Local News

  • Bruner's trial scheduled for March 11

    The next time that Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, appears in court it will be for his jury trial, scheduled for March 11.
    Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence against him in connection with the beating of Denisse Escareno on Nov. 5, 2011.
    Bruner was arrested 10 days after Escareno, 24, was found beaten, stabbed and barely alive by passersby on the side of Mount Eden Road about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.

  • Hornback will look for vote on hemp

    Kentucky’s legislators are priming themselves to take advantage of a big federal push to legalize industrial hemp.

    On Monday, state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) will welcome Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Reps. John Yarmouth (D-KY) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey to testify to the Ag Committee in support of his Senate Bill 50, which proposes administrative framework to allow growing industrial hemp in the state.

  • EARLIER: Residents get 1st solid answers on trash plan

    The discussion about how best to handle solid waste in Shelby County – including a proposed new facility – began a countywide tour this week, giving residents an opportunity to ask questions about how their garbage would be handled and how much that could cost them.

  • Black history exhibit set for Sunday at Stratton Center




    By Lisa King


    If you want to learn a bit about African-American history in Shelby County without having to crack a book, Sunday may be your best bet.

    A special exhibit at Stratton Center in Shelbyville will endeavor to illuminate and explain black history in the more 221 years of the county’s history.

  • Joyes Station overpass to be demolished

    A legal dispute has emerged about the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s plan to demolish the Joyes Station Road overpass to accommodate the ongoing widening of Interstate 64 between Shelbyville and Simpsonville.

    The overpass links the now-closed Joyes Station near its intersection with Brunerstown Road, and the design for I-64 calls for its removal. But the owner of the property adjacent to that overpass, Joseph Pike Jr., has not agreed to sell any of its holdings, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

  • Students dive for desks in ‘quake


  • News briefs: Feb. 8, 2013

    Rain chases away warmth

    for a few days at least


    That warm, sunny, spring-like day you enjoyed Thursday was just a teaser.

    The high temperature of near 65 on Thursday afternoon was to be chased away by overnight rains and deliver more seasonal highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s and 30s around the area.

  • Animal groups’ fundraiser returns

    Shelby County’s unique animal support group will bring back its unique joint fundraiser on Saturday night, when the third annual Monarchs, Mutts, and Meows Valentine’s Dinner Party is staged at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    This event, which begins at 6 p.m. and includes the usual dinner, silent auction, dance contest and music by the renowned Monarchs, benefits 5 rescues.org, the coalition of animal rights groups that was formed several years ago and continues to be refined.

  • Simpsonville utility relocation set for sidewalks

    Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden on Tuesday signed a contract with Dallas Dean Inc. of Harrodsburg to complete the utility relocation as part of the city’s downtown sidewalk project.

    The sidewalks, which will be built along the south side of U.S. 60 between Old Veechdale Road and Fairview Drive, are expected to be completed this year after enduring three years of red tape because of the federal stimulus grant the city received.

  • News briefs: Feb. 6, 2013

    Solid-waste public hearings

    continue tonight, Thursday

    The second of five public hearings to receive input on the county’s new plans for solid-waste disposal will be tonight in Shelbyville.

    The first meeting was Tuesday night in Simpsonville, with meetings scheduled for Thursday at Finchville, Monday in Bagdad and Tuesday in Waddy.

    Tonight’s gathering at the North Central Health Department on Henry Clay Street starts at 6 o’clock.