Today's News

  • SCPS to students: Graduation seating will not change

    Officials of Shelby County Public Schools say they have no interest in reverting to class-rank seating for this June's graduations at Collins and Shelby County high schools.

    Despite a written appeal by a large group of seniors from Collins and public requests some of their parents, Superintendent James Neihof and Collins Principal Anthony Hatchell said there will not be any return to the old system.

  • Shelbyville’s proposed budget has $700K gap

    The Shelbyville City Council heard the first reading of the projected 2011-12 budget on Thursday, and for the first time in at least three years the projected revenue did not cover the city’s expenses.

    “Our appropriations [expenses] are up because we had to budget quite a bit more for retirement and insurance,” Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

  • School board may choose architects

    The Shelbyville Board of Education should finally choose at this week’s meeting the architects for the two new construction projects it has planned.

    The selections for the new buildings at the Southside and Northside locations are the only action items on agenda for the meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Simpsonville Elementary.

    However, the board will recognize the Shelby County High School Marine Corps JROTC air rifle team for its national championship and Heritage Elementary for its School to Career video.

  • This year's Kentucky Derby was a bit different in Shelby County

    A sunny Run for the Roses is always a great day to be a Kentuckian, but that glare on our old Shelby County homes Saturday was even a bit brighter than usual.

    That’s because for the first time in decades we had someone local to root home, a personal chunk of us, a force to steal inside us and transform all those generic impulses of pride and emotion into true partisanship.

  • What we think: Debate about Ten Commandments is important

    We are pleased to see that the conversation about whether the Ten Commandments should be posted in our state and federal offices has elevated and remained rational.
    Whether you are a proponent or opponent of these tenets being displayed, you have to feel good about a touchstone topic being brought to the public fore and the issue debated openly through our shared freedom.
    For all laws – all planks of the construction of our government – were built on your simple right to do that: disagree.

  • We congratulate: Character jockey Jon Court has showed in his career

    Jon Court didn’t ride off with the roses at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, but he is nevertheless a winner.
    His perseverance, his patience, his talent and his character shone beneath a strong spotlight in Louisville last week, and for that we congratulate him.
    Winning horse races, games, political campaigns, agricultural competitions and even beauty pageants all take talent, poise and commitment.

  • NEIHOF: Thoughts about a tough budget for 2011-12

    The news from Frankfort regarding funding for education has been as gloomy as the recent weather. Last fall we received the news that half of the district’s professional development funds would not be coming from the state. In mid-winter we were notified that the school district was losing more than $500,000 in funding for the current school year.  Then about a month ago, we received notice of more than $300,000 in reduced state revenue for next year.

    How do we plan for such shortfalls?

    That’s a tough one to answer.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks info on fraud case

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in apprehending those responsible in perpetuating a case of fraud and theft that happened May 2 at the Walmart in Shelbyville.

    Deputies want to identify two people captured by closed-circuit cameras when they were entering the store on May 2.

    In another photograph, detectives have circled a vehicle of interest in a photo of the parking lot taken by the store’s security cameras as being the car they believe these suspects were driving that day.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments: May 11, 2011

    Erick Arriola-Bautista of 2417 D 7th St. in Louisville was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine).

    Kevin Page Jr. of 4617 Herman St. in Shelbyville was indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    John Mathis of 1809 Oakwood St. in Shelbyville was indicted for theft by unlawful taking.

    Abel V. Gomez of unknown address was indicted for first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

  • EARLIER: Ethington Auto’s attorney surprised at number of charges

    An attorney representing Ethington Auto of Shelbyville expressed surprise Tuesday when he was told that his clients had been charged with more than a hundred counts instead of a handful.

    Owners of Ethington Auto were arraigned Tuesday morning in Shelby County District Court on 107 charges – including two felonies – of illegal business practices.

    Louisville attorney Sam Carl sounded flustered when he learned of the number of charges from a reporter.