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Today's News

  • Who you gonna call?

    In a mock congressional committee in Frankfort Tuesday, Shelby County seniors vetoed a bill to prohibit use of cell phones in the car except for hands-free devices.

    Hosted by State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), a group of honor students debated the merits of soon-to-be proposed legislation (BR 135) that would make the use of hand-held cell phones in automobiles a secondary offense.

  • Crash on La Grange Road kills one

    A local man was killed, and an Ohio man remains in serious condition following an automobile accident on La Grange Road last weekend.

    Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Rice said Thomas A. Alvarado, 38, of La Grange, was killed when the 1999 Ford Contour he was driving was struck by a Chevrolet Impala driven by Roy L. Mullins of Monroe, Ohio.

    The accident happened at about 6:30 Friday night in the 6400 block of La Grange Road when Mullins, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and struck Alvarado head on, Rice said.

  • EMS to launch special task force

    The county had a dream that Todd Early is working hard to make a reality.

    Almost as soon as he was hired a few months ago, Early, the new deputy Emergency Management Services director, began working to put together a Shelby Task Force, a multipurpose team of specialists that would handle  hazardous material cleanups and various types of complicated rescues, including animals, and water and trench rescues.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports

    Drunken Driving

    Rosario Miguel Gonzalez, 29, of Shelbyville, was arrested Nov. 22 on Smithfield and Walnut and charged with DUI, disregarding a traffic control device and no operator's license.

    Jonathan Rice, 23, of Shelbyville, was arrested Nov. 19 on Ky. 55 and charged with DUI.

    Diana B. Farris, 41, of Shelbyville, was arrested Nov. 15 on Kentucky Street and charged with DUI, first offense and fleeing and evading police on foot.

  • 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.