Local News

  • Shelbyville City Council: Solicitor’s license to become more difficult

    The Shelbyville City Council jumped right into the New Year with a new ordinance at Thursday’s first meeting, passing on first reading a measure to update and amend the requirements to obtain a solicitation license in the city.

    The ordinance makes it more costly and provides more safeguards for residents from those companies that sell door-to-door. It does not pertain to non-profits going door-to-door, such as Girl Scouts selling cookies, but does address permits for non-profits standing at intersections.

  • Massie wants to eliminate gun-free school zones

    Newly elected U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s opening bill since taking the District 4 seat – to repeal the prohibition on guns on school campuses – has gained some attention but not necessarily support from the leaders of the institutions his bill purports to support.

    When the U.S. House and Senate convened last week to begin the 2013 session, a flurry of bills were filed in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and President Barack Obama’s mandate for tougher gun control restrictions.

  • Shelby County School Board: Sams excited for first meeting

    When the Shelby County Board of Education meets tomorrow at the district’s offices, new member Karen Sams said she will be ready to get involved quickly.

     “I’m excited, and really looking forward to receiving a budget,” she said. “I’ve already taken some training through the KSBA’s [the Kentucky School Boards Association] online leadership institute. It was very good for first-time board members, and there’s already another training session set up in February.”

  • Simpsonville Baptist buys 2.3-acre parcel

    Simpsonville Baptist Church, growing fast and planning aggressively for its future, has become perhaps one of the bigger landowners in downtown Simpsonville by purchasing a 2.3-acre tract along U.S. 60 just east of its current campus.

  • City, state boost Katayama

    Government agencies that often offer economic incentives to attract new businesses now are giving traction to something new: giving incentives to existing businesses.

     “This is the best thing to happen to businesses around here in a long time,” Bobby Hudson told the Shelbyville City Council at Thursday’s meeting. “It’s fantastic for industries and cities because it targets the present businesses as well as new industries.”

  • Bruner closer to trial in beating case

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating of a woman left by the side of the road, was given a new court date Monday for still another status hearing as he nears his jury trial date of March 11.

    Shackled and wearing his orange jailhouse-issued jumpsuit, Bruner glowered at onlookers as he entered Shelby County Circuit Court and stood stoically before Judge Charles Hickman as his court appointed attorney, Melanie Lowe-Stratton, and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll reviewed the case.

  • News briefs: Jan. 9, 2013

    Montell prefiles bill for early grads

    to retain KEES scholarship money

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) announced in a release Monday that he had prefiled a bill for the 2013 legislative session that would allow high school students who graduate early to retain their full KEES scholarships.

    BR 284 would allow those students to retain the scholarship funds as long as they meet current requirements for the scholarship beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Off-duty firefighter rescues 2 from blaze

    An off-duty firefighter who happened to be passing a burning house Monday afternoon fought flames and smoke without protective gear to help locate and rescue a man and his grandson caught inside.

    “I opened the front door, and I had to get down low to get underneath the smoke, and when I yelled out, ‘Is anybody inside?’ I was shocked when somebody called out, ‘Yes!’”

    So Marc Myres of the Shelby County Fire Department did what any firefighter would do, he battled through the blaze and smoke to find the residents.

  • Bedbug problem gets another look

    Officials expect a large turnout for a bedbug workshop set for Thursday at Stratton Center in Shelbyville. In fact, the session will probably be crawling with people, they say.

    “We have had an overwhelming response from landlords, citizens, charitable organizations and emergency first responders regarding the bedbug workshop,” Shelbyville Code Enforcement Officer Darrell Willard said.

    He said he has sent out 300 flyers around town to let people know about the upcoming workshop, the second to be held on the topic.

  • Top issues for session

    When Kentucky’s lawmakers convene for the 2013 legislative session on Jan. 8, they will have myriad topics to cover, but these six will dominate the conversation and could force the House and Senate into yet another special session.

    State pension