Local News

  • Walk of compassion, ministry of faith

    This Easter, one Shelby County church will practice an old tradition and another something new.

    The Church of the Annunciation on Friday will continue with its decade-long tradition of its Walk of Compassion, a 6-block (roundtrip) journey of a group of about 100 people, one of them carrying a larger-than-life-sized wooden cross down Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The group will stop to meditate and pray 14 times along the way, for the Stations of the Cross. The walk never is canceled because of inclement weather.

  • Learning to fight fires

    Shelby's second annual Firefighter for a Day event was held Saturday at the Emergency Managment Agency headquarters on 7th Street with 16 people participating.

  • I-64 to be closed 2 nights for Joyes Station Bridge demolition

    The widening of Interstate 64 in Shelby County will take a dramatic step today and Thursday, when the demolition of the Joyes Station Road overpass will require one section of the interstate to be closed to traffic each night.

    Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said lanes between the Simpsonville exit (Exit 28) and KY 55 (Exit 32) will be closed in one direction each night, and traffic will be rerouted between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

  • Fugitive sex offender sought

    A sex-offender compliance sweep last week that involved 168 offenders from five counties culminated in several arrests and warrants, including a woman from Henry County who is a fugitive and thought to be hiding out in Shelby County.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Ben Wolcott, who covers sex abuse cases in Shelby County, said that police across the state are on the lookout for Jamie Nash.

    “She could be arrested by any officer across the commonwealth,” he said.

  • Man arrested in Simpsonville shooting

    A Shelbyville man wanted in connection with a shooting last summer has been arrested after eluding several police agencies and even federal marshals.
    James Anthony Watkins, 41, was arrested Friday after he was identified in August as a suspect in the shooting of an Hispanic man, who was shot twice in the stomach at an apartment complex in Simpsonville.

    Watkins is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • I-64 to be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists that Interstate 64 in Shelby County will be closed for demolition of the Joyes Station Road bridges.  This work is part of the I-64 widening project from the welcome center to ∏ mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8).    

  • Shelbyville PD seeks man for robbery, assault of woman

    Shelbyville Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who is wanted in connection with the beating and robbery March 12 of a woman in the parking lot of Berea Summit apartments.

    Geremiah Woods, 21, is wanted for first-degree robbery and first-degree assault of Amy E. Douglas of Shelbyville.

    Shelbyville Police said that Woods, Lamont S. Washington, 27, and Ciereron J. Thompson, 18, are accused of robbing and assaulting Douglas with handguns as she sat in her vehicle in the parking lot of the complex at 116 Berea Street.

  • Zoning change gets 2nd hearing from Shelbyville city council

    Business owner Brian Desilets, armed with a colorful booklet and a group of supporters, went before Shelbyville City Council on Thursday night with a personal plea for a zone change to keep his company in Shelbyville.

    Desilets LLC owns Stelised Inc., which operates a plastic-injection-molding manufacturing facility in the old Logan Building on Washington Street, and the company needs – and has been seeking – a zone change to allow it to add storage space to that facility.

  • Bagdad next on USPS’ list to cut hours

    It’s two down and two post offices to go on the postal service’s list of offices to suffer reduced hours in Shelby County.

    Of the six post offices within the county, including Pleasureville, four are among the 13,000 rural post offices nationwide slated to have their hours reduced, some by as much as half.

  • EARLIER: Downtown Shelbyville owner working on plan to rebuild

    As the fire was ravaging several buildings he owned on the 600 block of Main Street two weeks ago today, Jim Reynolds said he was ready to give up.

    “When I was standing there watching in front of the buildings as my life was burning up, I felt like I just wanted my insurance check so I could go home,” he said. “I was done, beaten.”

    But as they say, time heals all wounds.