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Today's News

  • Local swimmer wins gold

    A swimmer from Shelby County had the ultimate thrill for her sport last week: She stood on a pedestal and heard the strains of the Star Spangled Banner after winning two gold medals at an international competition.

    Danielle Wilkerson of Fisherville brought home gold in the 25-meter backstroke and in the 25-meter freestyle at the Down Syndrome World Swimming Championship, a biennial competition in Albufeira, Spain, where athletes from 24 countries competed.

  • Road department gets ready for bad weather

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger announced that crews from the Shelby County Road Department will be out in force on Monday,  pre-treating the county roadways with de-icing material in preparation of the Canadian Clipper System that is due to arrive in the Ohio Valley on Tuesday.

    With the possibility of the frigid cold temperatures and mild-to-moderate snow accumulations, Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry will get a jump start in anticipation of the potentially hazardous weather conditions.

  • EARLIER: Duckett's family using Facebook to solve his murder

     

    From the day Brittney Claycomb came to our office and tearfully told us the story of her uncle Jim Duckett and the terrible tragedy that had befallen him, my heart has gone out to Duckett's family.

    Claycomb painfully painted a loving picture of a beloved man cut down in a heinous and frustrating crime right in the heart of Shelby County. She asked for privacy and sensitivity, and we understood.

    By her accounts - and those of others who knew him - Duckett was a random, senseless victim just at the point in his life where he was getting some traction.

  • Bad weather predicted for midweek

    After a prediction of really nasty weather for Monday night by the National Weather Service fizzled out, Shelby County Road Supervisor Carl Henry said Tuesday he still planned to have road crews on standby.

    “They're saying we've got some snow moving in, not a big deal, but if the temperature drops the way they say it's going to, the roads could get really slick,” he said.

    The road crew had put spread 4,500 gallons on brine over county roads and the inner city on Monday night, about $500 worth, Henry said.

  • EARLIER: Beshear proposes cigarette tax

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to fix the $456.1 million hole in the state's budget includes raising taxes on tobacco, imposing a 3-day furlough on state workers and cutting 2 percent out of state education funds.

    Beshear announced his proposal at a press conference on Thursday, and the plan could be adopted at the legislative session in January.

    The cut in the budget for schools is significant, but it's about half of what each district had been told to expect.

  • What we think: School plan recess is good idea

    The Shelby County School Board is doing the right thing by taking another look at its rollout plans for its new campus West of Shelbyville.

    The design of the schools and the long-range concept are excellent. The green facilities will be an example for all future construction in the county.

  • Lady Rockets struggle against Sacred Heart

    The Shelby County girls’ basketball team got behind early and couldn’t dig out, falling, 61-40, to Sacred Heart  on Saturday in the Shooting for the Cure classic at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Arena.

    “It was your typical Sacred Heart team,” SCHS Coach Sally Zimmerman said. “They gave a lot of different looks with a full-court press, and we had trouble advancing the ball.”

  • West holds off East in county battle

    Though West Middle School completed the sweep of cross-county rival East with a 38-27 victory Monday, the game was a far cry from the first time the two teams met.

    On Nov. 20 meeting the Warriors (10-2) raced out to a 30-0 lead and coasted to a 22-point triumph.

    But this time East (5-11) didn't wilt against West's full-court pressure. The Missiles kept the game close, down, 10-5, at the end of the first quarter and 14-10 at halftime. East even cut the lead to just two, 14-12, at the start of the third quarter.

  • Multifaceted coach earns Hall of Fame nod

    When SCHS teacher Phil Bell turned the corner he noticed a lobby full of baseball players, school staff and family - something pretty unusual for a typical Wednesday afternoon.

    The group had gathered to surprise and congratulate Bell on being named a to the KHSAA Baseball Hall of Fame, with an induction this weekend in Lexington.

    "I knew they had put all the stats together, but when I didn't hear anything, I didn't think about it," he said. "This is a great honor."

  • Rockets’ attitudes turn South green with envy

    Many looked at last Friday’s Shelby/South Oldham game as two mirror image teams, but that wasn’t the case.

    If you watched the opening quarter, or even just the opening drive, you could tell easily the difference between these two teams.

    Though both were 0-8, one was determined to get that first victory while the other was just going through the motions.

    Shelby County, with a winless record, was quick on its collective feet, hard-hitting, strong-willed and ready to play football.