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Today's News

  • Wills to serve 9 months in theft

    Jody Wills of Shelbyville was sentenced Friday to 9 months in the county jail and her 10-year plea agreement was probated for 5 years by Senior Judge Steve Mershon.      

    She has to make restitution of $720,000 that she admitted embezzling from her employer, attorney Mark Dean's law office in Shelbyville. The state had sought restitution of $800,000.      

    She was immediately booked into custody at the Shelby County Detention Center.      

  • Crime rate up slightly ln 2009

    Crime in Shelby County grew slightly in 2009, the county’s police agencies report – but so did arrests.

    Kentucky State Police, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Shelbyville Police Department and the Simpsonville Police Department all reported that both criminal arrests and traffic citations were up – in some cases significantly – from 2008, and traffic accidents declined.

  • Winter, summer sidewalk issues on Mayor’s mind

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty wrapped up a quiet City Council meeting Thursday by passing on a few spirited messages to city property owners.

    Hardesty reminded property owners that clearing sidewalks of snow and debris is their responsibility, not the city’s. And he noted that the downtown-shopping district needs to be better taken care of.

  • School board learns about Southside’s Tiger Trails, ROTC programs

    Although Shelby County Public Schools were out on Thursday, the school board was still in session that night.

    The board gathered at Southside Elementary School for its biweekly meeting and heard presentations about how that school is meeting the needs of its students.

    Kathy Woods, the ESL teacher, gave a presentation on a trip her students took to the Newport Aquarium in Northern Kentucky.

    The field trip was a “background educational experience” for the students, she said.

  • Helping in Haiti

    Shelby Countians have joined the rest of the state, as well as the entire country, in rallying to do what they can to help Haitian orphans.

    Several church groups as well as other organizations have journeyed to Haiti after the country was devastated by a recent earthquake.

    Mary Lou Madigan of Shelbyville said she was astonished and alarmed when her daughter, Lucy Madigan Armistead, called her to tell her she was in Haiti and had been there for a week.

  • EARLIER: Stores gearing up for Black Friday

    This year, merchants in Shelby County are hoping that Black Friday will be a red-letter day.

    Most are holding huge sales targeted for the launch of the Christmas shopping season, which officially gets under way today with a stampede of post-Thanksgiving bargain-hunters hitting the doors early and often in search of rare items and great prices.

    But how does recovering from a recession affect retailers' hopes for a profitable season of sales?

    Most in Shelby County are optimistic, because they say sales have slowly begun to pick up lately.

  • EARLIER: Stores gearing up for Black Friday

    This year, merchants in Shelby County are hoping that Black Friday will be a red-letter day.

    Most are holding huge sales targeted for the launch of the Christmas shopping season, which officially gets under way today with a stampede of post-Thanksgiving bargain-hunters hitting the doors early and often in search of rare items and great prices.

    But how does recovering from a recession affect retailers' hopes for a profitable season of sales?

    Most in Shelby County are optimistic, because they say sales have slowly begun to pick up lately.

  • Painted Stone brothers hit the stage for 'Nutcracker in a Nutshell'

    Painted Stone Elementary principal Michelle Shipley says students Jake and Ryan Waford are stars in the classroom and on stage.

    "They are awesome. They are terrific role models. They do everything you ask them to do. They’re always ‘yes, ma'am. no, ma"am.’ You'd want to have a whole class of them,” she said.

  • Schools to reopen Thursday

    Barring an unforeseen change in the weather and road conditions, Shelby County Public Schools will reopen Thursday.   Gary Kidwell, director of Student Accounting and Support Services, made the announcement just a few minutes ago.

  • EARLIER: Hotel sold at auction for less than $3 million

    The hotel formerly known as the Holiday Inn Express on Club House Drive in Shelbyville, now operating as the Ritz Inn and Suites, was sold at auction Thursday for just less than $3 million.

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation had taken the hotel into receivership last month because its former owners, JMG Hospitality LLC, owed more than $2 million in defaulted loans and also had been delinquent on its property taxes.