Local News

  • Centenary United Methodist to open doors to those needing to beat the heat

    As the community faces extreme temperatures this weekend, Centenary United Methodist Church will open its doors to the community to stay cool when the other locations people might normally go are closed.

    The church will open the Fellowship Hall doors on 5th and Washington streets from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

  • SIMPSONVILLE CITY COMMISSION: Eden returns as new city administrator

    The Simpsonville City Commission had a familiar face back in action at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

    Earlier this year, former mayor and city commissioner Steve Eden retired from the commission after 25 years in service with the city. Due to his retirement from West Shelby Water, Eden had to retire to be eligible for his full pension.

    But now, after waiting 90 days, Eden was allowed to return and was hired by Simpsonville as the city administrator, a position left vacant when David Eaton stepped down after begin elected mayor of Shelbyville.

  • KHS Equine C.A.R.E. program buys horse farms

    Kentucky Humane Society recently acquired two farms off Todds Point Road in Simpsonville and is operating an equine rehabilitation and adoption program there.

    Since April, surrendered and mistreated horses have a new lease on life at the KHS Equine C.A.R.E. Center.

    Twenty-two horses currently reside at the center, ready to adopt, in rehabilitation or training. Three are ready for a forever home.

    “When you hear humane society most people think of dogs and cats,” KHS Equine Director Shara Wiesenauer said.

  • Quarles at Horse Show Jubilee Breakfast


    The Shelbyville Horse Show is known globally for quality competition and attracting stars, both equine and human, from around the world.

    However, similar to the Kentucky Derby, Shelbyville celebrates before the big event with family-based fun activities during the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee.

    The Jubilee began 23 years ago with a single event and has grown to a 5-day celebration of downtown Shelbyville and county residents a week before the international horse show world arrives in the city.

  • Triple S Planning and Zoning: Commission recommends zone change for Norfolk Southern property

     The Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a zoning change to the Norfolk Southern property that would turn 353.8 acres of land to light industrial.

    The commission voted to recommend to change the zoning of the land from agricultural to light industrial, a move that would bring it in line with other nearby properties. The recommendation will next be sent to the Shelby County Fiscal Court for the final decision.

    The zoning change was initially requested by fiscal court.

  • Heat indexes to top 100

     Things are heating up in Shelby County, and local leaders are trying to make sure residents stay safe.

    According to the National Weather Service, a heat wave is headed for the county, and it will bring the heat index above 100 through the weekend.

    According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Evan Webb, the county can expect to see rising temperatures.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Court passes 911 property fee

     Shelby County Fiscal Court passed on second reading an ordinance that would use a flat real property fee to fund its 911 service.

    The fee, which will take the form of a $48 charge on all pieces of real property in the county, is intended to give a lifeline to the struggling local 911 service, which began to lose its primary funding source as the total number of landlines started dwindling in the county. 

    The county had previously considered other funding sources, including a similar flat water fee. 

  • Governor's School for the Arts SCHS

    Student artists hone their craft in various ways. Some are self-taught, others learn from like-minded friends, some train in public and private, while others find opportunities of a lifetime, such as an immersive summer program that stimulates creativity and enhances skills.

    Governor’s School for the Arts is one such opportunity, and Shelby County High School rising senior Taryn Markle was the only Shelby County student chosen.

  • United Way selects new regional manager

    There’s a new regional director in charge of the local Metro United Way, and he already knows the area well.

    Stephen Whitehead is the local leader for Metro United Way, having stepped in as the Director of Regional Management.

    Whitehead said he has a long history of working with nonprofits.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board hears parents’ concerns over fall break

     The Shelby County Board of Education heard concerns from a parent about the potential impact of scheduling for the upcoming school year.

    Steven Roadcap, a parent of a student at Collins High School, said that he hoped the board would find a way to accommodate parents who had already scheduled a vacation for the coming year before the school year begins.

    Roadcap said he and his family frequently spend most of the summer showing dairy cattle, and that he was excited to see that there was a fall break on one of the possible schedules.