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Today's News

  • County decides to close old bridge

    Historic Who Da Thot It Bridge, shut down Monday for safety reasons, may now be closed to vehicle traffic forever.
    Magistrates voted Tuesday morning at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court to call a public hearing to close the bridge after discussing the merits of trying to get the structure repaired or replaced.

    County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he got a call two weeks ago from state officials informing him that bridge inspectors judged the bridge was unsafe and that the county needed to either repair it, replace it or close it.

  • County will pave, service Trenton Court

    A housing development adjacent to the Hill ‘N Dale subdivision and in existence since 2005 will finally get its road paved, hopefully before winter sets in, county officials say.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to take Trenton Court into the county road system, which means the roadway would receive snow removal and other county services.

    Trenton Court, located off Hill N Dale Drive, must be paved first, however, a chore traditionally left to the developer.

  • Jury selection Thursday in penis amputation suit

    Jury selection is scheduled for Thursday in Shelby Circuit Court in  the trial of a Waddy man who is suing his surgeon for amputating his penis.

    Phillip Seaton sued Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort because Seaton says Patterson amputated his penis without his consent.

    The case was moved up by one day on the calendar during a pretrial hearing Aug. 3 before Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, who asked for the earlier start date. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday, and the trial could take most of next week.

  • Riding life’s wave: Man with rare disease waterskis on his birthday

    Jacob Brewer was all wet on Saturday, but that was fine with him.

    His wish to spend his 21st birthday water skiing at Guist Creek Lake came off without a hitch, to the delight of his family, who accompanied him from Columbus, Ohio, where Jacob Brewer lives, and Metro Louisville on his special day.

    That day was even more special for Brewer than it is for most people.

  • Judicial Center set to open in late October

    Judges will have to wait a bit longer than anticipated to start pounding their gavels in the new Judicial Center.

    The last estimated completion date for the $18.4 million project had been Sept. 1, but officials now say an unexpected problem has arisen that bumps the opening of the facility to the latter part of October or even early November.

    “At a contractor’s meeting this week, engineers had a concern about the limestone [that will cover the front of the building],” Shelby County Judge Rob Rothenburger said.

  • Author tells stories about his stories

    “Do I model the characters in my stories after my relatives? Well, I can tell you that I can see my aunts and uncles in my characters, but they can’t see themselves,” said Gurney Norman at a presentation at the public library Thursday night.

    Norman, a well-known author, popular for his stories about Appalachia, spoke to a crowd of about 30 people who gathered to hear him speak in one of the library’s Spend An Evening With An Author series.

  • Library’s annual book sale fundraiser opens

    Whether you’re into science fiction, do-it-yourself projects around the house, or biographies of famous people, a book sale at the public library this week offers all these topics and many, many more, all at a discounted cost.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville City Council advances zone change along bypass

    The proposal by Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty that the city should seek a zone change for the 74 acres of land it recently annexed along the Shelbyville Bypass came and went before the city council without a peep on Thursday night.

    The council voted unanimously – council member Mike Zoeller was absent – and without comment to ask the Triple S Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on changing the land at the southeast corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way from agriculture to I-1 – light industrial.

  • Shelbyville City Counci advances zone change along bypass

    The proposal by Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty that the city should seek a zone change for the 74 acres of land it recently annexed along the Shelbyville Bypass came and went before the city council without a peep on Thursday night.

    The council voted unanimously – council member Mike Zoeller was absent – and without comment to ask the Triple S Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on changing the land at the southeast corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom’s Way from agriculture to I-1 – light industrial.

  • Weekend storm knocks out power to thousands

    A severe thunderstorm that roared through Shelby County Saturday night left downed trees everywhere and even completely destroyed several bay doors at the Simpsonville Fire Station.

    “Three of our bay doors can’t be repaired; they will have to replaced,” said Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder.

    The chief added that the damage was not the result of downed trees, but rather, wind damage.

    “The wind just buckled those doors,” he said.