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Today's News

  • Shelby County School Board: 3 new teachers to be required

    Shelby County Public Schools continued with its preparations for the 2012-13 school year with the district's school allocations presentation to the school board during its meeting Thursday.

    Revised growth projections show the district now growing by 98 students – down 22 students from the previous projections – and the district projects a need of 3.8 more teachers in the coming year to help handle the increased growth. The increase is nearly identical to the 3.7 teacher positions recommended last year.

  • MY WORD: Some serious questions about charter schools?

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) has introduced two bills to the Kentucky legislature that put forth very specific agendas concerning our public schools. One bill, BR116, has the catchy title of “The Great Schools Tax Credit Bill” and the other is BR117, a bill creating charter schools.

  • MY WORD: Chamber undergoing many changes

    A healthy business environment is a foundation for economic growth. Business provides the services and products consumers demand; and business creates the jobs people need. Business success fuels the tax base that allows government to provide the services citizens want. Business activity supports development of the quality of life we all want in the Shelby County Community.
    Creating the kind of community where business can succeed and grow is hard work and takes considerable planning and implementation – and it is serious business for your Chamber of Commerce.

  • VAN STOCKUM: A land lubber at sea

    “We joined the Navy to see the girls

    
And what did we see?

    We saw the sea

    Instead of a girl or two in a taxi

    We were compelled to look at the Black Sea

    Seeing the Black Sea isn't what it's cracked up to be

    From “Follow the Fleet,” a 1936 Hollywood musical comedy, starring film stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

     

  • On Valentine's Day, there’s no love lost for tattoos

    I have escaped a scourge of Valentine’s Day that I had feared might stain my life.

    No one in my family received a “tattoo Valentine,” and I am forever grateful that their precious hides were spared.

    Now, I know those boxes I saw among the kids’ cards at a couple of stores this past weekend didn’t include needles and ink, but they did carry with them, I fear, an impression on delicate minds that was equally dangerous and potentially damaging.

  • Shelby couple gets married on television by Elvis impersonator

    Was Coty Brewer all shook up when he and his bride, Sara Morgan, tied the knot on Valentine’s Day?

    Probably so, because he and his bride were married on live television by Elvis – or close enough anyway.

    Elvis Presley impersonator Otis Berry, a minister who owns and operates Indiana’s Chapel in the Hill, journeyed to Louisville on Tuesday to perform the ceremony for the couple on WHAS-Channel 11’s Great Day Live,a daily entertainment and talk show hosted by Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt.

  • What we think: Video of shooting raises more questions

    We now have watched the troubling final frames of  Trey Williams’ life, heard the fuzzy words Shelbyville Police Officers Suzanna Marcum and Frank Willoughby exchanged with Mr. Williams and seen some of what they saw on that Saturday afternoon.

    But although we have studied that video, watched those final minutes unfold and read the accompanying transcripts, our picture remains equally cloudy and minus the understanding we had hoped we would have received.

  • Martha Elizabeth Donovan: 1923-2012

    From the business arena to the church community and just about every place in between, Martha Donovan touched the lives and hearts of so many in Shelby County before passing away Saturday at the age of 88.

    “Most people knew her from the drugstore, and she was such a kind, giving person,” said her nephew, Jerry Donovan.

    Martha Elizabeth Donovan, born Feb. 27, 1923 in Shelby County to Jerry Wise and Mary Jetta Pulliam,  was a former co-owner of Smith-McKenney Drug Co., along with Bill Borders and  William “Shug” Hickman.

  • Ethington Auto owners back in court Thursday

    The owners of Ethington Auto, under indictment on 169 counts for failure to process paperwork properly on the sale of autos, will have another day in court Thursday while also continuing to wait to see if their license for the dealership will be renewed.

  • Man arraigned on charges he sexually abused child

    Cruz Dejesus Pena-Villanueva, 26, was arraigned Friday in Shelby County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years, old.

    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman also appointed public defender Ashley Bailey to represent Pena-Villanueva.

    The child that Pena-Villanueva is charged with molesting is the same child that Henry Telles is accused of abusing, a crime for which Telles accepted a 10-year prison sentence.

    Pena-Villanueva and Telles are both in the country illegally.