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Today's News

  • We congratulate: Readiness rates of our students

    We feel a little like a student in a statistics class because of the avalanche of data about the performance and progress of Shelby County’s Public School students that has covered our heads this past week.

    To be able to digest the reports from the state’s about-to-be-dead KCCT tests, the federal governments’ trying-to-be-dead No Child Left Behind and the new buzzword of development – college and career readiness – is overwhelming to just about anyone who doesn’t get paid to spend full days evaluating what the numbers say.

  • MY WORD: Brown may not have been convicted

    In The Sentinel-News(“Shouldn’t we all be outraged,” Sept. 28) the Tonya Brown case called into question whether the commonwealth is doing an adequate job protecting its citizens in pursuing justice on behalf of victims of crimes. This letter is to inform the citizens of the 53rd Judicial District what happened in the Tonya Brown case and why certain decisions were made.

  • MY WORD: Brown may not have been convicted

    In The Sentinel-News “Shouldn’t we all be outraged,” Sept. 28) the Tonya Brown case called into question whether the commonwealth is doing an adequate job protecting its citizens in pursuing justice on behalf of victims of crimes. This letter is to inform the citizens of the 53rd Judicial District what happened in the Tonya Brown case and why certain decisions were made.

  • Les Bailey shares story of his life

    Les Bailey just back from a Mediterranean Cruise, had to run around attending to chores he’d neglected during his vacation, he said

    His son, Gary, describes him as “pretty amazing,”

    Karen Walters, his daughter, who accompanied him on the cruise, calls him “my inspiration.”

    He is known around his neighborhood as the unofficial “mayor of Scott Station.”

  • Ex-prosecutor Ballard suspended for handling of several key cases

    Shelbyville attorney Fielding Ballard III has been suspended from practicing law for a period of four months as punishment for cases he handled when he was commonwealth attorney in Shelby County.

    His suspension, which went into effect Sept. 22, was based on several charges of misconduct and with mishandling three cases in which he was appointed a special prosecutor by the Attorney General.

  • New hearing Dec. 15 in case of disabled boy

    A new hearing date of Dec. 15  was set last week in Shelby County Family Court to determine custody for a little boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital five months ago.

    Dustin Splittgerber, 11, has been at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, awaiting a judge’s decision on whether he will be allowed to go home with his grandparents, Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville.

  • Shelby County School Board approves footprint for new Southside

    Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent for operations, presented for approval Thursday the schematic design for the new Southside Elementary School, and the board voted its approval.

    The schematic consisted of the basic framework of the building.

    “The reddish portion you see on [on a graphic submitted] is the initial schematic design, and all the other colors remain to be put together,” he told the board about a color-coded diagram of the new school.

  • Shelby County schools to get more students, but less funding

    The second review of the 2010-11 budget for Shelby County Public Schools showed two opposing trends: growing enrollment and declining state funding.
    SCPS Finance Director Greg Murphy told the school board at its meeting Thursday that state funding may be more than $300,000 less than had been anticipated in the original budget.

    That tentative budget, presented in May, called for a $329,000 shortfall in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding from the state, but now Murphy says that number could double.

  • Man arrested for hiding crack in his buttocks

    Police say that Andre Dedrick Jackson has been arrested on drugcharges for concealing a large amount of crack cocaine in his buttocks.

    Jackson, 29, of 75 Baker Drive was arrested Sept. 28 at his residence after detectives, armed with a search warrant, showed up at his apartment, and discovered the drugs.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said two bags of crack cocaine were confiscated.

    He added that body searches are usually done at the jail, unless police have reason to believe someone is concealing contraband on their person.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County says no to zone change for Kentucky Street

    The controversy over a much-debated zone change for Kentucky Street near Red Orchard Park came to an end Tuesday night when Shelby County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to reject the plan.

    Acting on a carefully crafted motion by District 5 Magistrate Eddie Kingsolver that recommended the zone change requested by Midwest Metals be denied, all seven magistrates voted affirmatively without any discussion.