Today's News

  • John Lyle Miller Oct. 25, 1927 – Jan. 12, 2016

    If you could describe the ability to overcome adversity with just a name, it would be John Lyle Miller.

    Miller passed away Tuesday after 88 very fulfilled years of life in Shelby County.

    “What really makes his life pretty unique in what he did accomplish, at age three he had a childhood disease that left him deaf,” Miller’s son, Mike, said, explaining that he learned to read lips with the help of his mother and grandmother and did not get a hearing aid until he was eleven- or twelve-years-old.

  • Shelbyville City Council-Council hears toy drive update

    The Shelbyville City Council met briefly Thursday and heard a report from Brad Haymond of the Shelbyville Professional Firefighters Local 4431.

    Haymond said thanks to many caring community members and businesses, the Shelbyville Fire Department and Shelbyville Professional Firefighters Local 4431 provided a happier Christmas this year for more than 100 children through their annual toy drive.

  • Putnam suspended without pay

    The Simpsonville City Commission’s meeting Thursday night was short, but not so sweet, as commissioners dealt with a disciplinary matter.

    The commission met for a half hour in closed session to determine a course of action regarding Simpsonville Police Officer Terry Putnam’s arrest earlier that day. Putnam had been arrested by Kentucky State Police investigators in connection with the burglary and theft of thousands of dollars from the Simpsonville Police Department on Nov. 6.



    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear the first Strategic Leadership Plan update of the new year when they meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street.

    Eddie Oakley, SCPS chief operations operator, and Lisa Smith, SCPS deputy superintendent/chief academic officer, will present an update on all five strands of the plan, SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said.

    “It will include a look back at the first half of our year and a view of our goals for the second half,” he said.


  • Simpsonville police officer arrested for burglary

    Two months after the Simpsonville Police Department was burglarized, and robbed of thousands of dollars, plus guns and drugs, one of the department’s own has been arrested and charged in connection with the crime.

    Simpsonville Police officer Terry Putnam, 54, was arrested in connection with the break-in at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, said Kentucky State Police spokesperson Bernis Napier.

    Although Napier would not elaborate on the specific circumstances surrounding the arrest, he did say that Putnam was on duty when he was taken into custody.

  • Gun control Regs met with mixed emotions

    An executive order by President Barack Obama Tuesday targeted at tightening gun control has many people up in arms.

    Obama announced plans to expand background checks and make a more specific definition of what constitutes a gun dealer in hopes of making more gun sales subject to background checks, among other issues.

  • Teacher files to run for office


  • County makes parks deed official

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court put the wheels in motion Tuesday night to make a gift of parkland official.

    Citizens Union Bank had donated 21 acres of land to the Shelby County Parks system in April 2015, and now that deed will become official, said Clay Cottongim, former parks director who is now a consultant and grant writer for the parks system.

    Magistrate Hubie Pollett, who is chair of the parks board, expressed his satisfaction with the move.

    “Our plan is to turn that area into a soccer field,” he said at the meeting.

  • Heroin rampant in Shelby

    Shelby County ended 2015 on a tragic note, with three heroin overdoses in the same day, on Dec. 30.

    While one victim pulled through, two others, a 25-year-old man and a woman in her mid-30s, died.

    The latter was found dead in the bathroom at Walmart.

    Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Ivers said the body was discovered at about 9 p.m.

    “I think it was the cleaning person or an other employee – they found her in a stall,” he said. “The sheriff’s department is investigating it.”

  • Old Stone Inn still waiting liquor license approval

    The Old Stone Inn is still waiting to have its state liquor license renewed, and state Alcohol and Beverage Control officials have not indicted there is a problem with that process.

    Holly Mullins, public information officer with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic and Beverage Control, said in an E-mail Monday that the restaurant’s application is still pending.

    Officials at the Inn applied for the license renew before Christmas.