Today's News

  • Kentuckians For Medical Marijuana share reasons to make change

    Stories of pain and despair foreshadowed passionate pleas for help at a town hall meeting at the Shelby County Public Library Monday evening aimed at the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes.

    A crowd of nearly 40 residents sat attentively as they listened to the accounts of members of the organization Kentuckians for Medical Marijuana, their silence breaking only on occasion to express their dismay or empathy.

  • Shelby is 4th healthiest in Kentucky

    Shelby County is in 4th place this year, slipping one notch from last year’s third place, a position it gained in 2013, a substantial jump from 2012, when the county came in 9th place, following a rising trend, coming in 12th in 2011 and 22nd in 2010.

  • District approves May 27 as last day for students

    May 27 will officially kick-off the summer 2016 break for Shelby students.

    The Shelby County Board of Education agreed Thursday to amend the 2015-16 district calendar to account for lost days due to inclement weather.  School was called off a total of three days this winter on account of snow and to make up those days the district elected to simply tack them back on to the end of the originally approved calendar, which had deemed May 24 as the last day.  The originally planned graduation date of May 28, the Saturday following the last day, has not been impacted.

  • Shelbyville man carries wooden cross through Shelbyville

    Not everyone would recognize the name Kenny Tipton right away, but he has gained such a reputation in Shelbyville for his particular Easter tradition that most people have seen him in action.

    For the past three years, Tipton, 62, has carried a huge wooden cross from one end of Shelbyville to the other, his shoulders bent under its weight, but his spirit focused on the message he strives to send, he says.

  • Shelby Trails to hold grand re-opening

    Shelby’s equestrian park that changed management in February will roll out its new format at a grand re-opening Saturday.

    Shelby Trails, located at 5063 Aiken Road on the outskirts of Simpsonville, features nearly 500 acres of hiking and equestrian trails, and on Saturday, new managers Jennifer Hegg and Justine Saudan with the American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation, the entity in charge of all programs at Shelby Trails, will be hosting the event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Learning their fair share

    When the bell rang at Southside Elementary School Wednesday afternoon, eager learners suddenly flooded the hallway.  With smiles and conversation, they switched classrooms seeking their next learning opportunity.

    Those classroom seats were not occupied antsy elementary students, but rather excited educators, eager to learn about innovative technology tools being used by other teachers across the district.

    The perplexing sight of teachers behind the desks, as well as leading the classrooms, was part of the district’s second Ed Tech Share Fair.

  • Farmers hoping for better hemp crops this year

    After high expectations and very optimistic predictions for last year’s experimental hemp crops, the actual harvest was a let down, farmers say. 

    “I just decided not to fool with it this year,” said Shelby County Farmer Ray Tucker, who planted 12 acres of hemp last year on property near Eminence Pike.  “We didn’t do real well last year, I don’t think anybody around here did. It’s all so experimental it’s hard to figure out, there’s still so many unknowns about it.” 

  • County considering Kentucky Wired project

    A workshop Tuesday night between county officials and representatives of a company affiliated with Kentucky Wired may be the first step toward moving Shelby County’s rural areas forward in terms of high speed Internet access.

    The catch is that it would cost $50,000 for the county to join the project, something that officials say would be worth it.

  • Easter pets - Not for every-bunny

    With Easter quickly approaching, you might be scrambling to the stores to snag up those last minute goodies and gifts for your loved ones’ baskets.  Common fillers include chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, fake grass and plastic eggs.  But if your shopping agenda includes an impromptu purchase of a cute little bunny or a bright yellow baby chick this holiday, you might find yourself hippity-hopping back to the pet store after the holiday weekend.

  • Coming up to speed

    Faster Internet speeds are in the works for portions of Shelby County, with Simpsonville being the predominant area of concentration for now.

    Officials at Time Warner Cable announced last week that the company is in the middle of taking the Internet and TV experience to the next step for customers in Jefferson, Ind., and Louisville, increasing speeds up to 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) at no extra cost to customers.