Local News

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Kurt Smith

    Kurt Smith is taking his first shot at public office as a candidate for the Shelby County Board of Education, District 5, and he said his biggest goal is retention.

  • Election2012: Shelby County School Board: Brenda Jackson

    With 24 years served on the Shelby County Board of Education, Brenda Jackson certainly has more experience than anyone associated with the board, but she said she still sees more and more room for growth in the district’s abilities and expectations.

  • Amendment would guarantee you can always hunt and fish

    If voters are still be deciding between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney or which of the 10 Shelbyville City Council candidates to choose on Nov. 6, they might also be surprised to see a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

    And the amendment might strike them as odd, as well.

    It seems the proposed Personal Right To Hunt and Fish amendment was quietly passed through the state House and Senate, right to the ballot for voters to decide.

    “There was really no debate at all, that I recall,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

  • EARLIER: Shelby County officials worried about KY 55 jam

    Traffic concerns around the Interstate 64 construction at Exit 32 surfaced at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court, an issue that magistrates and department heads agreed is of paramount importance.

    The main problem, County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said, is that big trucks are having trouble negotiating turns from KY 55 onto Old Brunerstown Road because of the construction that has restricted to two lanes some parts of the road north of I-64.

  • Disabled boy to get van in November

    Nov. 10 will be a day to light up the life of Margaret Hall, and not simply because it’s the same day as the annual Christmas Tree lighting in downtown Shelbyville.

    That’s when she is going to receive at last a specially equipped van for her son, Glenn, who is confined to a wheelchair.

    “It’s great,” she said. “I’m so excited, and so grateful to the entire community.”

  • EARLIER: Triple S delays vote on 2nd outlet mall

    Following the same pattern it used in July, Triple S Planning Commission on  Tuesday night tabled until Nov. 20 a zone change request for a second proposed outlet mall in Simpsonville.

    A crowd of about 100 people turned out for at a public hearing at Stratton Center as the commission considered a request for a zoning change and the development plan from Trio Property Development and its partner, Paragon Outlets Development, for a parcel east of Buck Creek Road and south of Interstate 64.

  • News briefs: Oct. 17, 2012

    No driver’s license service on Oct. 25

    Installation of software and cameras for Kentucky’s new driver’s license will require a 1-day suspension of license-issuing activity in the Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk’s office on Oct. 25.

    Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller previously had alerted the public to this delay, but state Transportation Cabinet officials distributed a formal announcement on Tuesday.

  • Shelbyville City Council to name Betty Chatham as ambassador

    Betty Jean Chatham, one of Shelbyville’s great musical icons and benefactors, will be named this week to a post she has held for decades: Ambassador of the city of Shelbyville.

    Chatham, who is retiring from her 60-year musical career during services and celebrations Oct. 28 at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, which she long has served as accompanist, is known around the nation and the world for her talents on the piano.

  • Shelby County School Board issues bonds, starts Southside

    The Shelby County Board of Education took the next steps for both its ongoing building projects during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    The board heard updates from the architects on the new Southside Elementary School and the Northside Early Childhood Center and approved the bond issue to get the Northside project started.

    K. Norman Berry & Associates’ Harry Dumesnil reported to the board that the contracts are in the works with BCD, Inc., the general contractor the board approved at the Sept. 27 meeting.

  • Intermittent shutdowns of I-64 tonight

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of interstate maintenance work taking place Wednesday evening in Shelby County.  KYTC crews will be applying an asphalt wedge to some bridge ends on westbound I-64 between mile points 40 and 41.
    These repairs will be performed in a mobile operation on Wednesday, October 17th, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  I-64 will be closed intermittently, up to 15 minutes at a time, during this work.