Today's News

  • Former finance officer indicted for theft

    A former longtime county employee charged with embezzling more than $23,000, was indicted on theft-related charges this week.

    Jenny King of Bagdad was arrested in May and charged with theft by unlawful taking and 74 counts of forgery, said Maj. Jason Rice with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

    King is charged with stealing the money from the county’s general fund over an 18-month period from April 2013 to December 2014.

  • District prepares to go digital

    Chief Operations Officer Eddie Oakley presented to the board of education Thursday an update regarding the details for the distribution of 2,000 Chromebooks to all ninth through twelfth grade students in the district.

    Oakley said they are anticipating deploying the devices around the beginning of October.

    In the meantime, he said, the district is getting everything in order to ensure the devices are ready for student use.

    Preparing them for distribution –cataloging, coding, and imaging every device– will take around two weeks.

  • McKinley’s not ready to let go

    Like other parents of a 19-year-old, Teresa and Skip McKinley say they are having a hard time letting their baby go.  Their child, however, is a small restaurant at 615 Main Street that the couple established together, McKinley’s Bread Shop and Deli.

    “I like to say that we conceived McKinley’s, gave birth to it and nurtured it,” Teresa McKinley said.

    But with nearly two-decades of owning and operating the shop under their belt, the couple reluctantly admits they need to retire.

  • Animal shelter gets grant

    The Shelby County Animal Shelter received a small grant last week from the Kentucky Cattleman’s Foundation.

    The $1,000 grant was from the Animal Shelter Assistance Program, which is in its fifth year and its funded by the foundation.

    Animal Shelter Director Leon Federle said the money has gone toward improving the pet bathing facilities at the shelter, and that he has already purchased the equipment and is in the process of installing it.

  • McConnell visits Shelby

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) noted the value of finding common ground and bipartisan work to advance the nation Tuesday when he addressed a full banquet room of Shelby County residents at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Drug testing program to include eighth graders

    The Shelby County Board of Education has elected to include eighth graders in the district’s pilot program for the athletic drug testing.

    Director of Student Services Dave Weedman shared with the board during Thursday’s regular meeting the details of the drug-testing program that the district’s plans to pilot for the 2015-16 school year and board members were displeased that the younger students were omitted from the eight-page draft.

  • County sets date for tax reading

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court will set the county tax rate two weeks from now at a special called meeting.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, 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.

    He added that he does not expect the rate to change.

  • Water district penalized for Waddy water tank collapse

    The U.S. 60 Water District has agreed to pay the maximum penalty in connection with last year’s collapse of a water tank in Waddy.

    Andrew Melnkovych, spokesperson for the Kentucky Public Service Commission, said officials with the U.S. 60 Water District had met with PSC staff and negotiated a settlement agreement that called for a $1,500 penalty for each of three violations as well as expedited tank inspections.

  • Sen. Paul commits to pay for caucus

    Presidential candidate Rand Paul has said that if the Kentucky GOP were to decide to switch to a caucus instead of a presidential primary, he would fund the event.

    “Senator Paul pledged to make sure that the caucus wouldn't cost the state party anything, and he stands by that pledge to fund it,” said Kelsey Cooper, Kentucky spokesperson for Paul. “The money is in the bank, and we anticipate the support of the full central committee for a caucus in 2016.”

  • Woman charged with videoing her children in sex acts

    A Shelbyville woman and her boyfriend have been arrested on several felony offenses connected with child pornography involving her own young children.

    Melissa A. Torres, 35, of Mount Eden Road, and Rafael Mendoza-Anorve, 39, of Shelby Hall Drive, were arrested Wednesday. Both were charged with promoting a minor in a sexual performance. Mendoza-Anorve was also charged with possession/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and Torres was also charged with distribution of the material as well as the use of a minor in a sexual performance.