Today's News

  • You have to keep your cool during hot fun in the summertime

    Last week, while most of you were basting like a Thanksgiving turkey waiting for the oven that was about to surround you at midweek, I decided to do something really snide and snarky and sneak north for a few days, to Minnesota.

    And you know what happened: I had to wipe that smile right off my face, as my mother often told me to do.

    My first tip came when I ran into Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden in a convenience store. He asked if I was handling the heat, and I told him I was headed to Viking country.

  • What we think: Caution is key in zoning change for recycling plant

    The Triple S Planning Commission acted with great uncertainty in its borderline OK last week for Midwest Metals to build a recycling center on Kentucky Street near Red Orchard Park.

    The concept was approved, 4-3, on Commission Chair Gil Tucker’s tiebreaking vote.

    For the record, Commissioners Scott Merchant, Jake Smith and Larry Stewart supported a zone change from light industrial to heavy industrial, and Commissioners Quintin Biagi Jr., Dudley Bottom and Ed Rudolph opposed. And we thank all of them for their care and diligence with this matter.

  • We congratulate: Another heroic act in Simpsonville

    Routine heroism must be in the job descriptions for public servants in Simpsonville.

    First there was an off-duty police officer who saved a horse from a burning barn, then there was the firefighter who interrupted his dinner with his family to sustain and save the life of a neighbor having a heart attack.

    Now we have yet another police officer – Ron DeSoto – who has rescued a stolen purse from an elderly shopper at Walmart and arrested the thief.

  • Saddlebred group has a bumpy ride

    The American Saddlebred Horse Association on Tuesday closed its office in Lexington for unspecified period of time to organize documents its officials have been ordered by the courts to turn over to some of its members, just the latest in a 2-year battle to determine how officials are spending of the organization’s $2 million annual budget.

    One of those concerned members is Undulata owner Edward “Hoppy” Bennett, who said that an ASHA audit had disclosed serious financial deficiencies within the organization.

  • Shelby resident Dennen retires from historical post

    After years of working for the Kentucky Heritage Council as its executive director and as state historic preservation Officer, longtime Shelby County resident Mark Dennen is putting the state in his history.

    Dennen’s retirement will go into effect on Aug. 1, and now he said it is time to move on to somewhere else.

    “I’m actually in South Carolina where I am establishing a new residence on the coast in the low country having sold our farm on Eminence Pike in Shelbyville,” he said.

    Dennen lived on that farm for 27 years.

  • Grants available for historic façade fix

    For the second year in a row, the City of Shelbyville and the Shelbyville Historic District Commission are offering grants to owners of historic properties who wish to beautify those structures.

    But they need to submit their applications in by Friday.

  • Fugitive of the Week

    Shelby County/Shelbyville Crime Stoppers has announced its Fugitive of the Week as Carl E. Ernspiker II.

    He is wanted on several charges, including burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, complicity to auto theft, DUI, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest and failure to appear in court.

    He is described as a 27-year-old, white male, with brown hair and eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds.

    He also has several outstanding warrants in Shelby and Oldham County.

  • Prison officer charged with sexual abuse of inmates

    The Kentucky State Police have arrested a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Peewee Valley on sexual abuse charges.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Kevin Calhoon said James B. Johnson, 52, of Frankfort was arrested Friday after being questioned in Frankfort.

    Calhoon said that the investigation by KSP Post 12 detectives revealed that Johnson, a sergeant who has worked at the prison for nine years, was supplying controlled substances to female inmates and sexually abusing them.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports July 27, 2011


    Richard L. Contreras, 48, of 109 Nora Ave. was arrested April 19 on Taylorsville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs under aggravating circumstances, third offense resisting arrest, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle, and driving on a DUI suspended license under aggravating circumstance, first offense.

  • Cordell 'Cordy' Armstrong: 1932-2011

    A man who has done so much for many in Shelby County was taken from his family and legion of friends Monday by the ugliness of cancer, but the beauty of his soul will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.

    At 79, Cordy Armstrong’s lifetime of accomplishments were many, magistrate of more than 25 years, deputy sheriff for four years, an Army veteran, years of dedication to the Cropper Ruritan Club, his lifetime of farming and his affiliation with the United States Trotting Association,