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  • 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.

  • GARNETT ‘NEWT’ NEWTON: SEPT. 4, 1930 TO AUG. 5, 2016

    It would seem the entire Bagdad community was in attendance Monday at Bagdad Baptist Church to pay final respects to a man so revered in the town, he was recognized as the unofficial mayor. No election was ever necessary.

  • Shelby teen crowned Miss Kentucky Junior Teen

    Adorning a crown, sash and glowing smile, Shelby County teen Breanna Gipson is proud of her title as Miss Kentucky Junior Teen but she’s not satisfied.

    With her eyes now set on a national title, Gipson is doing all she can to raise the $2,000 needed to fund her bid to the national competition in Orlando.

    “The money will go toward my entry fees, hotel fees and traveling,” Gipson explained.

  • Shelbyville Horse Show is a win for all

    Despite a fickle forecast, the Shelbyville Horse Show stayed fairly dry and hot for the 27th annual show last week.  With nearly 300 competitors in 51 classes, the competition was as heated as the air.

    In addition to a packed barn of competitors, the stands and Horsemen’s Tent were also filled with spectators and guests looking for a fun night out.

    Shelby County Tourism Commission Executive Director Katie Fussenegger said the four-day event seemed to be less crowded than usual but things went as smooth as ever.

  • Teaching outside the box

    With an education system driven by a technology-focused world, it’s a breath of fresh air to know that schools haven’t stepped too far away from their roots.

    Beyond the school walls laden with power outlets for charging phones and tablets, there’s an entire world to be explored and many teachers in Shelby County are embracing this boundless classroom.