Local News

  • Church to Shelby County Judicial Center employees: No more parking

    In the 18 months since the Shelby County Judicial Center opened, employees have fallen out of grace with a neighboring church about parking places.

    Centenary Methodist Church, located just west of the judicial center, which is at 401 Main St. in Shelbyville, as of Sunday no longer will allow employees of the center to use its parking lot.

  • New industry eyeing move to Shelby

    Shelbyville soon could land a new industry that plans to invest up to $12.25 million in building a new site in the city.

    The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved on Thursday a tax incentive package worth up to $900,000 for Tegrant Diversified Brands.

    The incentive package would stretch over 10 years and only be worth the maximum amount if Tegrant maintains 51 employees with an hourly compensation package of at least $12.51 and has a minimum 85 percent employees that are full-time Kentucky residents.

  • Dropout age law headlines new Kentucky measure now in effect

    A number of new Kentucky laws took effect on Tuesday, among them a bill that allows for schools to adopt a higher compulsory school attendance age and a piece of legislation vetoed by the governor and then overridden by the House and Senate.

    The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature, except for general appropriation measures and those containing emergency or delayed effective date provisions.

  • Utility poles at outlet mall site installed without permit

    A communication mishap between Shelby Energy and the state Transportation Cabinet may be costing Horizon Group Properties a little extra cash.

    Shelby Energy erected three or four poles on Wednesday, June 19, along Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville to provide power to the incoming Outlet Shoppes of Louisville but did so without a permit, a state official said.

    The work was being done while Buck Creek is being widened both north and south of Interstate 64. Horizon is constructing the 374,000-square-foot facility.

  • Woman making over Mustang on Shelby farm

    Training horses may not be an unusual activity in Shelby County, but one woman is taking things a little further than usual.

    Mary Rose Sawicki lives in Oldham County, attends the University of Louisville and leases farm land north of Simpsonville owned by Phyllis Tate, and she is one of 43 successful applicants who entered this year’s Extreme Mustang Makeover competition, organized by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, and is now tasked with taming and training a wild mustang from Nevada and preparing it for sale at auction in August.

  • News Digest: June 28, 2013

    Shelby’s unemployment spikes to 7.1 percent

    Shelby County’s unemployment rank fell out of the state’s top 10 for May.

    According to information released Tuesday by Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Shelby County’s unemployment leaped to 7.1 percent, up more than 1 point from May (6.0) and even up from the 6.2 percent of May 2012.

    That represented Shelby County’s highest rate in more than a year, but there was no information provided in the report that explained that spike.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Resolutions call questions about Fairness Ordinance

    Two more resolutions that will keep the city on track to earn a Community Development Block Grant were approved during Thursday’s regular Shelbyville City Council meeting at City Hall, but not without a few questions, one of which could bring up a matter that the city had declined to discuss earlier this year.

    The resolutions were passed to make the city eligible for the grant that would provide the $500,000 in grant funding to purchase the old Blue Gables Motel, which now serves as apartments.

  • Shelby County School Board: Superintendent to get annual public review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will present its annual public review of Superintendent James Neihof at Thursday’s regular meeting at the board’s offices, 1155 Main Street Shelbyville.

    This will be Neihof’s fourth review from the board, with the last three all having an average score of Excellent – the state-provided review has a range of Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

    Under state law the board is allowed first to present the review to Neihof in closed session, which it did at a meeting on June 13.

  • News Digest: June 26, 2013

    2 Shelby roads set for state repaving

    Shelby County will get about $400,000 in new pavement this summer as part of the more than $54 million in asphalt rehab projects awarded this month by The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

  • Toxicology results due soon for drowned girl

    Ten days after the body of a Bagdad teen was found floating in Clear Creek near 1st Street in Shelbyville, officials await investigative results – including an expected release of toxicology results – that could offer insight into her death.

    Shelbyville Police spokesperson Kelly Cable said that at this point the death of Jackleen Nicole Lane, 15, still is being considered an accident.

    “There are no new details at this point,” he said.