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Today's News

  • Pleasureville barn owner lost everything

    By Ashley Wilkins

     

    A fire that took the lives of two horses Friday evening, still burns five days later.

    “I think the fire department has been out here three or four more times since Friday,” said Valerie Blethen, the property owner.

    Blethen said she spent most of Friday before the fire in the barn, leaving at 3:30 p.m. to do some paperwork at her house, just a few hundred feet away. 

    Then, around 5 p.m., Blethen says she received a knock on the door from a passerby alerting her that the barn was on fire.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: City gets recommendation to add distilleries

    The Triple S Planning Commission gave a positive recommendation the City of Shelbyville’s request to amend zoning regulations to allow for distilleries within the city limits, but not without some suggestions.

    The city made the request at Tuesday’s meeting to get the commission’s opinion and to open the door for distilleries within the city’s limits. Currently, distilleries are only allowed in property zoned industrial.

  • NEWS DIGEST: May 23, 2014

    State’s unemployment falls,

    Shelby in the top 2 counties

    Unemployment rates fell in 100 Kentucky counties between April 2013 and April 2014, while 14 county rates went up and six counties stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

  • Family loses dairy herd in horrific barn fire

    “When I got that door open, it was so hot, and all this black smoke and fire just came rolling out. I had to get down on the ground, and one of our little goats, he comes flying past me out the door, and he’s on fire all the way from his head down to his feet.”

    Kathy Mejia shuddered and closed her eyes as she recalled the horrendous barn fire shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday morning at her home on Zaring Mill Road where 47 of her dairy goats perished.

  • 2014 Election, Shelby County Fiscal Court: Riggs keeps magisterial seat in District 2

    A battle by a novice to the political arena and the incumbent magistrate in District 2 has failed, with Michael Riggs coming out on top.

    Riggs defeated Mark McCall by 326 votes (59 percent) to McCall’s 224 (40 percent).

    The vote rolls Riggs, 64, into his fourth term as magistrate in District 2, western Shelby County, which encompasses Simpsonville, Persimmon Ridge, Todds Point and Long Run Road.

  • 2014 ELECTION, Family Court Judge: Myles carries Shelby County in family court race

    Shelby County Family Court Judge John David Myles came out on top in Shelby County in the race for family court judge in the 53rd judicial district, second division, against challengers Susan Meschler and Marie Hellard.

    Hellard, however, come out on top overall, with 45 percent of the vote, 7,250, to Myles’ 30 percent, 4,929.

    District wide – the district encompasses three counties, Shelby, Anderson and Spencer – Meschler came in with 23 percent of the vote.

  • ELECTION 2014: State Senate: Hornback retains seat

    Incumbent State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) reeled in 86 percent of the vote against challenger Gary “Tony” McCurdy Tuesday night, garnering 3,023 votes to McCurdy’s 454 votes.

    When Hornback was contacted about the results, he said, ‘How’d I do? No, I really don’t have any idea; I’m out in the fields planting soybeans.”

  • Election 2014, Sheriff: Shirley wins primary, earns right to face Armstrong

    A former Shelbyville Police chief with 20 plus years experience in law enforcement making his second run for the office of sheriff came out on top in Tuesday’s Republican Primary Election.

    Stewart Shirley, 51, who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Armstrong in 2010, garnered 40 percent of the vote in the primary with 1,298 votes, to Bruce Gentry’s 35 percent (1,144) and Steven Ladden’s 23 percent (761).

  • Shelbyville City Council: Garbage ordinance waits on prices

    By Ashley Wilkins

     

    The City of Shelbyville’s new garbage and recycling franchise ordinance was approved on second reading Thursday at the city council’s meeting, but its fate hinges on securing a bid with a contractor that meets the council’s approval.

    The ordinance would bring several changes to the city’s refuse collection, including recycling collection every two weeks and a senior citizen discount.  The ordinance would also limit other licensed collection trucks from hauling in the area. 

  • Painted Stone receives Squire Boone Statue

    William Burbank Jr. and the Squire Boone Society presented Painted Stone Elementary School with a Squire Boone statue during an assembly Monday at the school.

    The statue is a replica of the one the society is planning for the east end of Shelbyville, and Burbank covered the $5,000 price tag for the first bronzed replica statue to be donated to the school.