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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Tornado tragedy touches families

    The horror of the tornadoes that ravaged the south Wednesday unfolded for all of us on TV screens, in news reports, on video posted on the Web and from narrated live reports streamed from various locations.

    Even as we in Shelby County were enduring threats and sirens to alert us of possible storms of our own, we watched perhaps the worst such catastrophe in history blow across the hills and plains of Mississippi, Alabama, into Georgia and beyond.

  • Shelby man says he has established his own 'kingdom'

    Late one recent afternoon, a cadre of Kentucky State Police troopers and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies gathered in Todds Point. They donned their protective vests and planned their strategy.
    Their assignment: serve a warrant to a resident charged with driving without a valid license.
    Yes, KSP rallied officers from two police units as a precaution in serving this warrant.
    But officers say they had their reasons to be concerned, because they weren’t serving this warrant to just an ordinary scofflaw.

  • News Briefs: April 29, 2011

    KIPDA seeks candidates
    for Medicare aid program

    The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) has announced open enrollment for a community outreach program covering qualified Medicare beneficiaries under the “Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs.”
    The program, covering subsidies for Medicare Part D, is administered by the Social Security Administration using new 2011 Federal higher income levels.

  • Shelby's Earth Day celebration to dedicate new center

    Where can you find eagles, scorpions, elk and even a Madagascar hissing cockroach all in the same place?
    Well, it’s not Noah’s Ark, although some would say the water level is just about right.
    Rather, it’s the Earth Day Celebration at Red Orchard Park on Saturday.
    Although Earth Day was officially recognized last Friday, Shelby County Parks and Recreation is holding its festivities this week,  and Director Clay Cottongim said it promises to be the best since the observance began four years ago.

  • Collins-Shelby County baseball game postponed until May 11

    Tonight's baseball game between Collins and Shelby County, which was scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed due to wet field conditions.

    It will be made up May 11 at Shelby County.

  • WICHE: Amsonia is 2011 perennial plant of the year

    The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year is Amsonia hubrichtii, or Arkansas blue star. We have long enjoyed Amsonia tabernaemontana, Arkansas blue star’s less refined cousin, in the garden; but A. hubrichtii takes the prize for superior multi-season interest.

  • Horse boarding is a part of business in Shelby County

    Shelby Countians love their horses, and the presence of more than 200 horse farms in the county is a reflection of that.

    But who takes care of all these horses?

    Boarding is a big industry in the county—an industry that Bob Johnson of Cooper Coin Farm in Simpsonville said is important because keeping a horse means one must take care of the animal, and that care has far reaching implications in the equine business, he said.

  • Shelby family's trailer company has taken off

    As Louisville and Lexington gear up for a heavy Kentucky Derby tourist season, folks from all over the country are piling in trains, planes and automobiles to visit the Bluegrass State.

    And all those horses that won races in California, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois and Louisiana and earned a chance to run for the roses are descending on the area, too.

  • Shelby County farms have fewer horses in the fields

    As is the case with most horse breeds, fewer and fewer Saddlebreds are being produced on a national scale than even a few years ago. But many farm owners in Shelby County have kept the breeding wheels turning so they can be ready when the market eventually rebounds.

    Annual registrations of Saddlebreds, which reached an estimated low of 1,930 in 2010, have declined 33.6 percent since 2000, according to data supplied by the American Saddlebred Registry.

  • Saddlebred breeding season can be varied

    Like their human counterparts, equine babies are going to come on the scene when they are darn well ready. The only thing their owners can try to control is the time of year the foals will come.

    Depending on who you are talking with, that horse-birthing time of the year known as foaling season is either in full swing, or has just gotten started.