Today's News

  • Equality for all

    Too many thing of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as a black and white organization, but that’s not the case. Instead, the NAACP operates in all spectrums, and an active chapter has had its voice heard in Shelby County for more than 60 years.

    Brenda Jackson, vice president of the Shelby County Chapter of the NAACP, said many people don’t comprehend the scope of the organization.

  • Inspiration to succeed

    If you're feeling like you've gotten into a rut, or you need motivation to work up the courage to pursue a dream you've been kicking around, a local man has written a book to help fill that bill.

    Alton Lee Webb's Go Outside, published last year, is not your ordinary self-motivation book.

    Well, it does fit into that category, but it's certainly not ordinary.

  • What the heart wants? Exercise, healthy eating

    With matters of the heart on your mind in February, it’s important to remember that love isn’t exactly all you need – especially when it comes to heart health. While you’re searching for cards adorned with hearts, take a minute to explore ways to ensure that the only fluttering your heart feels is when that special someone turns the corner.

  • 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.

  • A healthier community

    In keeping with a move in which Kentucky’s local boards of health are adopting a legislative platform targeting at updating the state’s public health system with the goal of improving overall health throughout the state, Shelby County is ready to meet that challenge, officials say.

    In fact, said David Cammack, new interim director of the Shelby County Health Department, appointed last year upon the retirement of Renee Blair, the board has already taken what he feels are great strides, considering a big change in staffing.

  • 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.

  • Church objects to relocation of liquor store

    Cox's Smokers Outlet is in the process of remodeling the former Zaxby’s restaurant on Midland Trail for its new location, but members of the church next door say they object to its presence.

    “It’s a moral issue,” said Ronald Holder, pastor of Clay Street Baptist. “Everything they sell, we stand against it – we teach against people smoking and drinking.”

    In addition to tobacco products, the business, currently located in the Village Plaza shopping center, also sells beer, liquor and wine.

  • Dishing out dining dollars

    With the first year of the Shelbyville Restaurant Tax in the books, many residents have asked council members where the money is going.

    Shelbyville City Administrator Fred Rogers said in the first year, the city has received about $350,000 from the tax, which was split 50/50 with tourism– meaning the tax generated around $700,000 in Shelbyville in the first year.

    Some funds have already been put to good use, Shelbyville City Council member Bobby Andriot said, but they are being cautious about moving forward too quick.

  • 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.