Today's News

  • Hornback: AT&T Bill should pass this year

    A bill that would allow telephone companies such as AT&T to abandon landlines in rural areas could pass the Kentucky General Assembly this year after a four-year effort, lawmakers say.

    “[In the beginning] everybody was against it when I first proposed it, and now I feel like everybody’s for it,” said State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville).

  • Goldsmith pleads guilty to murder charge

    A Shelby County man who has been in jail for nearly three years has pleaded guilty to murder and related charges, and prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 22 years.

    Marcus Goldsmith, 55, of Shelbyville, was arrested in the early morning hours of March 16, 2012, and charged with the murder of Keith A. Jackson, who was found lying in the doorway of his apartment, mortally injured from stab wounds. He was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Outlet expanding, adding new buildings

    It’s only been six months since the ribbon cutting, but patrons of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass could be shopping at several more new stores next holiday season,

    Officials with the shopping center have confirmed that plans for an expansion are underway at the 365,000-square-foot retail center off Exit 28 in Simpsonville.

    Gina Slechta, Vice President of Marketing for Horizon Group Properties said the expansion is planned for the grassy section in the parking area on the north side of the center near Nike and between the center and I-64.

  • District starts budget process

    The Shelby County Board of Education accepted the first draft budget for the 2015-16 school year Thursday night and based on projections using last year’s funding, the district is expecting a $538,162 increase in local General Fund receipts.

    That good news is short lived, however, as the district also expects to see expenses increase by almost double that amount, with a little more than $1 million expected in expenditures.

  • Winter weather finally underway

    It seems the winter everyone feared has finally arrived in Kentucky, but its bark may prove to be stronger than its bite.

    After a couple snow events over the past few days, it appears the winter is no fiercer than usual, and according to Mark Jarvis, the lead forecaster with the National Weather Service, this winter is just hitting average.

    “We’re on average with the snow. Friday and Saturday brought it up to near normal,” he said.

    But Jarvis added that it’s still early in the season.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – ATC expansion to broaden Career Villages

    The Shelby County Board of Education got a sneak peak of the district’s modern education tactics on Thursday when Assistant Superintendent Kerry Whitehouse and Tommy Hurt, the district’s chief information officer, gave a report on 21st Century Support Systems, the fifth strand of the Strategic Leadership Plan.

    While the district’s one-to-one computing plan calls for each high school student this year to receive a digital device, the district has still not been able to secure funding.

  • Proposal for apartment complex passes 1st reading

    A hot topic in zoning circles is one step closer to approval after receiving a first reading Thursday night by the Shelbyville City Council.

    Council members had already heard from both surrounding residents and developers of the 15-acre property for which a 216-unit apartment complex is being proposed at the intersection of Breighton Circle and Brunerstown Road in two previous meetings, and on Thursday were ready for the first step of the approval with a first reading.

  • Shelbyville City Council: More public education needed on trash

    More than two weeks after the City of Shelbyville implemented a new curbside trash pick up service, haulers told the Shelbyville City Council that things are going smoothly, for the most part.

    There is a slight problem, though, with people putting things that don’t belong in the recycling carts, said Greg Butler, municipal relationship manager for Republic Services.

  • Man killed in fatal crash

    Joseph Rivers, 46, was killed Friday in a fatal crash on I-64.

    The accident happened in the westbound lane shortly before 5 p.m. near mile marker 37.

    Rivers was killed in the single vehicle accident when he flipped his vehicle. The road was closed for nearly two hours. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investiagating the crash.

  • Keeping kids safe

    A six-member panel consisting of members of various law enforcement agencies and a state senator addressed a room of concerned parents and young adults on Saturday at the Shelby County Public Library.

    In an effort to create a positive relationship between local law enforcement and youth, the Shelbyville Area NAACP held a community conversation titled, “Staying Safe – Keeping our Children Alive.”

    Local NAACP President Janice Harris said the meeting was needed in light of recent events.