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Today's News

  • Shelby County school receives maximum donation of minis

    What started as a wish-list item for teachers and administrators at Painted Stone Elementary turned into a reality this year – and much quicker than anyone expected.

    After raising nearly $10,000, the Painted Stone Parent Teacher Organization in January donated 30 iPad Minis to the school, beating its goal by nearly half the school year.

  • County approves zoning to allow distilleries

    Shelby County magistrates put their stamp of approval Tuesday night on a text amendment in the agricultural zoning regulations that allows distilleries in such zones provided they meet certain criteria.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to approve the second reading of an ordinance to amend the regulations to allow distilleries to locate in agricultural zones if the property involved is at least 100 acres, and at least 25 percent will be used for agriculture or green space.

  • Republicans flocking to Lincoln Day Dinner

    Shelby County Republicans are gearing up for their annual fundraiser and gala event in a big way, if registrations for their Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday are any indication.
    Debbie Riggs, who is chair of the Lincoln Day Committee, said that 300 guests are registered to attend at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    "And that's not counting walk-ins," she said. "I was working on table arrangements today, and I thought, 'My gosh, we're going to have to add more tables!'"

  • County to begin search for 911 director

    After two years without a director at the helm Shelby County’s 911 service, the search is on to fill that position.

    Rusty Newton, chair of the Shelby County 911 Board, called a special meeting Wednesday to ask the board to authorize hiring a director, a move that they approved unanimously.

    Newton, who is also deputy county judge-executive, said the move was prompted by the upcoming retirement of a 911 supervisor.

  • Widening of Buck Creek Road brings much activity

    SIMPSONVILLE – The outlet mall under construction at the southern end of this city is only the most-discussed aspect of a bevy of activity along Buck Creek Road.

    “Everybody’s busy around here,” Mayor Steve Eden told commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night. “It’s exciting.”

  • SCPS has second bus accident in past month

    By Todd Martin and Lisa King

    A Shelby County Public Schools bus accident on Hempridge Road on Wednesday afternoon sent five students to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

    No cause has been given for the accident, but witnesses said that bus No. 1294 slid off of the road and went through a fence, hitting some mailboxes.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said the EMS staff reported no major injuries to the students.

  • Mount Eden woman defends her kennel

    MOUNT EDEN – Laura H. Pope, who operates Matrix Kennels and Kev-Lar Kennels in Mount Eden, says she is an animal lover who works hard to care for the 105 animals on her 111-acre property off of Van Buren Road.

    Pope explained her ex-brother-in-law, Kevin Bailey, owns the kennels and that she is the kennel manager. In an interview at her property on Feb. 21, Pope said a news report that aired in mid-February on WDRB-Ch. 41 in Louisville, describing her kennel as a puppy mill, was false.

  • Shooting investigation will take weeks

    The yellow tape has been taken down, and all that’s left at 139 Gray Hill Court in Shelbyville to remind passersby that a man died there in a shootout with police is a bullet-riddled front door and window.

    Police investigators say it’s too soon to say what really happened the night that Del Aukerman, 57, opened fire on police and was shot to death when they returned fire.

  • Latest storm’s aftermath: Messy roads

    Winter Storm Titan didn’t shut down Shelby County like forecasters thought it might, but that doesn’t mean that yet another round of snow and ice didn’t stall Shelby County.

    There were no reported power outages – other than a brief one on Sunday afternoon – but messy roads did contribute to some traffic problems and forced the closing of Shelby County Public Schools on Monday and Tuesday.

    Police reported some motorists slid off the road, as snow scraping proceeded slowly on Monday morning.

  • Wound clinic to be back at JHS

    The day after the announcement that Jewish Hospital Shelbyville’s Wound Healing Center was a casualty of cost-cutting measures, Dr. Rod McMillin said he would be able to keep the operation open.

    McMillin said he and JHS CEO Michael Collins came to an agreement on Friday that would allow him to lease space at the hospital to keep the clinic open. The staff now will be employees of McMillin’s Louisville Wound Care Associates, where he is the president and CEO, instead of working for the hospital.