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Today's News

  • 50th anniversary: Banta

    Jearld Dean and Mary Frances Lay Banta of Pleasureville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They were married on Jan. 24, 1962, in Shelbyville.

    They have six children, Mike (Susie) Banta of Bagdad, Judy Fallis of Shelbyville, Phyllis (Keith) Jamison of Eminence, Gary (Vicki) Banta of Pendleton, Scott Banta of Pewee Valley and Sheila (Todd) Lyons of Eminence. They also have 20 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

    There will be a reception 5 p.m. Saturday at the Bagdad Ruritan Club in Bagdad. All friends and relatives are invited.

  • Ann-Blair Thornton at Miss America pageant

    Miss Kentucky Ann-Blair Thornton (right), granddaughter of Bill and Ann Borders of Shelbyville, poses with her fellow winners of the 2012 Quality of Life Awards at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas last week. More than 40 members of the Borders family traveled to watch Thornton, who did not make Saturday night’s semifinals. Other scholarship winners with her here are (from left) Miss Michigan Elizabeth Wertenberger and Miss New Hampshire Regan Hartley.

  • Wowzer Mouser: 5-of-6 3-pointers power Titans

    After Collins girls’ basketball practice last Wednesday, senior forward Becca Mouser put up 100 3-point shots.

    Two days later that extra practice appeared to pay big dividends. 

    Mouser made 5 of 6 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 21 points to lead the Titans to a 50-30 victory over crosstown rival Shelby County this past Friday night.

    “Becca shot the ball lights out,” Collins Coach Phillip Conder said.

  • Sharks swim to good times

    Sixteen Shelby Sharks swam well during the weekend in the Carmel (Ind.) Swim Club’s 2012 Dollar/Thrifty Winter Invitational at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

  • Titans overcome revved-up Rockets

    Collins boys’ basketball coach Chris Gaither’s objectives for his team entering Friday night’s showdown with crosstown rival Shelby County were fairly simple.

    “Our first three goals were – we get Brian Stone the ball,” Gaither said. “Our second three goals were – we get Dez Marshall the ball. Our third three goals were – to take care of the ball until we can pass the ball to Brian Stone or Dez Marshall.”

  • Shelby County School Board: Digital data boards help track students

    The Shelby County Board of Education rang in the New Year with its first meeting of 2012 on Thursday.

    The board opened by electing Eddie Mathis as its new chairman and Doug Butler as the vice chairman. After that and some recognition in honor of National School Board Month, the board quickly was down to work.

    The staff opened with a report on data boards, which are often discussed during meetings, especially those that involve test scores.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: First glance at budget for 2012-13: Grim

    The Shelby County Board of Education received some grim news with the first look at its 2012-13 budget.

    The draft budget, which is a state-mandated review of projected receipts and expenses, was presented at Thursday's meeting and with it came an appeal from Superintendent James Neihof that the board members talk to the county’s leaders in Frankfort about continuing cut costs in education.

    In his report, Neihof said the state needs to get back to the funding level it provided in 2008.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012: Reinforcing a legacy

    Celebrations in Shelby County this long weekend recapped how Martin Luther King Jr. led the country during a difficult time of progress. But those same celebrations served as a prompt to those in attendance that King's work is far from finished.

    "Ultimately his message was one of change in America," said DeVone Holt, who spoke at the first Whitney M. Young Job Corps Educational event and basketball tournament. "He wanted to change how white America looked at black America and how black America looked at white America.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Annexation ordinance not ready for review

    The Shelbyville City Council will have another short agenda this week, but it could be altered.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, the council had just one item to take up, the correction of a clerical mistake on the ordinance that increased the pay scale of the fire fighters.

    "It's just something about the hours that firefighters work, because they work different hours than normal jobs," Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

    The amendment to the ordinance, he said, doesn't change the pay scale for anyone.

  • VAN STOCKUM: Horses played a big role in WWI

    Recently I have read favorable reviews of a current movie production War Horse, directed by Stephen Spielberg. It has been described as an inspirational movie about World War I and the role played by horses. In my early years this war was just called the “World War” or the “Great War.” A sequel was not anticipated, because it was “The War to End all Wars!’