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Today's News

  • 100th birthday: Ruth Clemmons

    Ruth Marshall Clemmons will celebrate her 100th birthday on April 7, 2012. 

    Ruth. Born April 9, 1912, she worked in the Shelby County election polls for many years.  She is also known for wallpapering many houses and businesses in the Shelbyville area.

    Her wallpapering was halted at the age of 90, when her family took away her ladder, much to her dismay. She now resides at Crestview in Shelbyville.

  • 90th birthday: Thornton Ware

    Thornton Ware will celebrate his 90th birthday at 3-5 p.m. April 1 at the Bagdad Ruritan Club.

    He was a long-time mechanic at Zinc Auto Part and is a member of Beechridge Baptist Church. His children are June (Paul) Gilbert and Lois (Bobby) Tindall, both of Shelbyville; Donnetta (Jerold) Garland of Romulus, Mich.; and Rick (Faye) Ware of Lawrenceburg. All family and friends are invited. No presents please.

  • Wily pitching, Wiley hitting spark Rockets

    After close calls in its first two games the Shelby County softball team celebrated its first victory of the season last Thursday.

    The Rockets relied on a 10-hit attack, and a solid start on the mound from senior Danielle DeSilvey, to beat the Dragons, 5-3, at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

    Shelby County (1-2 after the victory) lost to South Oldham last season, 13-3, when the Rockets went 5-19. This time around SCHS scored all the runs DeSilvey would need in a 4-run third inning.

  • UK vs. UofL: The ‘fever’ pitches its tent in Shelby

    Kentucky has long considered itself the center of the basketball universe and with good reason.

    When the universities of Kentucky and Louisville square off just after 6 p.m. Saturday during the Final Four in New Orleans, there will be a combined 24 Final Fours and nine national titles on the floor.

  • Schools’ new tab for turf: $239,855

    The Shelby County School Board committed to getting the multipurpose field at Collins High School in use by pledging Thursday to spend $239,855 to repair the drainage around the field and add lime stabilization beneath it.

  • Shelby County School Board: More input sought before changes made to calendar

    The Shelby County Board of Education tabled the proposed school calendar change during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s office, asking for more input from staff, parents and students before deciding on a change.

    Heather Bogard, a senior at Shelby County High School, addressed the board, asking members not to approve the recommended change, which would have added one day to the calendar. The proposed change moved the last day of school to June 4, and graduation from June 2 to June 9.

  • THE GAME is only second to what it could have been

    This week, our so-called one percent is made up not of an economic group but of those Kentuckians who are not incorrigibly immersed in college basketball.

    Are you thinking of anything other than Saturday’s big game in New Orleans? Can you wait? Breath bated? Bets down? Pride bursting? Have family gatherings, civic events and, oh, nuptials and funerals fallen off your Super Doppler?

    To heck with Florida vs. the United States Department of Health and Human Services. This is UK vs. UofL in the NCAA semifinals.

  • What we think: Tornado sirens need regular tests

    We were concerned to hear that an F1 tornado touched down in Shelby County on Friday, but we were terrified to learn later that residents in some pockets of the county didn’t hear storm sirens and weren’t warned of a dangerous weather system that was approaching.

    Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said the sirens were sounded when a surprising siege of funnel clouds were spotted by radar moving east from Jefferson County around 2:30 p.m.

    One of those clouds had descended near Jeffersontown and done significant damage.

  • What we think: Bill for turf issue may well be ours

    The turf malfunction that has rendered unusable the athletic field at sparkling new Collins High School sadly will cost this year’s senior class access to the facility.

    The senior football players and soccer players long ago lost their home edge and crowds, and now the track & field athletes have as well.

    Sadly, the great Caterina Karas, perhaps the most accomplished female athlete in Shelby County’s history, won’t be able to run a competitive lap on her home track.

  • Demographic expert shares trends based on fact, not politics

    “It’s like getting hit by water from a fire hose!”

    That was the image offered by renowned data analyst Ron Crouch as he began his presentation Saturday morning to a few dozen people at the Shelby County Courthouse.

    Crouch serves as director of research statistics for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and his life is demographics and databases.