Local News

  • Shelby County School Board: Early budget review shows general shortfall

    The Shelby County Board of Education took its first look at the projected 2013-14 draft budget during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    “The objective is to do a preliminary review – it doesn’t need an approval – of the outlook for next year’s, the 2013-14, budget,” said Greg Murphy, director of finance. “We will continue to update you as we gain more data.”

  • Simpsonville woman arraigned in dog shooting

    A Simpsonville woman was arraigned in Shelby District Court on Tuesday on four misdemeanor charges in connection with the alleged shooting of several dogs in October.

    Virginia Bohannon. 54, of 5477 Fisherville Road was charged with four counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

    According to court records, a criminal summons was issued to Bohannon on Dec. 7, charging her with assisting three juveniles in obtaining a firearm in order to kill four family pet dogs.

  • EARLIER: Massie: Hemp could be helpful

    U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Lewis County), only a few weeks into his role of representing District 4, including Shelby County, didn’t mince words Thursday night when he gave local Republicans his take on idea of legalizing hemp.

    “Why, you’d have to have a joint the size of a telephone pole to get high on hemp,” Massie told members of the Shelby County Republican Party, drawing chucks from a crowd of about 50 at the Shelbyville Municipal Water Company building.

  • Kovacs promoted to assistant chief

    The Shelbyville Police Department has undergone several personnel changes this year, with the most recent being the naming of Istvan “Ish” Kovacs as new assistant police chief.

    Kovacs, formerly the department’s community resource officer, was promoted to the rank of major on Friday, denoting the status of assistant chief of police.

  • Barking dog saves Shelby County family from fire

    The Travis family awoke just past midnight Friday to billowing smoke and flames that were hungrily devouring their small home near Cropper.

    But thanks to the vigilance of a small family pet they had time to escape with their lives.

    “Emmie, she woke us up,” said Tina Travis, whose two daughters and other family members were also asleep when the fire broke out.

    Jessica Roberts had been asleep for a couple of hours, Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said, when she was awakened by a dog barking.

  • News briefs: Jan. 30, 2013

    Dangerous weather could

    be in forecast for Wednesday

    The state of Kentucky – and Shelby County, of course –  continues to be threatened by potentially dangerous weather today.

    A system moving through the state brought with it a Wind Advisory that began Tuesday night and extended into this morning, and there is some probability that tornadic conditions could develop between 1 and 9 a.m.

  • Shelby County's Ducks Unlimited chapter goes pop culture for wetlands

    The name of the group may be a little misleading, but there is no mistaking the enthusiasm of its members towards their main goal – conservation of the nation’s wetlands.

    Founded in 1937, when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows, Ducks Unlimited is investing in projects across the continent that will preserve wetland areas, used by ducks and other birds during their seasonal migrations north and south.

  • Sentinel-News wins 18 awards in state contest

    The Sentinel-News took home 18 awards, including five first-place honors, among multiweekly newspapers in the Kentucky Press Association’s annual Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Contest.

    The awards for 2012 were handed out Friday night at KPA’s banquet in Louisville.

    Staff writers Lisa King and Todd Martin, sports writer Josh Cook and two staff entries were judged the best in their categories by judges from outside the state.

  • Death case of Bagdad man goes to court

    A Tennessee man is scheduled to appear in Laurel County Circuit Court today for a preliminary hearing on vehicular murder charges he incurred as a result of a fatal accident in Corbin last summer.

    Austin T. Meredith, 25, of Sevierville, Tenn., was arrested July 7 and charged with murder, DUI, first-degree wanton endangerment, no insurance and various safety regulations concerning commercial truck vehicles following an accident in which Howard “Red” White of Bagdad was killed.

  • Police chase ends in Shelby

    A Shepherdsville man was finally nabbed in a field in Simpsonville after leading police from several agencies on a chase through two counties Friday afternoon, police say.

    Jeffersontown Police Sgt. Brian Gringrich said that Robert Lawson of Shepherdsville fled from police at a traffic stop in Jeffersontown, and the chase was on.

    "He was stopped for a traffic violation and he gave the officer a false name, and when the officer went to run his information, he took off," Gingrich said.