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Today's News

  • Comeback kids rally, open state bid tonight

    You can call the Shelby County 9-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars the Comeback Kids.

    Shelby dropped its first game of the district tournament this past week at Clear Creek Park but bounced back to win its next two - including an 8-7, come-from-behind final – to win the District 2 title.

    Shelby County lost its first game of the district tourney, 12-11, to Scott County, committing 10 errors, this past Wednesday night but rebounded to slam Scott, 21-9, Thursday before rallying against Scott again Saturday afternoon for the title.

  • City of Shelbyville's large insurance payouts push spending up 10%

    The Shelbyville City County closed the book on the 2010-11 budget with the second reading Thursday of an amendment that placed the final year-end numbers.

    The city saw an increase of about 10.5 percent in licensing revenue, but that didn’t nearly cover the hit from the state’s changes in insurance, which saw a 90 percent increase over what the city’s budgeted $623,600, basically doubling the insurance total to nearly $1.2 million.

  • EARLIER: Collins' athletic turf coming apart at seams

    The problems with the new Collins High School football/soccer field now appear to have been caused by faulty installation and craftsmanship.

    According to Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof, the almost-1-year-old field's seams have come apart because of faulty seam-tape, and the foundation is littered with hundreds of punctures in the liner, which is supposed to be impervious, beneath the turf.

  • Friends of Grove Hill are reviving old friends

    A little water, biodegradable cleaning solution and elbow grease can go a long way.

    And by looking at the success of the Friends of Grove Hill Cemetery's first Restoration and Preservation Workshop, the 150-year-old cemetery is in for a big lift.

    On June 24, the group had Ann Johnson with the Kentucky Historical Society give a morning workshop and used that information, along with the proper tools provided by Johnson, in a restoration project at the cemetery.

  • A tale of 2 aircraft carriers: Postcript

    My last column reported the sinking by a Japanese submarine of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp on Sept. 15, 1942. Marine Capt. John W. Kennedy Jr., who three months before that had relieved me as commanding officer of the Marine detachment on Wasp, had gone down with the ship.

    During World War II, capital ships, such as aircraft carriers and battleships, included in their crews a Marine detachment carrying three officers and about 82 enlisted men. Their principal functions were to provide the ship’s guards, man 5-inch guns and provide landing parties when needed.

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  • County’s Crusade grants double its contributions

    Shelby County organizations received their allocations from the WHAS Crusade for Children last week including some organizations that are familiar to the Crusade and one that is somewhat new.

    Both Shelby County Public Schools and the Dorman Preschool Center received the same  allocations as 2010, which are $64,000 for SCPS and $30,000 for the Dorman Center.

    The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Shelby County applied for a grant for the first time in several years, said Dawn Lee, president of the Crusade, and received $6,000.

  • What we think: We hope $$$ buys answers at Collins High School

    We are hearing the cries of concern from parents, students and taxpayers about the bill the Shelby County School Board is willing to swallow to repair the sinking turf at Collins High School’s Titan Stadium.

    At their last meeting on June 23, board members voted to spend a sum approaching $400,000 on a potentialremedy for the undulations and pitfalls that have emerged beneath this year-old artificial surface – and the emphasis on the word “potential” is not ours.

  • What we think: Animal training is a good idea

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s investigation into the shooting by Deputy Brian Miller of the dog Daisy produced the sort of findings that we had expected.

    We did not expect the sheriff to determine that Mr. Miller acted incorrectly, and we did expect there to be any disciplinary action in the case.

    There never seemed to be significant concern that the case was handled improperly, public opinion notwithstanding.

  • Special prosecutor to be appointed in Ethington case

    The state attorney general is planning to appoint a special prosecutor in the case against  the owners of Ethington Auto in Shelbyville.

    Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William Ledford, 84, of Somerset, face 169 counts – two of them felonies – for failure to process paperwork properly in the sales of autos.