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Today's News

  • County says yes to Sunday liquor sales

    The ongoing battle about Sunday alcohol sales in the county finally has come to an end.

    With a full house in attendance, the Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night in favor of an ordinance allowing liquor to be sold in county restaurants on Sunday.

  • Simpsonville residents offer ideas for city's future

    Simpsonville residents went to an old place Thursday night to discuss ideas for something entirely new.

    More than two dozen of them gathered around tables on the floor of the old Simpsonville Gym to brainstorm ideas on how the city might plan to develop a new downtown district along the U.S. 60 corridor.

    Simpsonville’s Town Council voted last fall to hire a consulting firm – HTNB of Louisville --- to pursue this concept, and Thursday’s session was the public’s first involvement, other than comments in town council meetings.

  • EARLIER: Draw favors Rockets chance to repeat

    On paper, things appear to be looking up for the SCHS boys’ basketball team.

    North Oldham, Anderson County and Shelby are the favorites heading into the 8th Region Tournament, which tips off tonight at Henry County High School. And after North was upset by South Oldham in the 29th District Championship, Shelby’s loss to Anderson now feels lucky.

    Because of the way the KHSAA rules, Shelby could not be on the same side of the bracket as Anderson, and North Oldham's loss required it to play a district champ.

  • Black history presentation set for Thursday at library

    In recognition of Black History Month, a program will be held at the Shelby County Public Library this Thursday night spotlighting the Black 43rd Aviation Squadron at Bowman Field during World War II.

    The program will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hudson Room.

    The program will be presented by Dr. Bruce Tyler, professor of history at the University of Louisville.

    Photos of the squadron are already on display at the library on the main floor at the circulation desk.

  • EARLIER: Bell has been treated for AIDs

     A Shelbyville minister jailed on charges of  sodomizing and sexually abusing a juvenile has AIDS, family sources said.

    James H. Bell, 47, pastor of Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, was arrested and charged with third-degree sodomy, second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree wanton endangerment after confessing to police that he had unprotected deviant sex with a 15-year-old while knowing that he was infected with the HIV virus.

  • Fiscal court revises ordinances, makes new appointment

    Shelby County Fiscal Court attended to a variety of housekeeping items at its meeting on Tuesday night, including revisions to several ordinances.

    Magistrates approved a first reading of an ordinance declaring a moratorium on zoning map amendments in part of unincorporated Shelby County.

    They also voted in favor of a first reading for an ordinance repealing an existing ordinance concerning solid waste, favoring a revised document.

  • Bulldogs dominate 3rd Region foes

    The Cornerstone Christian Academy boys’ basketball team coasted through the KCAA 3rd Region Tournament last weekend to advance to the KCAA State Tournament.

    The Bulldogs whipped Danville, 84-24, in the opening game.

    “Everybody got to play, and I thought we played pretty well,” Cornerstone Coach Chris Armstrong said. “I’ve been really happy with the way our younger guys have been coming along. Because of that, we only had to play our starters, probably less than half the game.”

  • Be careful about what, where, when you burn

    With all the loose wood and other debris lying around, the Shelby County Fire and Emergency Services Association urges the community to know and follow the open burn laws.

    No opening burning is allowed within the city limits of Shelbyville, but the remainder of the county has no such restrictions. The state does have restrictions that would apply to various situations.

    Paul Whitman, assistant director of Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, said the best thing people can do is to be informed before burning anything.

  • JHS has rough start to ‘09

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, coming off a solid financial year for 2008, is feeling the effects of the economic downturn early in 2009.

    In a report to the Leadership Shelby Class for 2009, JHS CEO Michael Collins said he was pleased with his facility’s performance last year but admits he has concerns as the new year unfolds.

    Collins reported that Jewish’s margins were up by 3 percent in 2008, a significant improvement from the 1 percent margin in 2007, but attaining those numbers this year may be a struggle.

  • Hickman named vice chief regional judge

    Kentucky Supreme Court Justice John Minton named Circuit Judge Charles Hickman vice chief regional judge for the 6th Supreme Court District earlier this month.

    “It was an honor for him to call and name me to the position,” Hickman said.

    The vice chief regional judge serves in an administrative capacity for the 6th Supreme Court District, which includes Shelby and its surrounding counties. The district stretches to northern Kentucky and includes a total of 21 counties.