Local News

  • 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.

  • Waddy woman says her pit bull didn't mutilate animals

    A Waddy resident has come forward to claim the dog confiscated last week in connection with some animal attacks.

    However, officials at the Shelby County Animal Shelter refuse to release her dog, the owner said.

    “They say they won’t let me have him until they are sure he is not the dog they’re looking for,” said Brenda Tillett of Waddy.

    The pit bull is a suspect in animal mutilations that killed several animals in late November and early December and ripped off a cow’s ears as recently as Jan. 6.

  • Statewide equine survey reveals horses are billion dollar industry

    The first part of Phase 1 of the annual statewide equine survey is out, and the results are of particular importance to the horse industry, officials say, as the study found that the total of all equine-related sales and income for equine operations in 2011 was about $1.1 billion.

    That total came from sales of all equines, estimated to be $521.1 million, and $491 million in income from services provided, including both breeding and non-breeding services such as training, lessons, boarding, farrier, transportation, purses, incentives, etc.

  • News briefs: Jan. 25, 2013

    Shelby’s December unemployment of 6.2 percent is 6th best in state

    Shelby County’s unemployment rose ever so slightly to 6.2 percent in December and remained tied for the sixth-best rate in the state.

    That performance was up from 6.1 percent in November but still well below the 7.2 percent Shelby recorded in December of 2011.