Local News

  • Will Shelby lay claim to Oscar winner?

    Shelby County may be getting close to having ties to an Academy Award-winning tie – however nebulous.

    Louisville-raised Jennifer Lawrence, one of the award season’s most-decorated actors and a second-time nominee for the Oscar for Best Actress, does not quite call Shelby County home, but she has spent many carefree summer days at Camp Hi-Ho, a facility her family owns in Todds Point.

  • Settlement not near in Williams’ lawsuit

    Although a settlement has been discussed between attorneys for the family of slain teen Trey Williams and defendants from the Shelbyville Police Department, such a conclusion doesn’t appear at hand.

    Williams’ parents, Gardner and Stephanie Williams, in November filed a wrongful-death suit in U.S. District Court in Louisville against the Shelbyville Police Department, former Police Chief Robert Schutte, police officers Suzanna Marcum and Frank Willoughby and the City of Shelbyville after the fatal police shooting of their son a year earlier.

  • News briefs: Feb. 25, 2013

    Fairness ordinance backers

    rally to support legislation

    Backers of the sort of antidiscrimination legislation that gained no traction recently with the Shelbyville City Council took their campaign to a bigger stage on Wednesday – the state capitol in Frankfort.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Workshop will explore curbside garbage pick-up

    On the heels of the 109 Solid Waste Board pitching its plan for a new Convenience and Recycling Center to county residents, the outcry for county and city supported curbside garbage pick-up has gotten louder.

    And the Shelbyville City Council is apparently listening.

    The council will have a workshop on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Tulip Room at City Hall to discuss the matter.

    The meeting will take the place of the regular council meeting, due to no business for the agenda.

  • School budget cuts: $2 million, 26 jobs

    The Shelby County School Board on Thursday approved almost $2 million in cuts for its 2013-14 budget that could result in the loss of 26 positions across the school district.

    Acting on recommendations from the its budget committee, the board approved about $2.2 million in cost reductions, but other adjustments left total savings in the general fund at almost $1.9 million.

  • Shelby County School Board: District-wide accreditation to be pursued

    The Shelby County School Board heard on Thursday a report from Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley and district Director of Elementary Schools Cindy French on the AdvancED Accreditation program, which the district is planning to follow.

    SCHS is the only accredited school in the district, earning the distinction in 2008-09 school year, Oakley’s first as principal.

  • MAP test scores: Mid-term trends are not-so-good

    The second round of MAP testing scores reviewed during Thursday’s meeting of the Shelby County School Board showed that student learning isn’t progressing as rapidly as district officials would expect them to be.

    The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is given to students three times each year, to help teachers and administration gauge a students progress during the school year and throughout their education in the district. The first test of the year is given in the fall and the final exam will be administered in the spring.

  • Hazardous intersection to receive attention

    Shelby County magistrates expressed concern Tuesday about a potentially hazardous stoplight on Boone’s Station Road.

    The intersection of Eminence Pike (KY 55), Boone’s Station Road and Cropper Road (KY 43) has been the site of several accidents, the latest one Monday in which one vehicle overturned and three people were hospitalized.

    Magistrate Bill Hedges said he travels through that intersection every day and that a turning lane or turning arrow light is sorely needed.

  • Former 911 director sues county

    A longtime director of Shelby County E-911 filed suit Friday in Shelby Circuit Court for wrongful termination.

    Cayla Hackworth, E-911 director from 2001 until March 28, 2012, claims in her suit that she was unfairly fired from her position because her employer claims she did not attend to her duties properly while she was on medical leave.

    The suit names as defendants Shelby County Fiscal Court, County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, the county’s seven magistrates, the E-911 Board and its chairman, Rusty Newton.

  • Overpass closing ends access to farmland

    Shelby County magistrates voted Tuesday to close the long-dead-end Joyes Station Road despite the protests and concerns of a landowner, a major manufacturing company and a prominent farmer.
    The closing at the road’s intersection with Brunerstown Road allows the state Transportation Cabinet to condemn its overpass for the widening project of Interstate 64, just east of Exit 32.