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Today's News

  • News briefs: Oct. 28, 2011

    Shelby’s unemployment

    rises, still among best

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.1 percent in Septembers, but it still ranks as the 10th-best rate in the state.

    Shelby’s rate in August had been 7.7 percent, the county’s lowest in several years, but it inched back up in September, though it remained slightly lower than a year ago (8.3 percent).

  • Election 2011: Farmer vs. a farmer to replace Farmer as ag commissioner

    One candidate to be Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert "Bob" Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.

  • I still hate Christian Laettner, too

    LEXINGTON - “I still hate Christian Laettner.”

    That’s what some t-shirts inside Rupp Arena read Monday night for Laettner’s appearance as coach of The Villains, who took on a group of former University of Kentucky “greats” (sorry I have to reserve judgment on DeAndre Liggins and Enes Kanter) known as the Big Blue All-Stars in a charity basketball game. 

  • He had a whiff of stardom

    The Texas Rangers or the St. Louis Cardinals would probably gladly take a pitcher like Charles Long.

    Someone who can throw a furious fastball and go the distance, and then some.

    Too bad the two teams in this year’s World Series teams didn’t have scouts in Cropper back in 1947.

    That’s when Long, now 88, struck out 29 Bagdad batters in an amateur game.

    “One coach told him he had the fastest ball he’d ever seen,” Long’s wife, Dorothy, said.

  • Playoff mess could be helped by victory

    Shelby County football coach Todd Shipley hopes his team will pick up tonight against South Oldham where it left off last week against Bullitt East.

    That’s when the Rockets rolled up 29 consecutive points in the second half – their best half of the season – against the Chargers on their way to a 32-13 Class 5A, District 4 victory.

    “We eliminated the mistakes, we kept the ball off the ground, and we just played football,” Shipley said afterward.

  • Brown sails in to 2nd phase of PGA qualifying school

    Shelbyville’s Brandon Brown made it through the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School last weekend.

    Brown, the money leader on the NGA/Hooters Pro Golf Tour this past season, tied for fifth-place in the event at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Fla. – one of six Q-school sites.

    Brown carded a 4-day total of 12-under-par 276, finishing just four shots behind co-medalists Andy Pope and Joey Lamielle. Twenty players advanced out of Lakeland.

  • Defenders defenseless against Titans

    The Bryan Station football team rolled into Shelbyville for Thursday night’s game against Collins in style – in three luxury buses.

    But it was the Titans who left tread marks on the Defenders.

    In its final regular-season game Collins ran roughshod over Class 6A Bryan Station, 56-13 at Robert Doyle Stadium.

  • City still reviewing zoning on bypass

    The Shelbyville City Council hasn't put the idea of rezoning 73 acres on the southeast corner of Harrington Mill Road and the Shelbyville Bypass to rest.

    During a workshop Wednesday with the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, council members heard from Executive Director Libby Adams and President Bobby Hudson that availability of industrially zoned land in Shelby County is both misleading and lacking.

  • City attorney Chuppe to step down in December

    After 16 years sitting alongside mayors at Shelbyville City Council meetings, city attorney Frank Chuppe is stepping away from the chamber.

    The city announced last week that Chuppe would be leaving as city attorney at the end of the year.

    "Frank has done an excellent job as city attorney over the last 15 years," Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said. "I'm going to miss him. He made my job easier with his advice."

    Chuppe, who is a partner in the firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Louisville, isn't retiring.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Students’ information now available on the go

    Parents, guardians and students at Shelby County schools now can access more school information on the go.

    Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Education announced the addition of the Campus Mobile Portal App to tie in with the Infinite Campus Parent Portal that already was offered statewide.