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Today's News

  • Race for school board set

    Two of the three open seats on the Shelby County School Board will be contested this November.

    Brenda Jackson, who represents division 5, is the only member of the school board up for election who will be unopposed this election cycle.

    Jackson, who has been on the board for 20 years, has not been opposed since the first year she was elected.

    Incumbents Sam Hinkle and Allen H. Phillips will have to beat out some new candidates to retain their seats on the board.

    Division 2

    Sam Hinkle - Incumbent

  • Pay the consequences

    In the response to the poem written about Billy Jeffries.

    In assuming Billy Jeffries is guilty of raping and murdering Mrs. McKee, an elderly and defenseless lady, I would like him to ask the McKee family if he is getting the punishment he deserves. Ask any husband, father, son, daughter, relative or friend if Billy Jeffries deserves to be released back into society. If he is truly sorry for his crime, I'd suggest putting him in a useful program (in prison) where he could try to repay his debt to society, and where he'd be safe from the predators in prison.

  • Leadership Kentucky visits Shelby, talks economic growth

    Business leaders from across Kentucky received an overview of what the state is doing to stimulate economic growth at a conference in Shelbyville Thursday morning.

    John Hindman, Kentucky secretary of economic development, told the 50-plus people in attendance that the key to bringing more businesses into Kentucky is improving the state's education system.

    "If I had a tax dollar to spend on economic development, I would put it towards education," he said.

  • Dangerous roads or dangerous drivers?

    This is the first of a two-part series on accidents on city and county roads. Part one covers roads in the county. Part two will look at roads in the city.

    Are roads in Shelby County dangerous?

    Bob Elmore sighed as he recalled watching an ambulance carry off a woman who flipped her car and landed upside down in his yard last week.

    "Usually, they get my yard going the other way," he said. "Usually, coming north, they'll misjudge that curve and they're going too fast. There's been at least a half dozen wrecks and I've been here for about 14 years. It's dangerous."

  • Community datebook

    Support groups

    Aug. 21 -- Parents of Children with Learning Differences and Attention Difficulties meets at 7 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky, 2210 Goldsmith Ln., #118, Louisville. For additional information call the LDA office at 502-473-1256.

    Public can attend

    Aug. 14 -- Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 403 Washington St.

    Aug. 19 -- Fiscal court meets at 10 a.m. at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St.

    Aug. 18 -- Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at 1059 Washington St.

  • Boys' golf team opens strong

    The Shelby County boys' golf team opened its season Saturday with a sixth-place finish out of 20 teams in the Meade County Invitational at Doe Valley Golf Course.

    Rocket head coach Myron Montgomery said he was very pleased with the team's finish, especially considering the competition at Doe Valley.

    "That's a tough course to start the year on, and it was a really strong field," he said. "Actually, I think we could've done better -- we left a lot of strokes out there."

  • Board could reject diesel bids

    Unlike the typical commuter, if the Shelby County Board of Education feels like they are getting ripped off at the pump, they can just say no.

    And that is exactly what the board will consider doing at their meeting this Thursday night.

    Every year the board bids out their diesel service to fuel providers.

    Usually, the lowest bidder will get the job.

  • Father, son and wife all charged with robbery

    A third member of the Chandler family is now up on charges related to robbery.

    Two out of three of them are charged in connection with bank robbery.

    Carol Chandler, 26, appeared in Shelby District Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing on charges of second-degree robbery.

    Chandler was arrested July 28 in connection with the robbery of the Peoples Bank in Spencer County, along with Charles Norton, 37.

  • Old Stuff: Couple collects farm nostalgia

    Before Nintendo and Wii, farm kids played with pedal tractors.

    Before electricity, farmers lit their homes, their way to the barn or their trek into town at night with kerosene (which they called "coal oil") lamps. And before kerosene, they used whale oil or candles.

    Shelbyville couple Marvin Crouch and Deanie Logan, who both grew up on farms, collect a little bit of that farm nostalgia. Crouch has a collection of pedal tractors; Logan collects lanterns - kerosene, whale oil and candle. The lantern collection is a hobby that takes them back to their days on the farm.

  • Brakes hit on golf cart alternative

    After several weeks of debate and research by the Shelbyville City Council, the golf cart alternative now seems to be running on fumes.

    Ever since it was first brought before the council for discussion, the primary concern with allowing golf carts on Shelbyville streets has been public safety.

    At the meeting Thursday, council member Shane Suttor shared some safety statistics he found during his research. Suttor told the council that far fewer people are injured in golf carts than automobiles, and most reported golf cart injuries take place on the golf course, not the road.