Local News

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: County employees may receive raise

    County employees would receive get a small raise this year, if the proposed 2013-14 budget presented Tuesday night by Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger gets final approval.

    In his budget presentation Rothenburger said he was recommending a 1.74 percent pay increase for full-time employees.

    Rothenburger called the $18.1 million budget, which is a shade more than last year’s budget of $17.8 million “a balanced budget.”

    Rothenburger commended his department heads, including the road department.

  • EARLIER: Parks board to consider Sharks’ future

    Members of the Shelby Sharks swim team would like to align themselves with the prestigious Lakeside Swim Club from Louisville – but that might not be OK with the Shelby County Parks & Recreation Board.

    The parks board at its meeting Tuesday will consider whether it wants to work with the Sharks on a new agreement to use the Family Activities Center at Clear Creek Park or even take over operating the team.

  • DNA tests prove latest Waddy mauler is a dog

    A DNA test of a sample of saliva from a mutilated calf killed April 17 in Waddy – the latest in a long string of animal maulings – has narrowed down the species of the killer to a dog.

    “It is definitely a domestic dog,” Animal Control Supervisor Rusty Newton said.

    However, Newton said the test was not sophisticated enough to identify a specific breed of dog.

  • News Digest: May 10, 2013

    Beshear approves exchange to expand health insurance

    Calling it “the single-most important decision in our lifetime for improving the health of Kentuckians,” Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday announced the inclusion of 308,000 more Kentuckians in the federal Medicaid health insurance program.

    Beshear said announcing the expansion that, together with the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange, this would ensure that every Kentuckian will have access to affordable health insurance.

  • Machete-wielding assailant attacks Pleasureville man at his home

    PLEASUREVILLE – An unidentified assailant attacked a Henry County man with a machete at his home Monday morning.

    Christopher Cooper, 29, of Pleasureville said he didn’t know who attacked him at about 4:30 a.m.

  • Simpsonville pays off project phase, passes along LED request

    Issues involving the downtown Village Center District in Simpsonville – at least changes involving those long-range plans – dominated the discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Simpsonville City Commission.

    Commissioners voted to close out payment for the first phase of the sidewalk project for the downtown corridor and also approved on first reading a text amendment for a zone change for that corridor to allow for moderately sized LED signs.

  • Motorcycle rider hospitalized in crash

    One person was injured Monday morning when a car and a motorcycle collided on Midland Trail.

    Shelbyville Police say that William T. Waits, 57, of Pleasureville was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville for non-life-threatening injuries to his shoulder, hand and foot.

    The accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. as Waits was exiting Haven Hill Road onto Midland Trail, and turned into the path of a sports utility vehicle driven by Shelila Brown Etherton, 40, of Waddy.

  • Vendor issues take K-PREP off line statewide

    On top of Monday’s safety issues at Collins High School, Shelby County Public Schools already had made a quick change to its K-PREP testing, which also began Monday.

    The district was forced to alter its testing situation because of an issue with ACT, which is the vendor for the end-of-course testing.

    Shelby County was one of several districts statewide that were scheduled to begin testing online this year. However, ACT began having issues with its online test and by Friday temporarily had suspended online testing because of technical issues.

  • Downtown Shelbyville fire, 2 months later: Rebuilding efforts remain a mystery

    Now two months after a devastating fire took three buildings from the 600 block of Main Street in downtown Shelbyville, an idea is shaping up of what is to come and while looks like change, it also looks like history may repeat itself.

    In 1985, a fire ripped through 6th Street on the west side, between Main and Washington, and where it destroyed buildings there, vacant lots still remain.

    Jimmy Reynolds, who owned two of the buildings destroyed in March, doesn’t sound nearly as optimistic as he once had been about the future of his property.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City presents balanced budget, needs tweak

    The Shelbyville City Council held a first reading Thursday for the 2013-14 city, and that will require a sight tweak this week before a final consideration.

    The council will have a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to add the potential revenue from a grant it hasn’t been awarded.