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  • Friday football in limbo

    This time it's not the football team in scramble mode.

    The Shelby County athletic staff and football coaches are left searching for a game for Friday night after the news Wednesday that Jefferson County has cancelled all activities for the week.

    The Rockets were scheduled to play Doss in their first home game of the season.

    SCHS is now in discussion with a few other schools in the area that had been scheduled to play Jefferson County schools.

    No opponent has been set yet, but the Rockets are optimistic they can schedule someone.

  • New school may be state's 'greenest'

    When the doors of Shelby County's new secondary school open in the fall of 2010, there is a good possibility that it will be the most environmentally friendly school in the state.

    Based on data released to the district last week, the new school is expected to conserve energy 88 percent better than Kentucky's average school.

    With energy costs on the rise, "going green" likely will help the district save some serious green on future energy bills - perhaps thousands of dollars each year.

  • Community mourns boy's death

    At Simpsonville Elementary School today there is an empty seat in Shelley LaGrange's fourth-grade class.

    The violent windstorm that roared through Shelby County on Sunday claimed the life of one of her students, Frederic Wilson, who died when he was struck by a large tree limb that was broken off by the 70 mph winds.

    He was 10.

    The storm, which was created by the breakup of Hurricane Ike, pummeled Western Kentucky and the Louisville Metro area for more than six hours, leaving significant damage.

    Frederic was one of three people who lost their lives.

  • The aftermath: Trees down, power still out

    Hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians remain in the dark today after the remnants of Hurricane Ike unleashed windstorms through the Commonwealth on Sunday -- knocking apart trees and downing power lines and forcing Gov. Steve Beshear to declare a state of emergency.

    More than a half-million people were without power on Sunday, which Beshear called the largest power outage on record in Kentucky. Winds exceeded 70 mph in Shelby County and were clocked at 75 at Standiford Field.

  • Unhappy hour: Sunday alcohol sales nixed again

    The matter of Sunday alcohol sales failed yet again Tuesday to pass in Shelby County Fiscal Court.

    The ordinance, which would have allowed liquor to be sold by the glass in county establishments that derive most of their sales from food, died on a 4-4 vote, the fourth time this year it has failed.

    Despite its prior failures, the matter did make it past a first reading on Sept. 5. The vote was tied then, too, but only a second to the motion is required to pass long an item.

    Nine businesses and golf courses outside Shelbyville would have been affected by the ordinance,

  • Water towers to get Saddlebred murals

    Two water towers in Shelbyville soon will showcase Shelby County's biggest tourist attraction -- the Saddlebred horse industry.

    The Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission voted Monday night to allow the Shelbyville Horse Show to paint Saddlebred murals on the water towers in downtown Shelbyville and at Weissinger Hills Golf course.

    The Horse Show will paint the murals on the towers at their own cost.

  • Boy dies in violent windstorm - 5,000 still without power

    A 10-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon when high winds broke off a large tree limb that fell and crushed him at his family's home near Simpsonville.

    Frederick Wilson, 10, is the only known fatality from Sunday's massive windstorm, which caused fires, knocked out power, interrupted cable service and knocked broadcast channels off the air.

    The storm, which was created by the breakup of Hurricane Ike, pummeled Western Kentucky and the Louisville Metro area with winds in excess of 70 mph.

  • Local scenes from Sunday's windstorm

    A large tree collapsed in the yard of a home on U.S. 60 in Simpsonville. You also can see how the wind at midafternoon Sunday was raising shingles.

    A large oak tree completely uprooted next to a house on U.S. 60 near Fields Lane. The root ball was more than 6 feet in diameter.

    A tree was split on Old Mount Eden Road late Sunday afternoon, blocking access to the intersection with Kentucky 53.

    A split oak tree sits near the entrance to the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville.

  • Scenes from Sunday windstorm

    A large tree collapsed in the yard of a home on U.S. 60 in Simpsonville. You also can see how the wind at midafternoon Sunday was raising shingles.

    A large oak tree completely uprooted next to a house on U.S. 60 near Fields Lane. The root ball was more than 6 feet in diameter.

    A tree was split on Old Mount Eden Road late Sunday afternoon, blocking access to the intersection with Kentucky 53.

    A split oak tree sits near the entrance to the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville.

  • Nappy Roots to play at Park

    One of the biggest hip-hop groups from Kentucky will be performing in Shelbyville next month.

    Nappy Roots, of Bowling Green, will headline a performance at the Clear Creek Park amphitheater on Oct. 11. The band will be touring on their new album "The Humdinger", released last month.

    Also performing during the show is Lexington-based rapper Cypher and local performers Vernon and Justin Tolbert. The performances will be from 6 to 10 p.m.