Local News

  • Shelby County School Board: Districtwide accreditation will be pursued

    Shelby County Public Schools continues to advance in a working toward a district-wide accreditation through the AdvancED process.

    During Thursday’s regular meeting, the school board approved the participation in the process, and Superintendent James Neihof presented the board with a copy of the district’s self assessment, which was sent to AdvancED to begin the process.

    The board first heard of the process during a February meeting at which board chair Doug Butler questioned the process.

  • Bruner heads for trial date

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating in 2011 of a woman left by the side of the road, was given a new hearing date of Sept. 9 by Shelby Circuit Court on Monday.

    Bruner will face charges of first-degree assault in a trial scheduled for Sept. 30, but a series of preliminary hearings leading up to the trial are standard procedure as the date draws near.

    His trial, previously set for March, had been postponed because some needed paperwork was not in place, but that situation has been corrected.

  • State gives green light for traffic signal

    State officials confirmed Monday that a traffic signal is scheduled to be installed at what has been deemed to be an area of concern – the new exit ramp from Interstate 64 eastbound onto KY 55.

    “KYTC [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] has asked the contractor to accelerate the traffic signal installation on KY 55 at the I-64 off ramp,” said Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the transportation cabinet. “We hope to have a functional signal in operation in approximately four weeks.”

  • Updated: Simpsonville delays fireworks again

    Officials with Simpsonville Parks and Rec. have delayed their fireworks...for a second time.

    A rainy 4th of July pushed the celebration to Saturday, but with rain lingering in the forecast through the weekend Simpsonville Parks and Rec. Director Chris Truelock has pushed the event to Friday, July 12. The event, which will also include food service, inflatable bounce-houses and music, will still begin at its regularly scheduled time of 4 p.m.

  • Inmate sues jail after being burned

    A former Shelby County inmate has a lawsuit pending in federal court, claiming he was burned with hot water by another inmate.

    Robert Medley, a former Lawrenceburg resident who was being housed for Anderson County at the Shelby County Detention Center, filed a federal lawsuit June 7 against both Anderson and Shelby county officials, including judge-executives, jailers and others, claiming that he was burned by another inmate while incarcerated in Shelby County in June 2012.

  • A first explanation of 2nd Amendment

     Second Amendment law is a relatively new field of study, said a guest speaker at the Shelby County Republican Party’s monthly meeting on Thursday night.

    Attorney Aaron J. Silletto of the Goldberg Simpson law firm out of Louisville said he has made a hobby of learning and understanding the Second Amendment and gave an informative presentation to more than 30 Shelby County Republicans on what exactly the 27 words that make up the Second Amendment mean in legal terms.

  • News Digest: July 3, 2013

    Grimes says she is ready

    to take on McConnell

    Speaking to reporters in Frankfort on Monday afternoon, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

    Grimes, a Democrat, will face longtime veteran Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

    Grimes told reporters she is accustomed to being an underdog and faced that scenario when she was elected secretary of state 18 months ago.

  • EARLIER: No drugs found in drowned girl’s system

    The mystery of how Jackleen Lane came to be lying drowned in Clear Creek for three days became more curious Monday, when a coroner’s toxicological report revealed no drugs in her system.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said that tests determined that Lane, 15, who was spotted by a railroad employee June 17 near 1st and Goodman streets in Shelbyville, had not ingested drugs before her death. Tests for alcohol were inconclusive because her body was in the water for approximately three days before she was found.

  • New I-64 ramp, new hazard

    The opening of the new KY 55 overpass at the Interstate 64 interchange has created a new safety issue that Shelby County lawmakers say requires attention.

    The problem emerged when motorists using the eastbound exit ramp can’t make an immediate turn onto KY 55, backing up traffic during peak times onto I-64.

    The single ramp replaces dedicated northbound and southbound exit ramps, meaning that all exiting traffic shares one ramp and one stop sign at KY 55.

  • EARLIER: Memorial service for Shelby County teen kept private

    The spirit of Jackleen Lane, a teenage girl who died tragically last week, lives on in the memory of her friends and loved ones who attended a memorial remembrance service for her on Wednesday.

    Elizabeth Pulliam, director of Shelby Prevention, an organization that focuses on striving to keep kids off drugs and alcohol, held the service Wednesday for Lane, 15, of Bagdad, at the Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road in order to help Lane’s friends deal with their grief and to provide counseling if they should wish it.