Local News

  • EARLIER: Outlet mall opponents continue to question approvals

    The word “lawsuit” entered the dialogue Tuesday between the Simpsonville City Commission and a group of residents opposed to the construction of two outlet malls on the south side of the city.

    Ron Pottinger, who lives in Hunters Pointe, introduced the idea of filing suit to stop the development of malls on Buck Creek Road during a public comment portion of the city’s consideration of a zone change request from Trio Property and Paragon Outlet Partners for its planned mall site south of Interstate 64.

  • Simpsonville OKs new tourism commission structure

    The restructuring of the Shelby County Tourism Commission became official Tuesday night, when the Simpsonville City Commission gave its final approval to the new plan.

    Commissioners passed unanimously – with Scott McDowell and Vicky Wise absent – an ordinance that provided the city a seat on the commission.

    Similar ordinances had been passed by Shelby County Fiscal Court and the Shelbyville City Council.

  • News briefs: Dec. 5, 2012

    State has electronic form

    for registering divorces

    Obtaining forms for registering divorces with the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics will soon be made easier, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced.
    In compliance with a new law enacted by the 2012 General Assembly, the Office of Vital Statistics is slated to make new electronic documents for reporting divorces to the agency available via the agency’s Web site by the end of the calendar year.

  • State final: Highlands 47, Collins 0: Despite defeat, Titans and fans show resiliency

    BOWLING GREEN – It wasn’t pretty, but the Collins High School football team wrapped up the best season in its short history with a trip to the KHSAA Class AAAA Championship on Friday.

    Highlands dominated the game, racing out to a 33-0 halftime lead and coasting to a 47-0 win for its sixth straight state championship and state-leading 22nd overall title.

    But in the game at Western Kentucky University, the team, its school and its fans learned what it takes to compete against the top program in the state.

  • Masonite to shut its doors

    Masonite Inc. has told employees that it will be closing its Shelbyville plant early next year.

    The company has manufactured residential and commercial doors in Shelbyville since purchasing the Shelbyville-based LEDCO in 2010. About 80 are employed in its facility at 801 Commerce Circle in Shelbyville.

    Plant General Manager Joseph Solomon, whose family started the company in Akron in 1964, said he could not answer questions about the facility’s closing, instead directing all requests to Masonite’s corporate offices.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Water company requests increase

    The Shelbyville City Council will hear the first reading Thursday of a proposed water and sewer rate increase.

    The increase is to cover the rising costs of chemicals and operations, Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle said.

    “Compared to the surrounding cities, we’re still much cheaper,” Doyle said. “It’s just getting harder and harder to balance the budget.”

  • Wills won’t be home for holidays

    Jody Wills won’t be home for Christmas because her latest plea for leniency from the court has been turned down.

    Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman denied Wills’ request for shock probation, made by her attorney, Bill Stewart, on July 23.

    Stewart had stood in for Wills, who was incarcerated and couldn’t make her request in person, as she had done with Judge Steve Mershon in 2010, when Mershon stunned the courtroom with his leniency after a tearful plea from Wills for mercy.

  • Court date for Bruner moved to next year

    A status hearing for Mark Bruner has been rescheduled for Jan. 7 in Shelby Circuit Court, as well as a jury trial date of March 11.

    Bruner was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence against him in connection with the beating of Denisse Escareno on Nov. 5, 2011.

    Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville was arrested 10 days after Escareno, 24, was found by passersby brutally beaten, stabbed and barely alive, on the side of Mount Eden Road about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.

  • 1 person slightly injured in I-64 crash Tuesday

    One person received minor injuries in a 1-vehicle crash between Mile Markers 32 and 33 on Interstate 64 at shortly after noon Tuesday.

    A vehicle driven by Andrea Smith of Shelbyville flipped as she was traveling eastbound on I-64. The vehicle came to rest on its side.

    She was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

  • Facebook complaint leads to arrest of sex offender

    A Shelby County man who is a convicted sex offender has been arrested and charged with several offenses, one of them a felony, relating to distributing obscene matter to a minor using social media. 

    Anthony T. Bradford, 41, was arrested Monday and charged with being aregistered sex offender who has been prohibited from using social-networking Web site, Internet messaging or chat room programs used by minors;, distributing obscene matter to a minor, both misdemeanors, and prohibited use of electronic communication to procure a minor, a Class D felony.