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Today's News

  • What we think: We have a bridge over troubled waters

    Shelby County Fiscal Court is moving quickly this week to close the Who Da Thot It Bridge – commonly called Jail Hill Bridge – that historic span connecting downtown Shelbyville north from 5th Street. In fact, even as you read this, the bridge already may be closed.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger cited a recent inspection of the bridge by the state as his basis for asking magistrates on Tuesday morning for an executive order to close the bridge immediately as a matter of public safety.

  • We congratulate: A really big -- and good -- show

    Another successful Shelbyville Horse Show has finished its run, and by all accounts its 22nd edition may have been the biggest and best ever.

    Certainly large crowds turned out during the four days, despite sweltering heat, and the number of horses entered grew significantly, bringing in vans from as far away as Texas to compete against the best.

  • Some gaps of fear are just hard for us to bridge

    There was a woman with whom I once worked who had a phenomenal phobia about bridges, which, living in Florida as we did, was something not easily managed.

    She had a Golden Rule about bridges: Don’t go unto them, and they can’t do unto you. She would drive to great lengths to avoid a span of any size greater than, say, a 2-lane culvert-crosser.

  • Shelby’s fair focus: Its parks system

    For 110 years the Kentucky State Fair has been bringing in the top agricultural, equine, crafts and attractions that the commonwealth has to offer. Add to that some world-class entertainment and rides, and the fair is one of the biggest draws of the year for Kentucky.

    With more than 600,000 descending on the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center starting Thursday and running through Aug. 28, the 11-day event will raise more than $13 million.

    And Shelby County will no doubt have its usual presence.

  • 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.