Today's News

  • Fatal accident claims one in Simpsonville

    One person is dead after a one-vehicle accident on I-64 just west of Simpsonville’s Exit 28.

    Kentucky State Police trooper Eddie Whitworth said there were two adults in the vehicle, a silver Toyota. The surviving adult, who was driving, was taken to the University of Louisville and two children were taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital with unknown injuries, he said.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell said that the passenger was declared dead at the scene. He does not know if she was wearing a seat belt, he said.

  • Wyler dealership shuts doors

    A major auto dealership closed its doors last week with the unexpected closing of Jeff Wyler Chevrolet Buick GMC of Shelbyville.

    At least it was unexpected to the dealership’s 25 employees, who lost their jobs immediately, said Tim Hawk, the manager of the dealership.

  • Storm races through Shelby County

     As the weekend rolled in, storms rolled through Shelby County leaving trees in roadways and some without power.

    With wind gusts topping out around 70 miles per hour, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., work for Craig Myatt, Shelby County road supervisor, began just after 6 p.m.

    “I got the first calls from dispatch around six o’clock and we worked about four and half hours to get roads open,” he said. “We’re going back today [Monday] to pick up and clean up the locations we had.”

  • Arts group to sponsor local art show

     The Shelby Regional Arts Council (SRAC) will host its first-ever art gallery Sep. 19-20 at the First Christian Church in Shelbyville.

    The gallery, the first of its kind in nearly 10 years, according to Howard Griffith, SRAC committee member, is only the beginning of the organizations plan to help revitalize the visual arts community in Shelby County.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board caps student supply spending

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday took another reluctant look at what it is asking parents and teacher to spend for children to attend school.

    Last month board members voted in approval of presented student fees, with some slight hesitance.

    Several board members noted that asking parents to pay student fees on top of the already climbing cost of supplies could be putting a financial burden on many.

  • Embezzlement case coming up for arraignment

    A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee who was arrested last week after being indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center is coming up for arraignment.

    Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville, who previously served as the youth services director for the park system, will have an arraignment hearing July 20 in Shelby Circuit Court.

    “They have to set it for arraignment,” said Shelbyville attorney Sam Carl, who, along with Bill Stewart, will most likely be representing Simmons.

  • Former parks employee arrested for theft

    A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee has been indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center.

    Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville who previously served as the Youth Services Director for the park system has been charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking for embezzling more than $10,000 but less than $1 million, a Class C felony.

    A more specific amount has not been released.

    The alleged thefts span a five-year period, occurring between November 2010 and January 2015, according to the indictment.

  • Simpsonville businesses burglarized

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said his department is investigating a series of robberies that occurred yesterday morning.

    Minnis said four businesses were burglarized over a short period of time:

    JT’s Pizza & Subs at 129 Buck Creek Road, Sam Meyers Cleaners at 200 Veechdale Road, The Winner’s Circle Horse Supply at 6904 Shelbyville Road and a nearby Mexican restaurant.

  • Restoring faith in the community

    If you know how stressful constructing a home from scratch can be, just imagine the headache of refurbishing a century-old building into a home.

    But despite the hassle involved, that was Ben and Melinda Hardin’s intention when they purchased property at 514, 518 and 524 Main Street in downtown Shelbyville in 2011.

    And four years later, as their vision is becoming a reality, the couple hopes others can find inspiration in their efforts.

  • A booming holiday

     The hot days of summer have finally arrived and that can only mean one thing, it’s time to light up the night’s sky with displays of fireworks.

    Shelby County will be filled with red, blues and booms on July 4th with big shows planned at both Clear Creak Park and Simpsonville Park.


    Spark the Park