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Today's News

  • Shelby County women behind 2 of Kentucky's most powerful men

    Kerri Richardson and Shelley Catharine Johnson have a lot in common.

    Both are media spokespersons for high profile government offices, the governor and the attorney general, respectively.

    Both are dedicated, driven professionals  in their fields.

    Both are also Shelby County residents.

    Richardson, communications director for Gov. Steve Beshear, and Johnson, deputy communications director for Attorney General Jack Conway, say they have always gotten along well when their paths have crossed professionally from time to time.

  • Men charged in sex cases get new court dates

    New pre-trial dates have been set for two men charged with sex-related crimes against children.

    Mark Hawks of Lawrenceburg is facing more than 100 child pornography charges in Shelby and Anderson counties.

    In Shelby Circuit Court on Monday, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman set Jan. 20 as the next scheduled court date for Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Dr.

    Henry Telles, 25, of Shelby County, is charged with multiple counts of child molestation.

  • Shelby woman found dead in motel

    A Pleasureville resident was found dead in a hotel room in Shelbyville early Saturday morning.

    Connie Joelene Landers, 32, died at the Best Western Motel from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Shelby County Coroner Jeff Iver, who worked the scene, said Shelby County EMS was called to the scene in the early morning hours and discovered Landers’ body. He released no further details.

    Family members said that Landers had been distraught over long-term chronic pain.

  • Spencer man found shot to death in barn

    A Bardstown man found dead in a barn off Bowman Lane with a single gunshot wound through the head has left the community shocked, neighbors unsettled and the perpetrator at large.

    The investigation of Daniel D. Cahoe's suspicious death started late Thursday evening after he was found slumped over in an empty barn in the 2000 block of Bowman Lane near the intersection of West River Road. But what was once considered a death investigation has now been classified as a homicide investigation by Kentucky State Police. 

  • Birth: Roberts daughter

    Doug and Carrie Roberts of Carthage, Mo. announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, on Dec. 12, 2011 at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital in Carthage. She has been named Jordan Lee Roberts. She joins big sister Hope Frances, age 2.

    Grandparents are Dave and Iva Geiger of Allen, Neb., Marty Wright of Carthage, Mo. and Robert and Bea Roberts of Las Vegas, Nev.

    Great-grandparents are the late Myron and Julia Osbahr, Jim and Iola Geiger, Sam and Mary Emily Rutledge and Sanford and Flora Roberts.

  • Datebook: January 11, 2012

    Public meetings
    Shelby County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the central office on Main Street in Shelbyville.
    Shelbyville Water and Sewer Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 1059 Washington St.
    Shelby County Fiscal Court meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. Tuesday.
    Triple S. Planning and Zoning meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stratton Center.
     The Simpsonville City Commission meets 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Simpsonville City Hall.

  • Court report: January 11, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Tyrran M. Harris, second-degree criminal mischief – guilty – 6-month sentence and restitution; drinking alcoholic beverage in public place and second-degree disorderly conduct – plead guilty – 10-day sentence concurrent with above; receiving stolen property – plead guilty – 5-month sentence.

  • News briefs: Jan. 11, 2012

    Redistricting plan could

    gain momentum today

    The state House is expected to act this week on the controversial issue of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts.
    House State Government Committee chairman Mike Cherry (D-Princeton) told The Herald-Leaderon Monday that his panel was scheduled to take up legislation to redraw boundaries for the 100 state House districts today.

  • HORNBACK: Time to solve some problems

    FRANKFORT – The first week of the 2012 legislative session was a combination of the ceremonial and the new. We gaveled in on Tuesday of last week with the traditional establishment of the membership of the Senate and approval of our chamber’s rules.

    More than 200 bills have been filed in the General Assembly and will start making their way through the committee process beginning in earnest this week.

  • MY WORD: Remembering 1994’s bitter winter blast

    We’ve complained in recent years about the single-digit temperatures we've seen from time to time during the winter months here in central Kentucky. So far this season, the 10-15-degree range is about as cold as we've gotten, but even at that you can hear grumblings from folks about how spring can't show up fast enough.

    I thought I'd do a quick little write-up about the January we experienced here 18 years ago, just to jog our memories and remind us that it could be worse — a lot worse.