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Today's News

  • Questions remain about how merger affects JHS

    The long discussed hospital merger finally went through on Friday, although not exactly as planned.

    After Gov. Steve Beshear last week had vetoed a merger between Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare, Saint Joseph Health System and University Hospital in Louisville because of complications between public and private institutions and separation of church and state, but on Friday JHSMH and St. Joseph's, which is owned by Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, announced their merger.

  • How Collins’ turf field went bad

    On July 8 the Shelby County Board of Education invited representatives from all the principal companies that built the Collins High School multipurpose athletic to come to the school and peel back the turf for a first look at why this year-old surface had developed soft spots that left it unusable.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Annexation ordinance removed from agenda

    Much to the surprise of many, the Shelbyville City Council did not discuss or have the second reading of the ordinance to annex property at the southwest corner of Harrington Mill and Freedom’s Way.

    The second reading of the annexation of the 70-plus acre Ruble property and the railroad track land that is contiguous to it was removed from the agenda sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

    New Shelbyville City Attorney Steve Gregory said the agenda change was a precaution to make sure everything is as it should be.

  • Shelby County School Board: Budget for 2012-13 to get its 1st review

    With a new year comes a new budget.

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get its first look at the 2012-13 draft budget at Thursday’s meeting at the district offices at 1155 Main Street.

    A new board chair and vice chair will lead the meeting into always dicey budget discussions.

    The current 2011-12 working budget shows the district having to cover more than $625,000 in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding from the state. However, that number will not be fully known until the end of the school year.

  • Mr. President, we have a problem

    Dear President Obama:

    If you are serious about being re-elected, the door of opportunity has been kicked as wide open as the Montana sky.

    This isn’t about your ideas for handling our continuing economic morass, the ever-threatening swagger of Iran, the everlasting war on terror in Afghanistan and ever however much you think we should spend on the military going forward.

    Those are important, impervious issues, to be sure, but they’re not your real opportunity.

  • What we think: We need closure on shooting

    It was important to learn last week that a grand jury in Shelby County found that two Shelbyville police officers showed proper judgment and had no recourse in their deadly confrontation with a teenager last fall.

    We wish that the tragedy that spins around this horrible moment would have such a simple ending, but we don’t think it can.

    We cling to the hope that  the continuing debate also won’t have an equally tragic outcome.

  • Guthrie ‘listens’ and he hears a lot

    A crowd of about 75 people turned out Thursday night at Stratton Center to listen to U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie during one of his 21 county “listening sessions.”

     “We’ve been busy today; we’re already been to Hart, Bullitt and Spencer counties,” said Guthrie (R-Bowling Green), who said he still had stops Friday in Edmonson, Grayson and Breckinridge counties.

    He was there to listen to the constituents of the district, and they were there to listen to him.

  • 3 arrested in 2nd meth bust in 3-day span

    Three people were arrested Thursday at the second bust related to methamphetamine in Shelby County within three days.

    Pamela F. Perry, 52, Earle C. Perry Jr., 31, and David L. Seaton, 47, all of 2282 Vigo Road, were arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

  • Investigation into shooting remains open

    A week after a Shelby County Grand Jury ruled that a Shelbyville Police officer was justified in shooting and killing a teen in his grandmother’s home, the investigation remains open.
    Kentucky State Police Det. Ben Wolcott said last Tuesday after the hearing that he expected to wrap up the investigation into the shooting of 19-year-old Trey Williams by Shelbyville Police officer Suzanna Marcum by the end of the week, but he said yesterday that had not been done.

  • We congratulate: New hospital system – with some caveats

    Shelby County’s community hospital now has new ownership, and we’re glad at least that piece of the drama about the facility’s future is complete.

    We don’t know what impact OneKentucky Heath System ultimately will have in Shelby County – and we remain concerned about that – but at least the merger processes surrounding its future are signed and, for the time being, sealed.