Local News

  • ELECTION 2016: Crowded Shelbyville City Council field will have a primary

    While the Republican Presidential Caucus has received most of the publicity for the early election cycle in the state, Shelby County will still have a Republican Primary on May 17.

    As the deadline to file as a candidate for the 2016 election passed on Tuesday, Shelby County was left with eight Republican challengers for the Shelbyville City Council and two challengers for the Republican nomination for the 58th House District, which consists of only Shelby County.

  • Employee put on leave after teen’s death at Lincoln Village

    A Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center employee was placed on special investigative leave with pay earlier this week after a teen died within 24 hours of her arrival at the Elizabethtown facility earlier this month, according to the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice.

    Gynnya McMillen, 16, died Jan. 11 at Lincoln Village following a reported domestic violence incident at her mother’s residence in Shelbyville in the early morning hours of Jan. 10.

  • Diageo distillery should be complete by year’s end

    While the site is active and bourbon is already aging on Benson Road, it will be nearly another year before Diageo’s Bulliet Bourbon Co. is fully up and running with production.

    “There may be some things happening, but for it to be fully operational, and really going like it’s expected, that will be the end of the year,” said Ashley Bauer, spokesperson for Diageo.

    She added that a timeframe mentioned at a media event at the distillery in mid-October about production beginning this summer had not been made precisely clear.

  • Shelby company ranked as one of state’s best places to work

    Edwards Moving & Rigging got word last week that it had been selected as one of the best small companies to work for in Kentucky, but the news didn’t come as a big surprise.

    “Honestly, I’ve been here two years and everything we listed that we feel makes this a great place to work has been in place long before I got here,” said Diane Breeding, human resources manager for Edwards.

  • Free industrial training

    Next month KentuckianaWorks, the Greater Louisville Workforce Development Board, is offering a free four-week course in production training with the aim of generating and preparing recruits to fill an employment void in the county’s industrial field.

    With a multitude of industrial facilities in Shelby County, there are an abundance of career opportunities available to the community.  Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an abundance of community members avidly seeking employment, and manufacturers are getting restless.

  • Shelbyville purchases Kentucky Street property

    The City of Shelbyville has acquired a little more than two-and-a-half acres of property at 787 Kentucky Street for the purpose of potential future expansion.

    “It’s land located directly east of our public works facility,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said.  “We just bought it so that in the future if we need to expand our public works facility [we can].  It’s just for future expansion and future growth of our public works facility.”

    Hardesty said the possibility of expanding the facility is limited.

  • SCHS cheer climbs to the top

    While most of us where bundled up inside last weekend to avoid old man winter, the Shelby County High School cheerleading squad was heating up the competition at Jam Live, a cheer competition held throughout the United States.

    The contest took place at the Kentucky International Convention Center and local teams, as well as teams from surrounding states – including Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana – took part in the event.

    But it was SCHS who earned top honors in the school division and a bid to compete on a national level.

  • Owning their environment

    With a couch, colorful string lights, palm trees on the wall and even a ball pit, Erika Darin’s class seems more like a lounge than a classroom.  But her students don’t treat the class like a play place. 

    The students in Darin’s second grade class at Simpsonville Elementary are on task and concentrating on their work. 

    As you look around the room, you see focused students learning in a way that works best for each of them.

  • Whooping cough making comeback

    The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health District reported a spike of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in 2015-16 in Northern Kentucky, with 73 cases reported between Nov. 1 and Jan. 12, and other cases have been popping up around the state, including in MetroLouisville.

    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services defines pertussis as a highly contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

    The disease can cause long coughing spells and even lead to death, especially in infants.

  • DJJ says girl died in sleep

    A lot of questions still remain unanswered in the unexpected Jan. 11 death of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen at Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown.

    But the Deparment of Juvenile Justice has now released a statement saying the girl appears to have died while sleeping.