Today's News

  • Restoring faith in the community

    If you know how stressful constructing a home from scratch can be, just imagine the headache of refurbishing a century-old building into a home.

    But despite the hassle involved, that was Ben and Melinda Hardin’s intention when they purchased property at 514, 518 and 524 Main Street in downtown Shelbyville in 2011.

    And four years later, as their vision is becoming a reality, the couple hopes others can find inspiration in their efforts.

  • A booming holiday

     The hot days of summer have finally arrived and that can only mean one thing, it’s time to light up the night’s sky with displays of fireworks.

    Shelby County will be filled with red, blues and booms on July 4th with big shows planned at both Clear Creak Park and Simpsonville Park.


    Spark the Park

  • Firework sales booming

     With fireworks shows going on around the county, many still opt for the sometimes more eventful option of buying and setting off their own fireworks.

    The stands that pop up every year for a couple of weeks and decorate towns across the country already have people in a mad dash for the biggest and best fireworks money can buy – and laws will allow.

  • Creating a plan of action

    Could you imagine a scenario where hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people come down with the flu, or even worse, come into contract with anthrax in your community?

    How could all those people be cared for without infecting the healthy portion of the population?

    Maybe you’ve never envisioned such a situation, but the health department has – that’s why 200 people of all areas of public health gathered Thursday at Shelby Christian Church to take part in a mock scenario of just that type.

  • District staffing changes match strategic plan

    While students are enjoying summer break, Shelby County Public Schools is doing a little spring-cleaning.

    And when SCPS high school students return to school this fall, it seems they all will be greeted by a new principal, as Collins Principal John Leeper has made his decision to transition to district administration and SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley announced his retirement, or so it seemed, earlier this year.

  • Better check your child’s booster seat

      Several new laws will go into effect statewide today marking 90 days since the General Assembly adjourned on March 25.

    One of the most notable is House Bill 315, Which requires booster seats to be used in motor vehicles by children who are under 8-years-old or are 57 inches in height.

  • Swifty’s swift closure leaves a hole in service

    Pumping our own gas may seem like a minor inconvenience for us in times of inclement weather, but for individuals like Glen Franklin pumping gas unassisted can be a major hassle.

    That is because Franklin, like several others in Shelby County, is confined to a wheel chair, and despite an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that requires “gas stations to provide equal access for their customers with disabilities,” Franklin said the assistance is rarely offered.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board discuss school supply lists

    Student costs and fees will again be a big part of the Board of Education’s discussion when it reconvenes Thursday at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the matter of school supplies will be raised during the superintendent’s report and he expects the board to discuss the issue and possibly take action on resolving some concerns with them.

  • TRIPLE S PLANNING COMMISSION – Plans progress for Simpsonville McDonald’s

    With a development plan approval in hand, McDonald’s is one step closer to a Simpsonville location but not everyone is loving it.

    Joe Watson with American Engineers presented the development plans to the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday evening for the 4,490-square-foot restaurant planned for 1101 Buck Creek Road that included three waivers and three variances, several of which did not sit well with Dan Davilla, manager of The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: Sidewalk plan back on City’s summer agenda

     The city of Shelbyville has restarted its sidewalk improvement plan, and this time they have focused it on a smaller area to help with enforcement.

    In her report to the council during Tuesday’s special called meeting, City Engineer and Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell informed council members that the public works department had sent letters to residents of Henry Clay Street notifying them that they must make improvements to the sidewalks in front of their houses.