Local News

  • County employees to get 1st raise in 3 years

    County employees will get their first raise in three years, thanks to some adjustments in the proposed county budget for 2013, which on Tuesday passed its first reading by Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The budget, at $17,531,889, was $99,751 more than the $17,432,138 Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger had proposed in his tentative plan presented to magistrates May 1.

  • Shelbyville Police to crack down on parking, seat-belt violators

    Shelbyville Police say they are about to crack down on those who park their cars illegally and motorists who are not wearing seat belts.

    Officers now are enforcing the 2-hour parking only regulations in the downtown area, and those who don’t comply will be fined.

    “The parking regulation signs have been posted; enforcement will begin immediately,” SPD Community Resource Officer Istvan Kovacs said.

    Vehicles parked in excess of the posted 2-hour limit will be issued a citation.

  • Woman found dead camping at Lake Shelby

    A Simpsonville woman was discovered dead Saturday morning while camping at Lake Shelby, officials said.

    Pamela Chesser, 62, apparently died of a heart attack, said Shelby County Deputy Coroner Janet Morris.

    Shelby County Parks Board Chairman Hubie Pollett expressed his sympathies.

    “She apparently had some medical problems; it’s a sad situation for her family,” he said.

    Chesser was found at about 8:30 in a camper by her friend, Robert Martin, with whom she had gone camping.

  • EARLIER: Louisville woman's death on Lake Shelby a mystery

    Perplexed investigators returned Monday to the scene at Lake Shelby where a Louisville woman died in a mysterious boating accident during a simple family fishing outing Saturday night.

    They were continuing in grim determination to try to understand what caused Amanda Frank to leave the bass boat in which she was riding and be declared dead just minutes later.

  • Election 2012: U.S. Congress District 4

    Gary Moore, who has been Boone County judge-executive for 14 years, is one of seven Republicans seeking a 4th District congressional seat being vacated by a 4-term incumbent.

    In 1998, Moore, 53, was elected judge-executive and used his business experience and attitude of customer service to lead Boone County, the fourth-largest and one of the fastest-growing counties in Kentucky.

    Moore said he believes he has been re-elected as county judge because he has delivered proven results and stayed true to the conservative principles he espoused.

  • Bagdad Days to celebrate 20th anniversary

    If you had fun at Bagdad days before, get ready for an extra-special treat this year, organizers of the event say.

    The festival will celebrate its 20th year on Saturday, and Chairperson Phyllis Bailey said in addition to the usual fun activities, many new ones are planned, including a magic show, free bingo with cash prizes, a handmade quilt show and a special float honoring military veterans. There’s even a cookbook for sale that includes recipes from Bagdad residents.

  • 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.