Local News

  • Shelbyville City Council: Blue Gables renovation reaches next phase

    The project to restore the old Blue Gables Motel from a slum/blight area into a retail-and-arts center will take a small and tedious step forward Thursday.

    Money from a Community Block Development Grant for which a group applied last fall has been set aside for the city, working as a governmental liaison with the Shelbyville Preservation Group, if certain procedures and stipulations can be met.

  • 2nd historic fire isn’t arson

    Another downtown Shelbyville landmark smoldered and smoked following a devastating fire on Sunday, and its owner wasn’t seeing simply the charred remains of the once grand home but also the death of her father’s dream and perhaps the ashes of his legacy.

    Lucy Kerman on Monday talked in a broken voice about the heart-wrenching despair she felt when she got the call Sunday morning telling her that the Chatham House, one of Shelbyville’s oldest homes and part of her family for more than 50 years, was burning.

  • News Digest: May 1, 2013

    Mansfield, Collins, Hackworth appointed

    Three Shelby Countians were among the persons recently appointed to statewide boards and commissions by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    The individuals will serve various terms. Those named were:

  • Firefighters contain blaze at Chatham House

    For the second time in less than two months, downtown Shelbyville has endured another loss from fire.

    About six weeks ago firefighters battled a blaze at the 600 block of Main Street that left a hole the size of three buildings in the downtown streetscape.

    On Sunday Shelbyville firefighters responded again, this time to a call at 10:33 a.m. at the Chatham House at 617 Washington Street – located between the Mercy Clinic and Dr. Raymond Lohr Dentistry.

  • Shelby’s Court appears headed back to Derby

    Jon Court is on schedule to get a second chance at the Kentucky Derby.

    Court, the professional Thoroughbred jockey from Shelbyville, who two years ago had his first mount in horse racing’s Super Bowl, is slated to be back at Churchill Downs next Saturday (the first one in May) and on the back of Will Take Charge in the 139th Run for the Roses.   

  • Plant sale organizers rooting for big turnout

    A new location for this year’s Master Gardeners Plant Sale will enable the event to take place whatever the weather, organizers say, a plus in light of this spring’s unpredictable conditions.

    The plant sale, which no longer will include an art show, will be staged at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office on Frankfort Road.

  • EARLIER: Next step for garbage is to build the new facility

    Now that mandatory curbside pickup for county residents is no longer being considered, plans for a new solid-waste facility will move ahead without further delay, officials say.

    The county’s 109 Board, the entity in charge of solid waste in the county, met Wednesday to iron out details for a facility that would replace the Convenience Center in Waddy and the Recycling Center on 7th Street, to serve as a combined service.

  • News Digest: April 26, 2013

    Brassfield, North Country to lose power this afternoon

    If you live in Brassfield or North Country developments, get ready for a power outage this afternoon.

    Shelby Energy Cooperative posted a Facebook announcement Thursday that it was shutting down power in those neighborhoods at 1 p.m. to facilitate the replacement of the underground switching cabinet.

    The outage is planned for 1.5 hours, but the announcement stressed that the repairs could change that duration

    Customers with questions are directed to call 800-292-6585.

  • Head-on collision injures Pleasureville couple

    A Pleasureville couple was taken to the University of Louisville Wednesday morning after being involved in a head-on crash on Cropper Road.

    Shelby County Deputy Sheriff Gerald Wooldridge said that Wanda and Richard Watts, both in their 50s, were traveling eastbound on Cropper Road, and Stacy Johnson, 27, of Shelbyville was traveling westbound a couple of hundred yards west of the intersection of Bagdad Road and Cropper Road at 7:15 a.m., when Johnson’s vehicle began to hydroplane because of heavy rain.

  • Shelby County School Board: Diplomas, goals highlight agenda

    This Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will award diplomas to students who previously had given up their chances at a graduation.

    Started in the 2011-12 school year, the diploma recovery project allows students that were one-time dropouts the opportunity to receive a diploma from their former school by attending evening courses and using online resources and testing through COMPASS to earn credits toward graduation.