Local News

  • School-board candidates focus on the issues

    Whoever is elected to the Shelby County School Board this year will have to help plan three new school buildings, address lagging test scores at the secondary level and balance a budget with shrinking state support.

    In recent weeks, candidates have been busy handing out leaflets and making phone calls to rally support for the Nov. 4 vote.

    Two of the three open seats on the Shelby County School Board will be contested this election cycle.

    Brenda Jackson, who represents division 5, is the only member of the school board who will run unopposed.

  • 'W' takes a long time to go nowhere

    Director Oliver Stone previously had dug deep into our country's presidential history to give us revealing films like JFK and Nixon. With Stone in charge of W., the potential was huge. Never before has a film of this magnitude been released about a president who was still in office. Factor in that George W. Bush's presidency has been the most dramatic reign in some time, and you should have a formula for something spectacular.

    Instead, we got 129 minutes of W's daddy issues and not much else.

  • Dead man, shooter were roommates

    Circumstances around a shooting that left a man dead Saturday has thrown his family into a turmoil of grief and confusion.

    David L. Fletcher, 28, of Shelbyville, was shot in what was thought to be an attempted burglary on Brown Ave. He was accompanied by two men who were charged with burglary in that incident, Timothy Carpenter, 22, of La Grange, and Joshua Fast, 22, of Crestwood.

    Eric Reynolds, the resident who shot Fletcher, has not been charged in connection with the shooting and has been unavailable for comment.

  • Presidential campaign donations: Shelby gives more to Obama

    Though polls suggest Sen. John McCain easily should beat Sen. Barack Obama locally on Nov. 4, his popularity has not led to big campaign contributions from the community.

    In fact, Obama has raked in a nearly a third more campaign contributions from Shelby Countians than has McCain.

    Through Thursday, compilations by the Federal Election Commission show that Obama's campaign had received $18,055 from Shelby Countians, compared to $12,265 for McCain.

  • Triple S to consider regulations on satellite dishes

    Triple S Planning and Zoning is considering new regulations that would dictate where homeowners can install satellite dishes.

    Amended regulations discussed at Tuesday’s meeting would require a new permit process for the installation of dishes greater than three feet in diameter and would create explicit language specifying where on a house a homeowner could place a dish that is three feet or smaller.

  • Resident kills intruder

    Eric Reynolds and a visitor were in his home on Brown Ave. in Shelbyville late Saturday night when three apparently unarmed men tried to enter the home.

    Reynolds, 23, opened fire at the intruders. David L. Fletcher, 28, of LaGrange was struck once before being helped away by his companions.

    Police say the three fled the scene in a pickup truck and tried to find a hospital to seek treatment for Fletcher's wounds, but they became lost and called police dispatch on a cell phone.

  • New voting machines to handle record turnout

    This presidential election, Shelby County will be on the cutting edge, joining 33 other Kentucky counties in using the latest in voting technology.

    There are 33 new voting machines - one for each precinct - being installed and expected to be ready to go by Nov. 4.

    These new E-Scan machines are aptly named, said Susan Curry of the Shelby County Clerk's office.

    "You just fill out the ballot, then feed it into the scanner, and you're done," she said. "It's easy."

  • Food banks worried: Shelves nearly bare

    The shelves are almost bare at local food banks, and officials are hoping that no one will have to go hungry.

    The Shelby Family Service Center, located at the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency on Washington Street, had only a few dozen cans of vegetables and a few loaves of bread as of Tuesday.

    And the problem is just as bad if not worse at two other free food-distribution centers in Shelby County. Centro Latino is awaiting a delivery, and Operation Care's food supply is the lowest it has been in its 20-year history.

  • Shelby Artists on Main anniversary event to benefit CASA

    Shelby Artists on Main will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a fund-raising event Thursday night to help troubled children.

    From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the gallery, located at 617 Main St. in Shelbyville, will donate a portion of all art sales to the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), which aids abused or neglected children in Shelby and Spencer counties.

    CASA volunteers help children who have been ordered to get help by a family court judge, actively participating in the children's lives.

  • Schools told to license daycare

    Because of changes in state regulations, all local after-school programs are being required to obtain state day-care licenses.

    Though it is uncertain how the new regulations will affect local programs, some parents fear that the changes will discontinue childcare during breaks from school.

    District personnel said jumping to such a conclusion is unwarranted at this time.

    In a press release from the district, Lisa Smith, director of Student Programs and Services said no immediate changes are planned for the programs being provided by Shelby County Public Schools.