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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Questions about merger involving JHS lingering

    While citizens and hospital personnel alike wait for a decision from Gov. Steve Beshear on whether to allow the proposed merger among Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare – the parent of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville – University Hospital in Louisville and Lexington-based St. Joseph Health System, which is owned by Catholic Health Initiatives of Denver, much of the debate has surrounded the changes that would occur at UofL’s hospital.

  • Legislature 2012: Shelby faces big changes in districts

    With the release of the U.S. census last year, states across the nation are reworking congressional and state legislative and judicial boundaries.

    Each state is charged with redrawing those lines every 10 years to coincide with the federal mandate and population growth.

  • The greatest story ever reported

    And in the same country, two editors were keeping track over the newsroom by night.

    And, lo, an angel of the Lord came before them, and the glory of the Lord shown round about them.

    But they weren’t afraid, because they knew this was Fred, a neighbor in St. Peter’s Loving Arms Apartments.

    “I have glad tidings of great joy,” he said. “Which shall be unto all people.”

    They shook their heads.

  • What we think: Lots of progress occurred in 2011

    When we first sat down to measure Shelby County’s success against the goals we had set for it last January, we were expecting to be disappointed. Had we really accomplished anything on our list other than getting a commitment from state highway officials to do an early remedy for the dangerous Exit 32, eastbound from KY 55 onto Interstate 64?

    That was stellar work, to be sure, but we also know that there could be difficulty designating the dollars required to accommodate a project we were told could begin next year. Does that tinge this tout?

  • Vet's aide coaches man into saving dog from choking

    If dogs can have heroes, then “Angel,” a small white West Highland terrier, has two of them – her owner and her vet, who worked together recently to save her from certain death.

    Terry Kays said that he had just given Angel a dog treat when he noticed that the other dog he had was starting to run around nervously.

    “I looked, and Angel was just sort of gagging,” he said. “I looked in her mouth and didn’t see anything. So I called my wife, Pat, to ask her what to do, and I couldn’t get hold of her.”

  • Christmas Day miracle: Brain-dead beating victim moves

    Dennisse Escareno’s family members had said they were praying for a Christmas miracle to prove doctors were wrong about her being brain dead.

    And right on schedule, on Christmas Day, they got that miracle.

    Escareno, 24, who had been viciously beaten and left by the side of the road, moved her fingers and toes, her roommate Melody Riddle said Tuesday.

    “We went up to see her on Christmas Day, and Krissi took the kids,” she said.

  • Shelby merchants happy with sales

    Some Shelby County merchants report having a satisfactory Christmas season, and some say they really did well on their after-Christmas sales on Monday.

    “I don’t have the numbers available, but I know we did better than last year,” said Jason Shaw, assistant manager at Lowe’s.

    “We have sold a lot of merchandise yesterday [Monday], and that sale will be going on for another week,” he said.

  • Shelby's Jody Wills sent to prison for 10-year sentence

    Jody Wills, the Shelby County woman who admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer, entered Shelby Circuit Court on Tuesday morning to plead her case for why the court should not revoke her probation for failing to honor her restitution schedule.

    She departed in handcuffs to begin her 10-year sentence for embezzling.

  • Law enforcement officers honored for DUI arrests

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Eddie Whitworth from the Frankfort Post 12, which includes Shelby County was honored earlier this month for making 236 impaired driving arrests in 2011.

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety  honored 201 law enforcement officers from 185 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers. 

    Kyle Tipton of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Shelbyville Police Officer Timothy Hurt were among those honored.

  • Almost all animals from puppy mill adopted

    EMINENCE – The 240 animals confiscated Dec. 12 from a puppy mill/hoarding situation on Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg have all found refuge with foster homes, veterinarians and animal rescue groups in the region, Henry

    County Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt said.

    So far, the majority of the animals have survived. Two cats that were removed from the property died in transit; one was euthanatized after it tested positive for feline leukemia, a deadly, incurable and highly contagious disease.