Local News

  • Wills bids for release on bond

    Jody Wills, the Shelby County woman serving a 10-year sentence for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer, will try again next week to earn her release.

    Wills went to prison in December, when Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman revoked her probation for failure to honor her restitution schedule.

  • Update: SCPS cancels after-school care, some evening events

    Shelby County Public Schools is notifying parents that due to the potential of dangerous storms after-school care has been cancelled along with some evening events.

  • Mercury spill doesn’t linger

    Shelby County High School reopened Thursday morning without delay after an incident had the school on lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

    Assistant Superintendent Kerry Whitehouse commended the school and all those involved through a release issued by Shelby County Public Schools Thursday morning.

    ""It is gratifying to know so many community and school individuals come in a second's notice to work together when an incident such as this occurs," he said.

  • ELECTION 2012: Schumm says he has right experience

    LA GRANGE – A Crestwood resident is one of the last candidates to file for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Republican Geoff Davis.
    Walt Schumm, a builder/developer and real estate agent, joins six other Republicans and two Democrats vying for the seat.
    Shelby County was moved into District 4 after the reapportionment approved two weeks ago by the General Assembly.
    Schumm is also the vice-chair of the Oldham County Board of Education. He has served on the board for 10 years.

  • Update: SCHS lockdown lifted except one room

    Shelby County High School has received the all clear from the Environmental Protection Agency to release nearly all the students after small vial of mercury in a thermostat was broken.

    The EPA is still holding and checking students in the classroom where the vial was broken.

    According to a release on the district’s Web site: “Some students are still being assessed by the EPA for exposure but no reports have been detected at this time.”

  • Walton Verona holds off Collins in girls' 8th Region Tournament

    LAWRENCEBURG – The Collins girls’ basketball team made two comebacks against defending champ Walton-Verona in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament on Tuesday night.
    The Titans’ third try wasn’t the charm, though, as the Bearcats held them off for a 52-42 victory at Anderson County.

  • Spencer, Anderson matching Shelby’s synthetic drug effort

    TAYLORSVILLE – The Spencer County Fiscal Court – much like its counterpart in Shelby County – is scheduled to hear the second reading of an ordinance that would ban the possession and sale of synthetic marijuana countywide.

    The ordinance passed unanimously on first reading last week.

    Shelby County Fiscal Court passed first reading of a nearly identical ordinance on Feb. 21. Casey County also has taken that step. Neither is a coincidence.

  • News briefs: Feb. 29, 2012

    Legislators now at odds

    on when to redraw districts


    The state House and Senate appear to be at odds on when to redraw legislative district lines. Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) told The Herald-Leaderin Lexington that the Senate would prefer to continue to tackle the contentious issue of redistricting before this legislative session ends April 15.

  • Some students struggling with Accelerated Academy’s AP courses

    Although Shelby County Public Schools’ officials have been pleased with the first semester of new Accelerated Academy, they also have identified a few areas for improvement.

    In a report to the school board on Thursday, Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith said with proper tweaks, the district would see even more enthusiasm for the program, which began with 62 students in this year’s freshmen classes (37 at Collins, 25 at Shelby County).

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP scores show disappointing trend

    The Shelby County Board of Education received some disappointing information as the district marches toward the first of its BIG Goals this year.

    The district’s winter Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test results revealed that the schools have a long way to go to ensure that every student entering middle school next year be on or above grade level in math and reading.