Today's News

  • EARLIER: Teen's happiness cut short

    Four days before her high school graduation, Samantha Mathus-Cooper, 18, a bride of only 58 days, was looking forward to a bright future and a lifetime of happiness with her new husband.

    Then - in an instant example of life's worst fates - she was gone.

    Mathus-Cooper died just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in one of those tragic automobile accidents that leaves her family, friends, classmates and her husband struggling to believe and understand.

  • SCHS grads celebrate and pause to remember

    FRANKFORT - Memories, laughter and tears were in abundance Friday night at the Frankfort Convention Center during the commencement ceremonies for Shelby County High School's Class of 2009.

    After the national anthem and the stirring strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" died away, a packed auditorium listened to remarks by several speakers, including interim Principal Michael Rowe and Valedictorian David Baxter Matthews.

    Special music included "Sweet Memories" and "Like an Eagle."

  • EARLIER: Triple S approves new downtown Simpsonville 'village'

    Small, quaint downtown Simpsonville could look much different 20 years down the road.

    Speaking before the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday, Amy Williams, with the engineering firm HNTB Corporation's Louisville office, presented the plan for the downtown Simpsonville development, which has been branded "Village Center at Simpsonville."

    Triple S accepted the plan and will recommend to the Simpsonville City Commission that they adopt it in a future meeting.

  • Ballard takes over as Democratic Party chair

    Fielding Ballard was elected unanimously to replace Nathan Riggs as Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman.

    Ballard said Riggs previously advised the committee that because of his already busy schedule he felt like he didn't have time for the duties of the chairman position.

    In a press release, Riggs said he's confident Ballard will be a good fit as his replacement.

  • Signed, sealed, delivered: Contract awarded for new Shelbyville fire station

    The contract is signed, new soil is settling, and it is beginning to look as if Shelbyville Fire Station No. 3 could be completed within 165 days.

    Located on Warrior Way between West Middle School and Painted Stone Elementary, this building of approximately 5,000 square feet most likely will contain two pieces of apparatus and a living quarters,  Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker said.

    Architect Quintin Biagi has designed the station to fit in with a look similar to the surrounding schools.

  • Shelbyville chooses firm to study east end

    To conduct the small area study on the east end of downtown Shelbyville, the city went with a firm already familiar with another part of the county.

    HNTB of Louisville, a firm providing architecture, engineering, planning and construction services, recently worked with the city of Simpsonville to help conceive its downtown "village" vision.

    The firm provided the city proposals, maps, drawings, and artist renderings of how it could look. The plan was approved at the Simpsonville City Commission's most recent meeting.

  • Post 37 drops three in opening tourney

    The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team got one gem in a tough 1-3 weekend at Western Kentucky University.

    Shelbyville lost three close games but got a no hitter from Tyler Layton on Sunday to notch the team’s first victory this season, 2-0, against Bedford, Ind. Layton was just one walk in the sixth inning from a perfect game. A former Shelby County pitcher now playing for Georgetown College, he had six strikeouts in the win and faced just 22 batters.

  • District Court Report May 27, 2009

    Court report 5/26/09

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge

    Donna Dutton:

    Dewayne S. Coons, operating on suspended/revoked operator's license and failure to surrender revoked operator's license - guilty - 90-day sentence, serve 30 days, balance conditionally discharged for 2 years  $143 costs; first-degree criminal trespassing - guilty - six-moth sentence, serve 30 days, balance conditionally discharged for 2 years and $144 costs.

  • Family seeks dog lost in fire

    A family whose house burned two weeks ago is still looking for a dog that disappeared from the home the night of the fire, the sheriff's office said.

    Deputy Mike Murray, who investigated the fire on Jail Hill Road on May 13, in which arson is suspected, said the family found one dog dead at the home but cannot locate the other.

    "The other one is still at large," he said.

    The dog is described as a 13-year-old black lab, weighing about 100 pounds, with a square face and one foot with white on the toe.

  • Court Reports June 3, 2009

    Circuit court

    Civil suits filed

    Discover Bank, New Albany, Ohio, vs. Roy L. Saunders and Linda Thompson, PO Box 75, default on credit card agreement for $17,438.93 plus interest, attorney's fees and costs.

    Citizens Union Bank, PO Box 189, vs. Dale A. and Jennifer L. Kennedy, 3722 Mareli Dr., et al., default on note for $77,769.86 plus interest, attorney's fees and costs.

    Masonic Homes of Kentucky, PO Box 909, vs. Maribeth P. Latek, Frankfort, default on indebtedness for $14,000 plus interest, attorney's fees and costs.