Local News

  • Shelbyville take steps for Blue Gables renovation project

    The plan to rehabilitate the old Blue Gables motel in downtown Shelbyville looks to be closer to a done deal.

    The Shelbyville City Council on Thursday approved two resolutions in which the city of Shelbyville would agree to be the intermediary – and, thus, perhaps liable for some expense – to allow a group of business people to acquire and rehabilitate the old motor court at the corner of 8th and Main streets.

  • Shelbyville ordinance would crack down on teen parties

    Longtime educator Mike Zoeller, a member of the Shelbyville City Council, is passionate about an ordinance, passed on first reading by the council during its meeting Thursday night, that would fine adults who allow minors to consume alcohol and drugs on their property.

    The ordinance, which is a copy of a measure adopted in January by Shelby County Fiscal Court, is stricter than the requirements of Kentucky Revised Statutes because it does not require proof that the adults provided the intoxicants, only that they were present when the substances were consumed.

  • Triple S Planning Commission: Property owners want commercial site on Benson

    A small zone change will be the first topic the Triple S Planning Commission takes on at its regular meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Stratton Center.

    The request from Samuel and Dorothy Woods is to rezone a .657-acre tract on Benson Pike in unincorporated Shelby County to General Commercial (C-3) from Residential (R).

  • Shelby County Parks Board’s decision leaves swim team adrift

    About 100 board members and supporters of the Shelby Sharks – about a third of them children – stormed out of a meeting Tuesday night, muttering in anger and some even shouting at members of the Shelby County Parks Board, protesting the board’s decision on a new contract with the swim team that could mean its end in Shelby County.

  • News Digest: May 17, 2013

    Schools name teacher Allan to replace Duanne Puckett

    Ryan Allan, who has used his marketing skills to sell industrial products and his passion for education to teach children, will get a chance to use both in his new role as the public relations coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools. Allan was named to replace Duanne Puckett, who is retiring May 31.

    Superintendent James Neihof is excited to have Allan, a third-grade teacher at Clear Creek Elementary, join the administrative team at school district’s central office.

  • Waddy church to host gun shoot

    WADDY – Skeet and rifle shooting is about fellowship and, ultimately, about spreading God’s word, according to Mount Vernon Baptist Church chairman Garry Gaines.
    Mount Vernon Baptist Church of Waddy is hosting its first Spring Shoot and Game Day this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring skeet, rimfire pistol and rimfire rifle shoots for children and adults of all ages.

  • Downtown Simpsonville sidewalk plans get final OK

    State officials this week gave their sort-of-final approval to Simpsonville’s downtown sidewalk project, and the city is about to advertise for bids, Mayor Steve Eden told the Simpsonville City Commission at its meeting on Wednesday morning.

    The project, which first began with the federal stimulus grant application in 2008, has been stuck in slow motion by federal and state regulations about the release of the $320,000 the city received to build new sidewalks along the south side of U.S. 60 between Fairview Drive and Old Veechdale Road.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville takes steps on outlet mall deals

    The pond, fish and many trees are gone, and the dirt is moving furiously at the site of the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville on Buck Creek Road, and the Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday was full of activity as well.

    Commissioners passed along for second reading three ordinances and approved other steps that would affect Horizon Group Property’s 350,000-square-foot outlet mall project, which is slated to be completed in late summer 2014.

  • Whitney Young student fight ends with 1 in jail

    A fight between two female students at the Whitney Young Job Corps Center in Simpsonville on Tuesday ended with one in jail and the other at University Hospital in Louisville.

    Celeste Hughes, 18, a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., has been charged with first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing Kenya Slade, 19, four times with a pair of scissors.

  • Hornback optimistic for federal hemp changes

    After helping lead the charge for policy change on industrial hemp in Kentucky, state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) took his campaign to Washington D.C., last week, and returned expressing optimism about what he heard there.

     “It went really well,” he said of the trip. “Of course we met with all of our congressional representatives and also with representatives from the Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture and [the] Obama administration. The lady we met with at the Department of Energy was actually even wearing a hemp dress.”