Local News

  • A perfect Main Street

    Shelbyville’s local preservation and enhancement organization, Shelby Main Street, was recognized this week for an exceptional feat.

    Of the 44 communities that earned accreditation for 2016 by both Kentucky Main Street and the National Main Street Center for achieving standards set by the programs, Shelbyville achieved a perfect score.  Shelbyville joins Danville as the only two communities to ever attain such.

  • Pena accepted into Gatton Academy

    Alex Martin Pena, a sophomore at Collins High School, has been selected to join the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University.

    The academy is Kentucky’s first residential high school for gifted and talented junior and seniors, offering students a chance to experience college campus life with no cost for housing, tuition or meals while pursuing their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers.

  • Picturing of Big Picture

    Shelby County Public Schools is ready to make a big change.  District superintendent James Neihof said in the coming weeks he will ask the board for a recommendation for their support to bring a Big Picture Academy to Shelby County, the first school of its kind in the state.

    The format involves students attending school three days a week and working at an internship the other two.

    In March, John Leeper, director of college and career readiness and innovation for the district, presented to the board an introduction on what the program may entail.

  • County hires new youth coordinator

    Beginning today, a youth services coordinator will be in place to help steer young people away from becoming involved in drugs.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted to create the position in January, and have now hired a Shelby County native who will have an office in a small building behind the Stratton Center.

    Mitchell Tinsley is a 1989 graduate of Shelby County High School and has an extensive background in working with troubled youth.

  • Trumbo gets lifetime achievement award

    Longtime farmer Jack Trumbo recently got a perfect boost to his morale in his recovery from a devastating farming accident when he received a lifetime achievement award from the American Soybean Association.

  • Tax deadline drawing near
  • Fire destroys building on Cropper Road

    No one was injured in an early morning blaze destroyed an old structure on Cropper Road Monday morning.

    “It was an old store, it hasn’t been in business for several years, the owner was using it for storage,” said Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton.

    Newton said that a call came in at 12:44 a.m. of a fire at 8756 Cropper Road of a structure fire already underway.

    Newton said a neighbor saw the blaze and called 911, but did not see the fire until it was considerably involved.

  • A lot of heart

    Dr. Ronald E, Waldridge has not been idle since retiring from his medical practice in 2010, and this year, one civic group will honor him for his humanitarian work throughout the last nearly 50 fifty years.

    The Boy Scouts of America Lincoln Heritage Council will present Waldridge with its Distinguished Citizen Award at a banquet April 18 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. The event is a fundraiser for youth in the scouting program.

    Susan Shoemaker, development director for the council, said Waldridge is a perfect example for youth.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Tegrant tax break up for approval


    The Shelbyville City Council will consider a resolution Thursday during their regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 at city hall, 315 Washington Street, that would grant a tax incentive to Tegrant Diversified Brands, Incorporated pursuant to the Kentucky Business Investment Act (KRS. Chapter 154.320).

    Mayor Tom Hardesty said per the resolution the city agrees to reduce the 1.5 percent local occupational tax to .5 percent for ten years.

  • Enjoy spring this break

    Spring break is officially upon us and if you’re like many other parents or grandparents, you may be wondering how your kids can enjoy this classroom-free week without breaking the bank. 

    How about a trip to Red Orchard Park?

    Located at 704 Kentucky Street in Shelbyville, Red Orchard is open every day from 8 a.m. until dark and is free to the public.