Local News

  • Shelbyville City Council to name Betty Chatham as ambassador

    Betty Jean Chatham, one of Shelbyville’s great musical icons and benefactors, will be named this week to a post she has held for decades: Ambassador of the city of Shelbyville.

    Chatham, who is retiring from her 60-year musical career during services and celebrations Oct. 28 at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, which she long has served as accompanist, is known around the nation and the world for her talents on the piano.

  • Shelby County School Board issues bonds, starts Southside

    The Shelby County Board of Education took the next steps for both its ongoing building projects during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    The board heard updates from the architects on the new Southside Elementary School and the Northside Early Childhood Center and approved the bond issue to get the Northside project started.

    K. Norman Berry & Associates’ Harry Dumesnil reported to the board that the contracts are in the works with BCD, Inc., the general contractor the board approved at the Sept. 27 meeting.

  • Intermittent shutdowns of I-64 tonight

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of interstate maintenance work taking place Wednesday evening in Shelby County.  KYTC crews will be applying an asphalt wedge to some bridge ends on westbound I-64 between mile points 40 and 41.
    These repairs will be performed in a mobile operation on Wednesday, October 17th, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  I-64 will be closed intermittently, up to 15 minutes at a time, during this work.

  • Suspect in Shelbyville shooting arrested

    A suspect wanted in connection with a Sept. 22 shooting in Shelbyville was arrested Sunday during a routine traffic stop, police said.

    Stefan L. Harris, 32, was arrested when police discovered he was a passenger in a car being driven by Jerome Harris, 27.

    Shelbyville Police had pulled over Jerome Harris’ vehicle after they noticed him driving careless on Midland Trail shortly after midnight on Sunday morning.

  • I-64 lane closure Monday night

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of interstate maintenance work taking place this evening in Shelby County.  KYTC crews will be performing shoulder repairs along westbound I-64 between mile points 38 an 37. The left lane will be closed  from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

  • House heavily damaged by blaze Saturday

    No one was injured when a house on Burks Branch Road received major damage from a fire this past weekend, fire officials said.

    Shelby County Fire Department Capt. Eddie Whitworth said that when firefighters arrived at 669 Burks Branch Road on Saturday morning just after 11 a.m., they saw smoke coming from under the eaves of the house.

  • News briefs: Oct. 12, 2012

    Shelby teachers out of running for state’s top teacher award

    The semifinal list for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award has been trimmed to nine, and two Shelby County teachers among the finalists have been eliminated.

    Sloane Barnett of Simpsonville Elementary and Jennifer Cox of East Middle School had been among the 24 on the final list, but when  the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. announced its final six their names weren’t included.

  • EARLIER: Outlet mall: Residents, developers compromising on issues

    With the Triple S Planning Commission set next Tuesday to discuss and possibly make a recommendation on a zone change request for a second proposed outlet mall in Simpsonville, representatives of those involved are working behind the scenes to make that process go a little more smoothly than it might have.

  • Election 2012: Shelbyville City Council: Stephen Cohn

    Stephen Cohn said he has three reasons for entering into the political arena for the first time: his wife and two children.

    “I am running for Shelbyville City Council because I care about the future of our city for my children and all the residents that call Shelbyville home,” said Cohn, one of five Republicans among 11 candidates vying for six council seats. “I would like to see my children grow up in a safe, secure and thriving city that can provide a great place to live, work and play.

  • Election 2012: Shelby County School Board: Prime subjects: Finances vs. performance

    As voters enter the polls on Nov. 6 for the District 2 and District 5 Shelby County Board of Education races their choices will come down to two main issues: taxes and student achievement.

    Incumbents Sam Hinkle (District 2) and Brenda Jackson (District 5) have responded to claims of board over-spending and alleged unnecessary tax increases, but both have focused more on increasing student achievement as their main goals.