drug information is only about half that, but for the time specified, the greater amount will be paid in an effort to help eradicate some of the heroin activity that has been plaguing Shelbyville for the past couple of years.

  • I-64 back open after tractor-trailer overturns

    I-64 is back open after an early morning accident in which a tractor-trailer overturned near mile marker 44 eastbound.

    The truck, which was carrying pizza and ice cream, spilled more than 80 gallons of fuel on the roadway when it overturned at 2:04 a.m.  Cleanup efforts took several hours. It is not clear yet if the driver sustained any injuries or what caused the accident.

  • Pilot recovering after crash landing at Waddy

    An Owen County pilot is in stable condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after a crash landing near a private airstrip in Waddy.

    Jules S. Roberie, 59, made an emergency landing near Miles Field, a private airstrip owned by Helen Patterson on Grubbs Lane, at about 5 p.m.

    When Roberie called 911 to tell them he had crashed and that he was injured, he wasn’t able to give them an exact location, said Waddy Fire Chief Darrell Brown.

    “He didn’t know where he was at,” said Brown.

  • Neihof named new MUW campaign chair

    James Neihof, superintendent of Shelby County Public Schools, is the new county campaign chair for Metro United Way.

    Neihof, who is in his 9th year as superintendent, said he became interested in MUW when he found out how the organization’s fundraising efforts benefited the county, and that’s something he wants to get across to the community in his role as county chair.

  • Horse show co-manager arrested for DUI

    Edward “Hoppy” Bennett, co-manager for the Shelbyville Horse Show was charged with DUI on the show’s closing night.

    A report by Shelbyville Police says that Saturday Bennett was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first offense and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle.

    The report states that the arrest occurred at 8:12 p.m., which was shortly after the horse show began at 7 p.m.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: Tax rate is set to drop… again

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a first reading Monday to set its property tax rate, and proposed – for the third year in a row - that the rate be lowered, a move that drew praise from city officials.

    The commission proposed a rate of 9.8 cents per one hundred dollars of valuation, down from the current rate of 10.

    The commission did the same in 2015, lowering the rate from 10.6 to 10, and also in 2014, when it lowered the rate from 11.

  • Saying goodbye to an icon

    With the shine of new tablets and computers glowing in the hallways of the district’s newest schools, those that have lived in Shelby County longer than school aged children will no doubt be a bit nostalgic this year as the last of the county’s old community schools won’t be reopening with today’s first day of school.