Local News

  • Railroad gets signals crossed in Shelbyville

    A mix-up in communications among railroad crews left a lot of people on the south side of Shelbyville completely sidetracked Wednesday morning.

    All three crossings of Norfolk Southern Railroad in the vicinity of Kentucky Street were closed at the same time, blocking traffic headed to and from Zaring Mill and Mack Walters roads and blocking residents in or out of several streets – and even entire neighborhoods.

  • Shelby-bred Thoroughbred breaks record

    Shelby County is known for the showy Saddlebreds that will compete this week at the Shelbyville Horse Show, but that doesn’t mean the state’s more dominant breed, the Thoroughbred, doesn’t have a legacy here, too.

    That legacy, in fact, is growing a bit, thanks to a 2-year-old bred and born in Shelby who recent blazed his way not only to a victory in England but to a course record as well.

  • News Digest: Aug. 9, 2013

    Shelby could be facing heavy rain, flash flooding

    Shelby County could get some heavy rainfall in a short amount of time going into the weekend and early next week.

    The west side of Marion County to the south of Shelby got about 4 inches of rain in a 24-hour period late Wednesday and early Thursday, and many counties east of Lexington were under flash flood watch on Thursday.

  • Pleasureville City Commission sets new agreement to rent basement to caterer

    PLEASUREVILLE – A debate about the rental of the Pleasureville City Hall basement continued Monday night, ending with the city commission voting, 2-1, to allow caterer Gary Grigsby to pay $100 per month.

    Mayor Rodney Young said he spoke with Grigsby, who previously had rented the space, and that he had asked to rent the basement for $100 per month.

  • Simpsonville officials to visit new outlet mall near Atlanta

    Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden and City Administrator David Eaton are headed to Woodstock, Ga., on Sunday to check out the new outlet mall that Horizon Group Properties opened there last month.

    Horizon is scheduled to open the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville on the south side of Simpsonville, in about a year, and Eden said they wanted to meet with officials to see what they might learn and expect from that process.

  • Property taxes in Simpsonville may go up slightly

    Property taxes in Simpsonville are likely to rise a small amount this fall.

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would set the ad valorem tax rate at 11.8 cents per $100 of assessed value and adopt the county’s rate, as yet undetermined, for personal property tax.

    The rate will have a public hearing at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 21 in Simpsonville City Hall, and at 8:30 the commission could take up the ordinance for final approval.

  • All tracks back open after railroad track construction

    All Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks are back open now, officials say.

    Tracks at three locations, Kentucky Street, Mack Walters and 7th Street were closed for track construction for several hours this morning, but all were back open by 1:30 p.m., officials say.

    Shelbyville City Engineer and Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell said that railroad officials told her the situation was because of a miscommunication.

  • Historic homes ‘Condemned by neglect’

    Bland Avenue and Clay Street never will look the same after this week. Not since two homes, at 832 Bland Ave. and 827 Clay Street, recently were demolished, a concept that could be beginning to spread.

    As they watched the demolition on Monday, residents on Bland Avenue noted a couple of other dilapidated homes they would like to see go.

    “It’s a shame to tear it [the house] down, but that place was disgusting,” James Webb said.

  • SCPS schools: Not all roads take students to school

    There is sure to be a lot of yawning, stretching and blurry eyes this morning as students roll into school for the first day of the 2013-14 school year at Shelby County Public Schools.

    And it’s inevitable that some buses will be early and some late as the drivers and those students they pick up adjust to the routes.

    But how are those routes set? How do the buses know what roads to take, where to turn and how early to leave?

  • Shelbyville Horse Show: Successful show rides into the sunset

    Just like that, another Shelbyville Horse Show has come and gone.

    “It was as smooth a show as I can ever remember in our twenty-four-year history,” said R.H. Bennett, the show manager. “Not the most horses we’ve ever had but pretty close to the largest number of exhibitors we’ve had.”