Local News

  • News Digest: March 13, 2013

    Pension plan appears

    unsettled by legislature

    With two days remaining in the 2013 General Assembly, the Democratic House and Republican Senate have yet to forge a compromise on how to fix Kentucky's ailing public pension system.

  • Bruner’s trial is postponed

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, was to have stood trial for assault today, but his jury trial has been postponed, prosecutors say.

    Instead, he has a status conference scheduled for next Monday, according to online court dockets.

    Shelby County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll, who is handling the case, did not return phone calls from The Sentinel-News. Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell said that Bruner’s trial had been postponed but that she did not know why.

  • Shelbyville bank gets ‘hit’ by a car

    “I got a phone call, and somebody said, ‘Hey, Tom, do you know there’s a car sticking out of your bank?’ And I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’”

    But Tom Vogel, branch manager of Mainsource Bank, soon found out the call was no joke.

    When Vogel arrived at the bank, at 1734 Midland Trail, shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, he found a big hole in the front of the bank, where a car had crashed right through the brick wall. The car was still there.

  • EARLIER: Main Street fire stirs memory of 1985, leaves opportunity in its wake

    As soon as the fire ignited at 616 Main Street early Wednesday morning, Main Street was changed forever.

    The intricately woven landscape of downtown Shelbyville, with buildings tied together at street level, upstairs or even through basements, was the perfect place for fire to ravage through several buildings. The quick response from Shelbyville firefighters likely being the only reason the fire didn’t consume the whole block.

  • EARLIER: Early morning fire leaves Shelbyville restaurant, lives in rubble

    One of Shelbyville’s most popular restaurants lies buried beneath a pile of rubble today, the headline victim of a devastating fire that spared four lives but killed four historic buildings in the city’s downtown.

  • Shelby teams earn spots in Odyssey state event

    Shelby County will send 15 teams comprised of students from nine different schools to Northern Kentucky University on Saturday to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind state competition.

    Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition in which teams of seven compete in a long-term performance, a spontaneous answer round and a style category.

  • EARLIER: City-county trash deal: Details to come

    An hour-long joint workshop by city and county officials Wednesday night to discuss the aspect of the two governments working together on the issue of curbside pickup ended up with a both sides hopeful that could happen.

    Magistrate Tony Carriss, chair of the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, led the discussion at the Stratton Center, attended by members of the Shelbyville City Council, Mayor Tom Hardesty, the legislative commission and two members of the 109 Board, the entity that is responsible for solid waste disposal for the county.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville Police officer rouses 4 from blaze

    Flames leapt high into the frigid predawn air Wednesday as dozens of firefighters from several departments struggled to combat both the flames and Mother Nature at a devastating blaze that destroyed three downtown businesses.
    But before firefighters even got on the scene, a heroic Shelbyville Police officer, who had spotted the flames while responding to a burglary alarm at the site – possibly triggered by the fire – rescued four men living in an apartment above a burning restaurant.

  • County wants to repair Vigo

    A large portion of a state road near Bagdad could be repaired this year if things go as anticipated, county officials say.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates voted to use $208,000 allocated for county road maintenance to pave a portion of Vigo Road that road officials say is in bad need of repairs.

  • Simpsoinville to return property to Leggett & Platt

    The city of Simpsonville is going to give back a piece of property it really never used to the company that deeded the property to the city.

    City Attorney Hite Hays informed the city commission at its meeting Tuesday night that Leggett & Platt Inc. wanted the city to deed back to it a parcel it owns on the north side of the railroad crossing at Todds Point Road. The company is marketing its several acres there for sale, and the title to a section of the property belongs to the city.