Today's News

  • Montell resigns from KDE position

    Brad Montell, Director of Government Relations for the Kentucky Department of Education, has resigned following allegations reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. 

    Montell, a resident of Simpsonville and former Republican State Representative for Shelby County’s 58th District, was named in a report detailing in depth the content of a sealed deposition, acquired by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, from a woman known as Jane Doe.

  • Triple S Planning Commission - Waddy Dollar General receives

    After two years off the agenda, a proposed Dollar General for Waddy was back on the table before the Triple S Planning Commission Tuesday and the result many residents have long sought is now within reach.

  • County jail's SAP program helping to make changes

    Shelby County’s 60-bed program is one of 23 SAP jail programs in Kentucky and there are 6,000 treatments beds statewide.

    “The aim is Since 2008, the Shelby County Detention Center has offered a Substance Abuse Program for adult male inmates who have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder.

  • Government shutdown’s impact is stretching

    On Saturday evening, the partial government shutdown became the longest in U.S. history, skyrocketing concern for the impact that could soon trickle down to the local level.

    According to USA TODAY, nine federal departments along with several additional smaller agencies have closed as a result, putting more than 380,000 federal workers on furlough and leaving 420,000 additional employees with no other option but to work without pay.

  • $1 million endowment has Shelby ties

    The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Foundation announced last week that a couple with Shelby ties is responsible for an endowment gift of $1 million to benefit the Kentucky State Fair World Championship Horse Show.

    William Blacklaw bestowed the financial gift to establish the Barbara Blacklaw Memorial Fund.

    Blacklaw and his late wife Barbara shared a love of the American Saddlebred and founded Singing Hills Stables, an Oregon-based American Saddlebred horse breeding and training facility, in 1968.

  • Shelby County is booming with growth

     As 2018 wrapped, the Triple S Planning Commission reviewed the county’s growth and despite some changing numbers the county continues to see positive increases.

    Triple S Executive Director Ryan Libke said they experienced an unusually slow December but added this was likely due to the wet ground.  The commission issued only 18 permits for the month, creating seven new dwelling units. 

    This put the departments at 676 permits for the year, creating 241 dwellings.

  • Commissioners adjust to work without city administrator

    During the City of Simpsonville regular city meeting Tuesday night Mayor Cary Vowels submitted a change in the city’s organizational chart.

    Working now without a City Administrator after David Eaton was elected Mayor of Shelbyville, Vowels’ new plan has city commissioners delegated an area of responsibility once carried by the administrator.

    Michael Hesse will oversee public works and sewer; Scott McDowell, roads; Steve Eden, finance; Kelland Garland, police and parks; and Vowels, personnel.

  • Riding for his cause

    For many years, Jeffrey Bracken thought he was just clumsy. He’d walk into door frames and excuse it as not paying attention, or he’d brush off his driving mishaps as just being a bad driver.

    “My wife kept saying ‘Jeff, there’s something wrong,’ but I just kept putting it off,” said Bracken, a history teacher at Shelby County High School.


    The Shelbyville City Council boasts a light agenda for Thursday’s second meeting of the year.

    Topping the agenda is three reappointments followed by department reports.  During the previous meeting, city engineer Jennifer Herrell reported that the 7th Street Corridor project is moving forward as the council approved Herrell's bid recommendation for the streetscape design from Land Design and Development for $40,000.

  • Old Stone Inn's new chef is brining an old approach

    David Danielson’s recipe for success is tattooed across his right arm.

    Lagom är bäst

    “It’s a Swedish proverb meaning, ‘Just the right amount is best,’” he said.

    It’s a philosophy Danielson lives by whether he’s feeding thousands at Churchill Downs during Derby week, or crafting fine cuisine at the quaint Old Stone Inn and Tavern in Simpsonville.