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  • Horse farms lead agricultural boom

    About five years ago, Karen and the late Ed Frickey decided to move their 40-head Saddlebred and hackney pony operation from Lafayette, Ind., to Harrington Mill Road in Shelby County.

    “All of our friends in the industry were here, and all of the shows we wanted to go to are here,” Karen Frickey said. “And we've always loved Kentucky.”

  • Cycling series to roll through Waddy

    If you’ve ever watched Lance Armstrong ride past the throngs of fans in the Tour de France, here’s your chance to get a taste of it.

    It’s not exactly the French countryside, but the McDonald’s Kentuckiana Spring Classic Series will roll through Waddy on Sunday. Cyclists will speed through a 10-mile loop that will test everyone from beginning amateurs to junior and professionals.

  • Casey endures further problems

    Mike Casey’s struggle with health problems continues to be an hour-to-hour battle for survival.

    Casey’s body is being assaulted by an infection that is leaving him dehydrated,  damaging other organs and sapping him bit by bit of his strength.

    He lies in the intensive-care unit of the Vanderbilt Medical Center, where doctors are trying to strengthen him for a life-extending heart transplant to replace that was damaged by an infection 20 years ago.

  • State will celebrate Arbor Day here

    On Tuesday morning at the Tim McClure Botanical Gardens, Vicki Sutherland and Barbara Troyer were spreading Snapshot - little round, yellow pellets laced with herbicide designed to keep down the weeds.

    While most in the county are huddled around the TV sets watching their favorite teams advance - or go home - Shelby County's Master Gardeners have been sprucing up the gardens, which will be the site of this year's state celebration of Arbor Day on April 3.

  • Arbor Day celebration honors McClure

    A cold, biting wind and gray, overcast skies couldn't dampen the warmth that permeated the crowd of about 100 who turned out for Arbor Day to honor one of Shelby's own.

    In addition to the 113th official State Arbor Day Celebration being held in Shelby County at Clear Creek Park, that event was also chosen to dedicate the arboretum at that site.

    The arboretum is now known as the Tim McClure Botanical Gardens, after a division of Forestry employee who died unexpectedly last May.

  • Chamber's Community Showcase is Saturday

    Given the tough economic times, this year's “Survivor” theme for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce's Community Showcase may be especially apt.

    “We're calling this one 'Surviving Tough Times,'” said Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the chamber.

  • SCHS graduation decision reversed

    Another decision by Shelby County High School’s site-based decision making council has caused some strong reactions among parents and students at Shelby County High School -- even though the decision has been reversed. The council voted in February to abolish seating by grade-point average at the school’s commencement.

  • EARLIER: Casey placed on respirator

    Family members remained hopeful Thursday that Mike Casey could pull through the overtime game he is playing against heart disease.

    Casey, the former Shelby County and University of Kentucky basketball star, gave everyone a scare early Thursday when he stopped breathing. Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center placed him on a ventilator.

    On Thursday afternoon he was resting peacefully, having been sedated because of the discomfort caused by the breathing tube in his throat.

  • Stumbo's suit against school board dismissed

    Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman has dismissed a suit brought against the school board by a fired former teacher who was trying to regain access to school grounds so he could attend his daughter's activities.

    Scott Stumbo, a former Shelby County High School teacher, was banned from school grounds in February 2007 after being fired for allegedly sexually harassing a student in 2006.

    Stumbo was indicted on charges of distribution of obscene material to a minor. He submitted an Alford Plea and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, probated for 24 months.

  • EARLIER: Delegation lobbies Congress on dead animal removal

    Kentucky's county leaders took the issue of dead animal disposal to the halls of Congress last week in an effort to get at least a delay in an FDA regulation that, at least temporarily, has shut down local farmers' ability to remove large animals that die on their farms.

    Representatives from the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) met with Sen. Mitch McConnell and Congressmen Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers, Ed Whitfield and a staff member from Congressman Ben Chandler's office. The KACo delegation included Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carriss.