Local News

  • News briefs: Aug. 10, 2012

    Men’s shelter competing in Toyota vehicle give-away

    Lee Bean, executive director of the Open Door of Hope men’s homeless shelter, encourages the public to help the shelter win a new vehicle in a contest sponsored by Toyota.

    Toyota is giving 100 cars over 100 days to nonprofit organizations, and on Saturday only the public can visit www.100carsforgood.comto cast a vote.

  • I-64 ramp repair to begin next week

    The life expectancy of the dangerously abbreviated ramp from KY 55 onto eastbound Interstate 64 is about to be shortened.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Thursday that a $37.5 million widening project of I-64 from Exit 28 in Simpsonville to just east of Exit 32 would begin next week – and there’s a bonus.

    That work includes the reconstruction of the complete intersection and will address that short acceleration ramp that claimed two lives in 2010 and had been the focus of a public safety push since before then.

  • EARLIER: Library claims Bogard resigned

    The Shelby County Public Library and its director, Pam Federspiel, said that former children’s librarian Sherry Bogard resigned her position last month and was not fired, as she has claimed in a lawsuit.

    The statement is part of the response to that lawsuit, filed last month in Shelby County District Court, in which Bogard claims, among other things, that she was fired without cause or due process. The library’s statement denies all claims in Bogard’s suit.

  • Back to school: Students welcomed and ‘ready to go’

    Shelby County Public Schools had another clean opening day on Wednesday, welcoming both new and returning students.

    A few traffic issues, largely because of long car-rider lines at elementary schools, slowed down the procession of students, but issues were few and far between. There were a lot of tears and smiles from new kindergartners and their parents, but the district was largely incident free.

    New kindergartner Zoie Bradley, who showed up for her first day at Wright Elementary, was smiling broadly but wouldn’t quite commit to being excited.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court approves refinancing plan, court fees

    Shelby County Fiscal Court approved the second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that will allow the county to refinance the Family Activities Center at Clear Creek Park and the Shelby County Detention Center.

    This action, which clarifies the process of refinancing, would allow the county to get a better interest rate on the loans and end up having to pay back less money.

    The county also would be able to change the terms of the loan by extending it to 15 years, although some magistrates questioned whether they would want to do that.

  • Man charged with big pot bust to get 7 years

    A man who was charged with the largest marijuana bust ever in Shelby County, inexplicably set free by federal authorities and indicted again in Shelby on those same charges, pleaded guilty Thursday to trafficking in marijuana.

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde, 51, who was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on April 18 for trafficking in marijuana over 5 pounds, stood stoically in court before Circuit Judge Charles Hickman as he made an Alford Plea.

  • Shelby man gets 22 years for incest, rape

    A Shelbyville man indicted on incest and rape charges last year has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Carlos Juan Sapon, 24, of Shepard Way, was to have gone to trial on June 25, but he pleaded guilty at the last moment.

  • Fundraiser to benefit man injured in ATV accident

    A fundraiser scheduled for Cropper Baptist Church on Saturday will benefit a Finchville man who was seriously injured in an ATV accident in June.

    When the vehicle flipped over and landed on top of him, Daniel Dempsey was left with a lacerated liver, several broken ribs, and two fractured vertebrae. Now he has developed partial kidney failure, said his wife, Crystal.

    Dempsey had been laid off shortly before the accident and was drawing unemployment, but that has been discontinued because he is unable to work, she said.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court barely OKs annexation for Speedway

    Shelby County magistrates agreed by the slimmest margin Tuesday night to allow the city of Shelbyville to take another piece of its property.

    They approved by a vote of 3-2 the request by Shelbyville to annex property at 1620 Mount Eden Road, a move that would allow a Speedway store to be built at the site of the former BP station, located on the northwest corner next to Interstate 64.

  • Anonymous donor provides outdoor movies for Simpsonville residents

    Simpsonville residents soon will be able to watch movies outdoors at the city’s park – for free, so to speak.

    The city commission approved unanimously at its meeting Tuesday to spend $25,899 to purchase a giant screen and audio/video projection system from Open Air Cinema.

    And the good news for that expense is that the cost is covered completely by an anonymous donation of $30,680.84 that the city’s parks department received in July.