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Today's News

  • Hempridge Road crash injures one

    One person was airlifted to the University of Louisville with serious injuries following a crash early Thursday morning on Hempridge Road.

    The one-vehicle accident, worked by the Shelby County Sheriff's office, occurred shortly after 3 a.m. in the 600 block of Hempridge Road, said officials from Shelby County 911.

    The identity and condition of the driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, has not yet been released, but Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Ivers said he believes the victim is expected to recover.

  • Flu labeled as widespread in Kentucky

    With the Centers for Disease Control reporting an elevated level of flu activity throughout the United States and noting the virus as widespread in Kentucky, those in the medical profession are reminding people that it’s not to late to be vaccinated.

    “It only takes a week or so to really build up that immune response, getting a flu shot now will help people get through the rest of the season,” said Jason Underwood, owner of Shelbyville Pharmacy.

  • Bourbon goes green

    While not yet fully operational, Diageo’s Bulleit Distilling Company is already working to keep its “good neighbor” promise by reducing its carbon footprint. The 300-acre distillery and warehouses facility on Benson Pike set to open within the year, recently installed a solar array that distillery officials say is expected to produce about 40 megawatt hours per year.

    Candi Waford with Shelby Energy Cooperative said Diageo’s decision to install the solar array is likely not one aimed at financial gain, but rather too reap the environmental benefits.

  • Building permits continue to increase

     

    After a long economic downturn that started more than a decade ago, it seems the housing market in Shelby County is regaining momentum.

    Triple S executive director Ryan Libke presented to the planning and zoning commission during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday a year-end recap that confirmed the housing market has gained some steam over the past five years.

    Libke said, concerning the number of dwelling units permitted, the county had its greatest year in 2004 with 659 but that number rapidly declined to 84 by 2011.

  • Hemp permits in full bloom

    With the number of acres allotted to grow industrial hemp nearly tripling in 2017, this could be the year the crop challenges Kentucky’s reputation as the Bluegrass State.

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly three times the number of acres that were approved for the previous year. More than 525,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2017.

  • Bald eagle sightings increasing in Shelby

    The bald eagle with its snowy-feathered head and tail – the proud symbol of the United States – is a sight most people don’t expect to see in Shelbyville.

    Lately, however, the elusive bird has been putting in appearances around the county.

    “Somebody called me the last day or two about seeing one out in the cornfield out where Vigo Road meets Cropper Road,” said Horace Brown, a local bird expert. “People are seeing them all the time, out at the golf course, at Guist Creek, at Lake Shelby and different places.”

  • Putnam pleads guilty to robbery at Simpsonville PD

    When Terry Putnam appeared in court Tuesday with his attorney Brian Butler, he pleaded guilty to a theft that had shocked the community in November 2015.

    Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7, 2016 in connection with the November 2015 robbery of thousands of dollars as well as guns and drugs from the Simpsonville Police Department, quietly pleaded guilty before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman.

    “I’ve explained it [consequences] to him and he wants to proceed with this,” Putnam’s attorney, Brian Butler told Hickman.

  • Blanketing the community

    Warming bodies, warming hearts: That’s the tagline for Blanket Louisville, the non-profit organization that Kathy Fehder and her husband, Steve, started 13 years ago. 

    And when Fehder jumped on board as principal of Corpus Christi in June she brought with her that warming hearts attitude that quickly radiated through the halls of the small, independent school in Simpsonville.

  • Lockdown prompts procedural changes

    After a request from police, several Shelby County schools were placed on lockdown last week following reports of shots fired in the area of Rocket Lane – where Shelby County High, the Area Technology Center, JCTC, Wright Elementary and East Middle schools are located.

    And while no shots were fired on school grounds and the incident was cleared in less than one hour, the precautionary lockdown while police searched for the suspects left many questions from parents and guardians of students at the schools.

  • County votes to change ambulance policy