Local News

  • News briefs: Aug. 8, 2012

    State retirees unhappy with new Medicare plan

    Public retirees on Medicare say the decision to privatize their supplemental health insurance coverage is premature and worry it could result in reduced benefits and denied claims down the road.
    The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees voted, 5-3, Monday to sign with Humana for a Medicare Advantage plan starting next year. Since 2006, KRS has self-insured its members over age 65.

  • Shelby County School Board: New school projects, college readiness up for discussion

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get the school year started with a busy agenda at Thursday’s meeting.

    The board will hear several reports, including an update on both the Northside and Southside new school projects.

    The board approved the submission of the Northside Early Childhood Center construction documents to the Kentucky Department of Education at its meeting July 26 but requested seeing a the exterior design again.

  • Shelby County schools fired up and ready to go

    Collins and Shelby County high school principals John Leeper and Eddie Oakley, respectively, got the district’s teachers fired up in the Collins gym Tuesday morning with a roller-coaster competition.

    Each principal led a side of the gym in roller-coaster-like movements, complete with cheers and screams, all getting them prepared for the opening day today, which will likely be filled with plenty of cheers and screams from students.

  • EARLIER: 2nd mall site ready to move forward

    The intersection of Buck Creek and Veechdale roads in Simpsonville may continue to get even more crowded as Trio Property Development continues to move forward with its plans for an outlet mall on its east side.

    The development group has been in the planning stages with Water Street Development and in discussion with several outlet mall development companies on a 400,000-square-foot retail center facing Buck Creek Road, just south of Interstate 64 and west of the rest area.

  • Big finish for Shelbyville Horse Show

    Good food, hot horses and cool breezes and a sizable crowd all combined to make the last night of the Shelbyville Horse Show a big hit, officials say.

    “We still have to work the numbers, but I think we may have actually made some money this year,” said Jeff Hagerman, president of the Shelbyville Horse Show’s board of directors.

    Hagerman said the show averages from 12,000 to 15,000 people attending each year, and this year, that total is right around 15,000. The number of horses was also up, to 324.

  • Enrollment Aug. 8 for cancer study

    Shelbyville residents will have the opportunity today to enroll in a nationwide cancer study.

    Nine locations throughout the greater Louisville area have been set up for enrollment through Saturday. In Shelbyville, enrollment will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Hospital Drive off Midland Trail.

    The study, called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), is being held by the American Cancer Society, in partnership with Jewish Cancer Care, as part of KentuckyOne Health and the YMCA of Greater Louisville.

  • Vote online Aug. 11 to help men’s shelter

    Want to help the Open Door of Hope men’s shelter win a vehicle?

    Lee Bean, executive director of the shelter, encourages the public to visit www.100carsforgood.comon Saturday to cast a vote for the shelter in a contest to win a vehicle to be used by the shelter.

    “We have been included in the top five hundred charitable organizations nationwide that get a chance to win a new car from Toyota, and we sure would appreciate it if everyone would vote for us on August 11,” he said.

  • Hi-Point bond rates up for annual review

    It’s that time of year again for some homeowners who live in the Hi-Point Subdivision along Boone Station Road in Shelbyville.

    Property owners in Phase 1 will be getting their bond bills soon from the city of Shelbyville, because the city council will consider at its meeting Thursday the first reading of the annual ordinance to set those rates.

  • Simpsonville shooting suspect still at large

    A shooting suspect that police have been pursuing since Sunday afternoon remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

    The search is continuing for James Anthony Watkins who is wanted in the shooting of a Hispanic man who was shot twice Sunday morning at an apartment complex in Simpsonville.

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said the man, whose name has not been released, is recovering at the University of Louisville Hospital and is in stable condition.

    Armstrong said the motive for the shooting is not clear at this time.

  • News briefs: Aug. 3, 2012

    Kentucky is introducing

    more secure driver’s license

    Kentucky begins a transition to a new driver’s license this month that, while similar in appearance to current licenses, contains security features for greater protection of privacy and resistance to tampering.