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Today's News

  • Shelby student safely in U.S.

    As lawlessness and riots spread throughout Egypt’s capital city of Cairo Wednesday and Thursday during the protests against president Hosni Mubarak, one of Shelby County’s own was finally on her way to safety.

    Sana Saiyed, a Shelbyville native and graduate of Shelby County High School, was able to board her flight from Cairo to London on Wednesday, eventually returning safely to Boston, where she is a junior at Wellesley College.

  • ‘Idol’ contender tuned up in Shelby

    A North Oldham High School student who tuned her musical skills in Shelby County earned a golden ticket to Hollywood by producers of American Idol.
    "It's my dream. I just really want it," 16-year-old Brandy Neelly said in her Idol post-audition interview, which is posted on YouTube.
    Neelly and her family were jumping for joy when they learned that she would move on in the competition.
    "What a moment," Neelly’s mother, Cheryl Case, said. "It was as much fun as it looks."

  • Tres Chic seeks to help families

    Last year nearly 1,500 Shelby County children were treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, the only medical facility in the state that specializes in treating children.
    Because of how that hospital benefits the community, a Shelby County charity has started an effort to raise funds for the hospital that has saved the lives of thousands of local children.
    The Tres Chic Executive Committee is hoping to raise $10,000 on Saturday at its second annual event at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.  

  • Birth: Walker daughter

    Stephen Walker and Brittany Hardin announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, on Oct. 19, 2010. She has been named Maleyah Heavyn Walker.

    Grandparents are Rita Rodgers, Phil King, Karen Hardin and Greg Hardin, all of Shelbyville.

    Great-grandparents are Jay and Marty Perry and the late Verlie Ann Baker. Great-great grandparents are Irene Gains and the late Lora Mae Martin.

  • Birth: Hardy son

    Paige and Tripp Hardy of New York City, N.Y., announce the birth of their fifth child, a son, on Jan. 20, 2011 at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has been named Byron Whitman Hardy. Grandparents are Donnie and Mary Faye Ethington of Shelbyville, J.B. and Virginia Hardy of Atlanta.

  • Simpsonville hears ‘excellent’ audit

    The City of Simpsonville’s budget is in very good shape, at least that’s what the auditors are saying.
    Auditor Matt Huelsman of Richardson, Pennington & Skinner told the city commission at its meeting Tuesday night that the city had four times more assets than liability.
    The audit is conducted annually in compliance with Kentucky Revised Statutes.
    “It was excellent – best standing we could get,” City Clerk Debbie Batliner said. “The city is doing OK.”

  • Heavy rains spark crashes

    Tuesday’s rainstorm created some hazardous road conditions, resulting in several accidents throughout the county.

    Fortunately, there were no fatalities, and for the most part, the accidents resulted in no life-threatening injuries, officials say.

  • Stratton Center to get facelift

    Shelby County magistrates gave the go-ahead Tuesday night to renovate the Stratton Center to the tune of $22,000.
    The improvements to the 20-year-old building, where the Shelby County Fiscal Court has been meeting since it was built, will consist mostly of some new carpeting and lighting.
    Shelby Deputy County Judge-Executive Rusty Newton said the wall up near the ceiling also needs a little work.

  • WICHE: Winter perennials hidden beneath the snow

    Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ.
    There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting. Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves. Others are just beginning to emerge and will be blooming soon.
    And others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact it is covered by 4 inches of snow and has endured days of freezing temperatures.

  • Council to hear second reading of water rate increase

    The Shelbyville City Council will have another short agenda this week when it convenes on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
    The only topic currently on the agenda is the second reading of an ordinance to increase water rates.
    Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle presented the ordinance at the special called Jan. 24 meeting.
    The ordinance calls for a 3.85 percent increase in water and sewer rates to cover operational costs for the water company.
    Doyle said the rate increase would be about $1.40 for a normal 5,000-gallon bill.