Today's News

  • A tale of 2 aircraft carriers: Postcript

    My last column reported the sinking by a Japanese submarine of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp on Sept. 15, 1942. Marine Capt. John W. Kennedy Jr., who three months before that had relieved me as commanding officer of the Marine detachment on Wasp, had gone down with the ship.

    During World War II, capital ships, such as aircraft carriers and battleships, included in their crews a Marine detachment carrying three officers and about 82 enlisted men. Their principal functions were to provide the ship’s guards, man 5-inch guns and provide landing parties when needed.

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  • County’s Crusade grants double its contributions

    Shelby County organizations received their allocations from the WHAS Crusade for Children last week including some organizations that are familiar to the Crusade and one that is somewhat new.

    Both Shelby County Public Schools and the Dorman Preschool Center received the same  allocations as 2010, which are $64,000 for SCPS and $30,000 for the Dorman Center.

    The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Shelby County applied for a grant for the first time in several years, said Dawn Lee, president of the Crusade, and received $6,000.

  • What we think: We hope $$$ buys answers at Collins High School

    We are hearing the cries of concern from parents, students and taxpayers about the bill the Shelby County School Board is willing to swallow to repair the sinking turf at Collins High School’s Titan Stadium.

    At their last meeting on June 23, board members voted to spend a sum approaching $400,000 on a potentialremedy for the undulations and pitfalls that have emerged beneath this year-old artificial surface – and the emphasis on the word “potential” is not ours.

  • What we think: Animal training is a good idea

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s investigation into the shooting by Deputy Brian Miller of the dog Daisy produced the sort of findings that we had expected.

    We did not expect the sheriff to determine that Mr. Miller acted incorrectly, and we did expect there to be any disciplinary action in the case.

    There never seemed to be significant concern that the case was handled improperly, public opinion notwithstanding.

  • Special prosecutor to be appointed in Ethington case

    The state attorney general is planning to appoint a special prosecutor in the case against  the owners of Ethington Auto in Shelbyville.

    Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William Ledford, 84, of Somerset, face 169 counts – two of them felonies – for failure to process paperwork properly in the sales of autos.

  • EARLIER: Shelby family fights to have disabled boy brought home

    Robin Ritter swallowed back tears as she as recalled a recent visit with her severely disabled step-grandson in a state psychiatric hospital, from which she is trying to bring him home.

    “He didn’t want us to leave,” she said. “He wanted to go to the window to wave [at her husband in the parking lot]. We miss him so very much. It’s just horrible.”

    Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville said they never wanted to relinquish custody of 11-year-old Dustin Splittgerber, a child they have been caring for since he was a toddler.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports July 13, 2011


    Betzaida D. Navarijo, 21, of 202 Meadow Ridge Apartments in Simpsonville was arrested April 3 on Shelbyville Road and charged with no operator’s license, failure to produce an insurance card, no registration receipt and failure to wear a seatbelt.

  • Our space program has a new goal: Staying home

    As these characters meekly appear on a computer screen, three men and a woman are flying above us in the space shuttle Atlantis, the last planned human voyage into space for perhaps this generation.

    A program that has since President Kennedy’s manifest address in 1961 explored beyond the horizons, developed medical, technological and economic solutions that benefited mankind, that brought reality to the myths of our youth, could be left to dust.

  • MY WORD: The shooting of Gen. Denhardt is one of Shelby's biggest stories

    Henry H. Denhardt, a former adjutant general and a lieutenant governor of Kentucky, was charged in 1936 for the murder of his girlfriend, Verna Garr Taylor of Henry County.

    A trial took place in Henry County on April 20, 1937. More than 1,000 people gathered for the trial, with entertainment and refreshments being offered on the courthouse lawn.

    It ended in a hung jury, and a retrial was scheduled on Sept. 21, 1937.