Local News

  • New owner reopens donut shop

    After a brief closure at Donut Express on Midland Trail, new owners Morice Smith and his girlfriend, Shannon Chavez, want the community to know the shop is back open and the donuts are already rolling out of the oven.

  • Charter schools pass, leave questions

    The lengthy debate regarding a charter school bill in Kentucky has been put to bed.  Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law last week and no appeal came as the session wrapped.

    Many urge that charter schools give parents additional educational opportunities for their students to be better served, while others argue the new law will take money from underfunded traditional public schools.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said it’s too early to say what the new law will mean for Shelby County, or even the state.

  • Post office warns of recent mail theft

    An ongoing problem with mail theft is resurfacing again in Shelby.

    "We’ve had six reports just this week of packages being stolen," said Angela Bowens, service supervisor with the Shelbyville Post Office. "In one instance, the lady was at home on the phone and she knew the carrier had delivered it. She finished her phone conversation and she went to the door and a car was backing out of her driveway – they had stolen her package."

    Bowen said it's not just packages that being targeted, but also letters.

  • Officers thwart theft of thousands from Tractor Supply

    Police have arrested one person in connection with a large theft from Tractor Supply and are searching for his accomplice.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s detective, Maj. Jason Rice, said the incident began calmly enough in the early morning hours Sunday, but action moved quickly once officers arrived on the scene.

    “Our officers responded to an alarm call at Tractor Supply – we get those type of alarms at those businesses at all hours of the night, and a lot of times they’re false,” he said.

  • King pleads guilty to theft charges

    Jenny King of Shelby County, a former longtime finance officer for Shelby County Fiscal Court charged with embezzling more than $23,000, pleaded guilty Monday in connection with that theft.

    King pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but less than $1 million, first-degree unlawful access to a computer, second-degree forgery (six counts), theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but less than $10,000 and fraudulent use of a credit card under $500.

    She received a 5-year sentence for her plea agreement.

  • King pleads guilty to theft charges


  • Local author is book award recipient

    John David Myles has been named the winner of the Samuel W. Thomas Louisville History Book Award for a book he published last year on Shelby’s historic structures.

    Myles was honored at a ceremony Sunday by the Louisville Historical League for excellence in his book The Historic Architecture of Shelby County, Kentucky: 1792-1915.

    The award is named in memory of long-time Louisville historian Sam Thomas, and encompasses books about metro-area history-oriented books published in 2016.

  • Simpsonville looking to acquire property

    Simpsonville City officials are in the process of trying to acquire a small piece of property next to Wiche Park for city use.

    At a special called meeting Wednesday night, the Simpsonville City Commission voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Steve Eden to initiate the process of eminent domain should negotiations to purchase the property be unsuccessful.

  • Shelby 3rd fastest growing county in Kentucky

    New estimates released last week by the Census Bureau show Shelby County one of the fastest growing counties in the state.

    The Kentucky Data Center at the University of Louisville’s annual report on population growth for all 120 counties places counties in four categories: largest numeric gain, largest percentage gain, largest numeric loss and largest population loss.

  • Remembering the past

    Whether you're a history buff, a civil rights activist, or just enjoy a good human interest story, James Miller's new book, Integrated, should capture your interest from the first page to the last.

    Miller, who grew up in Simpsonville, tells the story not only of the Lincoln Institute, which now the site of the Whitney Young Job Corps Center, but also of the racial climate in Shelby County during the turbulent times of the pre-Civil Rights era.