Local News

  • Sen. Rand Paul clarifies health-care comments

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul spent almost all of a 20-minute press conference at Stratton Center Monday clarifying his position on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which on Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled as constitutionally valid.

    Paul, a freshman Republican from Bowling Green, had come under criticism for saying after the decision that “just because a couple of people on the Supreme Court declare something to be constitutional does not make it so.”

  • Shelby County School Board: Neihof receives nearly outstanding evaluation

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved its 2012 evaluation of Superintendent James Neihof, for the third consecutive year giving Neihof an evaluation with an average rating of Excellent.

    The evaluation, which had been delivered in closed meeting on June 14 but were required to be approved in Thursday’s public meeting of the board, focused on 10 professional standards and considered the goals for the district agreed upon by Neihof and the board last year. The rating range is Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

  • Some hot tips on your fireworks use

    Shelby County will get 4th of July celebrations started Wednesday morning with a parade in Mount Eden and then end the holiday with fireworks that evening at Clear Creek Park, but others will opt to celebrate at home.

    However, remember to use some common sense and make sure you’re following the local ordinances.

  • News briefs: July 3, 2012

    KentuckyOne Health names new president for Jewish network


    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville has a new person in charge in Louisville.

    Valinda Rutledge has been named by KentuckyOne Health as its market leader for Louisville and president of Jewish Hospital, which includes oversight of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville as well as various other Jewish properties.

    JHS spokesperson Holly Husband said that JHS President/CEO Michael Collins remains in charge in Shelbyville, albeit with a new boss.

  • Shelby man faces meth charges

    TAYLORSVILLE – A Shelby County man facing methamphetamine-related charges will have his case heard by a Spencer County grand jury.

    Eric D. Adams, 37, of Bonnie Brae Drive in Shelby County appeared in Spencer District Court on June 22 for a preliminary hearing, and his case was waived to the grand jury.

    Adams is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine – first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) – first offense, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

  • Residents to take questions about outlet mall plan to Simpsonville Commission

    Simpsonville City officials didn’t attend a community-wide briefing conducted last week by Horizon Group to present plans about its proposed outlet mall, so now a couple of concerned residents are taking their questions to the city.

    Jamie Jarboe and Barbara Shadley are scheduled to appear before the commission at its meeting tonight at 7 in Simpsonville City Hall to ask commissioners some questions about the 355,000-square-foot mall being planned for the intersection of Veechdale Road and Buck Creek Road, on the south side of Interstate 64.

  • Sunday storm in Shelby cools heat, knocks out power

    Monday morning bore the signs of nature’s weekend rage through Shelby County, with some trees still partially blocking some roadways, houses and barns still smoking from lightning strikes and power still out to more than 1,000 residents.

    Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said that though the storm that blew through Shelby County Sunday night bore down on the community with 60-mile-per hour winds, but it didn’t bring any tornadoes with it.

  • News briefs: June 29, 2012

    Animal shelter facing overcrowding problems


    The Shelby County Animal Shelter is facing a crisis from overcrowding and may have to euthanatize some of its animals as soon as today, which would end the county’s four years of having a No Kill status.

    Since May 1, shelter officials say they have taken in 110 dogs and 128 cats and kittens and are running out of space for new animals that are arriving.

  • Shelby Countians question health-care ruling

    The landmark decision by the Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold the nation’s new health-care law likely will have broad impact nationally – and questionable popularity among some Shelby Countians.

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s central element, the individual insurance mandate, should stand, with a 5-4 decision against a suit brought by the attorneys general of several states.

  • Shelby Energy annual meeting: Member nominee fails in board bid

    The results from Shelby Energy’s first election that included a member-owner running for a spot on its board of directors weren’t much different than those in past years.

    Sonia McElroy of Milton gathered the proper number of signatures from members to be included on the ballot, but she lost Friday to the incumbent in District III, Trimble County Judge-Executive Randy Stevens, 1,024-83, during the cooperative’s 75th annual meeting at Henry County High School.