Local News

  • Bed bugs biting in Shelby

    Are there bed bugs afoot in the county?

    “We don’t want anybody to panic, but, yes, they are out there, and, yes, it is a huge problem,” said Lynn Whittaker, a volunteer with A Place to Sleep, a local ministry that finds beds for children.

    Whittaker was one of the organizers of a public gathering at the Stratton Center recently that addressed the issue.

  • News briefs: Nov. 28, 2012

    Friday last day to apply for state’s taxpayer amnesty

    Department of Revenue officials expect the busiest week yet for Kentucky’s tax amnesty program, which is nearing the end of a 61-day window for delinquent taxpayers to come forward.

  • EARLIER: Collins High School's Titan nation ready to travel for football final

    Collins High School is abuzz with excitement leading up to the school’s first trip to Kentucky’s Class AAAA state championship in Bowling Green this Saturday.

    The Titans hammered Warren East, 58-7, on Friday to earn a spot in the final at Western Kentucky University’s L.T. Smith Stadium against the Highlands Bluebirds, a Northern Kentucky powerhouse playing for its sixth consecutive state title.

    Collins officials already have put together a couple of options for fans looking to travel to the game, which will kick off at 8 p.m. EST on Friday.

  • Man cited for vandalizing toothbrushes

    A bizarre case of hide-and-go seek vandalism has led to charges against a Michigan man.

    Stone Gray McVeigh, 20, of Lenox, Mich., was apprehended at the Walmart in Shelbyville Nov. 9 in a case of toothbrush vandalism, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

    A sheriff’s report said a store manager saw McVeigh and began to watch him as he took two battery-operated toothbrushes from their packages.

    But McVeigh did not attempt to steal the toothbrushes, the report said.

  • EARLIER: Paragon officials ready to get started

    Paragon Outlet Partners and Trio Property officials said they were elated and relieved on Tuesday after the Triple S Planning Commission voted to recommend the zone change and preliminary planned unit development to the Simpsonville City Commission.

    After the vote, the group stepped out in the hallway at the Stratton Center, and Trio Managing Partner Stuart Flowers let out a big “whew,” but the group seemed fairly confident going in.

  • Black Friday growing gray

    Could this be the end of Black Friday as we know it?

    Today marks the official start to the holiday shopping season and the busiest sales weekend of the year, but many retailers and Web sites started their big sales a week before the annual kickoff – Amazon and eBay both started Cyber Monday deals last week, when they typically begin on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

    And some – Walmart, Target, Sears and Toys R Us, to name a few – even have continued the bold leap of starting on the day before –  Thanksgiving Day.

  • Christmas at Claudia’s moves to Shelby Industries

    The annual Christmas at Claudia’s event, which for a decade has delighted children and families, will move this year from its roots at Claudia Sanders Dinner House to a “new” location at Shelby Industries.

  • EARLIER: Cold won’t stop construction work

    Holiday travelers along Interstate 64 in Shelby County may think that work is proceeding a little slower than usual, but that could be misleading, Transportation Cabinet officials said.

    “They [work crews] are restricted on holidays and are not allowed to have lane closures on Thanksgiving or Christmas,” said Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the Transportation Cabinet. “They can work on those days, they just can’t affect traffic by having the lane closures.”

  • News briefs: Nov. 23, 2012

    Task force recommends funding fully pensions for state employees

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville to pursue block grants to help with outlet malls

    The city of Simpsonville will pursue a state-supported community block grant to underwrite expansion of water and sewer systems required to accommodate the outlet malls planned to be built south of Interstate 64.

    The city and West Shelby Water, which serves the area, recently submitted Requests for Qualifications for an engineer to coordinate the grant project, and at Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners approved the selection of Derrick Engineering, a firm used in previous city projects.