Local News

  • Will March open like a lion?

    Last March arrived like a lion – bringing first deadly tornadoes to southern Indiana and eastern Kentucky followed by the only substantial, school-closing snowfall of the winter in Shelby County – but that on gray skies and some light swirling snowflakes will ask the question of whether this will be a lion or a lamb.

    “That’s a tough one,” National Weather Service meteorologist John Denman said. “It won’t be really stormy, but definitely cold and gray and unpleasant.”

  • Literacy event features adventurer’s book

    There are plenty of avid readers in the county if the interest in the Shelby County Public Library’s One Book, One Community program kickoff is any indication.
    Library Director Pam Federspiel said the public is very excited about the kickoff Monday of the library’s fifth annual program, which consists of a free book give-a-away.

    This year features author Tori Murden McClure’s Pearl in the Storm, how I found my heart in the middle of the ocean.

  • Hemp bill may be dead for now

    The effort to establish the regulatory framework for industrial hemp farming in Kentucky may be dead for this legislative session.
    A bill authored by state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), which had passed the Senate, was blocked in the state House on Wednesday, and Hornback said Thursday that if the bill wasn’t brought back by the close of business, then it wouldn’t be considered again until the session in January 2014.

  • Federal sequestration would hit OVEC hard

    Barring an 11th hour agreement today, the United State government will enact sweeping cuts to take $85 billion from the 2013 federal budget.

    And the cuts leave no programs spared.

    According to a report by the White House, cuts will range from 8 percent to military spending to 5 percent for non-defense programs, which translates to the biggest changes in defense spending and education.

    More than half of the reduction will be $46 billion the Pentagon’s $46 million reduction and another $3 billion will come at the head of education.

  • News Digest: March 1, 2013

    New power substation

    doesn’t need PSC approval


    The Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative’s 69-kilovolt lines and power substation, planned for construction between the substation on Brunerstown Road near Brighton Circle and in the vicinity of Exit 28 on Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, does not need approval from the Public Service Commission.

  • Driver arrested after police chase that started in Shelby

    A Louisville man has been arrested in connection with a police chase that began in Shelby County on Wednesday.

    After three 911 calls from concerned motorists about a possible intoxicated taxi driver, driving erratically on I-64 in rush hour traffic Wednesday, police finally located the yellow cab, driven by Mark A. Olsen, 53, traveling westbound.

  • Shelby County School Board: Student growth, teacher allocation get first look

    At its meeting Feb. 14 the Shelby County Board of Education decided on budget cuts that could eliminate more than 25 positions.

    However, Superintendent James Neihof noted after the meeting that growth in the district could mean that the number of personnel lost would not be that high.

    At Thursday’s meeting the board will gets its first look at that projected student population, with a recommendation on school allocations and staffing guidelines from Director of Finance Greg Murphy.

  • EARLIER: Large power lines, new substation set for mall area

    Shelby County residents on the south side of Interstate 64 at Simpsonville are in the midst of another proposed change to their quiet country area.

  • EARLIER: Horizon is first to file its outlet mall plan

    It appears that Horizon Group Partners has taken a big lead in the outlet mall race.

    Horizon, a Michigan-based company, on Monday submitted its planned unit development (PUD) to the Triple S Planning Commission, meeting the deadline to be on the commission’s agenda for its meeting on March 20.

    Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke said the company’s PUD is very similar to the preliminary plan that it submitted last year with its zone change request.

    “There were no real changes other than removing one outlot,” he said.

  • EARLIER: Should Shelbyville match Simpsonville, Eminence?

    Members of the Shelby County City Council expressed keen interest Thursday during an impromptu workshop in pursuing curbside garbage and recycling pickup for residents.

    The workshop was called by Mayor Tom Hardesty in place of a regular council meeting to gauge the council members’ perspective on this countywide hot-button issue. All six council members attended, as did City Attorney Steve Gregory.