Local News

  • 3rd Street reopened after May 8 crash at bridge over Clear Creek

    The Shelby County Road Crew has finally finished repairs to a guard rail on 3rd Street that closed the road for three days after a car crash on Tuesday.

    No one was injured in that accident that happened around 4 a.m. Tuesday when Alan Drake, 49, of Shelbyville, hit the guardrail above Clear Creek after his brakes locked up when he tried to slow down in the curve near Grove Hill Cemetery, the police report said.

    Drake’s van was hanging off the side of the bridge, being just barely held in place by the guardrail.

  • Some Shelby post offices to cut hours

    Some post offices in Shelby County will see reduction in hours for counter service, although that plan will not be implemented for quite a while, a postal official  said.

    The modifications are part of a plan intended to keep small post offices from having to close and will affect about 1,300 rural post offices across the nation, said David Walton, corporate communications officer for the U.S. Postal Service in Louisville.

  • Democratic candidates in 2012 May Primary seldom seen in Shelby

    Is there a lack of enthusiasm for Shelby County among the Democratic candidates in the District 4 the congressional race?

    With a rampant number of campaign signs, car placards, newspaper and TV commercials and appearances for the seven Republicans seeking to replace 4-term Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Hebron) in Washington, there seems little presence from the two Democrats – William R. Adkins of Williamstown and Greg Frank of Corinth.

  • Violent crime in Shelby County decreased in 2011

    Despite one of the worst assault cases ever in Shelby County dominating headlines for months, violent crime in Shelby County took a drastic decline in 2011, part of an overall picture of crime that showed slight decreases in many other criminal activities.

    Based on statistics provided by the four law enforcement agencies that patrol Shelby County, there were no murders and 99 assaults during the calendar year, an increase of about 6 percent from 2010. There were no murders in 2010 either.

  • News briefs: May 11, 2012

    Public hearings coming up

    next week on various items


    Shelby County residents will have the opportunity to attend a variety of public hearings next week to help leaders gather comment and form public policy.

    All items have definite time spans to collect residents’ input. The schedule:

  • Feds drop plan to restrict youth's work on farm

    The controversial proposed new federal rule that would have limited the ability of teens to work on their family farm is no more.

    The federal Department of Labor this week withdrew its plan to restrict the availability of young people to work on farms, even those owned by their own family.

  • Anonymous call kills animal shelter fundraiser on Election Day

    When Sophia Sanchez decided she wanted to get the community involved with the Shelby County Animal Shelter through donations collected at polling sites on Election Day, she said she didn’t expect the controversy the project would carry with it.

    The fundraiser for Primary Election Day created by Sanchez, a sophomore member of the JROTC at Collins High School, would help the shelter raise money for dog and cat food, cat litter, collars and leashes, cleaning supplies, blankets, paper towels and more.

  • A primer on the new state testing in schools

    Kentucky is moving into a new standard of statewide testing this spring as part of the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kentucky was the first state to adopt the standards in Feb. 2010.

    These new standards, the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, are more rigorous and better aligned with the skills needed in the modern workplace.

    The English/language arts and mathematics standards were the first outlined and were taught this year.

  • Election 2012: District 4 U.S. Congress: William Adkins

    William Adkins, a Williamstown attorney, is seeking the 4th congressional district seat being vacated by a 4-term incumbent.
    Adkins, 56, a Democrat, has been practicing law in Williamstown in Grant County.
    Other than what he calls “an unenergetic run for city council” in 2010 in Williamstown, Adkins has not run for political office.
    Despite this, he has been a member of the Grant County Democratic executive committee for 12 years and has chaired the committee from 2008 to present.

  • Ag Report: May 11, 2012

    Specialty-crop producers

    can apply for state grants


    Kentucky producers and organizations may apply to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for funding from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
    Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Kentucky received a grant of $260,991.65 from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Kentucky.