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Local News

  • State to close one lane on I-64 east between mm39 and 43 tonight

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today that one lane would be closed on Interstate 64 eastbound in Shelby County from 7 to 11 p.m. today for maintenance.

    KYTC crews will be patching potholes on I-64 in the left lane from just east of the weigh station, mile marker 39, to the Waddy/Peytona exit, 43.

  • Golden Alert cancelled, missing woman found

    The 75-year-old Simpsonville resident who had been missing from her home since Wednesday afternoon has been found.

    Leoni Unzicker was found by a citizen on horseback Friday morning at the north end of Brooks Lane off U.S. 60, more than a mile from her home.

  • Police surround Lexington motel in search for murder suspect

    The Frankfort State Journal is reporting that Lexington Police have surrounded the Bryan Station Inn in a search for murder suspect Derek Garten.

    Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton confirmed to The State Journal that the search was related to Garten, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Margaret Elizabeth “Meg” Smith.

    Police have evacuated the motel.

    On Thursday police had suspected that Garten was in the Shelby County area.

  • Moore named publisher at Kentucky Standard

    Sentinel-News Publisher Scott Moore has accepted the same position with The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown and will leave The Sentinel-News July 13th.

    “Working in Shelbyville and at The Sentinel-News for the last three years has been great,” Moore said. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the community and my time with the newspaper, but this was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.”

    The position of publisher with The Kentucky Standard also includes leading the Bardstown television station PLG-TV.

  • Simpsonville City Commission: New officer hire approved

    At the Simpsonville City Council’s regular meeting Monday evening, the commission voted to re-hire police officer Daniel Wills to the Simpsonville Police Department.

    Wills, who was initially hired to Simpsonville’s department in June 2015, left the department after less than a year to work in for the Franklin County Police Department.

    But now that Simpsonville has hazardous duty for police officers, Wills decided to apply for a position, and the council approve his hire him as the eighth city officer. 

  • Food worker has Hep A

    A food service worker from Huck’s gas station in Simpsonville has just been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

    A press release from North Central District Health Department stated that an employee handled and cooked food from June 2-22 while ill. According to the health’s department Environmental Director, David Cammack, there have been 10 recent cases of Hep A around the county.

  • New milk contract will help farms

     Just shy of his family’s 100th anniversary in the dairy business, John Kalmey had decided to close up shop on his Shelby County farm.

    But then, Maury Cox, the executive director of the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, came to him with a ray of hope: a southern Ohio farmer-owned cooperative known as Scioto.

    “Working with them, they were able to find a market for the milk,” Cox said. “It has to travel or be hauled to West Virginia.”

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Detention Center to dedicate monument to fallen officers

     According to Shelby County Jailer Darrell Cox, only two law enforcement officers in Shelby County history have died in the line of duty.

    And next week, they will be honored on July 12 at 2:30 p.m.

    Cox and other county officials will unveil a monument to Charles D. Wentworth, who died in the line of duty April 11, 1983, and Luther Willis Hammond, who died Feb. 18, 1957, he announced at the July 3 Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting.

    Hammond was jailer and had served for 11 years. Wentworth was a deputy jailer.

  • Rite Aid set to close

     Signs outside of the Shelbyville Rite Aid doors and a greeter at the front entrance of the store this week directing customers to information regarding the pending changes.

    Shelbyville’s Rite Aid is preparing to close their doors at the end of the month as the corporation completes its merger with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

    Last year Walgreens announced their plans to purchase more than 1,900 Rite Aid stores across the nation in exchange for cash proceeds of $4.157 billion.

  • Frankfort man wanted for questioning in murder reportedly in Shelby area

    Shelby officers are attempting to locate a man for questioning in regards to a murder that occurred in Franklin County this morning.

    The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has identified Derek Garten of Frankfort as a suspect and say he is believed to be in the Shelby County area.  Garten is driving a 1997 Black Toyota 4Runner with Kentucky plates 052-XRV and a Marvel Punisher emblem on the front plate.

    Authorities have been advised to approach the suspect with caution.