Local News

  • Shelbyville City Council: Desilets’ zone change request to be heard

    The City of Shelbyville will hear a zone change request from Desilets LLC at Thursday’s meeting, which is at 6:30 p.m. in city hall.

    Desilets is requesting a zone change from Downtown Commercial (D_C) to Light Industrial (I-1) at its 1.67-acre property at 310 Martin Luther King Street and on Washington Street near Daniel Field.

    The request is not recommended by the Triple S Planning Commission, which voted against the request at its meeting Feb. 19, citing that the request did not meet the future plans for the area.

  • EARLIER: City, county to hold joint session on trash

    Shelby County and Shelbyville will meet tonight to discuss a collaborative approach to creating curbside garbage and recycling pickup for the public.

  • EARLIER: Shelby woman escapes by ‘the hand of God’

    “I tell you, only God could have saved her; everybody, even the EMTs, all said it was the hand of God.”

    That’s the way Dave Hamlin, pastor of Shelby Christian Church, described a horrific accident near Elizabethtown on Monday afternoon from which Shelbyville insurance agent and church member Natalie Mudd escaped wit her life.

    Mudd, 35, was among three people injured in a 6-vehicle pileup in Hardin County. A Goshen man had life-threatening injuries.

  • Will March open like a lion?

    Last March arrived like a lion – bringing first deadly tornadoes to southern Indiana and eastern Kentucky followed by the only substantial, school-closing snowfall of the winter in Shelby County – but that on gray skies and some light swirling snowflakes will ask the question of whether this will be a lion or a lamb.

    “That’s a tough one,” National Weather Service meteorologist John Denman said. “It won’t be really stormy, but definitely cold and gray and unpleasant.”

  • Literacy event features adventurer’s book

    There are plenty of avid readers in the county if the interest in the Shelby County Public Library’s One Book, One Community program kickoff is any indication.
    Library Director Pam Federspiel said the public is very excited about the kickoff Monday of the library’s fifth annual program, which consists of a free book give-a-away.

    This year features author Tori Murden McClure’s Pearl in the Storm, how I found my heart in the middle of the ocean.

  • Hemp bill may be dead for now

    The effort to establish the regulatory framework for industrial hemp farming in Kentucky may be dead for this legislative session.
    A bill authored by state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), which had passed the Senate, was blocked in the state House on Wednesday, and Hornback said Thursday that if the bill wasn’t brought back by the close of business, then it wouldn’t be considered again until the session in January 2014.

  • Federal sequestration would hit OVEC hard

    Barring an 11th hour agreement today, the United State government will enact sweeping cuts to take $85 billion from the 2013 federal budget.

    And the cuts leave no programs spared.

    According to a report by the White House, cuts will range from 8 percent to military spending to 5 percent for non-defense programs, which translates to the biggest changes in defense spending and education.

    More than half of the reduction will be $46 billion the Pentagon’s $46 million reduction and another $3 billion will come at the head of education.

  • News Digest: March 1, 2013

    New power substation

    doesn’t need PSC approval


    The Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative’s 69-kilovolt lines and power substation, planned for construction between the substation on Brunerstown Road near Brighton Circle and in the vicinity of Exit 28 on Interstate 64 in Simpsonville, does not need approval from the Public Service Commission.

  • Driver arrested after police chase that started in Shelby

    A Louisville man has been arrested in connection with a police chase that began in Shelby County on Wednesday.

    After three 911 calls from concerned motorists about a possible intoxicated taxi driver, driving erratically on I-64 in rush hour traffic Wednesday, police finally located the yellow cab, driven by Mark A. Olsen, 53, traveling westbound.

  • Shelby County School Board: Student growth, teacher allocation get first look

    At its meeting Feb. 14 the Shelby County Board of Education decided on budget cuts that could eliminate more than 25 positions.

    However, Superintendent James Neihof noted after the meeting that growth in the district could mean that the number of personnel lost would not be that high.

    At Thursday’s meeting the board will gets its first look at that projected student population, with a recommendation on school allocations and staffing guidelines from Director of Finance Greg Murphy.