Local News

  • Bruner’s new trial date: Sept. 30

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, will face those charges Sept. 30 in a trial in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Bruner was to have stood trial for assault March 11, but that was postponed because some needed paperwork was not in place, said Shelby County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll, who is handling the case.

  • Mistrial in double murder case in which Waddy man died

    BARDSTOWN – Improper discussion by jurors was the reason given in Nelson Circuit Court on Wednesday, when a mistrial was declared in a double murder case involving the death of a Shelby County man.

    Circuit Court Judge Jack Seay ruled that jurors had violated the prohibition against discussing a case before all of the evidence was presented against John T. Hilbert, who was on trial for killing Danny Elmore of Waddy and Joe Stump Jr. of Nelson County in 1999.

  • News Digest: March 20, 2013

    Massie cosponsors bill

    to address drone issue


    U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg), whose district includes Shelby County, Wednesday announced that he had cosponsored a bill with Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) and Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) to prevent the executive branch from authorizing military strikes upon American citizens on American soil.  

  • Hesse takes over for McDowell on Simpsonville Commission

    Michael Hesse will be sworn in this morning as a city commissioner in Simpsonville, replacing longtime commissioner Scott McDowell, who resigned because of a job change that forced him to move out of state.

    Hesse, former chair of the city’s sewer board and a candidate for the commission in November, was approved by a unanimous vote of Mayor Steve Eden and Commissioners Sharon Cummins and Cary Vowels during a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon. He will assume his role at the commission’s official meeting at 8:30 a.m. today.

  • Want to learn how to fight fires?

    Shelbyville Fire Department’s Firefighter for a Day program is scheduled for March 23, and Assistant Chief Chris Spaulding said the event promises to be very exciting.

    “We have ten [people] signed up right now, and most of them are women,” he said. “I have six women and four guys; that’s more women than last year.”

    Last year was the pilot year for the program, which had 10 participants as well, including three women.

  • Backpack program needs food

    The Shelby County Backpack Project is once again in need of food, and the latest drive to help is being held by Kentucky Farm Bureau during an event on Saturday.

    Agent Mary Jo Newton said the KFB trailer would be parked at Shelby County High School Saturday during the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Showcase to take donations for the organization.

    The project, began in 2006 by Cristy Meredith, furnishes food for underprivileged elementary school children to eat on the weekends, when they are not able to have access to meals at school.

  • Shelby’s lawmakers hopeful for final days

    As the Kentucky General Assembly goes into its late-session recess, most of the issues that legislators came into the session looking to resolve remain unresolved.

    Of the biggest topics coming into the session, only the revamping of how special taxing districts are handled was converted into a bill about which both House and Senate members could agree, but issues such as state pension reform, redistricting, the legalization of industrial hemp and tax reform remain with just a 2-day action period remaining.

  • EARLIER: Paragon president: We will ‘wait and see’

    With Horizon Group Properties on the verge of presenting its final development plan to the Triple S Planning Commission, Paragon Outlet Partners, which has been planning a competing outlet mall in the same area, has backed off its plans – at least for now.

    Paragon had received a zone change for an 80-acre parcel just on the east side of Buck Creek Road, just south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, but Robert Brvenik, the principal with Paragon, said his company has slowed down.

  • 3 Shelby teams make Odyssey world finals

    Shelby County schools had 15 teams qualify for the state Odyssey of the Mind competition last weekend at Northern Kentucky University, and three of them took home championships to advance to the world finals in May at Michigan State University.

    “It was great. We had one team at each level advance, and we had another five teams finish in third place, just missing qualifying for the world finals,” said Teresa Walther, the Talented and Gifted teacher for East and West middle schools.

  • What General Assembly accomplished

    Although most of the major topics – pension reform, redistricting, tax reform, industrialized hemp – were not among the bills passed on to Gov. Steve Beshear by the House and Senate, Kentucky’s legislators did move 107 bills looking to be signed into law, and more could be added in the session’s final two days, March 25-26.

    State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said he is optimistic that his two bills – on legalizing industrial hemp and on telecommunications restructuring – could be heard and voted on in the House.