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Today's News

  • Shelby County School Board: District on pace to meet some of its goals

    Shelby County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith gave the school board an update at its meeting Thursday night on the progress toward its goals, which were set last year.

    Superintendent James Neihof did remind the board that the timeframe for the goals has not expired, and he said he hoped this refresher could lend a hand for the board’s focus on setting goals for the 2012-13 school year at its meeting on March 22.

  • Schools learn about new federal grading

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard a brief report on the changes the state will see after the No Child Left Behind waiver was accepted by the federal government.

    During Thursday’s meeting at Southside Elementary, SCPS Superintendent James Neihof told the board that the first year will set a base for the each school and district in the state, and from there goals (Annual Measurable Objectives, or AMO) will be set.

  • You need lots of green to see Big Blue

    March Madness hits the commonwealth with a fevered pitch not matched anywhere else in the country.

    For the past seven years the greater Louisville area has been ranked the top city in the basketball TV ratings, and according to Neilsen it has had the highest average viewership for the national championship game in each of the last 10 years, and that's without having the universities of Kentucky or Louisville in the game.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Blood, sweet and tears

    As our nation commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) and we learn more details about his assassination, it may be timely to record the assassination in 1820 of Charles-Ferdinand, the Duc de Berry, a significant event in French history.

    It involves Shelby County, at least indirectly, because my late wife, Susanne de Charette Van Stockum, was his direct descendant.

  • The sweet madness of March lies mostly in the brackets

    A few weeks ago, I explained to my 10-year-old son how brackets work. I showed him the elimination process, how the winners moved one way and the losers another. I think he was more intrigued by the maze of lines than what they actually represented.

    And so today I give you the NCAA Tournament, basketball’s version of a maze in which good teams get lost when their names fall on bad lines.

  • What we think: These are losing battles for Shelbyville's property owners

    The city of Shelbyville’s determination to begin an aggressive crackdown on property owners who don’t follow the city’s ordinances is both strong in might and clear in hindsight.

    City leaders said last week that they plan again to pursue homeowners who aren’t making required repairs in sidewalks that abut their property and that they would foreclose on property owners who are arrears in their taxes.

  • What we think: We need to be ready, be safe

    The emergency management leadership in Shelby County is worried about us, and so are we.

    Those horrible storms that surged across Indiana and Kentucky last week – narrowly skirting Shelby County – scared the bluegrass out of us. They were not just overblown thunderstorms but powerful, twisting trains that crawled across the landscape.

    And those who died in some cases did so because they weren’t ready.

  • MY WORD: Money versus minds – what matters most

    As a student at Northside, at Southside and at Shelbyville High School, I never thought about the funding behind the quality teachers I had, the nice desks and school environment, the playground equipment, the athletic facilities, and especially the textbooks.

    I fondly remember my textbooks – seeing what upperclassman had carried the book before it came to my hands and covering it with wallpaper sheets or plastic wrap from JJ Newberry 5 & 10.

  • Shelbyville City Council; Jewish Hospital to have public bond hearing

    Jewish Hospital officials will have a public hearing before Thursday’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council to take comment on the refinancing of its bonds.

    The council is not required to vote on the issue, but Mayor Tom Hardesty at the last meeting of the council encouraged members to attend in a show of support.

    The hearing will start at 6:15 p.m., with the council meeting at 6:30.

  • License decision on Ethington Auto is sealed

    A judge has issued a recommendation on how the criminal charges against Ethington Auto would affect that dealership’s license – only no one will say what that decision is.
    Sam Carl, attorney for Donnie Ethington and William Ledford, said he has received the report from Administrative Law Judge Edwin A. Logan but is not at liberty to discuss it at this time.

    “I have gotten his report,” Carl said.