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Today's News

  • EARLIER: No sign of arson in Shelbyville fire

    The blaze last week that left Shelbyville’s downtown streetscape with a gaping hole was not caused by an arsonist.

    “We don’t suspect any arson,” Shelbyville Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker said Tuesday. “It’s all been passed over to the insurance investigators now.”

  • EARLIER: Dozens work around clock to assist firefighting

    As firefighters focused their attention between 610 and 620 Main Street on Wednesday, hundreds of onlookers made their way to the area to take in the devastation and watch firemen and women work.

    Everyone, from Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty to Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger to citizens on the street, has marveled at a job well done, and perhaps rightfully so.

    But behind those firemen were several other departments and citizens quietly working to help and provide the resources for them to do their work.

  • EARLIER: Early morning fire leaves Shelbyville restaurant, lives in rubble

    One of Shelbyville’s most popular restaurants lies buried beneath a pile of rubble today, the headline victim of a devastating fire that spared four lives but killed four historic buildings in the city’s downtown.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville Police officer rouses 4 from blaze

    Flames leapt high into the frigid predawn air Wednesday as dozens of firefighters from several departments struggled to combat both the flames and Mother Nature at a devastating blaze that destroyed three downtown businesses.
    But before firefighters even got on the scene, a heroic Shelbyville Police officer, who had spotted the flames while responding to a burglary alarm at the site – possibly triggered by the fire – rescued four men living in an apartment above a burning restaurant.

  • EARLIER: Main Street fire stirs memory of 1985, leaves opportunity in its wake

    As soon as the fire ignited at 616 Main Street early Wednesday morning, Main Street was changed forever.

    The intricately woven landscape of downtown Shelbyville, with buildings tied together at street level, upstairs or even through basements, was the perfect place for fire to ravage through several buildings. The quick response from Shelbyville firefighters likely being the only reason the fire didn’t consume the whole block.

  • 109 Board accepts $2.75 million bid for new center

    Shelby County’s planned solid-waste facility moved a step closer to reality Thursday when a contractor for the project was selected from eight bids.

    Dugan & Meyer Construction of Louisville was the lowest bidder, agreeing to complete the facility on Windhurst Way in Shelbyville for $2,751,850, the amount that had been projected for the project. The total cost for the new facility, including land purchase and consulting fees is about $3.2 million.

  • Shelbyville committee reviews garbage, recycling ordinance

    Shelbyville City Council appears closer to having a curbside garbage and recycling ordinance to consider.

    City Attorney Steve Gregory told council members on Thursday night that he had drafted the elements of an ordinance and delivered that to members of the council’s committee that is steering the project.

  • New waste facility moves forward fast

    Shelby County’s planned solid-waste facility moved a step closer to becoming a reality Thursday when the bidding process for the project was given the go-ahead at a meeting of the Shelby County 109 Board.

    “We’ve got all of the pre-bid documents ready now, and the design is completed,” 109 Board Chair Rusty Newton said. “We should be ready to go to bid by the end of October.”

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville City Council: Garbage, recycling talk returning

    A big item emerged from a small meeting Thursday night of the Shelbyville City Council.

    “[City Attorney] Steve Gregory is working up an initial draft of an ordinance for curbside garbage and recycling that we should be able to bring to you [the council members] soon,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said. “This will be something we can work for public forums and meetings going forward.”

    After meeting with a council subcommittee, Gregory said he has gotten started but that there isn’t much he can share on the ordinance.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville City Council: Few show to talk trash

    A poor turnout at a public hearing Thursday on curbside trash and recycling pickup is a sign that most city residents are in favor of curbside trash and recycling collection, officials say.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said he wasn’t surprised to see only five people from the public – with three of them from the same neighborhood – show up to voice objections to having the city handle their trash collection and recycling.

    He added that the positive feedback he has had from residents outside of the public hearing far outweighs the negative.