Local News

  • Diabetes victims tell their stories at special forum

    Sharon Potts is one of six siblings. Five of those siblings have diabetes.
    “I’ve had it for 15 years,” she said. “I hate taking medications and I’ve been insulin dependent for five years.”

    Smithfield’s Judy Bender said coping with the disease is still confusing after two years of dealing with it.

    Dallas Milliner sympathized and singled out Cook’s pharmacist George McDonald for helping him learn about diabetes. “I had a hard time finding information,” he said.

  • EARLIER: Tornado tragedy touches families

    The horror of the tornadoes that ravaged the south Wednesday unfolded for all of us on TV screens, in news reports, on video posted on the Web and from narrated live reports streamed from various locations.

    Even as we in Shelby County were enduring threats and sirens to alert us of possible storms of our own, we watched perhaps the worst such catastrophe in history blow across the hills and plains of Mississippi, Alabama, into Georgia and beyond.

  • News Briefs: April 29, 2011

    KIPDA seeks candidates
    for Medicare aid program

    The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) has announced open enrollment for a community outreach program covering qualified Medicare beneficiaries under the “Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs.”
    The program, covering subsidies for Medicare Part D, is administered by the Social Security Administration using new 2011 Federal higher income levels.

  • Shelby's Earth Day celebration to dedicate new center

    Where can you find eagles, scorpions, elk and even a Madagascar hissing cockroach all in the same place?
    Well, it’s not Noah’s Ark, although some would say the water level is just about right.
    Rather, it’s the Earth Day Celebration at Red Orchard Park on Saturday.
    Although Earth Day was officially recognized last Friday, Shelby County Parks and Recreation is holding its festivities this week,  and Director Clay Cottongim said it promises to be the best since the observance began four years ago.

  • Shelby County farms have fewer horses in the fields

    As is the case with most horse breeds, fewer and fewer Saddlebreds are being produced on a national scale than even a few years ago. But many farm owners in Shelby County have kept the breeding wheels turning so they can be ready when the market eventually rebounds.

    Annual registrations of Saddlebreds, which reached an estimated low of 1,930 in 2010, have declined 33.6 percent since 2000, according to data supplied by the American Saddlebred Registry.

  • These are Shelby County's studs of Saddlebred breeding

    Behind the four-board fences of some farms in Shelby County is a swirling beehive of activity collectively aimed at getting Saddlebred horses ready to strut their stuff in show arenas across the country.

    But the genesis of these equine athletes begins with multifaceted breeding programs offered by the Saddlebred industry, a diverse mix of elements that boils down to pairing the right stallion with the right broodmare.

  • Smith named SCPS deputy superintendent

    Lisa Smith is moving on and up but not out of Shelby County Public Schools.

    Effective July 1, Smith will move from director of student programs to chief academic officer/deputy superintendent for SCPS.

    Smith, who has been a teacher in Franklin County and a principal and administrator in Shelby, said originally leaving the classroom was difficult.

  • Teen’s ‘confession’ leads to rape charges

    A man is in jail under a $150,000 cash bond after being arrested for first-degree rape and sodomy of a child.

    Abel V. Gomez, 29, was arrested April 18 at the McDonald’s restaurant on Frankfort Road after the pastor of a teen-aged girl reported to a child abuse hotline the details of what the pastor said she had told him, police said.

  • EARLIER: Accused murder Gary Bancroft indicted as persistent felony offender

    LAWRENCEBURG ­– The man suspected of slicing his girlfriend’s throat and stuffing her body into a trash bag last fall was indicted Wednesday as a persistent felony offender, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Gary Bancroft is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Frances Renee Mobley, who was found dead at Bancroft’s residence last September.

  • News Briefs: April 27, 2011

    Triple S sets public hearing to review 7th Street corridor

    The Triple S Planning Commission has received the Shelbyville 7th Street Corridor Plan from the City Solutions Center and will be holding a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. May 17.