Local News

  • 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.

  • Superintendent evaluated as ‘excellent’

    Usually it’s the student who gets a report card, but last week it was the superintendent’s turn.

    For the second year in a row, James Neihof scored an “excellent” on the Shelby County Board  of Education’s annual superintendent’s evaluation, which was submitted at the board’s meeting Thursday night.

  • Overnight storms spare Shelby

    Some dangerous overnight storms dumped rain and brought high winds to Shelby County, but residents awoke to a welcome and startingly bright sunshine for the first time in more than a week.

    Several potentially dangerous formations passed over the county in the night, and so far there have been no reports of damage.

    Skies cleared early, and though there is a chance for more storms today and tonight, conditions should be favorable until at least Monday.