Local News

  • SCHS’ Terry named top teacher

    Maggie Terry, an educator of 20 years, has been named Teacher of the Year for Shelby County.

    Terry, an algebra teacher at Shelby County High School, received an engraved trophy and flowers at a ceremony Tuesday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House from her principal, Eddie Oakley, and Superintendent James Neihof.

    Terry, who also was named Shelby County High School Teacher of the Year, was selected by a team of administrators from Shelby County School’s Central Office, led by Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith.

  • Focus on nature

    A large number of people have been busy as bees – literally – to make sure that Earth Day, to be celebrated on Saturday in Shelby County, is a huge success.

    The event, scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Orchard Park, will feature a wide range of earthy activities, mostly related to recycling.

  • Legislators review pension, hemp bills at chamber breakfast

    Pension reform and the legalization of hemp, two issued addressed in the recent state Legislative session, were the key topics discussed Thursday by state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) and state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) at a meeting in Shelbyville.

    Montell told a crowd of about 50 people in Stratton Center for a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce that he was pleased with the pension reform bill, Senate Bill 2, that passed near the end of the session in mid-March.

  • Suit against Robert Myles dismissed in Anderson

    A lawsuit filed against Shelby County resident and part-time City of Lawrenceburg attorney Robert W. Myles was dismissed Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court but is expected to be refiled in Shelby Circuit Court.

    The lawsuit claimed that a security agreement created in 2004 by Myles for a Shelby County couple was inadequate for the couple to recoup more than $100,000 from the sale of livestock and other items on a 3-year balloon payment.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County officials decide against mandatory trash pickup

    Shelby County officials, under fire from three residents at a meeting Wednesday night, appear to have softened their position on whether to implement mandatory curbside garbage/recycling pickup for county residents.

    Members of the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, who have been spearheading aggressive plans for such a system, said after the gathering at Stratton Center that they have dropped the idea of a mandatory service, citing concerns with billing issues and a burden on senior citizens.

  • News Digest: April 19, 2013

    Kentucky’s unemployment

    bumps to 8 percent in March

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8 percent in March from 7.9 percent in February 2013, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The preliminary March 2013 jobless rate was .2 percentage points below the 8.2 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2012.

  • Vowels named Simpsonville mayor pro tem

    The resignation last month of longtime Commissioner Scott McDowell left a gap in the city’s hierarchy that Mayor Steve Eden moved Wednesday to plug.

    McDowell, whose job forced him to relocate to Florida and Eden to appoint Michael Hesse to fill his seat, had been the city’s mayor pro tem, and Eden nominated Commissioner Cary Vowels to be his substitute. Commissioners approved unanimously, although Vicky Wise was absent.

  • Shelbyville's big grants require position upgrade

    A series of grants totaling nearly $1 million has moved the city of Shelbyville to add a full-time administrative position to its fire department.

    Council members approved on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would expand a part-time position to full-time to accommodate a series of grants that total $894,686. The grants will pay for the position for four years.

  • Man arrested in beating of Shelby woman


    Shelbyville Police have arrested Geremiah Woods, a suspect they had sought since March 12 in connection with the  severe beating and robbing of a woman in the parking lot of Berea Summit apartments.

    Woods, 20, is charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault of Amy E. Douglas of Shelbyville.

    Woods was arrested Sunday on Mack Walters Road without incident, Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said.

  • Shelby County School Board: Cropper student finishes 2 grades in 1 year

    A student at the Education Center at Cropper has accomplished something unique to earn his high school diploma.

    Marco Osorio Sapon used a new online learning tool called COMPASS to complete his final two years of high school in one.

    That was the highlight Thursday, when the Shelby County Board of Education met at Cropper and heard a report from Principal Steve Coleman about progress at the school, which accommodates students who are having difficulties in the classroom.

    “We have some really good things going on out here,” Coleman said.