Today's News

  • No one injured at fire near Bagdad

    No one was injured in a fire near Bagdad Wednesday that started in the basement of a home.

    The cause of a house fire at 200 Bob Rogers Road at about noon Wednesday is not known, but the fire is not being considered suspicious, officials said.

    Waddy Fire Chief Darrell Brown said that multiple fire departments responded because there is a shortage of hydrants in the area, so three other departments brought tanker trucks.

    The homeowners, Walter and Lisa Clare, were not home at the time the fire broke out, but one of them arrived shortly afterward.

  • NEWS DIGEST: May 9, 2014

    Martha Wilkinson, former first lady, dies


    Former Kentucky first lady Martha Wilkinson died Wednesday at 72. Her husband, former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, served from 1987 to 1991.

    Mr. Wilkinson is remembered for his role in the Kentucky Educational Reform Act and implementing a state lottery while Mrs. Wilkinson was an advocate for adult literacy.

    She died in Florida. Arrangements are pending but it's thought she will be buried in Florida beside her husband, who died in 2002.

  • Bus driver leaves 2 kids to walk home

    Two Shelby County Public School students were released from a bus several blocks from their home and left to walk, without the driver knowing if anyone was at the house.

    Deven, 12, and Nathan Armstrong, 8, were let off the bus about 6:40 Monday morning when Nathan became sick. According to Deven Armstrong, bus driver Garnetta Stivers asked the boys for their father, Larry Armstrong’s, phone number. When they didn’t have it, Stivers told the boys to go home.

  • Two new lanes to open today on KY 55

    After more than a year of traffic congestion on KY 55 at the interchange with Interstate 64, that situation is about to get some relief, transportation officials say.

    The intersection will opened today with two lanes traveling both north and south, and turning lanes at the entrance ramps for both east and westbound entrance to I-64.

  • Former Baptist minister calls for fairness

    The call for a Fairness Ordinance in Shelbyville came once again at the council’s meeting Thursday, but not from the same Kentuckians for the Commonwealth group. Instead, this time it was delivered by a former Baptist minister.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Garbage ordinance will include recycling

    The Shelbyville City Council approved its first reading of the long awaited garbage ordinance at Thursday’s meeting and the council made the decision to make recycling part of the service.

    “Our plans are to ask for one bid for trash and recycling,” Mayor tom Hardesty said “They [haulers] keep telling us you will get a cheaper bid to include both services.”

    This is a change from the council’s previous plan to request prices for trash service, trash and recycling service and trash service with recycling as an extra fee.

  • District looks to continue efficiency improvements

    Energy improvements will be part of the discussion for Shelby County Public School Board’s meeting Thursday.

    The will board will consider approving K. Norman Berry Associate Architects to begin a building envelope project for Painted Stone Elementary School.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Approved budget is almost $9 million

    The Shelbyville City Council gave approved on first reading a nearly $9 million budget for 2014-2015.

    For the fiscal year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 the city budget will have expenses of $8,717, 033, balancing for the year. The city plans to carry over the same general fund balance of nearly $4 million that it will carry over from this year.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, in his budget address, stated public safety services will come first as budget priorities.

  • Family left homeless in Mount Eden Fire

    A Mount Eden family has been left homeless after a house fire destroyed their home Saturday.

    Bobby and Jessica Loving were at home, at 7609 Hempridge Road, when the fire broke out Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

    Lt. John Butler with the Mount Eden Fire Department said the fire started in the kitchen.

    Jessica Loving, he noted, had been cooking and went outside to check on her grandchildren. While she was still outside, her husband, who was mowing the grass, saw smoke coming from the house.

    The house was a total loss, Butler said.

  • Bagdad fire suspicious, officials say

    A fire that heavily damaged a home in Bagdad has some suspicious elements, so much so that an investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze, officials say.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said that just before the call of a fire at 6046 Elmburg Road came in at 8 p.m. Sunday night, a call had gone out for a domestic dispute at the residence. Because of that, he said, his crews had to wait until sheriff’s deputies arrived and declared the scene safe for firefighters.