Today's News

  • EARLIER: We congratulate: Montell, Tapp for getting response

    We have pushed and cajoled many to get both effort and answers about the Shelbyville Bypass. The project is woefully behind, and no one seemed concerned about that except for the Shelby Countians who kept asking the questions.

    We voiced those questions and received, in some cases, nebulous responses, until our elected leaders stood up to do as we expect them to do.

    Rep. Brad Montell and Sen. Gary Tapp asked questions, too, and now we have some answers. The bypass may not be completed any faster, but at least we have some explanations.

  • Officials blame new requirements for lower ACT scores

    More Shelby County students have spent a day bubbling in answers on the ACT lately, but scores for the county, along with the state, were down last year.

    The ACT, a standardized test routinely used as part of the formula for college admission, helps predict how well high school students will do in college.

    A total of 345 members of the Shelby County High School Class of 2009 took the ACT, which is 125 more than the Class of 2008.

  • Shelby native Hatchell to head Collins HS

    A high school named for a familiar person will be headed by a principal with a familiar name.

    Anthony Hatchell, who left Shelby County to pursue athletics and education, will return next month as the first principal of the new Martha Layne Collins High School.

    Hatchell, an educator for more than 30 years who has spent the past four as principal of Mayfield High School in western Kentucky, said he is excited to be coming home to the county where his parents and sister still live.

  • We congratulate: Another fine show coming to a fine finish

    The 20th annual Shelbyville Horse Show is in the barn, and it emerged from a muddy start to be another crowning success for the city, Shelby County and all who call them home.

    This has become the signature event of Shelby County each year, and it serves well in elevating the county’s status, creating prestige and bringing dollars into the public trough.

    No, the horse show is not for everyone. Most of you did not attend, and many of you couldn’t give a horsefly if it even happens. That’s understandable.

  • What we think: The county fair needs some old ideas

    The Shelby County Fair A&M Board is feeling a pinch after its recent Shelby County Fair started reasonably well and then lost all momentum in a deluge of rainstorms and heat. Attendance flagged, and the economic balance of the event has become more fragile than had been expected.

    But the deteriorating attendance at the 2009 fair cannot solely be placed at the feet of climatology and public apathy.

    The fair simply has gotten too expensive for the average family.

  • What we think: Trails to park are a good step

    We like the idea of building more trails in Shelby County for walkers, runners and cyclists. We believe any county that contributes heavily to a state with such a poor record for obesity should make any health-related concept a high priority.

    And we agree with letter writer Abby Cottongim’s suggestion that a good place to start is to link the residential streets of Shelbyville to Clear Creek Park.

  • A snapshot of education in Shelby County

      QUESTION: What do you think is the biggest social issue facing high school students today?

    ANTHONY HATCHELL:  The world has become so much smaller in relation to communication that it creates more opportunities or more distractions when it comes to education.

  • Councils allow parents to be involved in school decisions

    Rich Baltzell joined the Simpsonville Elementary School Site-Based Decision-Making Council two years ago to get involved in his children’s education – but he said he ended up with an education of his own. Site-Based Decision-Making (SBDM) councils are the governing body of a school, typically made up of six members: the principal, three teachers and two parents. Kerry Fannin, assistant superintendent for student achievement, who serves as the SBDM coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools, said the councils serve as a way for parents and teachers

  • News Briefs: Sept. 18, 2009

     Unemployment hits 11.1 percent in state

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 11.1 percent, making it the same as July 2009’s rate after it was revised slightly upward. The Office of Employment and Training said the jobless rate for August 2009’s also matched the August 1983 rate of 11.1 percent and was 4.4 percent higher than the 6.7 percent rate recorded in August 2008.

  • Dunbar assistant to head SCHS

    Eddie Oakley, the newly anointed principal at Shelby County High School, says he's excited about the job.

    Oakley, an assistant principal at Dunbar High School in Lexington for the past four years, was chosen this week by SCHS's Site-Based Decision-Making Council to take the reins at Shelby County High School. He starts July 1.

    "I am really looking forward to coming to Shelby County; it's a beautiful community, and I'm really excited about meeting the challenge of being principal of the high school," he said.