Today's News

  • Holiday season arrives Saturday

    Shelby County officially kicks off the Christmas spirit on Saturday with the 24th annual Celebration of Lights in downtown Shelbyville.

    The event, sponsored by SMART (Shelbyville Merchant Association of Retail Trade), looks to be one of the biggest the city has seen, with almost 60 booths already reserved.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City gives first OK to heftier business fines

    The City of Shelbyville will have a second reading on an ordinance that will fine businesses $500 for not filing or paying occupational taxes.

    The Shelbyville City Council passed the first reading of the ordinance, which will provide more than, as Mayor Tom Hardesty put it, "a slap on the hand" for offending local businesses.

  • Water company is not affiliated with HomeServe

    Residents of Shelby County have been receiving information in the mail from HomeServe about insurance for water service lines, but Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle wants customers to be careful.

    "We are in no way affiliated with them," he said. "I do understand that some of these things have been a scams in the past, so we just want our customers to be careful and check with Better Business Bureau before doing anything with them."

  • What we think: Whittenberg must correct field’s problems

    The footing on the course for repairing the multipurpose athletic field at Collins High School appears to be as unsure as it would be for an athlete or band member who might try to play on its ineffective and dangerous artificial surface.

    In fact, the plan for that repair seems to be changing so rapidly, we aren’t sure that the contractor, Whittenberg Construction, and Shelby County Public Schools are reading from the same page at the same time.

  • A salute of honor from a non-vet of Veterans Day

    Veterans Day took on a new meaning for me a few years ago.

    As a child of the Vietnam Era, I admired and feared for those who took up arms for our country, but being a timid little country boy, I shamefully admit that I wasn’t real keen on participating.

    Perhaps admiration and guilt combine to form my odd interest in fiction and films about World War II, maybe they are  why I’ve read The Winds of War/War & Remembrance six times and watched the miniseries of the latter nearly that many times.

  • MY WORD: A veteran visits his kind of ship

    In October, LST 325 (Landing Ship Tanks) was docked at the Fourth Street wharf in Louisville.

    With an old Coast Guard buddy of mine, Don White, I got a chance to visit again the type of ship on which I served in World War II. In celebration of Veterans Day, it seems like a  good time to look back at those ships.

    LST 325 is the last of more than 1,000 LSTs constructed in World War II by the United States. It was purchased by Greece after the war and used as a cargo and spy ship.

  • MY WORD: Solutions about that ‘oozing, bothersome blemish’

    When I think of “oozing, bothersome blemishes,” I get a bit nauseous. Is this “bothersome blemish” referring to the folks that hire undocumented workers? I doubt it. Rather, I believe that the reference is aimed at the workers themselves. The people who since the mid-1990s have come to Kentucky, harvested crops, worked with horses, helped keep prices down and worked for very low wages in dangerous conditions for long hours.

  • Trial requested for child pornography suspect

    LAWRENCEBURG – The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has requested a trial date for a Lawrenceburg man facing more than 100 child pornography charges in Shelby and Anderson counties.

    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive in Lawrenceburg appeared Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on charges in both counties.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell requested a trial date, and Hawks is scheduled to appear again in Shelby Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5.

  • 7 organizations split $36,000 from community grant

    Representatives from seven Shelby County organizations voiced their gratitude Monday night at receiving funding from the Shelby County Community Foundation.

    “We are appreciative of this; it is the second year we have gotten funding, and it will help us a great deal,” said Lee Bean, founder and operator of the Open Door of Hope, a men’s shelter on 8th Street. “We have served one hundred and fifty men since opening two years ago, and we have helped more than half of those men to find jobs.”

  • Montell’s bill would fund scholarships

    A bill pre-filed Tuesday aims to give a tax credit to individuals and businesses that donate to not-for-profit agencies that provide scholarships for underprivileged children.

    The bill, proposed by state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), would provide a tax credit of up to $2,000 to those who contribute to organizations that extend educational scholarships to eligible children, which could be used for tuition to allow them to attend any elementary or secondary school, public or private, of their choice.