Local News

  • A healthier community

    In keeping with a move in which Kentucky’s local boards of health are adopting a legislative platform targeting at updating the state’s public health system with the goal of improving overall health throughout the state, Shelby County is ready to meet that challenge, officials say.

    In fact, said David Cammack, new interim director of the Shelby County Health Department, appointed last year upon the retirement of Renee Blair, the board has already taken what he feels are great strides, considering a big change in staffing.

  • Hold the phone


    Shelby County’s Jillian Jacobs, along with four classmates at Capital Day School in Frankfort, are in the running for national recognition for a phone app designed to help feed the hungry.

    The team was recently selected as Best in State and Best in Region winners in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge for a mobile app concept “Waste Free America.” For the honor, the team received a $5,000 award from the Verizon Foundation for their school and tablets for each team member.

  • Kindergarten start dates pushed

    Some parents gearing up to send their little one to kindergarten in the upcoming school year might have to hold off on their school supply shopping for another year.

    Starting this coming school year, children must be five years old on or before Aug. 1 to enter kindergarten.  Previously, the cutoff was October 1.

    In 2012, however, the General Assembly changed the law with the mindset that younger students may not be ready for kindergarten.

    That law is set to go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Night to Shine

    Although prom season as we traditionally know it is still a few months away, thousands of young men and women dressed in their formal best will make their way to one of 375 churches around the globe for their very own Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs, ages 14 and older.

    Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, the worldwide movement will take place in all 50 states and 11 countries around the world at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17, and one of those locations includes Spencer Christian Church in Spencer County.

  • Investigation in human remains enters new stage

    After an intensive search for more human remains in Waddy yielded more skeletal bones last week, investigators are now concentrating on a more daunting task –identification.

    “Any technology that’s out there that can help identify, as to male, female, age – we are trying to determine if we’re going to have an avenue where we can identify this individual,” said Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong.

  • Mini horse recovering after vicious attack

    Though moving painfully Princess, the miniature horse recently stabbed after being attacked by a dog, is slowly recuperating.

    William “Snake” Bruns said that he is keeping a close eye on the miniature horse he rescued 16 years ago, after she was first attacked Jan. 19 at his residence on Jail Hill Road by a pit bull and then again Jan. 23 by a person.

  • New art gallery opens today

    For the first time in nearly four years, Shelbyville will once again feature an art gallery on Main Street.

    Dogwood Art Gallery and Shops at Blue Gables on Main Street opens today, said Howard Griffith, chair of the Shelby Regional Arts Council.

    “The community has made a significant investment in making this possible because of the hope that the arts can bring about some renewal to the west end of Main Street,” he said.

  • Operation Care renovates facility to house women and children

    Bright, new furnishings, a spacious living room, modern kitchen and cozy bedrooms – even a lone tropical fish swimming serenely in his bowl in the bathroom.

    In a reception at the newly remodeled Omega House Friday night, select visitors were treated to a tour of the women’s shelter run by Operation Care and it’s new features.

    But the most important feature in the home is one that never changed.

  • BPLA building connections

    Seated at nearly a dozen tables at the Blair Center last week, public officials and business representatives from across Shelby County joined together with students from Shelby County Public Schools’ Big Picture Learning Academy for an informational luncheon on their potential collaboration.

    Lisa Rogers with Shelter Insurance, who hosted a Big Picture student intern during the program’s first phase, shared with attendees her experience and encouraged others to jump on board.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - Non-partisan elections up for 1st reading

    When the Shelbyville City Council met last month, it pondered the idea of a non-partisan election and that conversation will continue Thursday when the council convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 at city hall, 315 Washington Street.

    During the previous meeting, several members quickly expressed support of establishing an ordinance to erase political party lines from the city council election– an idea that developed following a suggestion from council member Donna Eaton during an earlier meeting.