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Today's News

  • Schools try to solve budget equation

    School districts around the state are contemplating Gov. Steve Beshear's budget proposal from last week and seeing how they can squeeze their budgets to fit within the cuts.

    Although Beshear has committed to funding at the same level as 2011-12, that doesn't take into account growth across the commonwealth.

    Per-pupil state funding is taking a hit, and in growth districts like Shelby County, that means stretching money over a bigger pool of students.

    Even the positives from Beshear's plan could hurt.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Downtown crackdown on 2-hour parking limit

    The city of Shelbyville is going to start cracking down in the 2-hour parking areas around the city.

    During Thursday's city council meeting, Mayor Tom Hardesty said there have been some parking issues around the new judicial center on Main Street and added that the public works department has been putting up new signs were some had been taken down or lost.

    City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell told the council that about 80 to 85 percent of the signs are up and that more have been ordered.

  • A first visit to a familiar place

    The boy climbed to his seat high in Rupp Arena on Saturday, his every sense keen to the sights and sounds of this famed arena, a Mecca to which he was pilgrimaging for the first time.

    He had passed its outer lobby while visiting the Hyatt Regency Hotel, reading the signs, noting the doorways, but his only peeks inside were from the narrow views of pixilated formations on a variety of television screens.

  • What we think: I-64 ramp repair is right thing to do

    Gov. Steve Beshear has placed the state transportation cabinet in the fast lane to save lives in Shelby County, and we could not be more grateful.

    His endorsement Monday of plans to move ahead with modifications for the abbreviated and lethal acceleration lane from KY 55 onto Interstate 64 eastbound in Shelby County is not to be underestimated in making these 300 feet of asphalt safer for all who encounter it.

  • We congratulate: Redistricting plan keeps Shelby whole

    The redistricting plans for the state’s House and Senate leaders appear to be complete, and Shelby County has avoided the dubious and unsavory slicing that has affected so many of the counties around us.

    You can’t imagine how important it is that state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) and state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) continue to represent all Shelby Countians and not just those on one side of an arbitrarily selected road.

  • Fundraiser for Landers moves to fairgrounds

    Shelbyville firefighters regularly respond to calls for help around town, but they’re not often called upon to help one of their own. But when there’s a firefighter in need, their co-workers rally.

    Several of Firefighter/EMT Jesse Lander’s co-workers from the Shelbyville Fire Department rallied last month and started planning an event to support Landers and his three children after the sudden death of his wife and their mother.

  • Behind Shelby’s doors: A monthly home tour series

    The word mansion comes to mind when you turn through the gate where Phil and Chris Hayes call home on the 1100 block of Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The Hayes took on a “labor of love” nine years ago when they bought that is becoming more endearing each year, they say.

    But this 25-room historic home on the corner of Main and Magnolia streets, in Chris Hayes’ words, “just needed to someone to love it.”

  • Ex-Collins teacher gets new court date

    A former Collins High school teacher charged with six counts of having sexual relations with students was given new date Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange next will appear March 19 to face six charges of first-degree sexual abuse.

    Although the sexual conduct was consensual, investigators have said, it falls under KRS statute 510.110, which specifies charges when a person is in a position of authority or special trust. That includes teachers.

  • Dangerous I-64 ramp to be replaced this year

    Renovation may soon begin on an interstate ramp that one magistrate describes as “the most dangerous place in the county.

    Magistrate Tony Carriss said he was glad to hear Rep. Brad Montell’s (R-Shelbyville) news that the merge lane at Exit 32 onto Interstate 64 eastbound has been included in this year’s state highway plan.

  • Man pleads not guilty to sex-abuse charges

    A Louisville man charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Jose A. Rodriguez, 23, of Louisville, who was indicted in December, was given a court date of March 19 for pretrial conference.

    Rodriguez was indicted Dec. 21 by a Shelby County Grand Jury for first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old.

    His case was assigned to public defender Ashley Bailey.

    The indictment report said that the offense happened in 2007 in Shelby County.