Local News

  • EARLIER: Judicial center fence issue not cooling down

    A fence being built around a huge air-conditioning unit at the Shelby County Judicial center to the tune of $109,197 has raised a great deal of questions about how that project is funded, how the decision was reached to fund it and what would happen to the money if it were not used in that capacity.

  • 1 lane of eastbound I-64 to be closed tonight near Simpsonville

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet  District 5 Office announces temporary closure of the right lane on eastbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County between mile points 31 and 32.  This lane closure is scheduled for Monday evening, July 30th from 6 p.m. until midnight.  KYTC crews will be performing pavement repairs just west of Exit 32.

  • Friends of Library votes to continue

    The Shelby County Public Library did have some good news on Thursday: The Friends of the Library will continue to operate as a support arm for the facility.

    The news emerged despite a letter from the former president of that group that was distributed earlier this month through the library’s newsletter that said that the organization was folding.

    The FOL’s annual book sale, however, has been cancelled because the library no longer can play host to the event, which has raised more than $4,000 each year.

  • EARLIER: Former librarian suing the library

    The Shelby County Public Library was named in a lawsuit filed Friday by estranged librarian Sherry Bogard, who was fired in late June after an altercation with Executive Director Pam Federspiel.

    Bogard, the popular children’s librarian who was named the best in the state in 2001, was ousted after a much-publicized confrontation with Federspiel that led to a public outcry on her behalf the creation of a new summer reading program led by her at Clear Creek Park.

  • Simpsonville couple’s deaths: 1 overdose, 1 natural

    Autopsies performed on a couple found dead in their apartment in Simpsonville revealed that the wife died of a drug overdose and her husband of natural causes.

    David McGee, 53, and Donna McGee, 42, who lived at 52 Maplewood Drive, were discovered on June 19 after neighbors at their 4-plex complained of smelling a foul odor.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said he received the results of the autopsies on Tuesday.

  • EARLIER: $100K screen to hide AC unit at Shelby County judicial center

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has agreed to spend more than $100,000 to build a fence around the air-conditioning unit at the new judicial center in Shelbyville because some of the judges who work in the building have said they find the unit unsightly.

  • News briefs: July 27, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment rises

    but still fourth-best in state

    Shelby County’s unemployment rose a half of  a percentage point from May, to 6.7 percent, but that remains the fourth-best rate in the state.

    Shelby had posted 6.2 percent in May, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  

    Despite the increase, Shelby County’s rate was well below the 8.6 percent posted in June of 2011.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City to look into fireworks ordinance

    The Shelbyville City Council briefly discussed the possibility of a fireworks ordinance during Thursday’s meeting at city hall.

    Council member Donna Eaton brought up the idea after being contacted by a constituent complaining of fireworks being shot late at night.

  • Shelby ACT scores rise, but more work needed

    Shelby County Public Schools got some good news this week with the release of their 2012 junior class ACT scores.

    The district saw improvements in three of four testing categories — English 17.7, math 18.8 and reading 19.1 — with students falling short only in science, from 19.2 in 2011 to 19 in 2012.

    The district still lags the state’s averages in English, 18.4, and science, 19.1, but surpassed the state in reading, 19, and was even with the state in Math at 18.8.

  • Shelby’s burn ban is lifted

    Shelby joined 49 other counties Monday in dropping a countywide burn ban that had been place for the past two weeks.

    On July 11, when Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger imposed the ban, Shelby joined 82 other counties with such a ban.

    On Monday, when he announced he had lifted that restriction on outdoor burning, only 35 counties remained. Of the northeastern and southeastern counties, only Boyd County still had ban in place on Monday, according to a map by the Kentucky Department of Forestry.