Today's News

  • Fast asks for shock probation

    Joshua Fast of Crestwood, sentenced in June to second-degree burglary and reckless homicide, has asked to be considered for shock probation.

    Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman sentenced Fast in June to 10 years in prison, 5 years for the homicide charge and 5 years for the burglary, for his participation in the events surrounding the shooting death of David Fletcher of Shelbyville in October 2008.

  • Betty Thom: 1936-2011

    A stunning death has taken the life of a well-known musician and folk singer who lived near Simpsonville.

    Betty Thom, one of the original founding members of the folk/bluegrass group, The Cumberlands, passed away in her sleep, said her husband of 55 years, Harold Thom.

    “She was the most wonderful, loving, compassionate, kind, brilliant lady,” he said. “She was one in a billion.”

  • True blue and Santa, too

    The weather wasn’t quite delightful, but neither was it frightful Saturday at the Christmas Parade, an event that had a specific theme this year.

    Touted as the Red, White and Blue American Christmas, the parade down Main Street featured 20 floats, up a few from last year, many of which featured patriotic themes, a couple of them depicting Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Woman sentenced in murder-for-hire gets shock probation

    A woman who tried to set up her former fiancé’s murder has been released from jail on shock probation after serving about six months of a 10-year sentence.

    Tracy Sandoval, 23, of Frankfort was sentenced in July after she pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation to commit murder.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland opposed the motion for shock probation filed by Sandoval’s attorney, Max Comley.

    “Had her wishes been carried out...Antonio Cruz would be dead right now,” Cleveland said.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Peace and War, The Path to World War II Part 2: The people, events that took us to Pearl Harbor

    Maj. John W. Thomason was perhaps the first Marine to gain prominence outside military circles as an artistic and literary figure. As a major at the San Diego Marine Barracks in 1939, he was highly respected and greatly admired.

    We second lieutenants had enjoyed his stories of marines in combat, including those in his popular book Fix Bayonets, which were based upon his experiences in combat with the Marine Brigade in France in 1918.

  • EARLIER: Shelby police officers not held to fitness standards

    On a tragic afternoon at a house in Shelbyville last month, two Shelbyville Police Officers grappled with a teenager who they say was hitting them with a variety of items.

    Both officers were struck, one severely, before, police said, a female officer drew her gun and shot and killed 18-year-old Trey F. Williams.

    Among the many questions that emerged from that confrontation, in which two officers apparently failed to subdue one younger and larger individual, is this: How physically fit are the men and women trained to protect and serve the citizens?

  • Shelby County passes 6 feet of rain, but it's not the record

    A soggy spring has led to a down right damp fall as Kentucky is setting records from east to west for rainfall this year.

    And although Louisville and Frankfort have new yearly highs, Shelbyville isn't quite there yet.

    The National Weather Service doesn't keep statistics for Shelbyville, but according to a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteer located just outside the city, there has been about 67.38 inches.

  • I-64 east of Shelbyville to be closed tonight

    The Department of Highways announced the temporary closure of the left lane on westbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County between mile points 41 and 42.  The lane closure is scheduled for tonight 6:30 until midnight and will allow for shoulder repairs.

  • 3rd Street in Shelbyville is open to traffic

    Monday was the last day that drivers will be inconvenienced by the closure of 3rd Street and Old Mount Eden Road because of construction there.

    The road was closed for several hours the past two Mondays to allow Norfolk Southern Railroad to replace its railroad bridge located near the intersection of 3rd Street and Bradshaw/Goodman avenues.

    The project finished on schedule, which is what Shelbyville City Engineer and Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell  said she expected.

  • Some cool visits in the winter

    The Short-Eared Owl has always been a winter resident of Kentucky, but beginning in the late 1980s, this species was found nesting on a large reclaimed mine site in Ohio and Muhlenberg Counties.

    This 15-inch long bird, with a 38-inch wingspan, often can be observed in a Central Kentucky on open land at dusk and dawn and is our most aerial owl. You will notice them flying back and forth, hunting over pastures, hayfields and other grassy or weedy areas and have a habit of hovering.