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Today's News

  • Building Shelby Part 1: New judicial center is no cheap facility

    The new Shelby County Judicial Center is designed to last 100 years, and at a little more than $220,000 per year, taxpayers have to hope that the facility holds up.

    The calculator on that debt service begins Monday, when the first gavel will fall at this 58,000-square-foot, federal-styled, brick facility at the corner of Main and 4th streets in Shelbyville.

  • Building Shelby Part 1: State is building new centers

    Since its judicial center construction program began in 2000, the AOC has had such projects approved for half of the commonwealth’s 120 counties. Many projects have been for new, standalone buildings, but some have been for courthouse additions and renovations.

    Of the 40 projects approved since 2005, only seven were done in counties larger than Shelby. And of those 24 have been completed, and 16 remain in various stages of construction.

    The seven larger projects, their counties, costs, square footage and date of completion are:

  • Crimes against the holiday: Here's one wrap sheet

    This is the time of year when I hear that 4-letter word a lot. It’s awful that has to resonate right in the middle of the holidays, but that seems simply unavoidable, pounding into my head and creating all sorts of awful echoes.
    Wrap.
    Whew! Just typing it made me shiver and avert my eyes. Makes me gulp, turn that most embarrassing crimson, taste bile in my throat and, well, feel totally useless. Pardon me a second while I hyperventilate.

  • News briefs: Dec. 14, 2011

    School districts receive bad news
    about $57.5 million educational shortfall

    Local school officials around Kentucky will soon find out how much money they stand to lose in a $57.5 million shortfall to state education funding.
    Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told superintendents in an E-mail Friday that the Kentucky Department of Education would announce mid-year cuts later this month, The State-Journal reported.

  • What we think: Fitness should be focus for law enforcement

    Should we care about the physical fitness of our law enforcement officers?

    You have reacted strongly both in print and on the Web about why that question should or should not receive public scrutiny.

    You have been vocal about whether the mere suggestion that the physical capabilities of the two Shelbyville Police officers who entered into the deadly confrontation with a teenager last month might have been a factor in the way that confrontation unfolded and unfortunately ended.

  • Ethington Autos owners go before licensing group

    The owners of Ethington Auto, already under indictment on 169 counts for failure to process paperwork properly on the sale of autos, now will have to face the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission on Thursday.
    Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William Ledford, 84, of Somerset were indicted this past summer. Two of the charges were felonies, for selling or receiving cars with removed or altered VIN numbers, and the rest were all misdemeanors.

  • We congratulate: New event to honor Mike Casey

    We really like the fact that Shelby County High School created a day of basketball in honor of its most famous former player.

    The Mike Casey Classic, held for the first time this past Saturday, invited seven schools to join the Rockets for a day of basketball in the Mike Casey Gymnasium at SCHS.

    We commend Principal Eddie Oakley and Athletic Director Sally Zimmerman for having the commitment to Mr. Casey’s legacy to take forward their naming of the gym and court and building a showcase for the game he played with so much zeal and grace.

  • Historical society honors 3

    A crowd of 77 people gathered Thursday night at the Shelby County Historical Society at a reception to honor two members of the society, Thomas Arington and the late Lisa Matthews.

    Past president Bill Matthews, who is editor of the historical society’s quarterly newsletter/magazine and father of Lisa Matthews, said he was very pleased with the turnout.

    “Everything went quite well,” he said.

  • Building Shelby Part 1: Entering building to be like airport

    When Shelby County’s new judicial center opens on Monday, people will find that security will be at a much higher level.

    In fact, Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong, said it will like nothing the county has every experienced previously in that regard.

    “Make no mistake about it, it will be an extremely secure facility,” he said.

    “It will take some getting used to, both for us and for the public. People have been used to just going into the courthouse in a casual manner and that is no longer going to be case.”

  • Cooks share holiday recipes

    Oh, the holidays, decking the tables and countertops and computer desks and, yes, even the bedside table, with platters and trays and candy dishes with yummy treats.

    Everyone has a favorite holiday dish, and many of you probably bring some of your best efforts and gifts to work to share with coworkers.

    Like Patricia Ann McKinney, for example, a clerk at the Shelby County Sheriff’s office, who made Haystacks  and almond bark cookies.

    “These recipes have been around for a long time,” she says.