Local News

  • Simpsonville seeks zoning standards for mall area

    SIMPSONVILLE – Moving quickly in their first meeting of the new year, Simpsonville City Commissioners took steps Tuesday night to advance two elemental aspects of the city’s future – most dramatically approving a plan to implement strict zoning specifications for properties along Buck Creek Road, where a new outlet mall is under construction.

  • Shelby’s traffic fatalities flat as state’s plummet

    Highway deaths in Kentucky last year plummeted to the lowest levels since the 1940s, and  the number of people killed on Shelby County’s roads remained constant.

    Six people died in traffic accidents in Shelby County, same number as in 2012.

    Last year was the safest for motorists in 64 years in Kentucky, with highway fatalities down 15 percent, transportation officials say.

  • 109 Board accepts $2.75 million bid for new center

    Shelby County’s planned solid-waste facility moved a step closer to reality Thursday when a contractor for the project was selected from eight bids.

    Dugan & Meyer Construction of Louisville was the lowest bidder, agreeing to complete the facility on Windhurst Way in Shelbyville for $2,751,850, the amount that had been projected for the project. The total cost for the new facility, including land purchase and consulting fees is about $3.2 million.

  • NEWS DIGEST: Jan. 10, 2014

    After the bitter cold

    it will feel like spring

    It will be the middle of next week before Kentucky's weather turns winter-like again. And even then the daytime high on Wednesday will be in the mid-30s, according to the Weather Channel's Web site.

    That's balmy compared to our recent flirtations around zero degrees.

  • Tobacco adjustment to be a big winner

    CAMPBELLSVILLE – Tobacco producers who opted for the 10-year annual payments during the 2004 tobacco buyout will receive the full amount of their final installment after all.

    Last year, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the USDA planned to cut final tobacco payment installments by 7.2 percent as part of budget cuts resulting from federal sequestration.

  • Bagdad home destroyed by fire Wednesday

    Linda and Darrell Aldridge stood back against their garage and watched as firefighters from five different fire departments fought a blaze that engulfed their Bagdad home Wednesday afternoon.

    As their belongings and longtime catering business went up in flames, the couple did not have to face the tragedy alone. Family and friends had rushed to the scene as soon as they heard about the fire, including their son, Tony Aldridge, a captain at the Shelby County Detention Center, surrounded them.

  • Shutdown forces court cases to await decision of when they will be heard

    People who had court cases scheduled for Monday when the Shelby County Judicial Center closed because of inclement weather probably should be hearing from court officials – but when is still unclear.

    “We’re waiting on the judge [Circuit Judge Charles Hickman] to tell us what to do. He’s been in Anderson County all day today, so we haven’t heard from him yet,“ Shelby Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller said.

    Both circuit and district courts were closed Monday, something that has happened twice before, Miller said.

  • Water main break in Shelbyville repaired

    A water main break that erupted late Tuesday in front of the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville has been repaired, and lanes along Main Street are in the process of being cleared and reopened.

    The line, just west of the intersection of Smithfield Road, had two breaks, one at the connection and another officials believe is running along the pipe, which will make the repair much more difficult. While they assess the issue water continues to flood the area down the hill toward Beechwood Avenue.

  • Shelby County School Board: State association offers lobbying day for funding

    As the state embarks on another budget cycle with education funding becoming a highly discussed issue, the state’s school boards are looking for a way to ensure the voices of local educators and community leaders are heard in Frankfort.

  • Shelby Countians cope with having to battle biting cold

    With temperatures for two days dipping below the zero mark and sometimes barely climbing above, there were Shelby Countians who couldn’t shun that brutal cold and bask in the warmth indoors.

    Mail carriers are one example. On Monday at the Shelbyville Post Office Monday, employees, wearing several layers of clothing, steam puffing from under scarves wrapped around their faces, worked loading mail into their vehicles.