Local News

  • Hootie’s return to Shelby County

    For years Doug Butler and Jamie Jarboe have listened to two great horned owls on their property south of Simpsonville.

    “The male hoots seven times and then Hootie [the female] answers back with five hoots,” Jarboe said.

    But it’s been pretty quiet at the home off Buck Creek Road the last several weeks.

    As he left home one rainy day in August, Butler was startled as an owl fell from a tree, landing in front of his truck.

  • New discovery in rare condition thanks to Shelby County woman

    Monica Zaring has spent her life without answers, but the Shelby County resident could be the reason others finally get some.

    Zaring has a rare form of dwarfism called Saul Wilson Syndrome, and thanks to her help, researchers have managed to identify the specific gene that causes Saul Wilson Syndrome.

    “I’m thirty years old, and growing up I never had any answers,” Zaring said. “For them to find the gene, now they can hopefully get a lot more answers for the younger kids that they have found.”

  • Flu season beginning

    Flu season is here again, and county health professionals say that Shelby residents should prepare themselves.

    “It’s time for folks to be getting their flu shots,” said North Central Health District Public Health Director Roanya Rice.

    According to Rice and Spencer Savage, a pharmacist at Andrews Pharmacy in Shelbyville, the flu season is beginning, and that means the risk is rising.

  • Shelby Health Board considers leaving NCHD

     The Shelby County Health Board has voted to explore the possibility of leaving the North Central Health District.

    According to North Central Health District public health director Roanya Rice, the local board voted to explore the possibility of leaving the district at a recent board meeting.

    “They were going to look into what that would entail,” Rice said. “There was no official vote to actually split.”

  • Main Street business leaving customers locked out

    Main Street in Shelbyville has been buzzing with concern after a business owner seemingly vanished without word for several weeks. 

    Neighboring business owners say the mail has been collected, but regular business hours have not been maintained at Affordable Computers at 613 Main Street for quite some time.  In addition, they say a sign was taped to the door earlier this week announcing the business’ closure on Oct. 10.

  • Paris meets Shelby County

    A trip to Paris will be just a short drive away next Saturday as the Shelby Regional Arts Council hosts its first Black and White Gala at Science Hill Inn.

    The event, coined ‘Fun Night in Paris’, will include a cash bar, musical entertainment, a silent auction and a three-course meal featuring French dishes.

    As guests dine and mingle, they’ll enjoy the sights around them, as the interior courtyard of Science Hill Inn will be transformed to replicate the streets of Paris.

  • Second redistricting forum draws more questions

    On Tuesday, the Shelby County Board of Education hosted a second forum Tuesday to give the public the opportunity to learn more about the redistricting process getting underway before the district opens the Marnel C. Moorman school next year.

    The presentation included redistricting framework and timeline and provided attendees an opportunity to ask questions regarding the process.

    Several members of the community also came out Monday at the first forum at Shelby County High School and asked questions ranging from transportation to impacted program opportunities.

  • Political signs raise questions

    It’s campaigning season and the yard signs are in full bloom. While many welcome the display of political endorsements, they are viewed as a nuisance to others – especially when they are improperly placed.

    City Attorney Steve Gregory said signs should not be put on public property or public right of ways and should only be placed on private property.

    “If it’s not your property, then you should obtain permission of the owner of that property,” he said.

  • Barrel Room nearing completion

    In January, Wade Mattingly, who established Old Louisville Brewery with his brother Ken in 2016, announced his plans to open a location in Shelbyville.

    Nine months later, the community is chomping at the bit, waiting for an opening date for The Barrel Room.

    Mattingly said he would love to open in the late fall, but he was hesitant to provide a more specific timeline.

    Since starting on the remodel of what was formerly a boutique clothing store at 622 Main Street, Mattingly said they have changed the entire concept of the originally planned layout.

  • Waddy man dies in ATV accident

     A Waddy resident died Thursday in an ATV accident on their property near the Shelby/Anderson county line.

    Gregory White, 50, died on a local farm after he was pinned under an all-terrain vehicle.

    “The ATV flipped over and pinned Mr. White underneath,” Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said. “We pronounced him dead there at the scene.”

    Ivers said White was riding on a hillside when the accident occurred. The death has been ruled accidental. No evidence of any intoxicating substance has been found.