Local News

  • Will he Take Charge of Kentucky Derby?

    LOUISVILLE - If the second time is going to be the charm for Shelby County resident Jon Court in the Kentucky Derby, then he’ll have to do something no jockey has ever done in the 139-year history of the race – win from the 17th postposition.

    Horses that have started from the 17-hole are 0-for-the Run for the Roses.

  • 2 crossings to be closed for 2 days

    Those traveling Old Finchville and Mack Walters roads next week can expect some delays at the R.J. Corman railroad crossings.

    The two crossings being closed are not the larger, more active Norfolk Southern lines but instead are the R.J. Corman spur lines.

    The spur line runs from the R.J. Corman tracks north of Shelbyville down 11th street through town and turns south to cross Mack Walters and Old Finchville Road where it ends at the industrial park on Pearce Industrial Road to deliver its cars to Macro Plastics.

  • Why do apartments stand? Contractor, asbestos issues

    With construction of the CVS store moving forward at breakneck speed, many have been left scratching their heads about why the condemned Wesley Apartments remain standing at the corner of U.S. 60 and Freedom’s Way.

    “It’s kind of been a perfect storm of issues,” developer Todd Clark said. “First the contractor wasn’t moving as fast as they were supposed to, and then we had some weather issues and now some environmental issues. There was some small amounts of asbestos found in the kitchen floors that we didn’t expect.”

  • Ethington Auto no longer licensed

    Donnie Ethington, a longtime Shelbyville auto dealer who continues to be focus of legal assault for the way he has operated his business, no longer has a license to sell automobiles.

    A Franklin Circuit Judge has ruled that Ethington Auto can no longer function as an automobile dealership but that Donnie Ethington may sell the remainder of the vehicles he already has.

  • Women’s Health Fair coming up Thursday

    Judging by the way tickets are selling, many women around the community are gearing up for the 8th annual Women’s Health Fair, sponsored by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, officials say.

    “Tickets are selling like crazy; we’ve got some new folks coming to provide screenings this year, we’ve got a great speaker lined up and a great emcee, so we are very excited about the way things are shaping up,” said Holly Husband, spokesperson for JHS, the entity that is sponsoring the event.

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville officials dispute complaint about garbage service

    Simpsonville officials on Wednesday disputed a claim that a senior resident of the city had been ignored when complaining about problems with the city’s curbside garbage pickup.

    The issue arose last week when a Shelby County resident, Karen Waller of the Majestic Oaks development just outside Simpsonville, told members of the Shelby County Fiscal Court Legislative Committee that her father, Ben McAdams, had significant problems with garbage pickup and received no response from the city of Simpsonville or the city’s garbage contractor.

  • Shelby County School Board: District’s after-school care continues to grow

    After-school care in Shelby County has reached an all-time high at 319 students, program director Joy Royalty told the Shelby County School Board during her presentation at Thursday’s regular meeting at the district’s offices on Main Street.

    “We’re a self-sufficient program that runs from after school until six o’clock, and we’re available at each elementary school,” she said.

    The program is available for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

  • Collins student treated, released for food allergy

    An incident involving a food allergy at Collins High School on Friday resulted in one student being transported to the hospital.

    The student was treated, released and has returned to full health, according to a release from the school district on Monday.

    “School administration responded promptly and worked closely with District Health Coordinator Traci Earley to monitor the situation,” the release stated.

    The student’s name was withheld.

    Superintendent James Neihof said the district would investigate the situation.

  • School board honors diploma recovery graduates

    The Shelby County Board of Education meeting was overflowing with guests on Thursday to celebrate the successes of four returning students and one overachiever.

    The board welcomed students who had returned to school to earn high school diplomas with the Diploma Recovery program after dropping out of school, and dozens of family, friends and former teachers were on hand to congratulate them.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Blue Gables renovation reaches next phase

    The project to restore the old Blue Gables Motel from a slum/blight area into a retail-and-arts center will take a small and tedious step forward Thursday.

    Money from a Community Block Development Grant for which a group applied last fall has been set aside for the city, working as a governmental liaison with the Shelbyville Preservation Group, if certain procedures and stipulations can be met.