Today's News

  • Shelby County’s corn harvest isn’t so sweet this fall

    As the harvest season moves into full swing across the commonwealth, it looks like farmers survived another difficult growing season – emphasis on “survived.”

    After a spring that saw rainfall reach record levels, farmers had to fight through another dry summer.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting Kentucky's corn and soybean crops to exceed last year's totals, but that optimistic outlook isn't carrying over to Shelby County's farmers.

  • Southside forum focuses on road, redistricting

    Fewer than a dozen people turned out Tuesday for the first public workshop on for the new Southside Elementary project.

    The workshop, held in Southside's current gym, was designed to get information from the public on the design, layout and features of the new building, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

    However, only three people spoke, and the crowd mostly was filled with administration and staff.

  • United Way grant expands schools' mentoring program

    The MASTER IT youth mentoring program led in part by Shelby County Public Schools this week received a $20,000 grant from the Metro United Way.

    The program, which stands for Mentoring African-American Students to Effectively Reach Intentional Tomorrows, is a community-founded initiative that matches adults and middle school students to help boost academic skills and help make students college ready upon graduation.

  • New Business: Wedding Wishes

    Address: 512 Main Street Suite 103, Shelbyville


    Who we are:  Sheila Limp, the owner of Wedding Wishes, had wanted to open a shop like this for years. Anytime someone is getting married they have to travel to Louisville or Lexington to find anything. Her goal is to make it easy for them by providing a place where customers can come and find what they need, get exceptional service and not have to travel to do it.


  • Business Briefcase: Sept. 16, 2011

    New Happy Meal items

    to debut in Shelby County

    Shelby County is among the first markets to receive McDonald’s redesigned Happy Meal after stores in Shelbyville participated as a test-market for the nation-wide launch, which began in 2010.

  • EARLIER: Popular concept for bridge: Use it for pedestrians, cyclists

    Shelby County magistrates got some advice Tuesday about what they might do with Who DA Thot It Bridge, the historic but crumbling structure whose fate they will decide next week.

    They listened to residents’ feelings about permanently closing the bridge during a public hearing Stratton Center, and about 20 people who live in the vicinity of the bridge showed up to tell them know what they thought.

  • Zone change decision delayed

    Those who are anxiously awaiting the final decision on a controversial zone change for Kentucky Street now will have to wait until October.

    The matter was to have been put on the Sept. 20th agenda of the Shelby County Fiscal Court but had to be postponed because the matter had not been submitted to the newspaper in time, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

    “As a result, that item will not be on the September twentieth agenda, but will be on for October fourth, to give us time to advertise it in the newspaper,” he said.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Sept. 16, 2011

    Domestic Violence


    Amanda Ethington, 29, of 385 Jail Hill Road in Shelbyville was arrested Aug. 31 at that address and charged with fourth-degree assault with minor injury and menacing.




    Shannon W. Hirchert, 42, of 2016 Cherry Ridge Court in La Grange was arrested Aug. 3 on 5th Street and charged with first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to minors, first offense.

  • Court report: Sept. 14, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Tamica Berry, theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting – guilty – 3-day sentence and $144 costs.

    Cesar C. Jaimes, first-offense DUI, no operator's/moped license and first-offense failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance – guilty – 20-day sentence concurrent with another sentence, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $1,228 fine and costs.

  • Building Permits: Sept. 16, 2011

    Leon Gill, 1620 Greenland Park Circle, structure, 144 square feet, $2,000

    Dorman Center, 205 Ninth Street, shelter, 240 square feet, $900

    James Lowe, 1027 Station Pointe lane, addition to home, 180 square feet, $9,400

    Robbie Bureck, Mulberry Pike, house, 5,087 square feet, $200,000

    Donald Hamilton Inc., 36 Smithfield Road, house, 3,710 square feet, $150,000

    Michael Harmon, 139 Ardmore Lane, storage building, 540 square feet, $7,000

    Fielding and Ann Hodgkin, 857 Bob Rodgers Road, add to home, 192 square feet, $30,000