Local News

  • Teachers request more money

    After receiving only the minimum yearly salary increase for next year, local public school teachers are asking for a raise.

    A representative from the Shelby County Educators Association made an appeal to the Shelby County Board of Education last Thursday night to give local teachers more than the state-mandated 1 percent salary increase.

  • Local woman missing since Sunday

    A Shelby County woman is still missing after a massive search has turned up no traces of her.

    Maj. Danny Goodwin with the Shelbyville Police Department, which is heading up the search, said Tuesday just before the newspaper went to press that police have "no clue" of the whereabouts of Maxine Ethington.

    "We have scoured every square inch of this county that I'm aware of, and we have absolutely no leads," he said.

  • Open arms

    Sixty seven.

    That's how many children have been cared for under Sue Newton's roof since 1996.

    It was 12 years ago when working in a school cafeteria that Sue Newton encountered a little girl who was a foster child. Newton said something drew her to the girl, and it was then that she realized she had work outside of the cafeteria to tend to.

  • Spare a buck?

    County firefighters are getting ready to begin collecting for the annual Crusade for Children fundraiser.

    Shelby County Firechief Bobby Cowherd said he hopes the event will take in as much as last year's total of $186,791. The Crusade, which was begun in 1954, is an annual telethon broadcast by WHAS-TV and WHAS-AM in Louisville. The telethon benefits a wide range of childrens' charities throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.

  • Triple S to decide conditions for arena

    With Michael McIntosh's cutting horse arena plans approved, it appears the Kentucky Cutting Horse Association is likely to return to Shelby County. But the conditions for the permit will be decided at the Triple S Board of Adjustments and Appeals meeting on May 29.

    At its April 24 meeting, the board gave approval to Michael and Kelly McIntosh to move forward with plans for constructing a cutting horse arena on their farm, Rocky Fork Feeders, off of Dover Road. The arena would be offered as a venue capable of holding KCHA events.

  • Police searching for missing woman

    Local law enforcement and fire departments have sent out search teams in an attempt to locate a missing woman. They are asking anyone with information about this woman's whereabouts to call Shelby County Dispatch at 502-633-2323 or the Shelby County Police Department at 502-633-2336.

    The woman, Maxine Ethington, was last seen on Sunday, May 25, at about 8 p.m. She was driving a 2000 Grey or Silver Buick Sentry with Kentucky license 186BLY. The vehicle may have an old plate attached, KY 495-JYT and may possibly have damage to the left side of the car which has only three hubcaps.

  • Johns and Miller receive Earth Day award for park

    Monday wasn't earth-shattering, but it was still anything but routine for Clarence Miller and Sara Johns, who received an award recognizing them for outstanding environmental contributions.

  • Local business holding fundraiser for animals

    Patrons of Metzger's Country Store have responded enthusiastically to the store's new charitable campaign for animals, the owner said.

    Charlie Metzger said that his new promotion, called "Round Up," has collected about $400 so far to be used to benefit the Shelby County Humane Society and The Woodstock Foundation.

    When customers make a purchase, they are asked if they would like to "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar amount. The change is then used for the nonprofit organization being promoted, which will change periodically, Metzger said.

  • Triple S approves ag divisions

    At the Triple S Planning and Zoning meeting Tuesday, the board:

    * approved a final PUD request for mini storage on Aristocrat Court in Simpsonville.

    * Approved an amended agricultural division request from Ellis and Lyndia Lutes at 9206 Cropper Rd.

    * Approved a minor plat request from Gilbert Abbot at 6406 Zaring Mill Rd.

    * Approved a development plan request from Steve Shelton for an ice vending machine at Governor Square Shopping Center on Frankfort Road and Mt. Eden Road.

  • Edelson to leave Extension

    When Brittany Edelson came to the county 10 years ago, fresh out of college, she said the farming community here readily accepted her.

    But the farmers are having a harder time letting her go.

    "I've had grown men crying this week," Edelson said.

    Edelson, Extension agent for agriculture, will leave that post June 9 to work as an agronomist for Philip Morris International, based in Richmond, Va. Edelson and her daughter, Rayah, 3, will continue to live here in Shelbyville.