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  • Ranch a haven for troubled kids, horses

    Gracie, Jake and Abraham may only sound like names given to horses, but at one local ranch these names represent joy and healing in the lives of children.

    Children are able to play and socialize with the horses, play games on the ranch's perimeters and eventually learn to ride the horses.

    At the ranch children are paired with rescued horses of varying breeds, many from neglected and abusive backgrounds, and almost all of the ranch's horses have been donated. Each new horse is given a new name, symbolizing a fresh start at life.

  • School officials concerned over grad rates

    Out of the 177 school districts in the state, Shelby County ranked near the bottom of the barrel for graduation rates for the 2006-07 school year.

    According to data released by the Kentucky Department of Education, Shelby County's graduation rates lagged behind the rest of the state by close to 3 percent. The district's graduation rate of 80.99 percent gave them the 29th worst rating in the state.

  • Free soybean meal to go to farmers

    It's not too often that folks can get something free with no strings attached, but next week, local farmers will be treated to just that.

    Soybean meal -- 50 tons of it -- was spilled during a Norfolk Southern train derailment near Waddy in March. That accident happened at about 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning, when nine cars jumped the track and overturned. Four of them were hopper cars loaded with the meal. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger elected to have the meal taken into storage for farmers rather than have it taken to a landfill for disposal.

  • Jackson to help review CATS test

    A member of the Shelby County Board of Education has been appointed to a task force that will scrutinize the state's testing system.

    Brenda Jackson, the current school board chairperson, is one of 22 state education, legislative, and civic leaders who have been charged with the task of reviewing the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) and giving recommendations for improvements.

  • Scenes from the 2008 Shelby County Fair

  • Pension reforms on tap for special session

    Sen. Gary Tapp and Rep. Brad Montell have received the call from the governor to head back to Frankfort in order to pull a patch job on the state's failing pension plan.

    With the fiscal year winding down, the legislature will have to move fast.

    Gov. Steve Beshear issued the call for a special session at a press conference yesterday afternoon. The only item on the session's agenda is addressing the $26.6 billion shortfall in the state's pension fund.

    The legislature will go into session Monday, June 23.

  • SCHS grad writes symphony

    Move over, Mr. Holland. Berry Sharp may be creating his own opus.

    Sharp, who graduated from Shelby County High School last month, composed a six-part symphony called "Atlantis." "Atlas," the third movement of the symphony, was performed by the Shelby County High School concert band and orchestra at the annual band concert in May.

    "Atlas" was written and composed with the aid of a music notation program called Finale. Sharp said he wrote the piece in one weekend when his "epiphany moments" came together.

  • School start times to remain

    Despite costing the school district an added $168,000 in transportation costs, the two-tiered start times for local public schools will be back for a second round next year.

    Last year, the Shelby County School Board decided to stagger the times that elementary, middle, and high schools start in order to increase the district's options for transporting students to school. Currently elementary schools start at 7:40 a.m., the high school starts at 8:40 a.m. and the middle schools start at 8:55 a.m. Previously all schools started at the same time.

  • Accident victims still hospitalized

    Two people who were seriously injured in an accident in which one person was killed last Tuesday are still hospitalized.

    Beatrice Centers of Taylorsville and Sarah Wilson of Simpsonville are still hospitalized at the University of Louisville, where they were taken after being involved in a traffic accident at the I-64 overpass in Shelbyville.

    Centers is still in serious condition at the hospital's Coronary Care Unit.

    Wilson, whose husband Joseph was killed in the crash, was airlifted to the hospital by helicopter. She also remains in serious condition.

  • County gives $50,000 to senior center

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court has released funds that will go toward the renovation of the senior citizens facility.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he had set aside $50,000 for a new center last year, but, due to an economic downturn, building a new center is not possible at this time. So, at the request of Rusty Newton, executive director of the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, he decided to let the senior center have the money anyway to renovate their current facility instead.