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Today's News

  • Collins-Shelby County baseball game postponed until May 11

    Tonight's baseball game between Collins and Shelby County, which was scheduled for 7 p.m., has been postponed due to wet field conditions.

    It will be made up May 11 at Shelby County.

  • WICHE: Amsonia is 2011 perennial plant of the year

    The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year is Amsonia hubrichtii, or Arkansas blue star. We have long enjoyed Amsonia tabernaemontana, Arkansas blue star’s less refined cousin, in the garden; but A. hubrichtii takes the prize for superior multi-season interest.

  • Horse boarding is a part of business in Shelby County

    Shelby Countians love their horses, and the presence of more than 200 horse farms in the county is a reflection of that.

    But who takes care of all these horses?

    Boarding is a big industry in the county—an industry that Bob Johnson of Cooper Coin Farm in Simpsonville said is important because keeping a horse means one must take care of the animal, and that care has far reaching implications in the equine business, he said.

  • Shelby family's trailer company has taken off

    As Louisville and Lexington gear up for a heavy Kentucky Derby tourist season, folks from all over the country are piling in trains, planes and automobiles to visit the Bluegrass State.

    And all those horses that won races in California, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois and Louisiana and earned a chance to run for the roses are descending on the area, too.

  • Shelby County farms have fewer horses in the fields

    As is the case with most horse breeds, fewer and fewer Saddlebreds are being produced on a national scale than even a few years ago. But many farm owners in Shelby County have kept the breeding wheels turning so they can be ready when the market eventually rebounds.

    Annual registrations of Saddlebreds, which reached an estimated low of 1,930 in 2010, have declined 33.6 percent since 2000, according to data supplied by the American Saddlebred Registry.

  • Saddlebred breeding season can be varied

    Like their human counterparts, equine babies are going to come on the scene when they are darn well ready. The only thing their owners can try to control is the time of year the foals will come.

    Depending on who you are talking with, that horse-birthing time of the year known as foaling season is either in full swing, or has just gotten started.

  • These are Shelby County's studs of Saddlebred breeding

    Behind the four-board fences of some farms in Shelby County is a swirling beehive of activity collectively aimed at getting Saddlebred horses ready to strut their stuff in show arenas across the country.

    But the genesis of these equine athletes begins with multifaceted breeding programs offered by the Saddlebred industry, a diverse mix of elements that boils down to pairing the right stallion with the right broodmare.

  • 'Hope' concert

    The Shelby Christian Church Relay for Life Team will host its second annual "Hope" Benefit Concert on Sunday evening at the church. The event will feature local talent from the community as well as a time to recognize cancer survivors. Donations to Relay for Life will be accepted at the door. The 2010 event (pictured above) had an attendance of approximately 250, during the major storm with flooding.

  • Child abuse focus

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger visits the OVEC Head Start at Clear Creek to read to the children and sign a proclamation declaring April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month." “April is a time to celebrate the role that communities play in protecting children," explains Chrissy Hudson, Local Area Manager with OVEC Head Start.

  • Engagement: McGuirk-Simons

    Craig and Janet McGuirk of Sellersburg, Ind., announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie McGuirk of Sellersburg, to Matt Simons of Shelbyville. He is the son of Dixie and Rick Taylor of Simpsonville and James and Tess Simons of Calera, Ala.

    McGuirk is a 1996 graduate of Clarksville High School and is a customer service representative for Reinhart Food Service in Louisville.