Local News

  • News briefs: Feb. 8, 2013

    Rain chases away warmth

    for a few days at least


    That warm, sunny, spring-like day you enjoyed Thursday was just a teaser.

    The high temperature of near 65 on Thursday afternoon was to be chased away by overnight rains and deliver more seasonal highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s and 30s around the area.

  • Animal groups’ fundraiser returns

    Shelby County’s unique animal support group will bring back its unique joint fundraiser on Saturday night, when the third annual Monarchs, Mutts, and Meows Valentine’s Dinner Party is staged at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    This event, which begins at 6 p.m. and includes the usual dinner, silent auction, dance contest and music by the renowned Monarchs, benefits 5 rescues.org, the coalition of animal rights groups that was formed several years ago and continues to be refined.

  • Simpsonville utility relocation set for sidewalks

    Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden on Tuesday signed a contract with Dallas Dean Inc. of Harrodsburg to complete the utility relocation as part of the city’s downtown sidewalk project.

    The sidewalks, which will be built along the south side of U.S. 60 between Old Veechdale Road and Fairview Drive, are expected to be completed this year after enduring three years of red tape because of the federal stimulus grant the city received.

  • News briefs: Feb. 6, 2013

    Solid-waste public hearings

    continue tonight, Thursday

    The second of five public hearings to receive input on the county’s new plans for solid-waste disposal will be tonight in Shelbyville.

    The first meeting was Tuesday night in Simpsonville, with meetings scheduled for Thursday at Finchville, Monday in Bagdad and Tuesday in Waddy.

    Tonight’s gathering at the North Central Health Department on Henry Clay Street starts at 6 o’clock.

  • EARLIER: Tenant: I’m living without plumbing

    A man renting a trailer in Waddy is being evicted from his home after complaining to the Sheriff’s Department and The Sentinel-News about not having running water for nearly a month.

    Fred Harrington, who lives at 2071 Waddy Road, received a note from his landlord, Allen Murphy, this morning, dated Feb. 5, stating “You have three days to move out of my house.”

    Harrington received the notice apparently shortly after Murphy had been contacted by a reporter seeking comment on Harrington’s situation.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City to address Clifton Court request

    The Shelbyville City Council will revisit at its meeting Thursday a request made just before Christmas that would add Clifton Court to the city road system,

    The council is expected to receive a recommendation on the request made by the development’s owner, Robert French. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Shelbyville City Hall.

    Although the city often absorbs neighborhood roads into its care, what makes this one different is the neighborhood’s four green-space common areas and the fact that the road is 15 years old.

  • Jail's inmate population sees great growth in 15 years

    Where can you find the largest hotel, the largest laundry mat and the largest restaurant in Shelby County, all housed in the same building?

    “Truthfully, a lot of people don’t look at the jail that way, but we are keeping more people than any hotel and we’re feeding more people than any restaurant, 900 meals a day, and most people don’t realize that,” Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said. “They think we put people in jail, and that’s the end of it.”

  • Weather officials predict warmer, drier days ahead

    Most Shelby Countians could do without a repeat of last weekend’s brief but furious snowstorm that dumped a few inches of snow around the county.

    Officials at the National Weather Service in Louisville say that former dismal scenario shouldn’t be in the picture this week and maybe not for the rest of February.

    “We’re looking at relatively benign conditions tonight and tomorrow,” NWS Meteorologist Linda Gilbert said Tuesday.

  • Shelbyville PD gets 2 new officers

    The Shelbyville Police Department became two officers stronger on Friday, when its newest officers  were sworn in by Shelby Circuit Judge Donna Dutton.

    Brandon Pennington, 28, and Joshua Housely, 29, took the oath of office only a couple of  hours after graduating from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Police Academy in Richmond.

    The officers left after the ceremony for the Shelbyville PD, and Dutton swore them in shortly before 3 p.m.

  • Super Bowl veteran talks about coaches in the family

    Last summer when the 2012 National Football League schedules were released, one resident of Shelbyville was positive that we would see brothers coaching against each other in a Super Bowl.

    And Buddy Ryan was right. He just had the brothers wrong.

    “When the schedule came out, I really though the Ryan brothers were going to be playing each other,” he said on Thursday morning from a farm off Scott Station Road.