Local News

  • Bruner to head back to court in October

    Mark Bruner, charged with the Nov. 5, 2011 beating of Denisse Escareno, appeared in Shelby Circuit Court on Monday and was given a new court of Oct. 19 for a status conference.

    Bruner, 38, of Taylorsville was arrested 10 days after Escareno, 24, was found by passersby brutally beaten, stabbed and barely alive, on the side of Mount Eden Road about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.

  • Shelby County property tax rate unchanged

    For what has been a continuing trend, Shelby Countians will not be looking at increased property tax rates again this year.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday morning, magistrates approved the 2012-13 county property tax rates of 11 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property, 10.5 cents for personal property, 15 cents for watercraft and 15 cents for motor vehicles.

    County Attorney Hart Megibben said when the rate stays the same, the procedure to set the new rate is not as prolonged.

  • McConnell blasts ‘Obamacare’ at hospital visit

    U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell visited Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Monday, where he gave a brief discourse on health-care reform to hospital staff and volunteers.

  • News Briefs: Aug. 22, 2012

    District 4 election cause for confusion


    The special election spurred by U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis’ resignation in July as the representative from Congressional District 4 is causing other problems because the ballot deadlines for that election are different from those for the general election.

    Gov. Steve Beshear has set the special election to fill the vacancy for Geoff Davis’ 4th Congressional District seat on the same day as the general election on Nov. 6, the Kentucky Enquirerreported.

  • EARLIER: Zoning commission OKs zone change, plan for Simpsonville outlet mall

    A proposed outlet mall for Simpsonville moved significantly closer to reality Tuesday when the Triple S Planning Commission recommended a zoning change request and the preliminary plan presented by Horizon Group Properties.

    A small crowd of perhaps 15 watched as the commissioners voted, 5-1, to accept both motions, with commissioner Larry Stewart voting against each of them.

  • Shelbyville sets Hi-Point bonds to be 21% lower

    The bond rate for homeowners in the Hi-Point Subdivision – an issue of great consternation, public outcry and extra meetings last fall – passed quietly through the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday.

    Council members passed unanimously – with Shane Suttor absent – on second reading the annual ordinance levying the Clear Creek Subdivision Improvement Bonds assessment of $1,639.61 per property owner in Phase I of Hi-Point.

  • News briefs: Aug. 17, 2012

    Kentucky’s jobless rate

    increased slightly in July

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate in July 2012 rose to 8.3 percent from a revised 8.2 percent in June 2012, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • School district’s graduation rates stay flat

    Shelby County Public Schools graduation rate, basically the same from 2010, remains about 4 percent better than the state’s average.

    Kentucky’s Department of Education released the state’s Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) on Aug. 8, and the state’s public schools in 2010-11 graduated 78 percent of those students, up from 76.7 in 2009-10.

  • Outlet mall decision likely Tuesday

    The Triple S Planning Commission will have the first official say on the outlet mall debate during its meeting at Tuesday’ at the Stratton Community Center.

    At its meeting in July, the commission tabled its decision on zone changes on portions of a 50-acre property on the west side of Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville, south of Interstate 64, where Horizon Group Properties wants to build an outlet mall called the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville.

  • Shelby farmers hoping for good tobacco crop


    Tobacco is looking good so far this year, but farmers says the next couple of weeks could make a big difference in how much money their crops will bring in.

    Many farmers already have started cutting their tobacco, a little bit earlier than usual because of the mild spring and early plantings. So the next step – the curing process – is the key to a quality crop.