Local News

  • Budget sees 19 percent increase

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a second reading Thursday night on the 2016-17 budget, which shows a 19 percent increase from the 2015-16 budget.

    This year’s budget calls for a balanced spending plan of $1,494,000, compared to $1,205,500 in 2015. At the first reading of the budget on March 16, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton explained the increase in expected revenue for this year.

  • Tax deadline drawing near

    Those putting off filing their tax returns have a little more time to breath this year.

    “The filing date for all but two states is April 18,” said Missy Ayres, manager at H&R Block in Shelbyville. “Washington D.C. actually has a holiday and the IRS is going to be closed Friday, so they [filers] have until midnight Monday night – it has to be postmarked by midnight.”

    Ayres said people should get their taxes filed as quickly as possible if they have not already done so.

  • Fishing tournament for veterans is Saturday

    Anglers participating in a bass tournament will no doubt hope the fish are biting on Saturday at Guist Creek Marina.

    The Kentucky Wounded Heroes Guist Creek Bass tournament is special, however, since it’s the first time that organization has hosted a fishing tournament in Shelby County, said its director, Chuck Reed.

    “This is our first rodeo in Shelby County, and I’m really enjoying it because it’s my backyard, almost. We’re usually in eastern or western Kentucky in a lot of these events,” he said.

  • Earth Day at Red Orchard Park

    Despite starting the week with not-so-picturesque weather, the forecast is calling for an ideal day in the sun Saturday, which is pleasing news to those organizing this year’s Earth Day Celebration.

    The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 and organizers say with temperatures expected to rise to the 70s, they are preparing for a fantastic turnout at Red Orchard Park Saturday. 

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Sonoco granted tax incentive

    The Shelbyville City Council Thursday passed a resolution with few questions granting an inducement to Sonoco Protective Solutions, formerly Tegrant Diversified Brands.  Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said he city agreed to the tax incentive in 2013 to attract the industry to the area and is pursuant to the Kentucky Business Investment Act.

  • Democrat dinner fills guests’ minds

    With a focus on raising their voter turnout, the Shelby County Democratic Party enjoyed a warm meal at Claudia Sanders Dinner House Monday evening served with a side of various political addresses.

    The event drew a crowd of more than 200, among which included local Democrats Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, Shelbyville City Council members Donna Eaton and Mike Zoeller, Simpsonville City Administrator David Eaton, Shelby County Magistrates Hubie Pollett, Eddie Kingsolver, County Clerk Sue Carole Perry and Jailer Bobby Waits, among others.

  • Massie chats with public

    About 30 people packed Harvest Coffee and CaféTuesday afternoon to hear U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-Vanceburg) views of issues in government as a part of his Coffee with a Congressman tour, which he had stops in several other areas in the 4th Congressional District.

    Massie, who entered Congress in November 2012 after serving as Lewis County Judge-Executive, talked about the national debt, foreign spending and social security.

  • County jail budget sees slight increase

    Magistrates accepted the 2016-17 budget for the Shelby County Detention Center Tuesday night during the Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting.

    The proposed budget of $4,189,000 is less than 5 percent more than last year’s budget of $4 million, said Jailer Bobby Waits.

  • 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.