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Today's News

  • What we think: It’s your turn to be leaders

    Your outcry for better accountability by our elected officials and your decry of almost any decision of a fiscal nature have become our foundations of public debate.

    You, the public, often challenge those you elected to do a better job, to listen to the needs of the citizens and not to those of special interests, corporations or other political influencers.

  • MY WORD: Collins High School has a lot going for it

    Collins High School...an opportunity for success.

    As one drives up Discovery Boulevard, an impressive "green" school comes into view. Cross-country runners can be seen trotting over the sprawling rural campus. One also notices coaches and students from various teams sharing fields and making the best of a challenging situation. The band beats out cheerful tunes in the parking lot.

    If one enters the school, they quickly notice pictures on the wall proudly

    displaying last year’s Governor Scholar recipients. Three more will join them

  • Collins’ teacher pleads not guilty

    A Collins High School teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving students.

    The case of Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was waived to the grand jury during her arraignment Tuesday in Shelby County District Court. She did not appear.

    “We entered a plea of not guilty for her, and normally they would set that for a probable cause hearing, but we went ahead and waived it to the grand jury,” said Brian Butler, an attorney from Louisville who represented Hirchert.

  • Former deputy jailer honored for heroism

    It started out as just an ordinary day at work for Conrad Lanham, a deputy jailer at the Shelby County Detention Center.

    Then everything changed in a heartbeat when an inmate grabbed a female employee and put a sharp object to her throat.

    What Lanham did next earned him the title of Kentucky Deputy Jailer of the Year for 2010, an award given each year to a deputy who has displayed remarkable courage and bravery.

  • Public’s help sought in copper thefts

    Crime Stoppers is appealing to the public for help in apprehending whoever is responsible for a rash of recent copper thefts.

    The thefts having been occurring around the city county for the past few weeks, and usually involve the theft of copper tubing from commercial air-conditioning units, police say.

    The latest thefts occurred early Tuesday morning in Stonecrest off Midland Trail and at the Town Centre shopping center in Simpsonville.

  • Public’s help sought in copper thefts

    Crime Stoppers is appealing to the public for help in apprehending whoever is responsible for a rash of recent copper thefts.

    The thefts having been occurring around the city county for the past few weeks, and usually involve the theft of copper tubing from commercial air-conditioning units, police say.

    The latest thefts occurred early Tuesday morning in Stonecrest off Midland Trail and at the Town Centre shopping center in Simpsonville.

  • Simpsonville man arrested for domestic violence

    A St. Matthews police officer who lives in Simpsonville is on paid administrative leave after being arrested Friday on domestic violence charges.

    Frank Jeffcoat, 37, was arrested by Kentucky State Police for fourth-degree assault after an argument with his wife, said Ron Turley, spokesperson for KSP.

    Dennis McDonald, spokesperson for the St. Matthews PD, said Jeffcoat will remain on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of KSP’s investigation and the court case.

  • Shelby County Sheriffs Reports Aug. 31, 2011

    DUI

    Gary T. Douthitt, 60, of 62 Seminole Drive was arrested June 27 on Seminole Drive and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, second offense, driving on a DUI suspended license under aggravated circumstances, first offense, failure to notify the department of transportation of an address change and operating a vehicle with an expired operator's license.

  • Court report: August 31, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Nathan S. Barnes, facilitation theft by unlawful taking/disp. – purse snatching – guilty – $303 fine and costs.

    Katherine Burnett, theft by deception – guilty – $183 costs.

    Julie Norton, theft by deception – guilty – $183 costs.

    Ronald L. Johnson Jr., violation of Kentucky E.P.O./D.V.O. – guilty – $394 fine and costs.

  • Potter wedding

    Lacy Stauffer and Larry Potter Jr. were married Aug. 4, 2011, at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort. Officiating the ceremony was Rev. Jeff Edington.

    Parents of the bride are Robert and Linda Edington of Shelbyville. The groom is the son of Sandra Potter of Shelbyville and the late Larry Potter Sr.

    Best men were Brandon Potter and Tyler Potter, both of Shelbyville and both sons of the groom.

    The couple went to Gulf Shores, Ala., for their honeymoon and will reside in Shelbyville.