Local News

  • Election 2012: Simpsonville City Commission: Sharon Cummins

    Sharon Cummins, who has spent most of her life as a resident of Simpsonville, is seeking a third term on the Simpsonville City Commission.

    Cummins is one of five candidates for the four spots on the commission, to which she was elected in 2008. Elections are non-partisan and are held every two years, with the mayor elected to a 4-year term.

  • Simpsonville continues condemnation process for sidewalks

    SIMPSONVILLE – Attorney Bill Brammell, a co-counsel for the city of Simpsonville, told the city commission on Wednesday that the process to condemn property for the city’s sidewalk project is continuing to move forward, albeit not as quickly as commissioners would prefer.

    At issue is the parcel at 7026 Shelbyville Road, which is the sole impediment to the city’s plan to construct sidewalks and other enhancements on the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road to Maplewood Drive, the first phase of its Village Center project.

  • EARLIER: Horizon gets unanimous OK for zone change for outlet mall in Simpsonville

    SIMPSONVILLE – Horizon Properties Group has the full go-ahead to use 50 acres of land in Simpsonville as the site for an outlet mall.

    The Simpsonville City Commission unanimously approved on Wednesday morning the second reading of an ordinance that allows zone changes for approximately 24 acres from Agriculture and Commercial to Limited Interchange on a parcel that is located south of Interstate 64 and on the west side of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads.

  • Mill Creek rezone passed to Shelbyville

    The Triple S Planning Commission concluded its business in five minutes Thursday night at the Stratton Center.

    In its only significant action, the commission approved the transcript and findings of fact on the zone change it had approved for Woodfield Inc. The developer of the Mill Creek subdivision sought to change for 3.7 acres at 167 Harrington Mill Road from A (agricultural) to R-3 (residential), single family only.

    The next step will be to send the matter onto the Shelbyville City Council, said Ryan Libke, executive director of Triple S.

  • Shelby County School Board to study athletes' grade requirements for eligibility

    Concerns about grades of high school student athletes has prompted the formation of a committee to study the issue.

    When the topic was raised at the meeting of the Shelby County School Board on Thursday night, board member Brenda Jackson said she was concerned that student athletes are allowed to participate in sports as long as they have a “D” average.

    “I question letting athletes play with a ‘D’ as a passing grade,” she said.

  • Proposed ordinance: Beware where you park

    Parking soon could be prohibited on some streets and roads in Shelby County based on the authority of the county road supervisor.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court on Tuesday passed on first reading an ordinance that gives Carl Henry the authority to restrict or eliminate parking on any county roads, even the streets in some subdivisions.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said the decision to make revisions evolved from increased growth that has brought about increased traffic congestion, especially in neighborhoods.

  • No probation for pot dealer

    A man who was charged with the largest marijuana bust ever in Shelby County and later  inexplicably set free by federal authorities before being indicted again on those same charges, has been sent to prison for 7 years.

    In Shelby County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Judge Charles Hickman ordered

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, 51, to serve his full 7 years that he had accepted in a guilty plea on Aug. 3.

  • Interest rates spark 2nd pass at refinancing

    Shelby County magistrates voted Tuesday to scrap an ordinance passed in August to allow the county to enter a lease as part of refinancing plan for two county facilities and to enact a new ordinance for the same purpose.

    That measure was necessary in order to obtain a lower interest rate on the refinancing of the Family Activity Center and the Shelby County Detention Center, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

  • News briefs: Sept. 19, 2012

    Public meeting to discuss

    downtown arts center idea


    Officials Shelby County Public Schools and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative are having a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at West Middle School to review the conceptual ideas for a downtown arts/convention center in Shelbyville.

    The meeting will be hosted by Leon Mooneyhan, the CEO of OVEC and organizer of the effort to build a City Center, and SCPS Superintendent James Neihof.

  • Shelbyville's building fees may get OK to increase

    The Shelbyville City Council will be taking up some familiar issues when it convenes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Most of the items council members are scheduled to consider mirror those they discussed on Sept. 6, their last meeting, including the second readings – and potential passages – of three ordinances that received their first pass at that meeting.

    Principal among those is an ordinance that would increase the amount residents would pay for building permits, putting them on par with those in Shelby County.