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Today's News

  • Farmers say cigarette tax not best way to cover budget shortfall

    With the state facing a budget shortfall of $456 million by the end of June, Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to raise the cigarette tax is getting a better reception among lawmakers this year than it did last year.

    But local farmers and farm organizations said the plan to raise the state tax on cigarettes to a buck a pack will not yield the revenue stream the Governor envisions and will hurt a critical ag industry.

  • Homeowner awaits variance before moving house

    Eyesore. Public safety problem. Unsafe Structure.

    These are a few of the complaints that have been called in by citizens of Shelbyville to the Triple S Planning Commission in regards to the house at the corner of Webbmont Circle and US 60.

    For several months, the house has been resting several feet in the air on wooden timbers and leaning against phone lines.

  • Pea Ridge fire destroys home

    No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a home near Mount Eden last Friday afternoon.

    Robert and Susan Jackey and their two children were not at home when the fire broke out at their residence at 2709 Pea Ridge Road, near Mount Eden.

    State Fire Marshall Rob Goodwin, who is heading up the investigation into what caused the fire, said he doesn't expect to have any answers until the end of the week at least.

  • ESPN covers rivalry from Waddy

    ESPN The Magazine came to Heritage Elementary School on Monday to ask students the question that has caused bar-room brawls and split homes across Kentucky since basketball became the state's official religion: Do you cheer for the Cats or the Cards?

     Heritage, which is located in Waddy, was chosen for the segment because of its central location between Lexington and Louisville.

  • What we think: Why can't bypass construction continue?

    It must be frustrating if you live on the west end of Shelbyville to drive by the intersection of U.S. 60 and Ky. 55 and look to the north and see a clean, open expanse of concrete roadway that comes to an abrupt end scant yards from where you are passing.

    This is the Shelbyville Bypass, as most of you know, and you realize that it seems within a few feet of being rendered useful on at least that side of town.

    And those who live on the northeast side must feel somewhat the same as they see the near connection with Ky. 55.

  • We congratulate: Shelburne, Vowels on their service

     Tuesday night was Dottie Shelburne's last meeting as a commissioner for the city of Simpsonville.

    After six years of service, Ms. Shelburne, a lifelong resident of the community, has decided to retire. She cites flagging health, but she also is moved by having won November's election by one vote, an election that was tainted because some voters outside the city limits received incorrect ballots.

    Cary Vowels, the veteran commissioner who finished just behind Ms. Shelburne, will assume her seat and continue his valuable service.

  • Jailed minister confesses to being HIV positive

    A minister of a Shelbyville church who was arrested and charged with sodomy and  sexual abuse of a juvenile confessed to having unprotected sex with a 15-year-old while knowing that he was HIV postive, according to court records.

  • Shelby County Fire Department gets 2 new trucks, stations; Simsponville FD expanding, too

    The Shelby County Fire District has two newly arrived fire trucks, both pumpers.

     "That means they carry everything that we need right on the truck," Fire Chief bobby Cowherd said. "Hoses, water, other equipment-the whole works."

    Cowherd said he's not sure where the two new trucks, which cost $312,000 each, will be housed yet.

    "We will just use them where ever we need them," he said.

  • Eden gets All-state honor

    Shelby County cross-country standout Stacey Eden was named to the All-State Team after placing second at the State Meet on Nov. 15.

    This is the second year in a row that the Kentucky Track and Cross County Coaches Association has tabbed Eden as one of the state’s top runners in Class 3A.

    Eden, a junior, set his goal at the beginning of the season to win state, but said he’s happy with his success this year.

    “This is the best season I’ve had so far, so I can’t complain,” he said.

  • SCHS beats Rockcastle in Frankfort invitational

    When the Rockets collided Monday night, there was only one team left standing.

    Playing In the Capital City Invitational at the at Frankfort Convention Center, the Shelby County Rockets flew around the court, hit the boards hard and played tough defense to take down the Rockcastle County Rockets, 55-33.