Today's News

  • City gives 1st OK for annexation of bowling center

    The Shelbyville City Council took the first step for annexation of the property where the former Bluegrass Bowling Center now sits.

    The council voted unanimously in favor on the first reading of annexation at Thursday’s special called meeting. The second reading will be at another special called meeting on April 19.

    The move could pave the way for the county’s only bowling alley to reopen.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville's sidewalk ordinance: ‘Unfair, unwise…illegal’

    A group of business and property owners finally had their say in front of the Shelbyville City Council during Thursday’s special called meeting at city hall.

    The group was formed in opposition to the city’s sidewalk ordinance, which calls for property owners to repair sidewalks along their property when they fall into disrepair.

  • What we think: Bullitt's bold ban of smoking in public places inspires action

    You may have read recently about a bold new policy decision rendered in Bullitt County.
    Bullitt’s Board of Health voted to make all publicly accessed facilities in the county – including some parks and outdoor areas – smoke free.
    We find this an intriguing step in the debate between smokers’ rights and the greater good of public health. Their concept also is far more wide-ranging and stringent than policies passed by legislative bodies across Kentucky.

  • We congratulate: More good news for Shelby County's economy

    The preliminary approval of state incentives announced Thursday for Ficosa North America is the latest in a surge of terrific economic news for Shelby County.
    Following announced plans at Martinrea Heavy Stamping, Katayama and Shelby Industries, we are now up to four the number of companies that will be adding jobs in the coming years.

  • MY WORD: Cutting Medicaid is no place to start with state budget

    I am writing to express my disappointment in local politicians for supporting the proposed 35 percent, across-the-boards reduction in Kentucky Medicaid services. Do they fully understand the impact this would have on our most frail and vulnerable population?

  • Animal fundraiser bites 1 participant

    Officials of a local animal support group have expressed dissatisfaction with the way the proceeds were divided from a fundraiser that included all animal rescue organizations in Shelby County.

    The Monarchs, Mutts & Meows, an overflow event at Claudia Sanders Dinner House on Feb. 12, generated about $15,000 that was to have been divided among the Shelby County Humane Society, the No-Kill Mission, Operation Catsnip Woodstock and Lifebridge for Animals.

  • ‘A new twist on an old story’

    Richard Luebbert pauses as he considers how to describe his first book, just off the presses and already in a second printing:

    “Well, it’s about Jesus,” he says simply.

    The book is called, a little less simply, Jesus for the 21st Century, The Unified Gospel, which Luebbert describes as a “new look at the old, old story.”

    The book, which he will display at a signing April 21 at the Shelby County Public Library, is the combined gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John arranged in a new way

  • EARLIER: Crime Stoppers seeks info on thefts from autos

    The practice of stealing metallic parts from automobiles for sale as scrap metal has led to another theft, police say.

    Sometime between 3 and 7 a.m. Thursday someone cut the catalytic converter off two vehicles on the lot of Clear Creek Auto at 87 7th St.

    Istvan Kovacs, community resource officer at the Shelbyville Police Department said that catalytic converters are frequently targeted by thieves, who sell them to recycling centers as scrap metal.

    The converters will cost more than $200 each to replace.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports April 6, 2011



    Robert W. Jones, 55, of 583 Hawthorne Ave. in Shelbyville was arrested March 28 on Waddy Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense and speeding.




    Duron Campbell, 23, of 28 7th St. in Shelbyville was arrested March 28 on Midland Trail and charged with operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license and possession of a license when privileges are revoked.

  • 5 arrested in drug raid on Brown Ave. in Shelbyville

    Shelbyville Police arrested five people Friday and removed  child from a home Brown Avenue where they found drugs being prepared to be sold.

    Officers arrested Dereck Richmond, 20, Chauncy Johnson, 36, Michele Penn, 43, Cheryl Abell, 24 and Casey Abell, 22.

    Johnson and Richmond are charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled (cocaine) and possession of marijuana.

    Penn and Cheryl Abell are charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, and Casey Abell is charged with possession of controlled substance.