Local News

  • News Briefs: March 30, 2011

    Coleman to be honored
    for diversity efforts

    Former Shelby County resident Rev. Louis Coleman, a civil rights activist who also was director of the Justice Resource Center, will be honored in May with the Arthur M. Walters Champion of Diversity Award by the Louisville Urban League.

  • ‘Inspiring’ goals set for schools

    The Shelby County School Board set the district goals for the 2011-2012 school year on Thursday, focusing again on the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards along with measurable improvement in the classroom.

    Superintendent James Neihof described the board goals as “inspiring.”

    “It becomes more clear each time we put our heads together about academic achievement that we all want what is best for students,” he said.

  • Sidewalk review set for special council meeting

    Despite voting on March 3 not to have a second meeting this month, the Shelbyville City Council will have a special called meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty called the meeting to replace the regularly scheduled meeting for April 7.

    "Next week is spring break [for Shelby County Public Schools], and people are going to be heading out of town, so we thought we'd try to move it and accommodate everybody," he said.

    The meeting will have a strong start with two items focusing on the hot-button sidewalk issue.

  • Accelerated Academies draw plenty of interest

    Shelby County Public Schools is moving ahead with the formation of the Accelerated Academies at both high schools.

    Shelby County and Collins high schools invited parents to informational meetings last week, and both turnouts were successful. Superintendent James Neihof noted that there were more than 100 at each event.

  • State’s Medicaid cuts leave a bloody wound

    Yes, a deal was struck on how to fund the shortfall in the state’s Medicaid budget, but there appears to have been little closure on the issue – at least from Shelby County’s elected delegates.

    In a complicated and politically charged process, the Medicaid cuts were passed by the General Assembly last week, but the budget adjustments made to accommodate the $166 million shortfall were hardly those Republican lawmakers said they thought they were passing.

  • Shelby hits the trail toward future of parks

    A video presentation at Collins High School on Monday night about a proposed parks project could sure make you wish that spring weather would return, with its forest  scenes, bird calls and other sights and sounds of nature.

    The crowd of about 100 was treated to  Trails to the Future, narrated by Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and featuring footage of wooded areas from some of the areas that are hoped will someday encircle Shelbyville between Clear Creek and Red Orchard parks.

  • Weatherization program is seeking some clients

    These days, it’s unusual for an organization to have extra money on hand, but that’s the case with the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s weatherization program.

    Executive Director Kim Embrey-Hill said there is still money available for eligible Shelby residents, and she would hate to see anyone lose out on the opportunity to have his or her home weatherized.

    “We are running short of weatherization applications, and we do not want to

  • You need some money or looking for missing teeth?

    If you come down to the Shelby County Extension Office on Thursday, you could find out you have some unclaimed money coming to you.

    Or you could end up with your grandmother’s false teeth.

    For the second year in a row, Treasure Finders Kentucky is coming back to Shelby County, and this year, $1.2 million in unclaimed money – and some unclaimed property – is waiting for residents to take it home.

  • News Briefs: March 25, 2011

    Kentucky’s jobless rate
    unchanged from January

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate remained at 10.4 percent from January 2011 to February 2011, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    The preliminary February 2011 jobless rate is .5 percentage point lower than the 10.9 percent rate recorded in February 2010. The 10.4 percent rate recorded in February 2011 is the highest rate since May 2010 when it was 10.4 percent.

  • Shelby man at home on the political trail

    While he was weaving through Washington D.C.'s political circles, Michael Biagi said he always knew he wanted to come back to Kentucky.

    Growing up in Shelbyville, he knew the commonwealth would some day be his long-term home.

    Now, returning from political stomping grounds, Biagi has found a spot as the Louisville-area field representative for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

    He didn't know it then as a young child, but his future was right out there in front of him.

    Actually, it was on the same block.