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Today's News

  • Business owners concerned about Simpsonville plan

    The Simpsonville City Council addressed concerns raised by property owners Henry and Barbara Lee about the proposed Village Center during Tuesday night's meeting.

    The Lee's pointed out that Village Center plans show Cardinal Drive being straightened out as it meets U.S. 60 from the south and running right through the commercial building they own. This plan, they said, has the businesses currently renting there considering moving.

  • EARLIER: Farmers deal with too much rain after years of drought

    Mother Nature can't seem to get it just right for Shelby County farmers.

    This year's wet summer, following two years of drought, have meant local farmers have to deal with a different problem: too much rain.

    “It's just like everything else, too much of a good thing is a bad thing,” said Doug Langley, who grows tobacco, corn and soybeans and was also named Kentucky Farm Bureau's Farmer of the Year.

  • EARLIER: Crops top last year's drought-plagued yields

    "We're sleeping better this August," said Jack Trumbo as a forecast for Shelby County crop yields.

    Trumbo, chairman of the Kentucky Soybean Board and president of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, said that soybeans, burley tobacco and corn will all have improved yields this year.

    A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms an optimistic outlook after last year's drought yields, showing statewide forecasts put corn production at 169.5 million bushels, soybean production at 57.2 million bushels and burley tobacco at 157 million pounds.

  • Football: Rockets race up the rankings

    With the regular season winding down, the SCHS football team looks like it might finish with it’s best regular season ranking this decade.

    The Rockets moved up to No. 9 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Class 6A ranking, and No. 14 statewide.

    The Rockets are No. 10 in Class 6A (and No. 17 statewide) in Dave Cantrall’s Rating the State in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

    The Rockets also moved into the BluegrassPreps.com top 10 for 6A.

    The AP poll lags behind the other, placing the Rockets at No. 14 in 6A.

  • EARLIER: Key pieces of last playoff victory still around

    It was 14 years ago, but the names involved with the Rockets’ last home playoff victory still ring true.

    It's almost like that 28-20, comeback victory over Christian County in 1995 has come full circle.

    Mike Brooks was the offensive leader on that team, and now his son Michael Brooks starts as a sophomore middle linebacker.

    Nathan Simpson was Brooks’ backup at quarterback and a wide receiver, and now Simpson is an assistant coach.

  • Lady Rocket runners look to get healthy

    Every week it seems like it has been been something different. The SCHS girls’ cross-country team has had a tough time staying healthy this season.

    “We’ve had our ups and downs this year,” SCHS Coach Brian Crumbo said. “Mostly, we’ve had trouble keeping everybody on the race course.”

  • WICHE: Predictions for winter, does the deer rut count?

    Everyone seems to have a theory about predicting the severity of winter weather.  I have a wait-and-see attitude, but for fun let’s consider some of the natural predictors that may or may not be of sound authority.

    The woolly worm is a favorite, and the folklore says that winter will be a long cold one if the worms are predominantly black and they start moving about before the first hard frost. 

  • Business briefcase: Nov. 6, 2009

     Shelby Energy employees

    honored, given new roles

    Shelby Energy honored a worker for service and announced new assignments for several of its employees.

  • Continual rain makes it hard for farmers to bring in tobacco

    This year's tobacco crop should be a good one for area farmers, if they can just bring it in.

    The harvest has been delayed by all the rainfall, more than 10 inches above normal this year, and some farmers say they are two to three weeks behind schedule.

    "Basically the whole season's been a challenge," said Stuart Chadwell. "We needed the rain, but we had too much at one time, I guess. Overall we have a decent crop."

  • Health a concern as Rocket finish cross-country season

    Facing injuries and illness all season, it came as no surprise that SCHS boys’ cross-country team had go young last week at Franklin-Simpson.

    “We’ve had a tough season as far as injuries go, and it culminated last weekend when we were without our numbers two [Will Thompson], three [Travis Adams] and five [Justin Downs] runners. And Stacey [Eden, the team’s No. 1] was running with strep,” Coach Randall McDowell said.