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  • Four dogs perish in Bagdad home fire

    A fire that broke out at a Bagdad home Friday morning has left a resident without her home and four pets.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said his department received a call just before 11 a.m. Friday regarding smoke pouring from a home at 2236 Bagdad Road.

  • Fred Moffatt, Jr.: 1927-2019

    The community is mourning the loss of longtime Shelby minister Fred Moffatt, Jr. who passed away on March 2 at the Masonic Home in Shelbyville. 

    At the age of 91, Moffatt led a long and fulfilling life and friends say his life impacted all those around him.

  • What does permitless conceal carry law mean for gun owners?

    Last week Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law legislation allowing legal gun owners to conceal carry a gun without a permit.

    The law allows gun owners to bypass the previous requirements of passing a background check, completing gun safety training and paying a $60 fee in order to require a permit to legally carry a concealed weapon in Kentucky.

    SB 150 will go into effect 90 days after the session ends, which is set for March 28, putting the law in affect in late June.

  • SCHS moves graduation for capacity, accessibility

    Graduation for Shelby County High School will look much different this year, and SCHS Principal Margo Whisman is very excited about the changes.

    Due to limited seating, students were previously allotted 10 tickets each to invite family and friends to the graduation ceremony in Shelby’s Mike Casey Gymnasium. But this year there will be unlimited seating and no tickets distributed due to moving the event to Broadbent Arena, 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville at the Kentucky Fairgrounds.

  • Innovative female journalist has Shelby roots

     Before there was Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric or a any other glass-ceiling breaking female journalists, there was Shelbyville’s Nixola Greeley-Smith.

    Never heard of her?

    Totally understandable, since Greeley-Smith’s Shelby County roots were brief before becoming a journalism rock star of sorts among Pulitzer prize-winning papers in the early 1900s. And with March celebrating Women’s History Month, it’s the perfect time to remember Greeley-Smith and learn about her remarkable history.

  • PSC: Farmdale Water District has excessive loss

     The Public Service Commission is preparing to open an investigation into multiple utilities across the state that it says have significant water loss totals, including one in Shelby County. 

    The PSC listed the Farmdale Water District, which is primarily in Franklin County but also includes small parts of Shelby and Anderson counties, among a number of utilities it is investigating for high water loss.

    According to a press release, Farmdale has reported a 35.93 percent water loss total, well above the PSC’s allowable level of 15 percent loss.

  • Shelby farmer has Kentucky's top no-till corn yield for 2018

    Shelbyville farmer Kevin Smith seems to have the biggest bushels in Kentucky.

    Smith recently earned the first-place state yield award in the 2018 National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest.

     Smith grows corn and soybeans on his farm on Figgs Store Road and won his award in the “A No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated” category.

  • Med-evac visits Shelby ATC nursing students

    Health care students attending the Shelby County Area Technology Center got up close and personal with the Air Methods Medical Helicopter Kentucky 12, which flew in just for them from Lebanon.

    The visit was coordinated by the Shelby County’s EMT Services Chief Jerrett Barnes. Barnes said the pilots take frequent trips to schools in Kentucky to help students in their search in health career possibilities.

  • PSC considering decision on LG&E, KU rate change

    The Public Services Commission has heard LG&E and KU’s proposal for an increase to its customers’ rates and is preparing to make a decision.

    Andrew Melnykovych, spokesman for the PSC, said the commission has finished its hearing on the proposal, focusing the fine details of the plan KU and LG&E proposed. 

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL - City to spend $1.1 million on repaving

    "We've got a major paving project going on in the city of Shelbyville," Shelbyville Mayor David Eaton said during Thursday's regularly scheduled city council meeting. "I don't know if anything this large has ever been done before."

    Up for consideration during the meeting was a bid approval for the repaving of approximately 10 miles city roads.

    "That's about twenty percent of the mileage that we have in the city," Eaton said, noting it will encompass 46 streets.