Today's News

  • Cool items are hot sellers

    As summer continues to hit record high temperatures, some businesses are building off that heat. But one of the most important summer mainstays seems to have all but disappeared from the county’s landscape.

    Neighborhoods are missing that familiar jingle that sends kids running into the streets on a sweltering evening, because it appears that nearly all the ice cream trucks have taken their frozen treats else where this year. And no one seems to know where all the trucks have gone.

  • Ag Report: July 6, 2012

    Collins student Eades wins state FFA contest

    Sarah Eades, a senior member of the Collins High School FFA, won the state championship for extemporaneous speaking at the convention held at Rupp Arena in Lexington and will advance to the national competition in October in Indianapolis.

  • New business: D. E. Merritt & Associates, LLC

    Address: 320 Main St., Shelbyville

    Who we are:  Daniel E. Merritt recently retired from the U. S. Coast Guard. He has more than 20 years experience in safety and security with the United States military. He  is a certified security specialist and has been trained in tactical and covert entry.  He has trained with international special forces, multiple government agencies and recently kidnap rescue and hostage survival with former elite British military. 

  • Business Briefcase: July 6, 2012

    Survey shows food prices continue to drop in 2nd quarter

    Your cost to buying food in your supermarket again has dropped, according to the Marketbasket Survey conducted by Kentucky Farm Bureau in 26 markets across the state, including Shelbyville.

    The second-quarter survey showed that the total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $113.03. This reflects a decrease of $2.68, or 2.3 percent, from the same list of items reported in the previous quarter.

  • Arts Briefs: July 6, 2012

    Shelby native Sheehy lands 2 roles at outdoor theater

    Shelbyville native Michael Sheehy, a student at the University of Kentucky, and is  spending the summer working at the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre in Snow Camp, N.C., a professional outdoor drama that produces two historical shows, a children’s show and a Broadway musical.

    Sheehy will be playing Hannibal Quave in Pathway to Freedomand George in The Sword of Peace.

  • News briefs: July 6, 2012

    Another record high, another hot forecast

    If you think the heat was stifling in Shelby County on Thursday – when another record high was set at  103, breaking the record of 98 set in 1994 – get ready for more of it.

    Forecasts call for the mercury to rise to 103 today, with the heat index as high as 108. Those numbers are forecast to be 102 and 107 on Saturday.

    Excessive heat warnings have been issued until 9 p.m. Saturday. Air quality also is considered to be poor.

  • Sen. Rand Paul breaks bread with Farm Bureau members

    At Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday night, state Sen. Paul Hornback (right) reads a proclamation to the family of the late Roy Catlett in honor of his achievements. Peggy Catlett (second from right) and her daughter, Nancy Smith (second from left), and grandson Andrew (left) accepted.


    Joe Lipps (right) presents U.S. Sen. Rand Paul with a basket of Kentucky farm products at Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday at Red Orchard Park.


  • Sen. Rand Paul breaks bread with Farm Bureau members

    Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was a distinguished guest at Farm Bureau’s annual picnic Monday night, but he did more eating than talking.

    Paul chatted briefly with some of the 150 people who attended the event, held in the barn at Red Orchard Park, before sharing a meal with them and making a very brief speech.

    Paul took about five minutes to touch upon the topics of national debt, foreign aid and the role of government, but he chose a less serious approach in keeping with the casual air of the picnic.

  • New court fees used across state

    Shelby County magistrates passed on first reading Tuesday night an ordinance that would add to the costs you pay for court proceedings.

    The extra fees would be $25 or less for such things as filing civil cases, court costs, filing appeals, traffic offenses, misdemeanor cases, filing small claims cases and serving subpoenas and civil summons.

    If the ordinance passes its second reading, scheduled for July 17, Shelby would join several surrounding counties that already have such fees in place.

  • Renovation gives new life to Shelby County Community Theatre

    After about 20 years with the same look in its lobby and public spaces, the Shelby County Community Theatre has undergone a donation-supported, 3-month renovation that theater leaders say they hope has created an experience to remember.

    Jamie Swindler, regional account manager for the Kentucky Housing Corporation and a member of the theater’s board, said the decorations in the theater hadn’t been renovated for a long time and became outdated.