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Today's News

  • Probation recommended for former Collins teacher’s sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students likely will serve no jail time for those offenses.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11,

    pleaded guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter, an agreement that recommends probation of a 7-year sentence, a decision that will be up to Judge Charles Hickman when she is sentenced on June 18.

  • A different meadowlark

    The Western Meadowlark is the state bird for more states – six – than any other bird except the Northern Cardinal, which has seven.

    This bird is so similar to the Eastern Meadowlark that the only sure way to identify the Western Meadowlark is by its song, which is so different and has been described as "wee weetidleoo."

    The song is often heard on Hollywood soundtracks even when the movie setting is far from the bird's range.

  • Sports Bulletin Board: May 7, 2012

    Bagdad Days 5K run/walk

    The Bagdad Days 5K run/walk will be May 12. The entry form is available at www.bagdadbaptist.com. For more info contact  Phyllis Bailey at 502-640-6062.

    Senior Tennis League forming

    Preparations are underway to form a USTA Senior Tennis League in Shelbyville. If you are interested in playing contact Raymond Broussard at 633-5303 or dengxioping@live.com.

  • Upcoming sports schedule: Dec. 7, 2012

    Friday (Dec. 7)

    7:30 p.m.: High school boys’ basketball, Shelby County at Mercer County.
    7:30 p.m.: High school girls’ basketball, Campbellsville at Shelby County.
    7:30 p.m.: High school boys’ basketball, South Oldham at Collins.

    Saturday (Dec. 8)

  • Brandon Brown finishes tied for 24th at Nationwide Tour event

    Shelbyville professional golfer Brandon Brown finished tied for 24th-place in this weekend's Nationwide Tour event.

    Brown shot a 2-over-par 73 Sunday in the final round of the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA in Athens, Ga. He finished the four rounds with an 8-under-par 276 (65-69-69-73).

  • Bears pound out big district victory

    This wasn’t the way Bart “Rudy” Roettger wanted to begin May.

    “No it wasn’t,” Roettger, Shelby County High School’s baseball coach, said, taking off his hat and wiping the sweat from his brow after his team’s 12-6 loss to 30th District rival Spencer County on Tuesday night at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

    Four Rockets pitchers combined to give up a season-high 16 hits and allow a season-high-tying run total.

  • SCHS boys' coach could be named next week

    One 8th Region school found a new boys’ basketball coach earlier this week when former University of Kentucky point guard Roger Harden took the job at Williamstown.

    With that vacancy filled there is now only one open job in the region – Shelby County. Athletic Director Sally Zimmerman said that an announcement of a new Rockets coach could come by the middle of next week.

    “I’m going to say probably Wednesday,” she said.

    I’ve heard there are three finalists, including one prominent 7th Region coach.

  • Surprising SCHS, once-beaten Kregor ready for tourney

    There is one word that Shelby County boys’ tennis coach Aaron Bissmeyer would use to describe his team’s performance this season.

    “Surprising,” he said last week.

  • County teams could contend

    The Collins and Shelby County track & field teams will vie for state berths at Henry County High School on Tuesday, when the Class 2A, Region 3 meet begins around 4:30 p.m.

    The top two finishers in each event automatically earned a spot in the 2A 2012 KHSAA Track & Field Championships, which begin at 1 p.m. May 18 at Owlsey Frazier Cardinal Park on the campus of the University of Louisville. Additionally, the next 10-best finishers in each event statewide also earn an invite. Others who achieve a qualifying standard will also earn berths.

  • Inmate found dead at Shelby County Detention Center

    Glenn Burger, 39, was a found on his bottom bunk by his fellow inmates. Chief Deputy Corner Jeff Ivers said a full autopsy and toxicology report has been ordered.

    “Everything points toward natural causes,” he said. “But we won’t know for sure for at least six weeks when the reports come back.”

    Burger was serving 120 days for a second DUI offense, jail officials said. He was doing a work release in Anderson County.

    Burger was about 5 feet 9 inches and between 320 and 330 pounds, Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said.