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Today's News

  • 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.

  • That’s the spirit

    As the Kentucky State Fair gets underway tomorrow, but some competitive categories have already been judged, and a Shelbyville couple residents, although empty-handed, are coming away happy.

    Michael Bramlage and Jordan Marcum entered the home beer brewing competition for the first time, and Bramlage said they came away with some valuable experience.

  • An excited return

    With warm sunshine and hardly a cloud in the sky, Wednesday was a picturesque day for children to return to school.  And with bright smiles and warm hugs the attitudes of students and faculty members appeared just as ideal as the weather.

    Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the positive energy was evident.

    “Just the enthusiasm across the district almost feels different this year,” he said, noting the beautiful weather may have been a factor.

  • 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.”

  • Swim schedule sinks coach

    After a summer of heated negotiations proved futile, the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. system settled on a swim practice schedule that has left some up in arms and two high school swim teams without a coach.

    J.P. LaVertu has reluctantly resigned from the position as swim coach for both Shelby County and Collins high schools.

    “Due to some scheduling conflicts with his work schedule it basically made it impossible for him to do morning practices,” said Collins Athletics Director Randy Fawns.

  • 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.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION: Public gets chance for input on craft brewery, distillery talks

    Per the Shelbyville City Council’s request, the Triple S Planning Commission will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. concerning the addition of breweries, brew pubs, micro breweries and micro distilleries to certain districts within the city.

    The planning commission will hold the hearing at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street, in order to make a sufficient recommendation back to the city council.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said a change could be a boon to the city.

  • Linking classes

    It was a day of new experiences for many at Collins High School Monday as Mike Clark addressed a room of young students as principal for the first time.

    “You are going to have some freedoms that you wouldn’t necessarily have enjoyed in the middle schools, but you are also going to have some [higher] expectations,” he said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District to discuss drug testing details

    The Shelby County Board of Education will discuss the implementation of a recently approved drug testing pilot program for athletes when they convene Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district offices, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyville.

    The board voted unanimously to approve a one-year pilot of the program in May in an effort to ease peer pressure for student athletes.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL – Proposed tax rate stays flat

    The Shelbyville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance on Thursday that will maintain the city’s 27.5 percent tax rate, the same rate the city has employed since 2005. If adopted on second reading, this year would mark a decade of a flat rate.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty said he is glad he can once again offer the citizens an unchanged rate.