Local News

  • EARLIER: I-64 ramp: Immediate fix needed

    With the widening project on Interstate 64 in Shelby County under way, highway engineers are being encouraged to find a solution to make the dangerous eastbound merge ramp at Exit 32 safer during the construction process.

    State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said Tuesday he is hopeful that engineers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are going to be able to figure out a way to improve the ramp during the 2 years expected for it to be replaced, because the construction actually has made the ramp more dangerous than it was.

  • EARLIER: Horizon’s outlet mall plan for Simpsonville nears final approval

    SIMPSONVILLE – Only one more vote will be required for Horizon Group Properties to receive the zone change it had requested for a parcel just south of Interstate 64 where it is planning to construct an outlet mall.

    Despite continued concerns from area residents, the Simpsonville City Commission on Tuesday night passed on first reading an ordinance that would make the required zoning change from agriculture to commercial for about 24 acres that last month had been OK’d by the Triple S Planning Commission.

  • EARLIER: Outlet malls: Paragon hits snag; Horizon moves on

    The two outlet mall projects in the county are headed in different directions this week.

    The Horizon Group Properties project, in Simpsonville south of Interstate 64 on the west side of Buck Creek Road at the intersection with Veechdale Road, is moving forward with a spot on the Simpsonville City Commission agenda for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting.

    When the Trio/Paragon site, which is east of Buck Creek Road in the same area of Simpsonville, will be heard by the Triple S Planning Commission seems to be up for debate.

  • Tech school changes all about efficiencies

    When Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday to place all the technical centers under the same Department of Education umbrella as the career and technical programs within high schools, many wondered how the move would affect the Shelby County Area Technology Center on Rocket Lane.

    In short, it likely won’t change a thing.

  • Judicial to close Tuesday for second furlough day

    If you have urgent business with the court system, you had better take care of it today or be willing to wait.

    The court system’s second furlough of the year on Tuesday will give court employees a 4-day weekend, but it will mean only three days in which to conduct court business next week because the furlough falls on the day after Labor Day.

  • Shelby County Labor Day festivities labors of love

    Monday will be a day off work for many, and others will work hard to make sure that Labor Day will offer a day of fun, with parades, food and music from Waddy to Martinsville.

    A third event, the Centennial Baptist Labor Day event, which was to have been held at Daniel Field, has been canceled.

    Don Dott, a member of the Waddy Ruritan Club that puts on the parade and festivities each year, said Labor Day in Waddy promises to be better than ever this year.

  • News briefs: Aug. 31, 2012

    KY 1779 closes today for bridge replacement

    That road closing the Transportation Cabinet has been promising for eastern Shelby County will come to fruition this morning.

    Cabinet officials announced Thursday afternoon that KY 1779 will be closed as of 8 a.m. to all for a bridge replacement over the Dutch Fork of North Benson Creek. The highway – called Hatton Road in that area – will be shut down between Beechridge Road and Quisenberry Lane.

  • World Championship Horse Show: Shelby County's winners

    Listed Horse, owner, breeder, trainer, competitor.

    ASR Sweepstakes 4-Year-Old 3-Gaited Park Pleasure

    4. Bellino, Cheryl Friedman, Boca Raton, FL; Willowbank Farm, Simpsonville; Chris Reiser; Chris Reiser

    ASR Futurity of Kentucky Weanlings

    6. Far Away Tom Jones, Pieter Hugo, Shelbyville; Pieter Hugo, Shelbyville; Neil Visser; Andre Van Schalkwyk

    Kentucky County Fair Fine Harness Championship

    5. Frankenberry, Alliance Stud, Simpsonville; Christy Weaver Gantley, Paris; Gerhardt Roos; Gerhardt Roos

  • Shelby County School Board: Vote change leads to tax increase

    In a first-it-failed-but-then-it-passed vote that occurred after one board member’s comments persuaded another to change her vote, the Shelby County Board of Education voted to raise the real estate and personal property by 2.6 percent.

    After about a dozen people spoke at Thursday’s meeting – all but one against the increase – the board voted down the 1.8-cent increase, 3-2. Brenda Jackson, Allen Phillips and chair Eddie Mathis voted against, and Doug Butler and Sam Hinkle voted in favor.

  • World’s Championship Horse Show: Byers, Premier Stables dominate

    Rob and Sarah Byers completed a huge week for Premier Stables on Saturday when Rob Byers won the 5-Gaited World’s Grand Championship at the Kentucky State Fair’s World’s Championship Horse Show.

    Byers was aboard Bravo Blue, who is owned by B&T Vonderschmitt of Jasper, Ind., the same horse he rode to a third-place finish in the 5-Gaited event last year.