Local News

  • Bookfest opens tonight at Stratton Center

    This year’s annual Bookfest, a used-book sale to benefit literacy in Shelby County, promises to be bigger and better than ever, officials said.

    Deloris Odenweller, a member of Friends of the Library, co-sponsor of the event along with The Sentinel-News, said Monday that although the books have not been counted, she thinks there are at least as many as last year and probably more.

  • Number of Shelby County's registered voters continues to climb

    With just 28 days left before Nov. 6, election officials are enthusiastic about a steady increase in voter registration numbers for Election Day 2012

    Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said on Tuesday, the last day to register to vote, that she would not have an up-to-date total for registered voters for at least a week, but the latest figures tallied Aug. 23 show that both Democratic and Republican numbers are up.

  • Suspect in Shelbyville shooting is identified

    Shelbyville Police investigators have identified a suspect in a shooting two weeks ago and are asking the public to be on the lookout for him, warning that he is considered to be armed and dangerous.

    Investigators say Stefan L. Harris, 32, of Shelbyville is wanted in connection with the shooting of Jeffery Riggins on Sept. 22 on Martin Luther King Blvd.

    SPD Det. Jessie Paulley said that the shooting was first thought to have taken place on Berea Street, but more investigation revealed otherwise.

  • News briefs: Oct. 10, 2012

    McMurray, 3 others appointed

    by Beshear to state boards


    Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Debra S. McMurray of Shelbyville to the Kentucky Developmental Disabilities Council to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term ending July 16, 2013.
    McMurray, is vice president of Hi-Tech Auto Body Repair Inc. She represents parents or guardians of individuals with developmental disabilities. The appointment replaces Dana C. Nickles, who has resigned.

  • Breathitt woman killed on U.S. 60

    A state employee traveling through Shelby County on her way to a work site in Carroll County was killed Tuesday morning in an auto accident near the Franklin County line, officials say.
    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said that Martha A. White, 44, of Wolf

    Cove in Breathitt County was killed when the car she was driving was hit in the passenger side by a garbage truck at the intersection of KY 395 and U.S. 60.

  • Two families left homeless by fires within 24 hours

    Two Shelbyville families have lost their homes to fires within a 24-hour period, one on Sunday morning and the other on Monday morning, fire officials say.

    In Sunday’s blaze at Marshall’s Terrace, a woman received burns while rescuing her 3-year old from the blaze, Shelbyville Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said.

    “She was cuddling the child in her arms to get through the flames,” he said.

  • Tuesday is deadline to register to vote

    The Shelby County Clerk’s office urges people to remember that the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election is Tuesday.

    The clerk’s office will accept voter registration cards until close of business, at 4:30 p.m., and mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said.

    She explained the process of voting absentee.

  • EARLIER: Hunters Pointe residents hire lawyer for outlet mall situation

    The Triple S Planning Commission’s consideration this month of a proposed outlet mall for the south side of Interstate 64 in Simpsonville may be a little different public hearing than the first.

    Steve Porter, a Louisville-based real estate attorney, has been hired by the Hunters Pointe subdivision homeowners association to represent its interests around the development.

  • Road supervisor to make parking decisions

    The Shelby County road supervisor now has the authority to restrict parking on some streets and roads in Shelby County, but he says he has no particular neighbor targeted.

    “At this time, I do not have any plans for that, but that could change, especially as it gets closer to winter,” Road Supervisor Carl Henry said.

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court passed on second reading Tuesday night an ordinance granting Henry the authority to establish no stopping, time-limit parking or no-parking zones on county roads, and even in some subdivisions.

  • Animal groups get donation to fund free spay/neuter clinics

    Shelby County Humane Society officials say they are thrilled with a $10,000 private donation that will allow them to offer free spaying and neutering clinics for pets whose owners need assistance.

    “We are reaching out to people who can’t afford to have their pets altered,” said Mark Smith, who is on the humane society’s board of directors. “We are able to offer free spay and neutering at no cost because the cost is being picked up this generous gift.”