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Today's News

  • Federal funding could be in danger for Job Corps

    Funding for some Job Corps centers across the nation – including the Whitney M. Young center in Simpsonville – could be cut if a recent speech by the secretary of labor is any indication.
     

    In a March 21 speech to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said that the 2013 federal budget proposes reforms to improve the Job Corps program, but she added that while most centers meet program standards, some have been consistently low performing for years.

  • News briefs: April 11, 2012

    You may have awakened

    to a freeze in Shelby

     

    A freeze warning for Tuesday night signaled an abrupt end to Kentucky's unusually warm early-spring weather.
    The National Weather Service predicted a low of 32 in Central Kentucky – maybe a degree warmer in Shelby County – for  overnight Tuesday, with temperatures in some areas possibly falling into the upper 20s possible. The cold could damage or kill plants that were left uncovered.

  • Eastern Star collects shoes for charity

    Shelby County Eastern Star members Merlee Kile (from left), Ruth Ann Moffett and Richard Moffett load bags of shoes for charity. The Kentucky Order of the Eastern Star selected the motto “Hands of Service” for the year 2012. Shelby Chapter 170, under the direction of  Worthy Matron Sarah Smith, chose to work with the Edge Outreach program. Members and friends collected approximately 200 pairs of pre-owned shoes, to be used to help fund fresh water systems in impoverished and disaster affected countries.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports April 11, 2012

    DUI

     

    Jamie L. Yount, 27, of Doctor’s Drive was arrested Feb. 11 at Governor’s Square and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first offense.

    Vincent J. Beard, 42, of 1428 Burks Branch Road was arrested Feb. 10 on Burks Branch Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report a traffic accident and failure to maintain require insurance.

     

    Drugs

  • Sports Bulletin Board: April 11, 2012

    Volleyball Summer League

    Shelby County Parks & Rec. is offering a girls’ summer volleyball league for grades 4-8. Fee is $65. Deadline is April 30. Games will be played at the Family Activity Center. For more info call 633-5059 or visit www.shelbycountyparks.com.

    Titans Volleyball All Skills Kids Camp

  • Upcoming sports schedule: April 11, 2012

    Thursday (April 12)

    6 p.m.: High school baseball, Henry County at Collins.
    6 p.m.: High school baseball, Shelby County at Gatlingburg (Tenn.) Pittman.

    Friday (April 13)

    3 p.m.: High school baseball, Shelby County at Anderson County (Tenn.).
    6 p.m.: High school baseball, Scott County at Collins.
    TBA: High school softball, Collins vs. TBA in Capital City Showcase at Franklin County.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Joseph Walker Hornsby and his diary

    Chris McManus, a direct descendant of Joseph W. Hornsby (1740-1807), visited Shelbyville years ago, leaving in the Shelby County Public Library a copy of a transcript of his ancestor's diary, together with significant biographical information.

    Later, I initiated correspondence with McManus in the hope of finding out more about Ann Allen, his ancestor who happened also to be my late wife Susanne's great, great, great grandmother. Ann Allen died in 1805 and is buried in the Allen Dale Farm graveyard.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Joseph Hornsby -- An early Shelby Countian Part 1: Making it big in Williamsburg

    In 1797 or early 1798, a prominent Virginian departed Williamsburg and settled his family in Shelby County. He was Joseph Hornsby, who, in his few years in Kentucky, was to make a significant contribution to his new home.

    When he arrived in Shelby County, Kentucky had been a state only five years. According to the 1800 census, Shelbyville, with a population of 262, was the seventh-largest town, and Louisville had only 359 residents.

  • What we think: Being healthy is all individual

    We are breathing a lot easier knowing that Shelby County is considered the ninth-healthiest among our 120 counties. It’s nice to know that our standards for healthfulness and our pursuit of those standards are valued by outside observers.

    And we certainly share Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger’s goal of being No. 1 – what does Oldham County have that we don’t, except for more people? – and we encourage the aggressive pursuit of that lofty ranking.

  • Exercise trail is halfway home

    Construction on a youth nature trail already is in the works for Red Orchard Park, and a Shelby County man is continues to work to raise money to build an adult fitness trail next to it.

    Well-known civic booster Bridwell Terhune said the idea is to give parents and grandparents the opportunity to get some exercise while the kids are playing.