Local News

  • Kovacs promoted to assistant chief

    The Shelbyville Police Department has undergone several personnel changes this year, with the most recent being the naming of Istvan “Ish” Kovacs as new assistant police chief.

    Kovacs, formerly the department’s community resource officer, was promoted to the rank of major on Friday, denoting the status of assistant chief of police.

  • Barking dog saves Shelby County family from fire

    The Travis family awoke just past midnight Friday to billowing smoke and flames that were hungrily devouring their small home near Cropper.

    But thanks to the vigilance of a small family pet they had time to escape with their lives.

    “Emmie, she woke us up,” said Tina Travis, whose two daughters and other family members were also asleep when the fire broke out.

    Jessica Roberts had been asleep for a couple of hours, Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said, when she was awakened by a dog barking.

  • News briefs: Jan. 30, 2013

    Dangerous weather could

    be in forecast for Wednesday

    The state of Kentucky – and Shelby County, of course –  continues to be threatened by potentially dangerous weather today.

    A system moving through the state brought with it a Wind Advisory that began Tuesday night and extended into this morning, and there is some probability that tornadic conditions could develop between 1 and 9 a.m.

  • Shelby County's Ducks Unlimited chapter goes pop culture for wetlands

    The name of the group may be a little misleading, but there is no mistaking the enthusiasm of its members towards their main goal – conservation of the nation’s wetlands.

    Founded in 1937, when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows, Ducks Unlimited is investing in projects across the continent that will preserve wetland areas, used by ducks and other birds during their seasonal migrations north and south.

  • Sentinel-News wins 18 awards in state contest

    The Sentinel-News took home 18 awards, including five first-place honors, among multiweekly newspapers in the Kentucky Press Association’s annual Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest.

    The awards for 2012 were handed out Friday night at KPA’s banquet in Louisville.

    Staff writers Lisa King and Todd Martin, sports writer Josh Cook and two staff entries were judged the best in their categories by judges from outside the state.

  • Death case of Bagdad man goes to court

    A Tennessee man is scheduled to appear in Laurel County Circuit Court today for a preliminary hearing on vehicular murder charges he incurred as a result of a fatal accident in Corbin last summer.

    Austin T. Meredith, 25, of Sevierville, Tenn., was arrested July 7 and charged with murder, DUI, first-degree wanton endangerment, no insurance and various safety regulations concerning commercial truck vehicles following an accident in which Howard “Red” White of Bagdad was killed.

  • Police chase ends in Shelby

    A Shepherdsville man was finally nabbed in a field in Simpsonville after leading police from several agencies on a chase through two counties Friday afternoon, police say.

    Jeffersontown Police Sgt. Brian Gringrich said that Robert Lawson of Shepherdsville fled from police at a traffic stop in Jeffersontown, and the chase was on.

    "He was stopped for a traffic violation and he gave the officer a false name, and when the officer went to run his information, he took off," Gingrich said.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville outlet malls: How malls would go with flow

    The planned outlet mall developments south of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville have had one recurring condemnation from residents who live in that area: They don’t think adequate traffic studies were completed during the zoning application process, and they repeatedly have implored Simpsonville officials to require another independent test.

  • Shelby family’s travail inspires fundraiser

    Danielle Wade said she never imagined that a small Christmas ornament could lead to an emergency trip to Kosair Children’s hospital. Then one day, she found her young son, Harrison, holding a broken ornament.

    “He was breathing, but he kept gagging, and I couldn’t see anything in his throat,” she recalled.

    A mother’s first thoughts would be: panic. Call 9-1-1. Get the baby to the hospital.

    “We live in Simpsonville, and the ambulance arrived while I still on the phone with the 9-1-1 call,” she said.

  • EARLIER: New waste facility to cost residents more

    Residents who plan to take their trash to the new waste collection facility planned for just west of Shelbyville will have to pay 2 to 5 cents per pound to do so.

    The facility, which would replace the current convenience center in Waddy, will be built at 920 Windhurt Way on 25 acres that cost taxpayers $2.5 million.This new facility would combine waste-collection and recycling, and the Recycling Center on 7th Street and the Convenience Center in Waddy would close.