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Today's News

  • Leggett & Platt to close doors

    Leggett & Platt Corporation, part of Simpsonville for more than 50 years, will shut down by mid-January.

    Company officials said that by Jan. 18, all of the company's 240 current workers will lose their jobs. The first of those layoffs to begin on Dec. 14.

  • Police seek armed man

    Police are looking for a lone gunman who robbed two people in in two separate holdups on Friday, Nov. 21, according to Shelbyville Police Officer Istvan Kovacs.

    The man is described as a black male, 6 feet tall and weighing between 190-200 pounds. He was wearing a pull-over sweat shirt, blue jeans and a bandana over his face.

  • Southern States Shelbyville distributes assets

    A check in the mail is always a good thing. Two checks are even better. Two unexpected checks are better yet.

    Members and patrons of the Southern States Shelbyville Cooperative got checks in the mail last week as the local cooperative dissolved its assets. Last June, the Shelbyville cooperative voted to go out of business and join the larger, regional Southern States Cooperative. The change took effect July 1, and co-op officials marked a grand reopening in mid-September.

  • CATS task force makes recommendations

    An education task force has recommended that the state expand arts programs for students and change some of the methods and standards with which students are assessed.

    The Task Force on Assessment and Accountability, which two women from Shelby County are a part of, made their recommendations to the state board earlier this week.

  • County finances in the red

    The bad news is that the county government is experiencing a budget deficit.

    The good news is that it's nothing they can't handle.

    At least, according to Shelby County Deputy Judge Executive Rusty Newton, who said that the exact amount of the shortfall has yet to be determined.

    "We have to examine that issue in a finance committee meeting that we are having next week,” he said. "We won't have those numbers until then, because it will depend upon the deficit of occupational taxes.”

  • Local product could help farmers

    An animal dietary supplement made in Simpsonville is being researched by Western Kentucky University as a possible means of improving animal mortality rates and bolstering farmer’s profit margins.

    Gov. Steve Beshear presented WKU with a check for $26,257 on Tuesday to fund research into Re-Borne, a product that is designed to protect horses and livestock from contracting deadly diseases and boost their performance.

  • Candlelight vigil held for local woman who died in jail

    More than 200 people braved frigid temperatures last Friday night to gather in front of the Frankfort Regional Jail, where a local woman died three months ago.

    Ana Romero, 44, of Shelbyville, was a native of El Salvador who was jailed and slated for deportation because she was in the country illegally. Although she was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center when she was arrested, she was transferred to the Frankfort facility where she was held for several months while awaiting deportation.

  • EARLIER: Murder suspect still at large

    Whoever murdered James Duckett remains at large today as police try to piece together a trail of evidence.

    Kentucky State Police officers continue to collect information in an attempt to locate the killer, who fled in Duckett’s truck and dumped it several miles away, just off Taylorsville Road west of Shelbyville.

  • Armed men at large

    Two armed men remain at large after holding up the Starting Gate food mart and Chevron station in Simpsonville Wednesday afternoon.

    The two men, described as young Hispanic males, held up the clerk at the store shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    “They did pull a weapon on the clerk,” said Shelby County Sheriff's detective Jason Rice.

    The two men got away with an undetermined amount of money and were last seen traveling toward Todds Point Road in a maroon SUV.

  • What we think: Should Stumbo's ban from schools be lifted?

     Scott Stumbo, the man that should never have been hired, again is battling his former employer, the Shelby County School District.

    At question is whether Stumbo, who was fired this year after he was charged with making inappropriate sexual comments to a student, should remain barred from school grounds and functions  involving his two daughters, who attend Shelby County High School and Simpsonville Elementary.