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Today's News

  • Woman injured by gas is improving

    Jennifer Lewis, the woman who was poisoned by carbon monoxide in January, is continuing to recover at a hospital in Louisville, and this past weekend friends gathered for a benefit to help pay for that recovery.

    A fundraiser held by the Wright Elementary School PTA moms at the school Friday was very well-attended, said PTA President Angela Bowens.

    “It went very well; we had somewhere between five and six hundred people,” Bowens said, adding she has not heard what the total contributions are.

  • Craig, Fast get new court dates

    Two high-profile court cases, one involving embezzlement and the other homicide-related, were rescheduled Tuesday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    Kelly Craig, 45, a longtime former employee of Tracy’s Home Furnishings who was charged with stealing thousands from that store, was given a new court date of April 18.

    Joshua Fast, 24, charged with second-degree manslaughter and second-degree burglary, also had been scheduled to appear before Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, but his case was continued to May 2.

  • News Briefs: March 9, 2011

    State added new jobs
    for 1st time in 3 years

    Kentucky gained 300 jobs in 2010, the first increase in annual employment in three years, state officials announced Monday. For the year, the state’s unemployment rate fell to 10.5 percent, from 10.7 percent in 2009.
    “Kentucky’s economy stabilized in 2010 ... however, the economic recovery and job growth have been painstakingly slow,” said Justine Detzel, chief labor market analyst for the state Office of Employment and Training.

  • WICHE: Potato planting begins mid-March

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day and when I always plant out my seed potato for the year.

    While I always manage a mid-March planting, we must consider the condition of the soil.

    Don’t start digging if the soil is too wet.  Be patient and only work once the soil is friable.

    Select potato varieties that compliment the way you cook.  The most versatile varieties include favorites like Yukon Gold and Red Cloud.

  • This small duck is endangered species

    The white crescent on the head behind the beak is a sure-fire identifying mark of the male Blue-Winged Teal, a duck common to the state but not so numerous.

    The female is similar to two other species of Teal that inhabit our area, with pale blue shoulder patches that are mostly hidden when swimming but are rather obvious in flight.

    They nest sporadically from the Louisville are to the southwestern portion of the state and are here from their wintering grounds around early March and into late April.

  • Homeowner guilty of 71 code violations

    A homeowner in Shelbyville has been fined nearly $4,000 after a district court jury ruled that he had committed 71 violations of the city’s historic building ordinance.

    District Court Judge Linda Armstrong fined Melvin T. Nethery $50 for each violation plus $144 in court costs for ongoing problems with a house he owns at 304 Main Street, across from the Shelbyville Police Station.

  • Shelbyville passes first vote to tweak sidewalk law

    The Shelbyville City Council passed the first reading of its sidewalk ordinance amendment at Thursday’s meeting.

    The council voted unanimously to allow some due process and the potential for fines with the much-maligned ordinance. The amendment will not go into affect until a second reading is passed, which cannot occur until the council’s next meeting on April 7.

    The amendment allows for property owners to go before the Code Enforcement Board if they wish to argue whether or not they should have to fix their sidewalk.

  • Rise of gas prices slows – but not worries

    Rising gas prices may drop well before speculators predict, but that doesn’t mean consumers haven’t already felt the hit.

    With the news of possible peace negotiations between Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi and the uprising rebels, gas prices tumbled a $1.60 during mid-day trading Thursday. But after nearly two weeks of drastic increases, many consumers are already feeling the pinch.

    According to a Rasmussen Report released yesterday, consumers are already bracing for a costly spring and summer.

  • And they call it puppy love

    Everybody knows that dogs are man’s best friends, and if you’ve ever met a Labrador, you know that they want to please their owners probably more than any other dog.

    But what happens when you flip that around? Is man really a dog’s best friend, too?

    Well, in the case of Cathy Pike and Bob Corey, there’s no denying that twist on the old adage.

  • Ag Report: March 4, 2011

    Pleasureville veterinarian earns large-animal incentive grant

    Luther Parker of Pleasureville is one of three vets – joined by Travis England of Hart County and  Ellie Gripshover of Logan County – to earn the 2011 Kentucky Large/Food Animal Veterinary Incentive Program. Each will be awarded with up to $18,000 over three years for payment toward outstanding school loans.

    All three recipients are doctoral graduates of Auburn University and practicing as large-animal veterinarians in Kentucky.