Local News

  • 3 Shelby teams make Odyssey world finals

    Shelby County schools had 15 teams qualify for the state Odyssey of the Mind competition last weekend at Northern Kentucky University, and three of them took home championships to advance to the world finals in May at Michigan State University.

    “It was great. We had one team at each level advance, and we had another five teams finish in third place, just missing qualifying for the world finals,” said Teresa Walther, the Talented and Gifted teacher for East and West middle schools.

  • What General Assembly accomplished

    Although most of the major topics – pension reform, redistricting, tax reform, industrialized hemp – were not among the bills passed on to Gov. Steve Beshear by the House and Senate, Kentucky’s legislators did move 107 bills looking to be signed into law, and more could be added in the session’s final two days, March 25-26.

    State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said he is optimistic that his two bills – on legalizing industrial hemp and on telecommunications restructuring – could be heard and voted on in the House.

  • News Digest: March 15, 2013

    Shelby unemployment rises

    but is 4th best in the state


    Shelby County’s unemployment rate rose in January but was still the fourth-best rate in the Kentucky.

    Unemployment figures for January, released Thursday by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, show Shelby with a 6.7 percent jobless rate, which trails only perennially No. 1 Woodford County (5.9), Fayette (6.5) and Oldham (6.6).

  • Bruner to have hearing Monday

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, is scheduled for a status hearing on Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Bruner was scheduled to have stood a jury trial this past Monday, but that was postponed because some needed paperwork was not in place, said Shelby County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll, who is handling the case.

    “I think everything we were waiting on is now available,” she said.

  • EARLIER: City, county forming garbage committees

    City and county officials are in the process of putting together committees to explore what actions to take – and how they might work together – concerning solid waste in Shelby County.

    Magistrate Hubie Pollett, who is one of four magistrates that comprise the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s Legislative Committee, said committee members should be in place by next week.

  • Shelbyville woman who escaped I-65 accident in rehab

    Natalie Mudd, a Shelbyville insurance adjuster who was seriously injured in a horrific six-car pile up in Hardin County March 4 that injured two others, is out of the hospital, and facing several months of rehabilitation, which will be especially grueling in the coming weeks, her husband said.

    “She’s been moved to the Masonic Home for rehab and will probably be there for about three weeks for some hard core rehab,” said Marcy Mudd.

  • Shelbyville City Council: No decisions on Desilets’ request

    The Shelbyville City Council tabled a zone change request from Desilets LLC during Thursday’s regular meeting at city hall.

    City Attorney Steven Gregory reviewed the different courses of action the council could take, but with a council that have very little experience with zone changes, and one council member absent from the meeting, the decision on a course of action was tabled for a later meeting.

  • EARLIER: Dozens work around clock to assist firefighting

    As firefighters focused their attention between 610 and 620 Main Street on Wednesday, hundreds of onlookers made their way to the area to take in the devastation and watch firemen and women work.

    Everyone, from Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty to Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger to citizens on the street, has marveled at a job well done, and perhaps rightfully so.

    But behind those firemen were several other departments and citizens quietly working to help and provide the resources for them to do their work.

  • Shelby County School Board: Last day for school: May 22

    Students at Shelby County Public Schools should plan to attend school for an extra couple of  days in May after missing classes for two snow days this winter.

    If there are no more school cancellations, SCPS will add two days to the school year, pushing the end of the school year back to May 22.

  • EARLIER: No sign of arson in Shelbyville fire

    The blaze last week that left Shelbyville’s downtown streetscape with a gaping hole was not caused by an arsonist.

    “We don’t suspect any arson,” Shelbyville Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker said Tuesday. “It’s all been passed over to the insurance investigators now.”