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Today's News

  • The bridge less traveled

    Five years ago, the Shelby County Fiscal Court opted to close the Bailey bridge, but one resident hopes to see traffic return to the bridge once again –foot traffic, at least.

    Walter Laughlin said the thought of such a historic bridge falling further into disrepair was disheartening. Laughlin saw the bridge as a tourism promotion opportunity.

    “It’s a natural tourist attraction,” he said, noting that until the early 1900s, the bridge was a covered walking bridge and he wants to see it returned to its former state.

  • Squire Boone statue under construction

    With the statue construction already underway, the group that has worked for several years to get a statue of Squire Boone placed at the east entrance to Shelbyville finally has the full plan in place.

    Although not all of the funding is in place for the project, enough money has been collected – $100,000 – to get the ball rolling, with the completion of design plans, organizers say.

  • The Big Picture coming in focus

    Shelby County Public Schools has taken its first steps toward building the first Big Picture Learning Academy in the state, but nothing will be built… yet.

    Earlier this month the district announced that Jefferson Community and Technical College would house the program in its first year.

  • SCPS to offer free lunches

    Shelby County Public Schools announced this week its participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.

    Cindy Murphy, school nutrition food service coordinator, said the provision is a big step toward battling adolescent hunger in the county. Shelby County will participate at the elementary and preschool levels this up coming school year.

  • Kentucky is ahead of CDC opioid recommendations

    New federal guidelines for treating pain are encouraging doctors to prescribe fewer narcotics, especially high-powered pain pills such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

    The Centers for Disease Control recently released an appeal to the medical community in what it termed an “urgent response” to an epidemic of overdose deaths in the United States.

  • JHS receives C rating

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville recently earned a grade of C for patient safety through information comprised by Hospital Safety Score and while hospital officials say the information is useful, it’s not absolute.

  • Simmons pays restitution for embezzlement from parks

    A former Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation employee, who was arrested in June 2015 after being indicted for theft from the Family Activity Center, has paid her restitution.

    After pleading guilty to a lesser charger on March 7, Heather Beth Simmons of Pleasureville, the former youth services director at for the park system, last week was ordered to pay back the sum of $8,926 to the parks system. Simmons paid the money back on June 15 out of the $10,000 cash bond she had put up when she was arrested.

  • KY 53 construction moved to 2019

     

  • Filing complete for November Election

    Local elections ballots were completed this month when filing closed for non-partisan elections for the 2016 General Election in November.

    A new candidate, Richard L. Frank Jr., will join the race for Simpsonville City Commission with four incumbents – Kelland Garland, Michael Hesse, Sharon Cummins and Cary Vowels – all vying for re-election.

    As for Shelby County Board of Education, no changes will be made this year.

  • Road work will cause I-64 delays at mm 29 tonight

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will have lane closures tonight on Interstate 64 in Shelby County. KYTC maintenance crews will be paving an asphalt wedge on the approaches to the bridge over Bullskin Creek (mile point 29.3). Lane closures are possible in both directions between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.