Today's News

  • What we think: Fitness should be focus for law enforcement

    Should we care about the physical fitness of our law enforcement officers?

    You have reacted strongly both in print and on the Web about why that question should or should not receive public scrutiny.

    You have been vocal about whether the mere suggestion that the physical capabilities of the two Shelbyville Police officers who entered into the deadly confrontation with a teenager last month might have been a factor in the way that confrontation unfolded and unfortunately ended.

  • Ethington Autos owners go before licensing group

    The owners of Ethington Auto, already under indictment on 169 counts for failure to process paperwork properly on the sale of autos, now will have to face the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission on Thursday.
    Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William Ledford, 84, of Somerset were indicted this past summer. Two of the charges were felonies, for selling or receiving cars with removed or altered VIN numbers, and the rest were all misdemeanors.

  • We congratulate: New event to honor Mike Casey

    We really like the fact that Shelby County High School created a day of basketball in honor of its most famous former player.

    The Mike Casey Classic, held for the first time this past Saturday, invited seven schools to join the Rockets for a day of basketball in the Mike Casey Gymnasium at SCHS.

    We commend Principal Eddie Oakley and Athletic Director Sally Zimmerman for having the commitment to Mr. Casey’s legacy to take forward their naming of the gym and court and building a showcase for the game he played with so much zeal and grace.

  • Historical society honors 3

    A crowd of 77 people gathered Thursday night at the Shelby County Historical Society at a reception to honor two members of the society, Thomas Arington and the late Lisa Matthews.

    Past president Bill Matthews, who is editor of the historical society’s quarterly newsletter/magazine and father of Lisa Matthews, said he was very pleased with the turnout.

    “Everything went quite well,” he said.

  • Building Shelby Part 1: Entering building to be like airport

    When Shelby County’s new judicial center opens on Monday, people will find that security will be at a much higher level.

    In fact, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong, said it will like nothing the county has every experienced previously in that regard.

    “Make no mistake about it, it will be an extremely secure facility,” he said.

    “It will take some getting used to, both for us and for the public. People have been used to just going into the courthouse in a casual manner and that is no longer going to be case.”

  • Cooks share holiday recipes

    Oh, the holidays, decking the tables and countertops and computer desks and, yes, even the bedside table, with platters and trays and candy dishes with yummy treats.

    Everyone has a favorite holiday dish, and many of you probably bring some of your best efforts and gifts to work to share with coworkers.

    Like Patricia Ann McKinney, for example, a clerk at the Shelby County Sheriff’s office, who made Haystacks  and almond bark cookies.

    “These recipes have been around for a long time,” she says.

  • Holiday Recipes

    Jeanne Kemper’s Jam Cake

    5 eggs, lightly beaten

    2 cups sugar

    3 cups flour

    1 cup butter

    1 cup buttermilk

    1 teaspoon soda

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    2 teaspoons cinnamon

    ½ teaspoon cloves

    ¼ teaspoon allspice

    ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

    1 cup raisins

    1 cup chopped pecans

    1 ½ cup seedless raspberry jam


  • Police hold coat drive

    The Shelbyville Police Department teamed up recently with Sam Meyers Cleaners in Shelbyville to help needy families have warm coats to wear this winter.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said the event was a project undertaken by the department’s advisory board, which collects more than 50 coats plus numerous sweaters and blankets for the needy.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Dec. 14, 2011


    Donna M. Thompson, 42, of 1971 Fox Run Road was arrested Nov. 13 at that address and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.

    Kevin T. Richardson, 18, of 9004 Thoroughbred Ct. in Louisville was arrested Nov. 14 on I-64 at mile marker 37 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs under 21 years of age.

  • Gov. Steve Beshear’s 2011 inaugural address

    Thank you, Jane, for your love and support, and for being such a great First Lady.  Thank you to our sons, Jeff and Andy, and their families, for making us so proud.

    And thank you to Jerry, Madeline and Sidney Abramson, for agreeing to join us in leading this state over the next four years.


    We began this day with solemn prayer, and we will bring it to an end, late this evening, with ceremonial music and dancing.  Inaugurations, after all, are a collage of tradition and hope.