Local News

  • Downtown Simpsonville sidewalk plans get final OK

    State officials this week gave their sort-of-final approval to Simpsonville’s downtown sidewalk project, and the city is about to advertise for bids, Mayor Steve Eden told the Simpsonville City Commission at its meeting on Wednesday morning.

    The project, which first began with the federal stimulus grant application in 2008, has been stuck in slow motion by federal and state regulations about the release of the $320,000 the city received to build new sidewalks along the south side of U.S. 60 between Fairview Drive and Old Veechdale Road.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville takes steps on outlet mall deals

    The pond, fish and many trees are gone, and the dirt is moving furiously at the site of the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville on Buck Creek Road, and the Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday was full of activity as well.

    Commissioners passed along for second reading three ordinances and approved other steps that would affect Horizon Group Property’s 350,000-square-foot outlet mall project, which is slated to be completed in late summer 2014.

  • Whitney Young student fight ends with 1 in jail

    A fight between two female students at the Whitney Young Job Corps Center in Simpsonville on Tuesday ended with one in jail and the other at University Hospital in Louisville.

    Celeste Hughes, 18, a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., has been charged with first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing Kenya Slade, 19, four times with a pair of scissors.

  • Hornback optimistic for federal hemp changes

    After helping lead the charge for policy change on industrial hemp in Kentucky, state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) took his campaign to Washington D.C., last week, and returned expressing optimism about what he heard there.

     “It went really well,” he said of the trip. “Of course we met with all of our congressional representatives and also with representatives from the Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture and [the] Obama administration. The lady we met with at the Department of Energy was actually even wearing a hemp dress.”

  • Shelby County School Board: High schools delayed by testing problem

    End-of-the-year testing at Shelby County Public Schools’ two high schools has been interrupted slightly because of issues with ACT’s issuing of the state’s end-of-course assessments.

  • Shelby County teachers may get pay raises

    All certified and classified employees of the Shelby County Public Schools may be getting a raise next year.

  • Shelby’s Medicaid expansion impact: Perhaps 2,800-plus

    With Gov. Steve Beshear’s announcement Thursday to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid in Kentucky, more than 2,800 uninsured Shelby Countians in 2014 will become eligible for the federal- and state-funded health care.

    Another 3,128 would become eligible for subsidized insurance through the Health Benefits Exchange.

  • Paying government employees for lunch hours isn't a small bite

    The issue of whether or not to pay employees for a lunch break is an issue that county governments across the state treat in various ways, although the most common is not to pay them, officials say.

  • News Digest: May 15, 2013

    SCHS senior awards handed out Thursday

    Shelby County High School will celebrate a year of success with its annual Senior Awards Night on Thursday at 6:30 in the school’s theater.

    Seniors that have secured scholarships and won academic awards will be honored, the male and female athletes of the year will be announced, and students who have achieved goals and benchmarks will be celebrated.

    Last year more than 30 SCHS students earned more than $1 million in scholarships to schools across the country.

  • Shelbyville City Council to give budget 1 more review

    The Shelbyville City Council will continue on Thursday night to advance its 2013-14 city budget by considering a second reading of the ordinance establishing that budget.

    The council held a special meeting last Thursday to repeat the first reading of the budget it had moved along on May 2. The budget had been tweaked to include potential funds the city is hoping – and expecting – to receive in the form of a Community Block Grant to use on the rehabilitation of the old Blue Gables Motel at the corner of 8th and Main streets.