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  • Mount Eden man pleads not-guilty in pistol-whipping

    TAYLORSVILLE – A Mount Eden man facing charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment charges for allegedly pistol-whipping and assaulting a woman entered a not-guilty plea in Spencer County District Court on Friday.

  • Woman in ‘puppy mill’ case pleads to 1 count

    NEW CASTLE – During a pretrial hearing last week in Henry County Circuit Court, Terri L. Smith, 51, of Campbellsburg waived her right to a jury trial and entered a guilty plea to one count of second-degree cruelty to animals, a Class A misdemeanor.

    Smith, 51, had been charged with 218 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals in December, after Henry County officials raided the property she and her husband, Kenneth H. Smith, 71, shared on Allyson Lane in rural Henry County.

  • 3 SCPS principals retiring

    Three principals have announced they will retire from Shelby County Public Schools at the end of the school year.

    District officials announced this week that Lynn Gottbrath of Wright Elementary, Anthony Hatchell of Collins High School and Christine Powell of East Middle School would retire. The Site-Based-Decision-Making Councils at those schools already have started meeting to hire replacements.

    Perhaps the surprise on that list is Hatchell, who returned to Shelby County three years ago to become the first principal at Collins High School.

  • Extra School day: April 28 or June 4?

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Monday morning to decide how students will make up the one day they missed because of snow this year.

    The board will convene in a specially called meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the district's office, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    Shelby County Public Schools used its one-call technology to poll parents Thursday, asking if they would prefer to  have school on Saturday, April 28, or Monday, June 4.

  • NCAA Final Four UK vs. UofL: Time to walk the talk

    The Cats and the Cards have touched down in New Orleans, but it seems Shelby County continues to be in the heart of the coverage of their showdown in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.

    The trend started on Monday with USA Today, and then Wednesday came CBS-TV and Fox Sports.

    It seems like everyone wants to know what it's like living right-smack in the middle of the rivalry.

    On Wednesday afternoon at Sixth and Main Coffeehouse, several red- and blue-clad fans mingled about waiting for CBS Sports to show up for filming.

  • Simons says: The pressure comes from the teams’ fans

    Matt Simons knows a thing or two about the rivalry between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

    Simons, a standout 7-footer at Shelby County High School, went on to play for UofL in 1993-94 and 94-95, and his Cardinals teams played Kentucky twice, although they lost both.

    "It's an instate rivalry, and you know, as a player, what it means," he said. "You know from the fans that they feel the pressure, and that's where your pressure comes from. They want you to win so bad."

  • Chamber officials predict bigger showcase this year

    The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Community Showcase is coming up this weekend, and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, officials say.

    “We usually average about a thousand people who come out, but, of course, we’d like to see that number grow,” said Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Morning sickness: $4 gas is coming fast to Shelby

    With gas prices in Shelby County threatening to mirror those in Louisville at record highs surpassing $4  per gallon, gas station owners and customers alike were showing concern on Thursday.

    “We are going to try not to go up, but this is a very competitive market, and if gas prices go up on the other end of town, say, then we probably will, too,” said Ruth Hodge, owner of It’s Convenient on East Main Street in Shelbyville.

  • This UK vs. UofL Final Four is Christmas all over again

    Christmas came early for me in 1983. Nearly nine months to the day actually.

    On March 26, 1983, I awoke with all of the enthusiasm of a 9-year-old boy on Dec. 25 ready to run downstairs and find an Atari, or “Thriller” album, under my tree.

  • News briefs: March 30, 2012

    Shelby’s unemployment

    stays at 8.1% in February


    Shelby County’s unemployment rate remained flat at 8.1 percent in February, the same rate as it posted in January.

    Still, that was a full point better than the 9.1 percent posted in February 2011, based on statistics released Thursday by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.