Today's News

  • Pretty as a pumpkin

    On Saturday children all over the country will throw on costumes and masks to roam the streets after dark and collect candy, but that may not be the strangest custom we’ve embraced for Halloween.

    An unusual holiday, Halloween is filled with odd traditions based on legends and superstitions. 

    Adorning our porches with fall fruit, carved out with a face and back lit with a candle may be the most peculiar tradition of all.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student board representatives to be introduced


  • Trick or treat activities abound in Shelby

    There will be many opportunities this year for kids to Trick or Treat, including the traditional door-to-door method.

    The city of Shelbyville has set the hours for Trick or Treat at 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31, as usual, with the rest of the county, including Simpsonville, following suit.

  • A Place To Sleep is hosting their second annual fundraiser

    Getting a good night sleep is a privilege, and not one that every child in Shelby County is afforded, believe it or not. Teenager Jessica Collins recognized this issue in 2009, at just 10 years old.

    Six years later, her organization, A Place To Sleep, has provided beds for more than 750 children in the community.

    On Saturday, the community will have the opportunity to give back to her organization, as A Place To Sleep holds their second Pajama Fun Walk and Run.

  • More Shelby Countians insured under ACA

    In the aftermath of a decision to expand Medicaid in Kentucky through the Affordable Care Act, more than 2,800 uninsured Shelby Countians became eligible for federal and state funded health care.

    But how many of those have enrolled?

    Kelli K. Cauley, a Kynector team leader with Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, reports that as of Sept. 14,969 people have enrolled in a qualified health plan. That figure, added to Shelby’s Medicaid total of 9,947, brings Shelby’s total enrollment to 10,896.

  • Public protest involves changes in human rights commission organization

    A small group of residents gathered Wednesday to protest changes in the way Shelby County’s human rights commission is being reorganized.

    Members of the group — which included mostly members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, as well as some others, such as the Shelbyville branch of the NAACP — expressed their concerns in front of Shelbyville City Hall.

    Their objection was the reduction in the number of seats that will comprise the committee, from 11 to seven.

  • Tobacco Warehouse torn down

    The demolition of a tobacco warehouse in eastern Shelby County is symbolic of the toppling of the tobacco industry, say officials.

    “It signifies a cultural change that we’ve had in Kentucky over the last several years,” said Shelby County’s agricultural extension agent, Corrine Belton.

    Not only has there been a drastic decrease in the number of acres of tobacco being grown, but also, the age of the tobacco warehouse has passed because of the way that tobacco is managed now, said Belton.

  • Paints and promotions

    Two family businesses are taking over a space in the mirrored business center at 813 Taylorsville Road.

    KT Signs, a well-established sign and promotional item business that has been home-operated for more than twenty years, will operate out of the front of the space. But at night, his wife and her sister will take over the back, teaching others a passion they share.

    “We kind of called it the mullet because we have the business in the front and the partying the back,” Barb Helton said with a chuckle.

  • Revised human rights ordinance passes 1st reading in Simpsonville

    The Simpsonville City Commission is the second entity in Shelby County to pass a first reading of a revised human rights commission ordinance.

    There was no one from the public to voice any opinions on the matter at the commission’s meeting Thursday night, as there was the previous week at the Shelbyville City Council meeting, when the ordinance passed its first reading.

  • Apartment complex passes second reading

    A decision by county officials Tuesday put the stamp of approval on a zone change that had engendered some concern, at least initially, by some who had questioned the suitability of the move.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to approve a second reading of a request to rezone 17.5 acres of property located on the north side of Old Brunerstown Road, West of KY-55 from Light Industrial (I-1) to Multi-family Residential (R-4), a move that would allow apartments to be built there.