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Today's News

  • VAN STOCKUM: Joseph Hornsby -- An early Shelby Countian Part 2: Buying and selling Shelby County

    Between 1783 and 1786, Joseph Hornsby, prosperous and prominent resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, had acquired five land grants in present-day Shelby County (which was then Jefferson County, Va.), including 2,400 acres on Plum Run and 400 on Fox Run.

    In 1797 or early 1798, Hornsby, then a widower, brought his family to Kentucky, making his home on his 2,400-acre tract near Simpsonville, now in Shelby County, which he called “Grasslands.”

  • Simpsonville alumni

    The Simpsonville High School alumni banquet was April 28 at Simpsonville gym to honor the Class of 1952. Attending were (front row from left) Glenna Peyton Adkins, Joyce Griffith Cottrell, Helen Chadwell Stratton, Pat Taylor Vogel; (back row) Marshall Phillips, Jimmy Bennett, Nancy Hundley Davis, Phillip Vogel, Ruth Jean Reed Darland and Carl Smith.

  • Probation recommended for former Collins teacher’s sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students likely will serve no jail time for those offenses.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11,

    pleaded guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter, an agreement that recommends probation of a 7-year sentence, a decision that will be up to Judge Charles Hickman when she is sentenced on June 18.

  • Probation recommended for former Collins teacher’s sex charges

    A former Collins teacher arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students likely will serve no jail time for those offenses.

    Shannon Hirchert, 43, a special needs teacher at Collins High School in 2010-11,

    pleaded guilty Monday in Shelby Circuit Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter, an agreement that recommends probation of a 7-year sentence, a decision that will be up to Judge Charles Hickman when she is sentenced on June 18.

  • A different meadowlark

    The Western Meadowlark is the state bird for more states – six – than any other bird except the Northern Cardinal, which has seven.

    This bird is so similar to the Eastern Meadowlark that the only sure way to identify the Western Meadowlark is by its song, which is so different and has been described as "wee weetidleoo."

    The song is often heard on Hollywood soundtracks even when the movie setting is far from the bird's range.

  • Sports Bulletin Board: May 7, 2012

    Bagdad Days 5K run/walk

    The Bagdad Days 5K run/walk will be May 12. The entry form is available at www.bagdadbaptist.com. For more info contact  Phyllis Bailey at 502-640-6062.

    Senior Tennis League forming

    Preparations are underway to form a USTA Senior Tennis League in Shelbyville. If you are interested in playing contact Raymond Broussard at 633-5303 or dengxioping@live.com.

  • Upcoming sports schedule: Dec. 7, 2012

    Friday (Dec. 7)

    7:30 p.m.: High school boys’ basketball, Shelby County at Mercer County.
    7:30 p.m.: High school girls’ basketball, Campbellsville at Shelby County.
    7:30 p.m.: High school boys’ basketball, South Oldham at Collins.

    Saturday (Dec. 8)

  • Brandon Brown finishes tied for 24th at Nationwide Tour event

    Shelbyville professional golfer Brandon Brown finished tied for 24th-place in this weekend's Nationwide Tour event.

    Brown shot a 2-over-par 73 Sunday in the final round of the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA in Athens, Ga. He finished the four rounds with an 8-under-par 276 (65-69-69-73).

  • Bears pound out big district victory

    This wasn’t the way Bart “Rudy” Roettger wanted to begin May.

    “No it wasn’t,” Roettger, Shelby County High School’s baseball coach, said, taking off his hat and wiping the sweat from his brow after his team’s 12-6 loss to 30th District rival Spencer County on Tuesday night at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

    Four Rockets pitchers combined to give up a season-high 16 hits and allow a season-high-tying run total.

  • SCHS boys' coach could be named next week

    One 8th Region school found a new boys’ basketball coach earlier this week when former University of Kentucky point guard Roger Harden took the job at Williamstown.

    With that vacancy filled there is now only one open job in the region – Shelby County. Athletic Director Sally Zimmerman said that an announcement of a new Rockets coach could come by the middle of next week.

    “I’m going to say probably Wednesday,” she said.

    I’ve heard there are three finalists, including one prominent 7th Region coach.