Today's News

  • Let Simba relieve your stress

    Strategy – nah.

    Motivational speech – not necessary.

    Settle nerves – not really.

    No, the Lady Rockets and their coaches weren’t focused on any of those things before Wednesday’s 8th Region championship game.

    No, instead they were chatting about Simba, the circle of life and the songs “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata.”

    Yep, the movie “The Lion King” was the main topic of conversation.

  • Lady Rockets take 8th Region Crown

    Oldham County had cut the Lady Rockets' lead to 6-2 in the top of the seventh inning of the 8th Region final Wednesday night and had a runner on third when senior pitcher Haleigh LeCompte gathered the infielders around her.

    "They got a couple of hits and scored, and I just told them, 'OK, seriously, we need to buckle down and get these outs,’" she said.

  • Southside chooses Rowe

    Michael Rowe, who served as interim principal at Shelby County High School for 2008-09, has been chosen as the new principal at Southside Elementary, and Lisa Waller, principal at Silver Creek Elementary in Berea, will be the new Elementary Instructional Supervisor for Shelby County Public Schools.

    Their appointments were announced Tuesday by Shelby County Public Schools.

    Rowe will replace Sue Ellen Caldwell, who is retiring, and Waller fills the vacancy created by the move of B.J. Martin to a job with the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Shelbyville OKs new standards for commercial areas

    A new zoning district soon may set stricter standards for the quality of construction in some areas of Shelbyville.

    City Council approved on first reading Thursday a new ordinance proposed by Ryan Libke, Executive Director of the Triple S Planning Commission, to create a zoning district aimed at promoting high quality development along commercial corridors.

    Libke’s measure cites commercial corridors that have been developed haphazardly and others that have deteriorated and are in need of visual improvements.

  • Martinrea's closing is 'big blow' in community

    The demise of one of Shelby County's industrial giants was, in the end, quick, but it won't be painless.

    Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, who received the official letter Tuesday of the closing of Martinrea Heavy Stamping, called that shutdown "a big blow to this community."

    County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger agreed.

  • We congratulate: Teamwork shown in burglary arrest

    Law enforcement officials in six counties worked together recently to arrest a man they believe is responsible for dozens of burglaries.

    We shall see if their arrest carries through to conviction, but we are buoyed by the teamwork we saw from the Shelbyville Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Simpsonville Police and agencies from around the region.

  • Memorial fund created for lightning victim

    A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Brian Larsh, a Shelby Industries employee who died June 12, two days after being struck by lightning outside the company's plant on McDaniels Road.

    Larsh, a resident of Springfield, was struck just before noon on June 10, when he left the building to stand under a tree during a thunderstorm when he saw his daughter approaching to pick him up.

    Vivek Sarin, president and CEO of Shelby Industries, said Larsh, 44, had worked for the company for two years as a press operator and was well liked by everyone.

  • Auto vacations still aren't as simple as we once had hoped

     I remember when I was a boy bemoaning our 16-hour rides to visit my grandmother in south Mississippi that my Dad would tell me that someday, in my lifetime, I would be able to get in a car, tell it where I wanted it to go and just let it take me there. The roads and something we didn’t even know – technology – would do the rest.

  • What we think: Here's a sure bet to raise revenue

    We would like to offer an entirely new plan for how to expand state revenue and subsidize the ailing horse-racing industry.

    Instead of installing slot machines at race tracks, how about we simply set odds on the actions of our state legislators?

    They seem to be more fickle than a filly, and you don’t necessarily need to know the pedigree or quarter-mile time to pick a winner.

    A $2 wager on any piece of legislation likely would return a handsome payout, and with each delay, amendment and revision, your betting options continually expand.

  • News briefs: June 19, 2009

     Sower to address Rotary

    Phyllis Sower, the principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville, will be the Shelbyville Rotary’s guest speaker at noon Tuesday at Centenary United Methodist Church in Shelbyville.

    Sower, who resides in Shelbyville with her husband, John, is an attorney who formerly practiced in Frankfort. Sower will present an update of the year at Our Lady of Guadalupe.