Local News

  • Tuesday is Primary Election Day

    With the excitement of a presidential election looming on the horizon, Shelby County’s Primary on Tuesday will no doubt draw its share of attention, also, with a crowded Shelbyville City Council Republican field of eight candidates, not to mention a State House Representative seat on the line, said election officials. 

    “Voter turnout, it might be twenty or twenty five percent, I would think, and probably a little more in the city,” said Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry. 

  • Shelby woman to head up state homemakers

    For the first time in more than seven decades, the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association has a president from Shelby County.

    Mary Margaret Krahulec was installed as president-elect at the KEHA’s 83rd Annual Meeting in Covington April 18-21.

    Sheila Fawbush, Shelby County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, said that everyone at the Shelby County office is very excited about Krahulec’s heading up the state extension homemakers.

  • Waits receives nursing honor

    Shelbyville resident Catherine Waits has been honored with the 2016 Ellen Bailey Share the Light Award by the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives.

    According to the KCNPNM website, Bailey was one of the founders of the coalition and demonstrated a lifelong dedication to clinical practice, service and teaching.  The recipient of the award named in her honor emulates her style of quiet leadership, clinical excellence, service to the profession and quality patient care. 

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Commission to discuss changes zoning violation enforcement

    A discussion that began with the Shelbyville City Council last month will carry into Tuesday’s Triple S Planning Commission meeting.

    Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke told city council members at their former meeting that because zoning violations are considered a criminal offense, they too often get pushed to the side in the court system – sometimes for years. To curb this problem, Libke asked for the council’s support in the decision to treat the violations as a civil offense, allowing the local Code Enforcement Board to handle them.

  • Court clears former Collins substitute

    Bryan Schildknecht, the substitute teacher that was involved in an altercation with a Collins High School student last October, has legally been cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing.

    Shelby County Public Schools relieved Schildknecht from his duties at the school on October 8, 2015, immediately following a scuffle between him and the student but offered little comment on the matter, stating only that he would no longer work in the district.

  • State warns people about new mosquito threat

    Kentucky public health officials are worried enough about a mosquito threat that they called a press conference in Frankfort Monday about the matter.

    Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined other state officials to announce a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to try and prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Kentucky this summer.

  • Simpsonville Police to go to digital signal

    The Simpsonville Police Department is preparing to upgrade its communications to a digital system to join the rest of Shelby County’s first responders, most of who have already completed the transition.

    At Thursday night’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission, commissioners approved purchasing a $30,000 Kenwood brand repeater system, complete with antenna, on the recommendation of Sharon Cummins, who heads up the law enforcement committee.

  • Mary Courtney is National Farm Mom

    Mary Courtney says she is on cloud nine after being chosen as the role model for women in agriculture for the entire nation.

    Courtney, who, along with her husband, Shane, owns Courtney Farms, was named 2016 American Farm Mom last week.

    “Just being nominated, and being selected as the regional winner, that was awesome,” she said. “And then to have the national, also, well, it’s just a true testament of the people who are my friends and our community and our state.”

  • Collaboration of arts and minds

    Students across the district are collaborating with the Shelby Regional Arts Council to form unique works of art to display in their schools.

    David Wainscott, with SARC, said two years ago they reached out to the schools and he was connected with Southside Elementary Art Teacher McKenzie Hunter.

    “She had a lot of faith,” Wainscott said, noting Hunter had no idea what to expect from the project, but it has since expanded to the other schools. “The others have seen the finished project.”

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Budget to top $10 million

    The city of Shelbyville presented a balanced budget again on Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The budget reflects a carryover balance of $4.8 million and estimated revenue of $8.3 million while the estimated appropriations, at $10.4 million, look to exceed that revenue.

    In order to carry over a balance of $3.8 million into the following fiscal year, the 2016-17 budget includes an interfund transfer of $1.1 million from the $4.8 million carryover.

    Council member Frank Page questioned why this was done.