Local News

  • Poll workers needed for Election Day

    With Election Day just around the corner, training will begin in less than two weeks for those that will work at the polls, but officials are getting worried about a critical shortage of those workers.

    “We were about seventeen short today,” Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said. “I’m not sure whether some people have moved, or just can’t work this time, and then some people have said they weren’t going to work anymore, it’s time for them to quit because they’re getting older.”

  • Governor’s Square continues evolution

    If you’ve noticed mounds of earth and construction cones placed all through Governor’s Square, you’re seeing the beginning stages for a new parking lot – but that’s not all.

    A new business is coming to the shopping center as well.

    Lee Webb, a commercial real estate broker who heads up Governors Square LLC, the entity that owns the shopping center situated on the corner of U.S. 60 and Mount Eden Road, said that construction would begin soon on the new lot.

  • New manufacturing job training coming in Nov.

    Jefferson Community and Technical College will begin offering free training for manufacturing jobs with a new program set to start next month.

    The four-week training classes for Certified Production Technician [CPT] will be held at the JCTC Shelby County Campus, starting Nov. 2.

  • UPDATED: Gas line break closes Brunerstown Road, could cause service interruption


    Atmos Energy is asking residential users to turn off their furnaces and limit hot water use in homes using natural gas while they work to repair an 8-inch transmission line on Brunerstown Road.

    Atmos officials have said they do not know how long it will take to repair the line.

    The trouble started when a third party damaged the line located on a rural farm between Shelbyville and Simpsonville.

    At this time, the area has been secured by fire and emergency crews, and the road is closed.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Hunger pains

    While it is often considered to be merely a third-world problem, starvation is an issue that hits a lot closer to home than you may think and in Kentucky it’s a rapidly growing problem.

    Kentucky is now ranked the fourth highest state in food insecurity, as nearly 1 in 6 homes in the commonwealth struggled for a meal at some point last year.

  • Diving into science

    Shelby County students sank their teeth into their schoolwork this week as fourth graders at both Wright and Clear Creek elementary schools dissected and examined the spiny dogfish shark.

    As sort of their own version of Shark Week, the dissection was preceded by art projects with shark themes, shark lessons and a day of external examinations.

    Wright Elementary science teacher Billy Betts said the external examination day gives students the chance to become more relaxed and comfortable with the shark before they cut into it the following day.

  • Are substitute teachers ready for classes?

    A violent scuffle between a substitute and a student at Collins last week has raised concerns regarding the experience and training required of substitutes.

    Last Thursday, substitute teacher Bryan Schildknecht attempted to shove a student in an aggressive manner following an alleged verbal altercation between the two.

    The district has remained tight-lipped regarding the situation, saying only that the matter is under investigation and that Schildknecht would no longer sub in the district.

  • Else Matthews: Sept. 23, 1930 – Oct. 8, 2015

    Else Jorgensen Matthews will be fondly remembered for her many accomplishments, but most of all for her love of family, friends and community.

    Matthews, who passed away Oct. 8 at the age of 85, was widely known throughout Shelby County for her involvement in community theater and for her work in the Four Seasons Garden Club.

  • A survivor’s story

    The American Cancer Society reports that 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer, but falling in that 12.5 percent can still come as a shock.

    “When I first found out, it did not seem real,” said Jennifer Herrell, who had a bilateral mastectomy in November after being diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. And she still had to follow surgery with chemotherapy.

    Thankfully, the cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes, so her prognosis looks good, she said.

  • Tech center plans are expanded

    An update by architects to the Shelby County Board of Education on the improvements proposed for the Shelby County Area Technology Center includes more classroom and lab space.

    That’s the reason the updated proposal is more than $1.3 million more expensive then previously projected, Harry Dumesnil with K. Norman Berry Architects told the board at its meeting Thursday night at the technology center.

    Dumesnil said the total project cost was originally $7.49 million, and now stands at $8.8 million.