Local News

  • School budget cuts: $2 million, 26 jobs

    The Shelby County School Board on Thursday approved almost $2 million in cuts for its 2013-14 budget that could result in the loss of 26 positions across the school district.

    Acting on recommendations from the its budget committee, the board approved about $2.2 million in cost reductions, but other adjustments left total savings in the general fund at almost $1.9 million.

  • Shelby County School Board: District-wide accreditation to be pursued

    The Shelby County School Board heard on Thursday a report from Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley and district Director of Elementary Schools Cindy French on the AdvancED Accreditation program, which the district is planning to follow.

    SCHS is the only accredited school in the district, earning the distinction in 2008-09 school year, Oakley’s first as principal.

  • MAP test scores: Mid-term trends are not-so-good

    The second round of MAP testing scores reviewed during Thursday’s meeting of the Shelby County School Board showed that student learning isn’t progressing as rapidly as district officials would expect them to be.

    The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is given to students three times each year, to help teachers and administration gauge a students progress during the school year and throughout their education in the district. The first test of the year is given in the fall and the final exam will be administered in the spring.

  • Hazardous intersection to receive attention

    Shelby County magistrates expressed concern Tuesday about a potentially hazardous stoplight on Boone’s Station Road.

    The intersection of Eminence Pike (KY 55), Boone’s Station Road and Cropper Road (KY 43) has been the site of several accidents, the latest one Monday in which one vehicle overturned and three people were hospitalized.

    Magistrate Bill Hedges said he travels through that intersection every day and that a turning lane or turning arrow light is sorely needed.

  • Former 911 director sues county

    A longtime director of Shelby County E-911 filed suit Friday in Shelby Circuit Court for wrongful termination.

    Cayla Hackworth, E-911 director from 2001 until March 28, 2012, claims in her suit that she was unfairly fired from her position because her employer claims she did not attend to her duties properly while she was on medical leave.

    The suit names as defendants Shelby County Fiscal Court, County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, the county’s seven magistrates, the E-911 Board and its chairman, Rusty Newton.

  • Overpass closing ends access to farmland

    Shelby County magistrates voted Tuesday to close the long-dead-end Joyes Station Road despite the protests and concerns of a landowner, a major manufacturing company and a prominent farmer.
    The closing at the road’s intersection with Brunerstown Road allows the state Transportation Cabinet to condemn its overpass for the widening project of Interstate 64, just east of Exit 32.

  • News briefs: Feb. 20, 2013

    Beshear: Let’s address law

    enforcement issues on hemp

    Speaking with reporters in Frankfort Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear said he's pushing to put the hemp legalization issue on hold until law enforcement's concerns can be addressed.

    According to WTVQ-TV, Beshear has concerns similar to those of Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo (R-Prestonsburg), who's said the state should listen to the concerns of police officers since hemp leaves look like marijuana leaves.

  • Three injured in accident on Boones Station

    Three people were taken to Jewish Hospital with minor injuries resulting from a two-car collision at the intersection of Boone Station Road and KY 43.

    Names of those involved were not immediately available, and the details of the crash are unknown.

    Basically, a Firebird and an SUV collided at the intersection shortly after 3 p.m., resulting in severe damage to both vehicles, and leaving the SUV flipped on its top.

  • News briefs: Feb. 15, 2013

    Hornback’s Hemp bill

    gets rousing approval


    The Kentucky Senate on Thursday afternoon passed Senate Bill 50, the legislation filed by state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) to set up an administrative framework for the re-introduction of industrial hemp into Kentucky’s economy.

    The vote was 31-6.

  • Saarinen named a National Merit finalist

    Being accepted to the Gatton Academy for Math and Science at Western Kentucky University after his sophomore year at Shelby County High School would be a highlight for Sam Saarinen’s young academic career.

    But now as a senior, Saarinen, the son of Tim and Anne Saarinen, is in the middle of one of the most impressive runs Shelby County has seen.