Today's News

  • Shelbyville OKs new standards for commercial areas

    A new zoning district soon may set stricter standards for the quality of construction in some areas of Shelbyville.

    City Council approved on first reading Thursday a new ordinance proposed by Ryan Libke, Executive Director of the Triple S Planning Commission, to create a zoning district aimed at promoting high quality development along commercial corridors.

    Libke’s measure cites commercial corridors that have been developed haphazardly and others that have deteriorated and are in need of visual improvements.

  • Martinrea's closing is 'big blow' in community

    The demise of one of Shelby County's industrial giants was, in the end, quick, but it won't be painless.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, who received the official letter Tuesday of the closing of Martinrea Heavy Stamping, called that shutdown "a big blow to this community."

    County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger agreed.

  • We congratulate: Teamwork shown in burglary arrest

    Law enforcement officials in six counties worked together recently to arrest a man they believe is responsible for dozens of burglaries.

    We shall see if their arrest carries through to conviction, but we are buoyed by the teamwork we saw from the Shelbyville Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Simpsonville Police and agencies from around the region.

  • Memorial fund created for lightning victim

    A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Brian Larsh, a Shelby Industries employee who died June 12, two days after being struck by lightning outside the company's plant on McDaniels Road.

    Larsh, a resident of Springfield, was struck just before noon on June 10, when he left the building to stand under a tree during a thunderstorm when he saw his daughter approaching to pick him up.

    Vivek Sarin, president and CEO of Shelby Industries, said Larsh, 44, had worked for the company for two years as a press operator and was well liked by everyone.

  • Auto vacations still aren't as simple as we once had hoped

     I remember when I was a boy bemoaning our 16-hour rides to visit my grandmother in south Mississippi that my Dad would tell me that someday, in my lifetime, I would be able to get in a car, tell it where I wanted it to go and just let it take me there. The roads and something we didn’t even know – technology – would do the rest.

  • What we think: Here's a sure bet to raise revenue

    We would like to offer an entirely new plan for how to expand state revenue and subsidize the ailing horse-racing industry.

    Instead of installing slot machines at race tracks, how about we simply set odds on the actions of our state legislators?

    They seem to be more fickle than a filly, and you don’t necessarily need to know the pedigree or quarter-mile time to pick a winner.

    A $2 wager on any piece of legislation likely would return a handsome payout, and with each delay, amendment and revision, your betting options continually expand.

  • News briefs: June 19, 2009

     Sower to address Rotary

    Phyllis Sower, the principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville, will be the Shelbyville Rotary’s guest speaker at noon Tuesday at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shelbyville.

    Sower, who resides in Shelbyville with her husband, John, is an attorney who formerly practiced in Frankfort. Sower will present an update of the year at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  • EARLIER: Lightning victim dies

    Brian Larsh, who was struck by lightning while standing place of employment in Shelbyville last Wednesday, has died.

    Larsh, 44, of Springfield died Friday at Jewish Hospital in Louisville after his family made the decision to have him removed from life support, said Wayne Allen, vice president of Shelby Industries.

  • Forum set to discuss expanded gambling

    State Rep. David Osborne, R-Oldham County, and David Edmunds of the Family Foundation will discuss the pros and cons of expanded gambling at a forum in Shelbyville sponsored by the Shelby County Republican Party.

    The forum is 7-9 p.m. Thursday at 934 Main Street. Osborne will speak in favor of allowing casino-style gambling in racetracks, while Edmunds will speak in opposition. The speakers will also allow time for questions from the audience, said Jennifer Decker, county GOP chair. The public is invited.

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