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Today's News

  • Datebook: April 20, 2011

    Public meetings
    Simpsonville City Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. today at city hall.
    The West Shelby Water Board meeting is 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the office, 7101 Shelbyville Road in Simpsonville. Phone 722-8944.
    The Shelby County Board of Education will have a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., at the central office on Main Street in Shelbyviflle.

  • Titans rain on John Hardin’s visit, rout Eminence

    The Collins baseball team beat John Hardin and its biggest foe this season – the weather – Monday night.

    The Titans scored a pair of runs in the first and fourth innings on their way to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Bulldogs, then hustled to get the tarp over their infield before light rains moved into the area.

    In the game Collins (6-2), which has seen nine games rained out this season, used a formula similar to its other victories this season – pitching and defense.

  • Rockets’ blunders throttle them at liftoff

    This one didn’t take extra innings, but Shelby County baseball coach Bart “Rudy” Roettger is hoping his team learned a little extra from this past Thursday’s 10-3 loss at Anderson County.

    The rematch of last year’s 30th District and 8th Region finals – both of which went extra innings and were won by the Rockets – may look like a mismatch because of the final score, but it wasn’t.

  • Collins girls top South Oldham in tennis

    The Collins girls' tennis team notched a big victory over 8th Region foe South Oldham this past Thursday. The Titans beat the visiting Dragons, 3-2.

    "We were really excited," freshman Paige Kregor said. "They're really good. We weren't expecting to beat them at all. Ever since I've been playing here we've always lost to the Oldham teams."

    All of Collins’ victories came in singles: No. 1, senior Ellie Watts, 6-1, 6-2, No.2 Kregor, 6-2, 6-3, and No. 3, senior Keira Lopez, 7-5, 6-1.

  • Titans rally to win 3rd in a row

    The Collins softball team's hitting was slow to arrive Monday, but it was better late than never.

    The Titans tallied just three hits in the first three innings against visiting Louisville Southern before racking up four hits in the fourth and fifth innings as they rallied for a 4-2 victory.

    "Once we started hitting the ball we did all right," said Collins coach Jim Axline, whose team won its third consecutive game. "[Before that] we just weren't getting the bat on the ball.

  • Rockets’ boys do well – even with violation

    A wardrobe malfunction may have cost the Shelby County boys' track & field team a first-place trophy Saturday, but more important than hardware, the Rockets learned how they stack up against some of the best teams in their new region.

    Shelby County finished second at the Harry Greschel Invitational at Christian Academy of Louisville with 88 points, four behind winner North Oldham – one of seven other teams from Class AA, Region 3 in the meet.

  • Titans’ Pierce Skinner signs with Kentucky Wesleyan

    Years from now, when Collins football coach Jerry Lucas looks back on the beginning of the school’s program, he will think of Pierce Skinner.

    "Pierce is kind of the beginning of the whole Titan Nation," Lucas said this past Friday afternoon at the school's library.

    That's because in the final weeks of the 2009-10 school year, when all the students were still at Shelby County, whenever, and wherever Skinner saw Lucas, he would greet him the same way.

  • Shelby County schools staying ahead of new state testing process

    With the announcement on Friday that NCS Pearson Inc. will be one of the main vendors, the Kentucky Department of Education’s new accountability system is coming into focus.

    NCS Pearson will handle the content-area tests for students in grades 3-8 and writing assessments for high school students.

    However, the end-of-course assessments for algebra II, English II, U.S. history and biology to determine if students have mastered those subjects have not been awarded.

  • Community rallies around longtime coach diagnosed with ALS

    A lesson never can be learned too late.

    "It's been a real awakening for me," George Cottrell said. "I knew I dealt with a lot kids with school and coaching, but I never realized how many adults were around that I came in contact with.

    "You always teach kids that you never know who's watching and to make sure you leave a good first impression. I've had people contacting me from all aspects of my life.

    “I've always tried to leave people with a positive impression, and this has kind of been confirming that."

  • A taxing process that really should be laid to rest

    So you think the weather was nasty and no one showed up for your big event? This is how my weekend went:

    An emotional funeral for a beloved family member on Friday, then at my desk at home on Saturday and Sunday, bleeding on the tax altar.

    Please don’t tell me you’re sorry for my loss, but that the tax stuff was my problem for procrastinating. I’ve heard that. I understand. I didn’t mean for the process to be that way, but it just spiraled down that drain.