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Today's News

  • Rockets lose season-opener

    The Shelby County volleyball team was outsized, outnumbered and outscored in its season-opener, but the Rockets put up a fight Monday night.

    That’s why Coach Felicia Pace wasn’t displeased with her team’s 25-17, 25-22 loss to Nelson County at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

  • Webb’s big finish earns her a 72

    As Shelby County sophomore Jordan Webb made the turn at the Lady Rockets Golf Classic on Saturday, she was asked what she shot on the front nine.

    “Thirty-eight,” she responded, before smiling and adding, “not so hot, but not so bad.”

    Webb got hot on the back nine at Weissinger Hills, though, carding a 2-under-par 34 on her way to an even-par round of 72 to tie for second-place overall.

    “She really wanted a one-under,” Shelby County Coach Anna Simpson said.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside floor plans set for preview

    Shelby County Public Schools will get the ball rolling with the new building project at the site of Southside Elementary at Thursday's regular meeting at Wright Elementary at 7 p.m.

    K. Norman Berry Architects will be on hand to provide the board with an early look at some floor plan possibilities.

    "These are very, very, very preliminary ideas because nothing is finalized yet," said Kerry Whitehouse, the district assistant superintendent for operations. "The board had asked to see where we are, so we've put together some early looks."

  • Teacher not likely to face more charges

    A Collins High School teacher charged with six counts of first degree sexual abuse will be arraigned in Shelby County District Court on Aug. 30.

    And it does not appear that Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange will face additional charges.

    "I think we have a pretty good grasp as far as what took place and didn't take place," Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said. "I don't anticipate any further charges."

  • Shelby County gives back to those who gave

    Scholarship winners spanning five decades joined together Sunday at Shelby County High School Sunday to celebrate the Moore and Pflughaupt families.

    The ceremony dedicated two newly planted willow trees outside the school to the families, which have for the past four decades awarded students in Shelby County with about $500,000 in scholarships.

  • Local advisors cautiously optimistic about stocks

    After the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 600 points on Monday and rebounded more than 400 points on Tuesday, financial advisors in Shelby County say they are being cautiously optimistic about the state of the stock market.

    And they say for the most part their customers share that optimism.

    “My clients certainly are not going off the deep end,” said Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kamron Terry.

  • Tragic accident brings perspective about our fragile lives

    How many times has it been you? Awaken early, pile into the car and head down the road on a family vacation, excited, weary from a long preparation time, plotting a shortest-possible course across perhaps foreign territory to arrive at your destination.
    Your anticipation is racing through your veins, adrenalin pushing it like a chemical locomotive, and you keep your eye on the ever-larger dot on the map as you dash toward its fullness, following that beacon to a place of joy and wonder and happiness.

  • What we think: Magisterial slices not always tasty

    The problem with the redrawing of magisterial districts in Shelby County would seem to be one of simple geometry that anyone can appreciate:

    No matter how you slice it, you can’t create seven truly equal pieces of a pie.

    Yet, that’s the problem facing fiscal court as it goes through the suggestion/review process required every 10 years to ensure that each magistrate represents a nearly equal number of residents.

  • We congratulate: School grad rates, long-range plans

    We were extremely pleased to see how significantly Shelby County’s graduation rates have surpassed those of other school districts in the state, based on the new formula adopted for federal No Child Left Behind program.

    We understand that statistics can be misconstrued and misleading, but clearly Shelby County High School was getting students through the receiving line on graduation day. We marveled, too, at the large percentage of African-American and female students who had earned diplomas. These were standard-setting percentages.

  • Well-known author to speak at library

    A longtime author who was named the 2009-2010 Kentucky Poet Laureate will speak at the Shelby County Public Library on Thursday night.

    Gurney Norman has been a key figure in the literature of Appalachia and the south for the past 30 years and was instrumental in the founding of the Appalachian Poetry Project and the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.