Today's News

  • Mall traffic plan for Black Friday low key

    Swarms of shoppers, bumper-to-bumper traffic and people rushing, dashing will descend on Simpsonville for its first big Black Friday shopping event but officials aren’t too worried.

    Representatives with the Outlet Mall of the Bluegrass say they are confident that the measures they have in place to handle Friday’s day after Thanksgiving traffic – which are very low key compared to that of the mall’s grand opening in July – will be adequate to handle the crowds and cars.

  • Frozen is hot for Black Friday

    For the first year in more than a decade, Barbie dolls will not be topping off little girls’ Christmas list, according to the National Retail Federation, as one in five parents of little girls are anticipating the purchase of Disney’s Frozen items instead. 

    The animated movie, which was released last November became an immediate hit and has since become the highest grossing animated film of all time.

  • Ferguson not as violent as it appears

    On August 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police Officer Darren Wilson.  Monday evening, the announcement was made that a grand jury had voted to not indict Wilson.

    Following the release of the decision, televisions and computers have been flooded with videos of riots, looting, protests and violence.

    But St. Louis resident Casey McBride, daughter of Waddy resident Leslie McBride, says a lot of what we are seeing has been exaggerated.

  • District hires new Director of Finance

    Shelby County Public Schools has hired a new Director of Finance to fill the position left vacant when Greg Murphy stepped down from the position last month in the wake of a former employee being charged with embezzling almost $600,000.

    Susan Barkley, currently employed with the Kentucky Department of Education, will fill the position starting on Dec. 1.

    Murphy, who stepped down from the position on October 29, is still employed with the district.

  • Kempers tabbed as Farmers of Year

    Although the award is the Farmer of the Year, Leonard and Jeanne Kemper might better qualify for the Farmers of the Years award.

    Tabbed as this year’s recipient during the Farm City Banquet on Tuesday, the Kempers were quite surprised.

    “Pure shock, that’s all I can say,” said Jeanne Kemper. “We are honored to be chosen, but there are so many other deserving people.”

    Long known as dairy farmers, the Kempers, who sold their dairy of 42 years last year, still farm beef cattle, tobacco and soybeans.

  • Pollett sworn in as state association president

    A large state agency has a new president, which is none other than Shelby County Magistrate Hubie Pollett.

    “It is an honor to have the members of KACo select me as their president,” he said. “Keeping this association strong is important to the counties, and to the local officials.”

    Pollett was sworn in Nov. 20 as president of the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) at its 40th Annual Conference and Exposition at the Lexington Convention Center.

  • Collins senior named National Merit semifinalist

    The Shelby County Board of Education commended Elizabeth McGuire on Thursday, for her achievement in being selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  McGuire, a senior at Martha Layne Collins High School, is one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.5 million applicants to the program and is the sole semifinalist in the district.

    “It’s a major honor,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said, noting his pride in her achievement.

  • Thanksgiving service challenges community to open eyes


    Though the sun had set on Simpsonville, a small church congregation was shining bright Tuesday evening, as songs of Thanksgiving filled the sanctuary at Simpsonville Christian Church.

    For a number of years, several churches within Shelby County have hosted a community-wide Thanksgiving service at Simpsonville Christian the night before Thanksgiving.  However, for the past two years the service has been held on a Tuesday evening to accommodate travelers.

  • Grateful to be giving

    Volunteers who are working on preparing a community wide Thanksgiving Dinner to be served at the Stratton Center Thursday say they have a secret ingredient planned for each dish.

    “We’re gonna put plenty of love into everything we cook,” said Laura Moorman. “Because it’s true what they say – when you serve others, you receive the biggest blessing of all.”

  • Horse rescued from farm pond

    An elderly horse pulled from a farm pond in Simpsonville over the weekend had some very scary hours before the haggard animal was retrieved, weak and nearly frozen by a crew of humane rescue workers.

    What’s worse, it’s not even known how long the 23-year-old mare, Bayern, was in the pond before she was discovered.

    Amanda Williamson said she was house sitting at the home of her aunt, Sherra Kapfhammer on Aiken Road Saturday when she was awakened shortly before 9 a.m. by a knock on the door.