Today's News

  • Tools of the trade

    It’s small, metal, beaten and banged up, and there’s probably a light coat of sawdust gathering in the bottom but to John Abild, owner of Restoration Workshop of Shelbyville, his toolbox is a treasure chest filled with the tools to beautify just about any piece of neglected woodwork.

    And his toolbox has garnered national attention this month in the Best Toolbox in America contest, a photo contest sponsored by Angie’s List, an online service containing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses.

  • Lt. Gov urges Shelby students to find their passion

    With a focus on the value of entrepreneurships, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton spoke to students of Shelby County and Collins high schools as well as East and West middle schools at SCHS Wednesday morning.

    “The constitution gives you as individuals the right to shape your lives however you see fit,” she said.

    Hampton said this view has always been of value to her, as she grew up in a home with a limited budget and garnered pressure from others to behave in a manner that they saw fit.

  • Shelby to get $6.5m in road improvements

    A new highway plan just approved in Frankfort has Shelby County getting $6.5 million worth of highway projects funded in the next two years.

    The 2016-18 Biennial Highway Construction Plan guarantees funding for local projects, which includes everything from bridge replacements to road widening.

    Shelby County has four projects in the plan, compared to 13 projects in Bullitt ($80 million), 13 in Franklin ($25 million), 6 in Henry ($31 million), 110 in Jefferson ($446 million), 15 in Oldham ($74 million), 4 in Trimble ($4) and 1 in Spencer ($500,000).

  • Bagdad woman named regional farm mom

    Mary Courtney, co-owner of Courtney Farms along with her husband, Shane, is one of five women across the nation chosen as a 2016 Regional Farm Mom of the Year.

    Monsanto Company, an agricultural company based in St. Louis, made the announcement last week – the other 4 regional winners are from North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and Rhode Island.

  • Heroin March in planning for August

    A march this summer for downtown Shelbyville set to bring awareness of the horrors of heroin is in the planning stages, and organizers say they need hundreds of volunteers.

    Rebecca Beckley, chair of the volunteer committee of a group called The March to Recovery, said she was very disappointed in the first meeting she held recently to recruit volunteers for the event and only four people showed up, adding that the group does not have a website, but does have a Facebook page, which has been generating a lot of interest.

  • Health and fitness fun day is Saturday

    Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. is looking to get families out and moving from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, with its annual Health and Fitness Fun Day at the Clear Creek Park Family Activity Center.

  • Prepping with pedals

    It’s an unusual pairing, but bicycle tricks and standardized testing shared the spotlight at Clear Creek Elementary School Friday as BMX riders with Wonder Wheels pumped up the crowd with tricks, flips and jumps in order to raise some interest in their upcoming Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessment, the state’s accountability test.

    Two riders, including Bill Nitschke, owner, Wonder Wheels BMX, performed various stunts on the ground and on a small ramp before allowing students to ask a few questions.

  • Plan in place to pave all city’s roads

    The Simpsonville City Commission has come up with a way to completely revamp every street within its city limits – just pave all 12 miles of city streets by the end of 2017 and borrow the money to pay for it.

    City Administrator David Eaton called the move a great idea.

    “The mayor and the commission have really shown good leadership here, making a decision that’s going to have a long-term benefit to the community over the next twenty years – it’s a very smart decision,” he said.

  • Rocket Games are a blast

    More than 150 students with special needs assembled at the football field at Shelby County High School Friday to participate in the annual Rocket Games.

    Kristen Kapp, a teacher at SCHS, said this year teams from Shelby, Oldham, Henry and Franklin counties paired up with students from SCHS and Collins to participate in a series of events including golf, soccer, corn hole, races, football and basketball. “We have about twenty-three stations and we tried to cover all sports,” Kapp said, noting putt-putt and bowling stations set up across from her.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget Committee to make recommendations


    With the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year rapidly approaching, the Shelby County Board of Education has its sights set on the future.  The board will consider the approval of Budget Committee’s recommendations for the 2016-17 budget when it convenes Thursday at 7 p.m. at district’s offices, 1155 West Main Street.