Today's News

  • A salute of honor from a non-vet of Veterans Day

    Veterans Day took on a new meaning for me a few years ago.

    As a child of the Vietnam Era, I admired and feared for those who took up arms for our country, but being a timid little country boy, I shamefully admit that I wasn’t real keen on participating.

    Perhaps admiration and guilt combine to form my odd interest in fiction and films about World War II, maybe they are  why I’ve read The Winds of War/War & Remembrance six times and watched the miniseries of the latter nearly that many times.

  • MY WORD: A veteran visits his kind of ship

    In October, LST 325 (Landing Ship Tanks) was docked at the Fourth Street wharf in Louisville.

    With an old Coast Guard buddy of mine, Don White, I got a chance to visit again the type of ship on which I served in World War II. In celebration of Veterans Day, it seems like a  good time to look back at those ships.

    LST 325 is the last of more than 1,000 LSTs constructed in World War II by the United States. It was purchased by Greece after the war and used as a cargo and spy ship.

  • MY WORD: Solutions about that ‘oozing, bothersome blemish’

    When I think of “oozing, bothersome blemishes,” I get a bit nauseous. Is this “bothersome blemish” referring to the folks that hire undocumented workers? I doubt it. Rather, I believe that the reference is aimed at the workers themselves. The people who since the mid-1990s have come to Kentucky, harvested crops, worked with horses, helped keep prices down and worked for very low wages in dangerous conditions for long hours.

  • Trial requested for child pornography suspect

    LAWRENCEBURG – The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has requested a trial date for a Lawrenceburg man facing more than 100 child pornography charges in Shelby and Anderson counties.

    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive in Lawrenceburg appeared Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on charges in both counties.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell requested a trial date, and Hawks is scheduled to appear again in Shelby Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5.

  • 7 organizations split $36,000 from community grant

    Representatives from seven Shelby County organizations voiced their gratitude Monday night at receiving funding from the Shelby County Community Foundation.

    “We are appreciative of this; it is the second year we have gotten funding, and it will help us a great deal,” said Lee Bean, founder and operator of the Open Door of Hope, a men’s shelter on 8th Street. “We have served one hundred and fifty men since opening two years ago, and we have helped more than half of those men to find jobs.”

  • Montell’s bill would fund scholarships

    A bill pre-filed Tuesday aims to give a tax credit to individuals and businesses that donate to not-for-profit agencies that provide scholarships for underprivileged children.

    The bill, proposed by state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), would provide a tax credit of up to $2,000 to those who contribute to organizations that extend educational scholarships to eligible children, which could be used for tuition to allow them to attend any elementary or secondary school, public or private, of their choice.

  • Cheerleaders raise money for Relay for Life

    Collins High School cheerleaders held their first House of Trees fundraiser for Relay For Life on Saturday.

    Jerilyn Hanks, cheerleading coach and special education teacher at Collins, said the event brought in $900 from the sale of 15 decorated Christmas trees that were on display at the school’s cafeteria.

    “We were pleased with our first time, and we will definitely hold it again next year,” she said.

  • Emergency alert system tested nationally today

    Don’t forget that the federal government today will conduct its first nationwide test of emergency alert system.

    The 3-minute test, which will begin at 2 p.m., and will be broadcast simultaneously over all television, radio, cable and satellite channels.

    This test does not include emergency sirens.

  • Shelbyville man arrested for sending obscene photos

    Kentucky State Police have arrested Charles P. Middendorf Jr., 51, of 1209 High Street in Shelbyville and charged him with unlawful distribution of obscene matter.

    Middendorf had bonded out of the Shelby County Detention Center on a $500 bond after being arrested Sunday.

    KSP Trooper Hunter Martin said he pulled Middendorf over on a traffic stop. Shortly afterwards, he discovered that Middendorf had a warrant against him in Hardin County, he said.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Nov. 9, 2011


    Martin Dominguez-Martinez, 26, of 8690 Shelbyville Road in Simpsonville was arrested Oct. 11 on Shelbyville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, reckless driving, no operator's license and failure to maintain required insurance, first offense.