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  • Thief drops in at local pharmacy - Police say intruder punched hole in roof in attempt to steal drugs

    When the owner of Smith-McKinney Pharmacy on Midland Trail found out his store had been broken into, he didn't go through the roof - but the intruder already had.

    Ralph Taylor Williams, 50, of 42 Johnathon Circle was arrested Friday for breaking into the drugstore by cutting a hole in the roof, Shelbyville Police said.

    "He cut a hole in the roof and lowered himself down with a rope with a toe strap on it," Maj. Danny Goodwin said.

  • Montell picks up three endorsements

    State Rep. Brad Montell announced three endorsements Tuesday that he said, "represent the cornerstone endorsements that are key to my campaign."

    He announced he has been endorsed by Kentucky Right to Life, the National Rifle Association and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

    "These endorsements are central to my message," Montell said.

    Montell, a Republican, is running for a fourth term as state representative for the 58th House district, which covers Shelby and Spencer counties. His challenger is Democrat Bill Young. Montell defeated Young two years ago.

  • State tournament play suspended, will resume Thursday

    The KHSAA Girls' State Golf Tournament will continue one more day.

    Officials' suspended play at 6:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday, meaning the tournament champion will be crowned Thursday morning.

    That doesn't mean there is much drama for the individual champion. Emma Talley, of Caldwell County, was 10-under for the tournament through 15 holes of the second round.

    North Hardin's Lydia Gumm is 1-under through 14, and Shelby County's Candice Wiley is tied for third at 3-over through with two more holes to play.

  • Prosecutor to appeal drug dealer's sentence - Judge too lenient, she says

    A Shelbyville man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison - a sentence that Shelby County Commonwealth's Attorney Laura Donnell plans to appeal because of its lenience.

    Josh Hall, 24, was sentenced on three Class B felonies, including trafficking in cocaine and being a persistent felony offender.

    Donnell said she believes the sentence from Senior Judge Tom McDonald doesn't go as far as the law requires.

  • Lady Rockets finish round, poised to advance

    The Shelby County girls' golf team finished their first round of play Wednesday with a team score of 347, which should be enough to advance to the second round of the State Golf Tournament at Bowling Green Country Club.

    The top 11 teams make the cut. Shelby County is currently at No. 6 on the board, but is second among teams that have finished their rounds.

    The KHSAA decided to have the second round tee off today at 1:30 p.m. CDT, instead of calling the tournament after 18 holes as had been expected.

  • Rain delays Girls' State Golf Tournament

    The Shelby County girls' golf team's pursuit of a state championship was put on hold Tuesday when play was halted due to a thunderstorm passing through the Bowling Green area.

    The teams were pulled off the course at 12:15 p.m. CDST, because of lightning, and the delay lasted three hours and 15 minutes.

    Michaela Manley was the only Lady Rocket on the course when the delay started; she had hit one shot on her opening round.

  • Judge reverses court gun ban

    Every once in a while, a judge will reconsider his opinion.

    That's what Family Court Judge John David Myles did on Tuesday, when he reversed his decision on limiting which on-duty officers could carry firearms into his courtroom.

    Previously, only Sheriff's deputies could carry weapons in his court.

    Myles said he did this for the safety of everyone in the courtroom.

    Local law enforcement disagreed.

  • Shelby Energy fined in death

    The Shelby Energy Cooperative has been ordered to pay $15,000 in fines for safety violations - several of which are said to have contributed to the death of an electrical worker last year.

    On Monday, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) announced that it has accepted a settlement with Shelby Energy over six safety violations.

    The violations, which range from failure of personnel to wear proper safety gear to inadequate vertical clearance of electrical wires, carry a maximum fine of $2,500 each.

  • Five more homes sold at foreclosure auction

    The scene in the lobby at the Shelby County Courthouse was the same as usual for Todd Davis on Thursday.

    Davis, who is the master commissioner for the Shelby Circuit Court, presided over the sale of five homes at auction.

    The reason for the auction?

    Foreclosure.

    A dreaded word among homeowners, it's all-too familiar to too many families.

    Since the foreclosure auctions began in Shelby County in 1996, Davis said 2008 has seen a record number of residential foreclosures, with 150 already this year, compared to 120 last year.

  • First Baptist calls pastor

    First Baptist Church of Shelbyville has called a new senior pastor to lead the more than 700 people in its congregation.

    Dr. Steve Rice of Floyd County was announced as the new pastor last Sunday after being affirmed by 99.3 percent of the voting church members.

    Rice said he and his family are thankful for the unity in the church's calling him to be their pastor.

    He said having such a high percentage of the congregation vote in favor of a prospective pastor "is some what uncommon in a church that size."