Today's News

  • Tedious tobacco training necessary

    There may not be much new information for tobacco farmers to absorb this year, but what has changed is that they have to attend a workshop if they expect to sell their tobacco, officials say.
    And they’re going to have to keep taking the class every year.

    “The word that they're trying to get out, is even if they got trained last year, they have to go to an updated training,” said Bob Pearce, a tobacco production specialist at the University of Kentucky who teaches GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training classes.

  • Bike shop hits the road

    After seven successful years, Shelbyville’s only bicycle shop, Main Street Bikes, is hitting the road, but the journey will not be far.

    Choosing to remain in Shelby County, Tom Waggener, the shop owner, said he is relocating to Simpsonville while concurrently opening a second location in Frankfort.

    Waggener said the change is long overdue. 

  • Back in cancer fight, Hundley wishes for treehouse

    After a new cancer diagnosis, Blake Hundley is back to fighting for his life.

    An aggressive reemergence of the cancer has the family taking it one day at a time, but another group is rallying together to make a wish come true for the 9-year-old.

    Originally Hundley made just one request to the Make-A-Wish foundation – he asked for a treehouse built by Pete Nelson, the star of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.

    When his parents learned that his wish had been denied, family friends decided not to take no for an answer.

  • The line between privacy and protection

    When it comes to student searches, at what point do school personnel cross the line between the school’s rights to protect and the student’s rights to privacy?

    While it is true that authorized school employees have the right to search students without consent, one Shelby County High School father believes the district crossed the line between protection and invasion and is performing random searches without justification.

  • Shooting for simplicity

    People interested in obtaining a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon can now take that first step in the comfort of his or her own home by submitting an application online.

    The administrative process is handled through the sheriff’s office and Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said that being able to submit an application online does not mean the course is altered in any way, only the process of dealing with paperwork.

  • Recycling center services

    The Shelby County Recycling Center expects to begin charging for its services next week, officials say.

    When the center opened Dec. 9, they had announced that there would be no cost to use the Shelby County Recycling facility for about a month, and now that timeframe has been extended for the third time.

    Solid Waste Director Rick Solomon had said in mid-January that the equipment would be installed soon, and on Monday, Rusty Newton, chair of the 109 Board, the county entity that oversees solid waste disposal, said that has been done.

  • Bunching up

    Jessie Baxter’s congregation of senior citizens are wrapped in more than just shawls and blankets as they attend his church services in their wheelchairs – they’re wrapped in the love of volunteers that have followed Baxter since he’s been pastor at the Masonic Home’s chapel.

    “It’s all about caring for the welfare of our residents,” said Baxter, as he helped his volunteers take people back to their rooms Tuesday after the service.

  • Simpsonville City Commission

    This month, the Simpsonville City Commission implements its new meeting schedule, going from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

    Meetings are set by ordinance, and commissioners approved the second reading of the new date at the Jan. 21 meeting. The move not only changed the day that the Simpsonville City Commission meets, but also the time of the meeting, going from one morning and one evening meeting, to two nighttime meetings.

  • Biggest loser contest comes to Shelby

    A weight loss program that starts tonight at the Shelby County Health Department already has a good crowd signed up, officials say.

    People coming out to the department’s Biggest Loser contest won’t find a grueling program such as NBC’s fitness guru Jillian Michaels features, but they will find it very rewarding when they start to see the pounds rolling off, officials say.

  • Parents outraged at SCPS handling of Death Note

    A note discovered at East Middle School last week has left several students feeling unsafe during the school day and numerous parents enraged.

    The note, according to a parent, contained a list of student’s names and was titled Death Note and the district says it’s considered a play on Japanese anime series of the same name.

    The series features a student that finds a notebook that will bring death upon any person whose name is written within.