Today's News

  • Where's the largest Christmas tree in Shelby County?

    Searching far and wide – from the knobs to the horse farms, from Pleasureville to Finchville – and soliciting suggestions from readers, we've boiled down the biggest Christmas trees in the county to two.

    Why two?

    Well, a real and a fake, of course.

    Just east of Simpsonville sits Al Smith's spread on the corner of Fields Lane and U.S. 60. Although probably more famous for the giant arrow (made from a telephone pole) that adorns his yard, Smith always drapes his flag pole in lights, forming a towering, 40-foot tall cascade of lights.

  • Purnell gets state loan, but plans on hold

    The F.B. Purnell Sausage Company in Simpsonville got some good news this week about its expansion plans – but those plans now are on hold.

    Purnell was awarded a $1.5 million loan under the Agricultural Processing Loan Program, a state program designed to provide loan opportunities to companies and individuals in Kentucky interested in agricultural processing.

  • Business Briefcase: Dec. 9, 2011

    CUB’s parent sells

    subsidiary in Indiana

    Citizens Union Bancorp in Shelbyville, parent company of Citizens Union Bank, is selling Dupont State Bank to River Valley Bancorp, pending regulatory approval.

    Dupont State Bank, headquartered in North Vernon, Ind., and acquired by Citizens Union Bancorp in April 2001, has three banking offices in three counties and total assets of $82 million, the merger announcement said.

  • Shelby businesses deck out for the holidays

    Take a drive or a stroll down Main Street in Shelbyville, and you’re beckoned to step inside many of our local shops and businesses. Holiday lights and decorations provide a warm welcome in our quaint little town – gifts of seasonal cheer from our local merchants.

    But who and what is behind all of these festive decorations? What motivates business owners to put in the time and expense to dress up their establishments?

  • Shelby man had a story he had to share

    Marshall Phillips had a story he wanted to tell, one from the earth in Shelby County to the villages of East Africa and back, so he did what most people only think of doing: He sat down and wrote a book.

    Phillips has published He Leadeth Me, which he calls an autobiography that’s about half about his life as a farm boy from Chestnut Grove and the rest about the years he served as a minister and with the Southern Baptist Church’s Foreign Mission Board in Kenya and Tanganyika.

  • Woman files sexual harassment suit against her employer

    A sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed against the manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission by employee.

    Debbie Clarke of Old Mount Eden Road filed the suit against Tom Doyle Wednesday in Shelby Circuit Court, alleging sexual harassment and assault and battery.

    Clarke has been cleaning the offices at the water company since 2003, and her husband, Scott Clarke, accompanied her until 2009. That's when the inappropriate behavior started, the suit says.

  • New judicial center opening set for Dec. 19

    New judicial center
    opening set for Dec. 19

    By Lisa King
    If you have business with the circuit or district court next week, you’re going to have to wait.
    Plans to reopen the new Shelby County Judicial Center on Dec. 19 are still a go, officials say, which means that the circuit and district clerk’s offices in the old courthouse will be shut down all next week for the transition to take place.

  • Court report: Dec. 5, 2011

    District Court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Kevin Pilsen, two charges of theft by deception – guilty – $183 costs.

    William L. Tipton, two charges of theft by deception – guilty – $183 costs.

    Bryant E. Martin, giving officer false name or address and first-offense failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance – guilty – 90-day sentence and $500 fine.

  • Ag Report: Dec. 9, 2011

    Veteran Green County farmer

    honored as 2011 best in state

    Jim Sidebottom, a 55-year farming veteran of Green County, was honored as the 2011 Kentucky Farm Bureau “Farmer of the Year” during the organization’s 92nd annual meeting in Louisville.

    Jere Cannon of Fleming County and Craig Roberts of Caldwell County were the other finalists also considered for this award.

  • WICHE: African violets bloom indoors year round

    One of a few sure things in my life is that I can keep my African violets in bloom year round!

    Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage. Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year round. African violets are easier to grow then many think if you create a favorable growing environment