Today's News

  • EARLIER: Assault victim puts up 'a heck of a fight'

    Almost two weeks after she was beaten, stabbed and left by the side of Mount Eden Road, a Shelby County woman hangs to life with the help of machines, and the man charged with assaulting her is behind bars.

    Denisse Escareno remains in a coma and fights an infection at the University of Louisville, and her closest friends and family continue to express outrage and horror that she was beaten beyond recognition and left with immeasurable injuries.

  • Shelby County named state's first HeartSafe Community

    It’s official: Shelby County is a good-hearted community – literally.

    Shelby County was named Kentucky’s first HeartSafe Community at a ceremony at the EMS station on Peytona Beach Road in Waddy on Wednesday, honoring the county for its public-health initiatives.

    Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Janie Miller and Acting Public Health Commissioner Steve Davis presented to county officials the HeartSafe Community Award, a designation for communities that have met a specific set of criteria to respond better to cardiac arrests.

  • Info sought in theft of items worth $6,000+

    Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a theft that occurred Nov. 7 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at a home on the 4100 block of Bell Avenue in Shelbyville.

    Police says it is unknown how thieves entered the home, as no signs of forced entry were found.

    Burglars stole three digital cameras, a Wii game system and several game cartridges, two laptop computers and a Nintendo DS with 25 games,

    The value taken in this break-in was estimated at more than $6,000.

  • Information sought about a purse snatch



    Crime Stoppers is asking the public for help in the case of a purse theft from Walmart.

    The purse was taken from a customer’s cart on Nov. 10 while the woman was shopping in the store.

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has provided two video surveillance photos taken from the store’s security cameras. One photo is of a suspect in the case, and the other is of the suspect’s vehicle, taken from the store’s parking lot cameras.

  • UNDERWOOD: Overcome emotional outbursts and move up in your chosen work

    “Road rage” and rage of any type can be managed by understanding, commitment to change and practice. Whether in business or in our personal lives, the way we manage our emotions, especially passionate ones can make us or break us.

    Recently, our community lost a productive young citizen as a result of what our police dubbed an unfortunate case of “road rage.” Unfortunately, episodes of this type are not uncommon.

  • Birth: Smith son

    Jerome and Amber Smith of Simpsonville announce the birth of their first child, a son, on Sept. 27, 2011, at Baptist East Hospital. He has been named Jayden Kent Smith.

    Grandparents are Julie Brown of Simpsonville, Tim Brown of Louisville, Bill and Janie Akins of Mason, N.C., and Helen Clark of Shelbyville.

    Great-grandparents are Shirley and Larry Vessels of Simpsonville, Gary Davis of Louisville and the late Coretha Watkins Smith.

    Great-great grandma is Dorothy Carlson of Louisville.

  • Court report: November 18, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew Eckert:

    Leonardo Perez, first-offense aggravator DUI and no operator's/moped license – pleaded guilty – 10-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 120 days and $728 fine and costs.

    Abner Sanchez, no operator's/moped license – pleaded guilty – 90-day sentence.

  • Light Up Simpsonville chili really is homemade

    If you are looking for Simpsonville City Clerk Debbie Batliner later this week, you may not need a bloodhound to sniff her out.

    That’s because Batliner will be doing what she has done for the past eight years or so: cooking chili and bean soup for the residents who attend the annual Light Up Simpsonville celebration.

  • WICHE: Checklist for preparing garden for winter: Part I

    There are many gardening tasks that must be done – or are better to be done – in the fall of the year, things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.



  • Lighting up the Holidays

    Thousands descended on downtown  Shelbyville on Saturday for the annual Celebration of Lights event. The masses showed up to ring in the Christmas season and watch the town spring to life with lights glowing from every corner.