Today's News

  • Bringing the grocery store to your home

    Tom Abbott had a cool idea, although it left his pocket lighter.

    The Ethington Building Supply lumber salesman wanted to find a way for farmers to cooperate, instead of compete.

    That’s where the Friendly Farm Fridge comes in.

    Abbott, with the help of daughter Graycee Pratt, will run a mobile grocery from a trailer that you’ll see parked around the county soon.

    Its first location will be the Rural King parking lot on weekends. Hours and locations may vary, Abbott said, as a customer base grows.

  • ‘Today, we must face the realization that we are no longer seniors’

     When students from Shelby County and Collins High Schools entered on Saturday, they were seniors at their respective schools.

    When they left, they no longer were.

    Saturday students at Shelby County’s two high schools put the final punctuation on one chapter of their lives and laid the first drop of ink on the next ones.

  • Goodbye to her family

    Resource teacher Kathie Wrightson will miss teaching, but not just yet.

    Wrightson, a Shelby County High School resource teacher, will miss “her kids” and colleagues when she retires June 20 after 27 years teaching, 26 at SCHS.

    But retirement is a relative word.

    Wrightson works with gifted and talented students, an area that most people misunderstand, she said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Ag teacher concerned about proposed changes

    During the public input portion of Thursday’s regular Shelby County Public Schools Board of Education meeting, board members heard from Shelby County High School agriculture instructor Kerwin Ewing and his concerns about some proposed changes to the Ag program.

    Ewing told board members he was against the recent proposal that would temporarily move the SCHS agriculture program at Shelby County to Collins during a two-year renovation project at Shelby County High School. Ewing said he is against the proposal even on a temporary basis as recommended by the Ag Committee.

  • Tourism saves local fireworks show

    Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec’s yearly fireworks show was in trouble, but another local organization swooped in to save the day.

    ShelbyKY Tourism Commission and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Katie Fusenegger said the rescue of the yearly tradition was not atypical for the department. The department even helps fund The Boom in Simpsonville.

  • Budget for 2019-20 gets first reading

    Shelby County Fiscal Court approved a first reading of its 2019-2020 budget, but narrowly voted down a provision that would give magistrates a raise.

    The total budget for fiscal court in the coming year is planned at $23,645,475.62, with about $3.2 million budgeted for the road department, $3.5 for EMS, a $505,000 contribution to the parks department and $247,000 for animal control.

    Judge-Executive Dan Ison also called specific attention to the increase in pension costs in the new budget.

  • SCHS seniors earn more than $2m in scholarships

    Shelby County High School recognized its students for earning more than $2 million in merit scholarships Wednesday Night.

    Students at SCHS earned a total of $2,138,670 in total merit scholarships, a number made up of $1,573,700 in University Merit Scholarships, $346,670 worth of KEES money and $218,300 in community scholarships from national and local sources.

    But that wasn’t the only thing that made the night memorable.

  • Bruce Gentry named chief of Shelbyville Police

    The Shelbyville Police Department has a new chief in Major Bruce Gentry.

    Gentry will take the reins from retiring chief Istvan “Ish” Kovacs on July 1.

    “Major Gentry is a very qualified supervisor and administrative professional who has many years of training and service to the community,” said Fred Rogers, Shelblyville city administrator. “His experience has prepared him to understand current and long-term issues related to city growth and planning, and he will do a great job.”

  • VFW to host Memorial Day Service

    Shelby County is getting ready to thank its veterans with an upcoming Memorial Day service. 

    The VFW is putting on its yearly memorial service at Grove Hill Cemetery on Monday at 11 a.m. 

    According to local VFW post commander Henry Jew, there has been a simple and respectful memorial ceremony at the cemetery for a long time.

    “It’s a short ceremony,” Jew said. “Usually takes about a half hour or so, maybe a little longer.”

  • Shelbyville Fire Department bicentennial honors the fire fighting family

    The history of the fire department in every city is filled with stories, legacies, service and family, and the Shelbyville Fire Department is no exception.

    There have been huge fires, explosions and disasters on roads, at homes and in businesses. But growing from its humble beginnings with a horse-drawn fire wagon to today’s high-tech protective equipment, the Shelbyville Fire Department has been there through it all.

    Serving and protecting the community it calls home.