Today's News

  • County tax reading is Thursday

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will set the county tax rate Thursday at a special called meeting for that purpose.

    At the Aug. 18 meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger explained the procedure.

    “We are going to do the tax hearing on Sept. 3 at 8:30 [a.m.], followed by a special meeting to set the tax rate the same day,” he said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Concerns loom regarding graduation requirements

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard the concern of a Shelby County High School student’s father, John Masters, during their public comments portion of their meeting Thursday regarding the district’s new standards for college and career readiness for the 2015-16 school year.

    “They have to pass the ACT (American College Testing) test for college and career readiness, that’s a requirement from KDE [the Kentucky Department of Education]. My concern is the ACT test was not designed for that purpose.”

  • Drug use on the rise


  • Assessment identifies community needs

    An organization that has been awarding grants to charitable and other organizations for 25 years has taken steps to zero in more precisely on which ones need money the most.

    At a public gathering on Wednesday, those findings will be disclosed by representatives of the two agencies that are leaders in local grant giving, the Shelby County Community Foundation and Metro United Way.

  • Bill could prolong summer break

    As the doors to schools reopen, gates to theme parks across the nation generally close.  Summer break is discouraging for some kids but it can be a major financial burden for many businesses that depend on the revenue of summer vacationers and the employment of students.

    A bill headed to the senate looks to rectify that by extending summer break.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelby County Tourism & Visitors Bureau, said she sees a decline in tourism once schools reopen.

  • New Main Street business will cater to kids

    With piles of unassembled playground parts piled against the walls, the developing business at 525 Main Street in Shelbyville may not seem like much now.  But in the coming weeks, that building will become the headquarters for laughing, excited children, as Kaleidoscopes, a new indoor play park, is unveiled.

    With three stories, the building will encompass a rock wall, a Lego room and numerous play areas.

    “There’s going to be huge playground structures, different things like that around here,” said manager Leslie Shoulders.

  • A heart for home

    When Paul Fryman left Shelbyville four decades ago, he was a shy teenager who never dreamed that a career in ministry would one day lead him back to the only place he had ever really called home.

    He remembers how, in 1974, two years before he graduated from Shelbyville High School, his church family enveloped him, with a love that still warms his heart today, after he announced his desire to enter the ministry.

  • Extension field day

    The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office will host a free field day event Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 at Red Orchard Park, 704 Kentucky Street.

    The first 200 individuals will receive a free meal from the Shelby County Cattlemen’s Association.

    To receive the meal, guests will need to visit the registration booth for a ticket upon arrival.

    There will be drawings for various prizes, as well.

  • Assaults, thefts up

    A flurry of activity surrounded the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass after its opening last year, however, not all of that activity was pumping money back into the local economy. Instead much of that activity kept Simpsonville Police officers on the move during the second half of 2014.

    Thefts in Simpsonville highlighted much of the increase in crime across the county for 2014.

    The small town with the new big mall saw thefts increase 150 percent, rising from 16 in 2013 to 40 in 2014.

  • Man hit by car in fair condition at UoL

    A Shelbyville man is still in the hospital in fair condition after being hit by a car Friday night on Frankfort Road.

    Police say that they discovered Jonathan Baker, 20, lying on the side of the road in the area of the warehouses after receiving several 911 calls from people reporting a man walking in the roadway.

    In his report, Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Younger said that callers had stated that Baker appeared to be intoxicated, waving his arms and flipping off motorists.