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Today's News

  • Rockets get 15th victory

    The Shelby County girls’ basketball team achieved another milestone last Thursday night.

    The Rockets recorded their 15th victory – five times as many as they had all of last season – by beating North Oldham, 48-34, at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

    “That’s a tremendous accomplishment for these kids,” said second-year Shelby County Coach Mike Sowers, whose first team went 3-22. “It just shows how far along they’ve come.”

  • EARLIER: Shelby has new Congressional slot

    Shelby County constituents can start packing their political bags again.

    On Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear approved the new congressional map, which under emergency clause became law with his signature, sending Shelby County back to its old home in the 4th District.

    Shelby was in the 4th District in 1996 but moved to the 2nd after redistricting in 2002.

    The proposal passed through Kentucky's Senate and House before being signed by Beshear.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Annexation of Wesley property to be considered

    The Shelbyville City Council finally will close the chapter on one annexation and open the book on another at Thursday's regular meeting at city hall, 315 Washington Street.

    The council will hear the second reading of an ordinance that would annex into the city a 70-plus-acre farm on the southwest corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom's Way and a second tract comprised of a railroad, which borders the property to the south.

  • Public preschool facility would house 150

    The Shelby County Board of Education got its first look at the proposed plan for the new Northside Early Childhood Center during Thursday's meeting at West Middle.

    The school, which will be used for two daily sessions of preschool, each with a capacity of 150 students, will sit on the lot of the old Northside Elementary School on College Street, between 8th and 9th streets.

  • Shelby County School Board: 3 new teachers to be required

    Shelby County Public Schools continued with its preparations for the 2012-13 school year with the district's school allocations presentation to the school board during its meeting Thursday.

    Revised growth projections show the district now growing by 98 students – down 22 students from the previous projections – and the district projects a need of 3.8 more teachers in the coming year to help handle the increased growth. The increase is nearly identical to the 3.7 teacher positions recommended last year.

  • MY WORD: Some serious questions about charter schools?

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) has introduced two bills to the Kentucky legislature that put forth very specific agendas concerning our public schools. One bill, BR116, has the catchy title of “The Great Schools Tax Credit Bill” and the other is BR117, a bill creating charter schools.

  • MY WORD: Chamber undergoing many changes

    A healthy business environment is a foundation for economic growth. Business provides the services and products consumers demand; and business creates the jobs people need. Business success fuels the tax base that allows government to provide the services citizens want. Business activity supports development of the quality of life we all want in the Shelby County Community.
    Creating the kind of community where business can succeed and grow is hard work and takes considerable planning and implementation – and it is serious business for your Chamber of Commerce.

  • VAN STOCKUM: A land lubber at sea

    “We joined the Navy to see the girls

    
And what did we see?

    We saw the sea

    Instead of a girl or two in a taxi

    We were compelled to look at the Black Sea

    Seeing the Black Sea isn't what it's cracked up to be

    From “Follow the Fleet,” a 1936 Hollywood musical comedy, starring film stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

     

  • On Valentine's Day, there’s no love lost for tattoos

    I have escaped a scourge of Valentine’s Day that I had feared might stain my life.

    No one in my family received a “tattoo Valentine,” and I am forever grateful that their precious hides were spared.

    Now, I know those boxes I saw among the kids’ cards at a couple of stores this past weekend didn’t include needles and ink, but they did carry with them, I fear, an impression on delicate minds that was equally dangerous and potentially damaging.

  • Shelby couple gets married on television by Elvis impersonator

    Was Coty Brewer all shook up when he and his bride, Sara Morgan, tied the knot on Valentine’s Day?

    Probably so, because he and his bride were married on live television by Elvis – or close enough anyway.

    Elvis Presley impersonator Otis Berry, a minister who owns and operates Indiana’s Chapel in the Hill, journeyed to Louisville on Tuesday to perform the ceremony for the couple on WHAS-Channel 11’s Great Day Live,a daily entertainment and talk show hosted by Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt.