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Today's News

  • County considers options for 911 funding

    According to Shelby County Emergency Management Director Chris Spaulding, the local dispatch center is running out of money and in urgent need of new funding. 

    Wednesday night, he met with Shelby County Fiscal Court to talk to magistrates about a few of the ways he wants to put Shelby County 911 in a more sustainable position. 

    Spaulding proposed three solutions to the problem of the dwindling funding Shelby County Dispatch is receiving. 

  • Shelby County High to get remodel, upgrades

    Shelby County High School is getting a facelift.

    Originally built in the 1950s and added on to several times, the most recent being in 1993, school Principal Margo Whisman told the Shelby County Board of Education Thursday the plan is expected to begin in January of 2020.

    Architects at K. Norman Berry and Associates at 815 W Market St. in Louisville will design the $25 million update. The company also designed the new Southside Elementary School.

  • Master Gardener sale is Saturday

    As the frost-free date lifts, gardeners are ready to fill their spaces with new flowers, herbs and vegetables. And if you’re looking for hardy plants to fill your garden, look no further than the Shelby County Master Gardeners Association and Shelby County Homemaker’s Book Club annual plant and book sale this Saturday.

    Master Gardener Ken Pratt said you can purchase plants at many places, but purchasing plants at the Master Gardener Sale has unique advantages.

  • Election 2019: Schroder sees time in Frankfort as advantage

    Wil Schroder thinks that it’s time for a change in management in Kentucky’s top prosecution office.

    Schroder is looking to take the Attorney General’s chair in the upcoming election, and he thinks that there are a few important priorities the office has neglected recently.

    Schroder has represented Campbell, Pendleton and Bracken counties in the state senate. Before then, he worked for five years as a prosecutor and assistant commonwealth attorney in Campbell County.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court: Jail roof repair bid accepted

    Shelby County Fiscal Court approved a bid from Spray-Tec Inc. to refurbish the Shelby County Detention Center’s roof.

    The court had a choice between two companies – Spray-Tec and Purefoam Roofing – to do the work, and Jailer Darrell Cox said the prices between the two offers were very close, within $57 of one another.

  • 911 Water Service Fee discussed at meeting

    The Simpsonville City Commission is now the first local government in the county to discuss a 911 Emergency Services Interlocal Agreement update that would introduce a water service fee to residents.

    “This is an initial draft and a final copy is being constructed,” Mayor Cary Vowels told the commission Monday during their regular meeting. “The bottom line is 911 has to have a funding mechanism somehow.”

  • Shelby County Democrats to host Collins Dinner

    The primary elections are on the way, and Shelby County’s Democratic Party wants its voters to go to the polls informed.

    The local party will host its annual Martha Layne Collins Dinner Friday, and it has packed the bill with party hopefuls for multiple offices.

    “So far, we have Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen, Heather French Henry, Kelsey Hayes Coots, Michael Bowman, Josh Mers and Sheri Donahue,” Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Kathy Mason said.

  • SHELBYVILLE CITY COUNCIL: City, tourism set agreement on Main Street property

    The Shelbyville City Council approved 5-0 at its regular meeting Thursday to enter into a contract with Shelby County Tourism and Convention Commission, councilmember Pam Carter was not present at the meeting.
    The contract is for the 612-618 Main Street property where the city has planned to add green space, parking and more.
    The council will also have a workshop at 6 p.m. on May 21 at city hall, 315 Washington Street, to discuss proposed plans for the space.

  • Accreditation service update district's work

    Shelby County Public Schools District Assessment Coordinator Lisa Smith will share a report on the district’s accreditation with the Shelby County Board of Education at Thursday’s regular meeting.

    The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the district’s office, 1155 West Main Street.

    Smith will share a summary report from AdvancED Accreditation Report. The district first received accreditation from AdvancED in 2014.

  • A model Model T

    Gene Dukes has been working with his hands all his life, but he did not create one of his crown achievements until after he retired.

    The pristine 1927 Ford Model T that sits in his workshop today didn’t always look that way. When he first got ahold of the car, it looked vastly different.

    “A really good friend of mine called me and said that they had sold their house,” Dukes said. “His wife had gotten [the Model T] for him for his birthday, and now they didn’t have a place to put it.”