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Today's News

  • Awaiting retirement

    Over the last two decades, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits has seen just about everything, and now he’s ready for someone else to step into the role.

    “It’s a bittersweet moment,” said Waits, glancing around at the faces in the room during the Aug. 7 meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court where he announced his retirement. “It took a lot of thinking in doing this, but it’s the right thing for me.”

  • Moving experience

    The excitement in Shelby County mounted steadily on Monday as the countdown to the solar eclipse reached a crescendo at 1 p.m.

    People could be seen just about everywhere outdoors, getting ready to witness the once-in-a lifetime event.

    They stood on street corners, sprawled on blankets on lawns, arranged comfortable chairs in the shade of a tree or even peered out from windows and doorways.

    Some business, such as Roll Forming, held solar eclipse parties featuring sun-themed snacks such as Mars and Milky Way candy bars.

  • Tax rate will get 2nd reading

    The Shelbyville City Council will once again have a light agenda at its meeting Thursday night, but will wrap up two important items of business relating to taxes and an annexation.

    The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Shelbyville City Hall at 315 Washington St.

    The city’s tax rate is up for a second reading, after having undergone a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to give citizens the chance to voice their opinion on the tax, which is expected to stay flat.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL, Matthew Paxton IV: Slow mail costs money

    Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?

    We found out a few years ago, when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight First-Class and Periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now we may be facing a new slowdown, if Congress doesn’t do something very soon.

    Who needs the mail, some people ask? We have the Internet now.

  • WHAT WE THINK: A total eclipse of our day

    Well that was fun!

    The build up was immense, the hype beyond anything even the sporting world could produce.

    But the solar eclipse lived up to its billing as one of the greatest celestial shows on earth.

    Maybe Shelby County wasn’t in the path of totality and maybe it’s didn’t get dark enough to fool our bats into coming out and our chickens into going in to roost.

    It turns out about 5 percent of the sun is still a lot of light.

  • VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 9: Iwo Jima (1945)

    Captain C. C. “Chipping Charlie” Anderson

    In February 1945, as a 28-year-old lieutenant colonel, commanding an infantry battalion, the 1ST Battalion of the 3RD Marines, I embarked with my troops aboard USS Frederick Funston for the Iwo Jima invasion. My battalion, reinforced by attached units, including an engineering platoon, a pioneer platoon, a medical collecting section, was designated BLT 1-3 (Battalion Landing Team 1 of the 3rd Marine Regiment.)

  • Shelby County runs over Fairdale

    With several new starters stepping in for Shelby County football, it was unknown how that lack of experience would translate in the Rockets’ season-opener at Fairdale.

    The game was smooth sailing for Shelby’s offense, as the team racked up 466 yards of total offense in the 49-12 shellacking of the Bulldogs.

    The Rockets quickly jumped out to a 28-12 lead at the half, and never allowed Fairdale to reach the end zone again.

    Senior fullback Caleb Morehead led a Rockets’ rushing attack that gained 404 yards on the ground in the win.

  • Titans air out Madison Southern in rout

    Collins football was looking to keep to its high-scoring ways from last season, and in the process reestablished itself as one of the preeminent offenses in all of 4A football on Saturday night.

    In game one of the Roy Kidd Bowl, the Titans dominated Madison Southern 38-7 to move to 1-0 this season.

    And while the offense lit up the scoreboard, head coach Jerry Lucas said he saw his defense shine as well.

  • Titans, Rockets compete at Joy of Golf

    Both Collins and Shelby County high schools saw their girls’ golf programs compete against top-flight golf teams on Saturday, as the two schools joined 22 other squads for the Joy of Golf Invitational at Wild Turkey Trace Golf Course in Lawrenceburg.

    The Rockets earned a top-five finish as a unit with a team score of 350, just 30 strokes back of winner Green County.

  • Shelby splits 2 weekend matches in Walton

    Shelby County’s volleyball team has taken on some formidable opponents over the course of its opening week, and should be better and more experienced in the long run for it.

    After dropping a match to Oldham County Thursday night in straight sets, the Rockets took on both Walton-Verona and Simon Kenton, splitting those matches to close the weekend.

    Shelby County 2, Walton-Verona 0

    The Rockets closed Saturday’s doubleheader at Walton with a shutout win over the host school, bringing Shelby’s record to 2-2 on the year.