Local News

  • Labor Day: Hot stuff this weekend

    Hotdogs, picnics, hot weather, cold drinks and good times with friends – all of those are parts of most people’s Labor Day celebrations, and in Shelby County, Waddy and downtown Shelbyville will be the happening places on Monday.

    And as hot as those spots are, the entire county is going to be hot as well this weekend – though it may cool in time for Monday’s fun.

  • Annunciation video to be shown Sunday

    Sunday is a big day for the Church of the Annunciation, which will release a video documenting the story of the stained-glass windows project and how the project has enhanced parishioners’ journey of faith.

    Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will be on hand at a special mass at 9 a.m., followed by a viewing of the video and brunch in the Annunciation Activities Center across the parking lot from the church. 

    Kurtz contributed commentary to the documentary produced by Reed Yadon, with the assistance of Bill Smith and associates of Adtech Productions. 

  • UPDATED: Kentucky Supreme Court: More police files must be open

    FORT THOMAS — The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the city of Fort Thomas could not keep the entire investigative file on Robert McCafferty’s death secret.

    The justices found there was no exemption to the state’s Open Record Act that justified the city withholding the entire file until McCafferty’s wife, Cheryl, completed her 18-year sentence for fatally shooting her husband in June 2007.

  • News Digest, Aug. 30, 2013

    Leadership program set

    for eighth-grade students

    Shelby County Public Schools, Leadership Shelby and Shelby County Parks and Recreation are partnering for a Leadership Discovery Day for all eighth-graders who reside in Shelby County to “foster leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills.”

  • Rankin newest officer for Simpsonville PD

    SIMPSONVILLE – Todd Rankin, the newest officer with the Simpsonville Police Department, may be familiar to some folks around Shelby County even before he puts on a uniform.

    Rankin, a former officer with Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and most recently with Eminence Police Department, swore Wednesday morning that he never had fought a duel and would uphold the duties in his official ceremony before Mayor Steve Eden at Simpsonville City Hall.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Downtown water tower to be replaced

    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle at Thursday’s Shelbyville City Council meeting broke the news of his department’s next big project – replacing the city’s downtown water tower.

    “It needs to be replaced, and we’ve started looking at about four sites, and we’re beginning negotiations,” he told the council, although he declined to mention where those sites are. “The best part about it is, I think we’re going to be able to pay for it in cash and not have to come back looking for a bond.”

  • Beshear: Grant puts state on ‘leading edge’

    Gov. Steve Beshear joined other state and local leaders Monday morning at Simpsonville Elementary School to congratulate the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative on being awarded a $41 million federal grant.

    Twenty-two school districts – 16 with GRREC and six with OVEC, including Shelby County – will use the grant for a collaborative effort called kid-FRIENDLy (Kids Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged and Determined to Learn), which is already being instituted.

  • Massie’s main goal: ‘Transparency’

    With his first open meeting in Shelby County since winning the November election, 4th Congressional District Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg) said he treated his talk Friday with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce similar to the town hall meeting he had held the day before in Carroll County.

  • Shelby stays whole in new legislative districts

    Kentucky’s lawmakers ended a 5-day special session on Friday as Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law the redistricting plans for both the House and Senate.

    That 1-week special session cost the state about $300,000.

    Shelby County stayed intact in both plans, easing the strain of the wait on local officials.

    County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said her voting precincts already were redrawn with the hopes of Shelby County’s not being split.

  • No tax increase planned for Shelby County schools

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof, who two weeks ago proposed a half-cent increase in property taxes for schools, on Thursday will present the Shelby County School Board with an unprecedented recommendation: no increase.

    “No one was more disappointed than me when that compensation rate came back from the state with an increase in the tax rate,” he said of the state-set, .5-cent increase. “The board clearly wanted to do everything it could to not raise taxes this year, no one wanted to see that rate come back higher.”