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Today's News

  • Youth with a mission

    “I really love to see the fulfillment on the homeowner’s face when they get the work done,” said Hailey Wood.

    “They really need it and it’s a really heartwarming experience. That’s what keeps me coming back – it’s so needed in the community.”

    Wood, 18, a senior at Shelby County High School, is one of several local students who will be joining hundreds of middle and high school students from around the state and even the nation this summer in a project called Kentucky Changers.

  • Changing with change

    The Shelby County Humane Society got its wish granted recently on the backs of thousands of wishes from the community.

    The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass presented a donation of more than $1,400 to the Shelby County Humane Society – funds accumulated one coin at a time from the fountain in the center court of the shopping center.

  • A wave of encouragement

    If your morning commute takes you down Washington Street in Shelbyville, there’s a good chance you’ve passed Jeff Morton – and possibly even exchanged a friendly wave.

    Every morning between 6:30 and 8 a.m., Morton – always sporting his favorite University of Louisville gear – walks the same route he’s traveled nearly for nearly a year now.

  • Investigation in human remains enters new stage

    After an intensive search for more human remains in Waddy yielded more skeletal bones last week, investigators are now concentrating on a more daunting task –identification.

    “Any technology that’s out there that can help identify, as to male, female, age – we are trying to determine if we’re going to have an avenue where we can identify this individual,” said Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong.

  • Heritage’s Lyles named Teacher of the Year

    Shelby County Public Schools announced Heritage Elementary School’s Julia Lyles as the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year.

    Surrounded by friends, colleagues and family members, the third grade teacher was recognized Thursday evening at a ceremony honoring each school’s selected teacher of the year, following a brief video in their honor.

    Lyles said she was honored to receive the recognition.

  • Kindergarten start dates pushed

    Some parents gearing up to send their little one to kindergarten in the upcoming school year might have to hold off on their school supply shopping for another year.

    Starting this coming school year, children must be five years old on or before Aug. 1 to enter kindergarten.  Previously, the cutoff was October 1.

    In 2012, however, the General Assembly changed the law with the mindset that younger students may not be ready for kindergarten.

    That law is set to go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Mini horse recovering after vicious attack

    Though moving painfully Princess, the miniature horse recently stabbed after being attacked by a dog, is slowly recuperating.

    William “Snake” Bruns said that he is keeping a close eye on the miniature horse he rescued 16 years ago, after she was first attacked Jan. 19 at his residence on Jail Hill Road by a pit bull and then again Jan. 23 by a person.

  • Bourbon goes green

    While not yet fully operational, Diageo’s Bulleit Distilling Company is already working to keep its “good neighbor” promise by reducing its carbon footprint. The 300-acre distillery and warehouses facility on Benson Pike set to open within the year, recently installed a solar array that distillery officials say is expected to produce about 40 megawatt hours per year.

    Candi Waford with Shelby Energy Cooperative said Diageo’s decision to install the solar array is likely not one aimed at financial gain, but rather too reap the environmental benefits.

  • Hemp permits in full bloom

    With the number of acres allotted to grow industrial hemp nearly tripling in 2017, this could be the year the crop challenges Kentucky’s reputation as the Bluegrass State.

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly three times the number of acres that were approved for the previous year. More than 525,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2017.

  • Putnam pleads guilty to robbery at Simpsonville PD

    When Terry Putnam appeared in court Tuesday with his attorney Brian Butler, he pleaded guilty to a theft that had shocked the community in November 2015.

    Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7, 2016 in connection with the November 2015 robbery of thousands of dollars as well as guns and drugs from the Simpsonville Police Department, quietly pleaded guilty before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman.

    “I’ve explained it [consequences] to him and he wants to proceed with this,” Putnam’s attorney, Brian Butler told Hickman.